The Gwinnett Braves stranded 11 runners in a 3-2 loss to the Columbus Clippers Sunday at Gwinnett Stadium. Gwinnett falls to 32-26 as the Clippers improve to 29-28.
The G-Braves’ two runs came on solo homers by Reid Gorecki in the first inning and Brian Barton in the second.
Gwinnett left the bases loaded in the third and the eighth inning. Columbus took a 2-0 advantage in the top of the first.
Michael Brantley led off with a walk and stole second before Tony Graffanino drove him home on a double to right.
Graffanino moved to third on the throw from right and scored on a groundout by Matt LaPorta.
Gwinnett responded with homers in the first and second innings to tie the game 2-2. Gorecki’s homer was his fourth of the season and his third in the last three games. The score remained the same until an RBI-double by Brantley broke the tie in the seventh.
That plated Mickey Hall at put the Clippers up 2-1.
Wes Timmons had three of the G-Braves’ nine hits, extending his hitting streak to nine games.
Timmons is 16-for-30 with nine runs and six doubles during the hitting streak. Barbaro Canizares was 2-for-5 in the loss.
Gorecki hit his fourth home run of the season and Barton hit his third.
Vladimir Nunez was charged with his second loss of the season after allowed the seventh-inning run.
Nunez allowed two hits in two innings but falls to 2-2 with a 2.59 ERA. Jack Cassel allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings to earn his fifth win of the season.
He is now 5-4 with a 5.74 ERA.
Vinnie Chulk pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his third save of the season. Gwinnett hosts Columbus in Game Three of the four-game series Monday at 7 p.m.
G-Braves left-hander Francisley Bueno (3-1, 4.31 ERA) will make just his second start of the season. He will face Clippers right hander Zach Jackson (3-3, 2.67 ERA).