The Gwinnett Braves defeated the Syracuse Chiefs 2-1 in 10 innings on Saturday night at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse, NY.
The G-Braves tied a season-long five-game win streak with Saturday night’s victory. The win was also the third-straight victory in extra inning games for the G-Braves. Gwinnett, who has won nine of its last 10 games, is now a season-high eight games above .500 with a 29-21 record. Syracuse drops to 22-25 on the season.
In the sixth inning, G-Braves’ first baseman Barbaro Canizares hit his eighth home run of the season to put Gwinnett up 1-0. Canizares, who was 1-for-5 on Saturday, extended his hitting streak to eight games and is now batting .335 this season.
But in the seventh inning, Chiefs’ first baseman Brad Eldred tied the game at one with his sixth home run of the season. Eldred finished the game 1-for-3. The home run was the first run allowed by a Gwinnett Braves starter in 21 innings.
The Eldred home run was Gwinnett starter Todd Redmond’s only mistake. Redmond, who hadn’t made it past the sixth inning in any of his last four starts, struck out nine batters and allowed just five hits in eight innings without allowing a walk. The eight innings was his longest outing since his last win on May 4, when he also pitched eight innings.
Following Redmond’s strong performance was Gwinnett reliever Francisley Bueno. Bueno pitched a perfect ninth to give the offense another chance to take the lead.
G-Braves’ outfielder Reid Gorecki took advantage of the extra chance and lined a lead-off single to right that started the game-winning rally. Two outs later Wes Timmons also singled to right but Chiefs’ right fielder Jorge Padilla misplayed the Timmons’ single which allowed Gorecki to score all the way from first and give the G-Braves a 2-1 lead.
Luis Valdez retired the final three Chiefs in the extra frame to earn his 10th save of the season. Valdez is now 1-1 with 10 saves and a 1.44 ERA. Bueno earned his third win of the year and is now 3-1 with a 3.81 ERA in 17 relief appearances. Redmond didn’t record a decision on Saturday but lowered his ERA to 4.38 and remains at 2-4 in 10 starts with Gwinnett this season.
The Gwinnett Braves look to extend their winning streak to a season-long six games on Sunday. The G-Braves will send RHP Tommy Hanson (3-3, 1.48 ERA) to the mound. Syracuse has not announced a starter for Sunday’s contest. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.