The Gwinnett Braves closed out their 10-game homestand with a 3-1 win over the Charlotte Knights on Sunday afternoon at Gwinnett Stadium.
The G-Braves improve to 6-12 while Charlotte falls to 6-11 on the season.
The G-Braves jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. Wes Timmons doubled home Van Pope, who had reached earlier on a free pass by Knights starter Wes Whisler. The next batter, Antonio Perez, singled home Timmons to put Gwinnett up 2-0.
Gwinnett kept Charlotte off the scoreboard until the seventh inning when the G-Braves conceded a run for an out. Michael Restovich scored on a Donny Lucy groundout to Gwinnett shortstop Perez. The Restovich run made it a one-run game at 2-1.
But the G-Braves answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the seventh. With two out, Gwinnett catcher J.C. Boscan doubled into the left-field corner. The next batter, outfielder Reid Gorecki blooped a ball into shallow left field that Knights’ shortstop Gookie Dawkins bobbled. The error allowed Boscan to score and put the G-Braves back out in front by two at 3-1.
The score would stand, as Gwinnett reliever Luis Valdez closed out the win with scoreless eighth and ninth innings. It was his third save of the season.
Gwinnett sent a balanced attack to the plate. Eight of the Gwinnett starters recorded a hit in the win. Gregor Blanco, Gorecki and Perez each had two hits in the series finale. Wes Timmons and Perez each drove in runs.
Jerome Gamble was sharp in four innings in his second start of the season. Gamble held Charlotte scoreless and allowed just one Knights’ hit. Mariano Gomez picked up his second win of the season with his three innings of relief.
Gwinnett has an off day on Monday. The G-Braves resume play on Tuesday to start a six-game road trip with Norfolk in a 7:15 p.m. start. Gwinnett will send RHP Charlie Morton (1-1, 6.43 ERA) to face Tides’ LHP Chris Waters (2-1, 3.77 ERA). Gwinnett returns home on May 4.