The Charlotte Knights defeated the Gwinnett Braves 7-2 on Sunday in Fort Mill, SC. The G-Braves fall to 48-43 while the Knights improve to 41-48 on the season.
After Gwinnett starter and Atlanta Braves’ rehab Jo-Jo Reyes served up a lead-off home run to former Braves’ prospect Brent Lillibridge, Reyes settled in and finished three innings of work.
John Halama made his second-straight relief appearance following the Reyes rehab. And for the second-straight game was charged with a loss. Halama allowed six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings. He is now 0-3 with a 4.86 ERA.
The one-run game got away from the Braves in the bottom of the eighth inning. Charlotte scored four times to put the game out of reach even though the G-Braves left the bases loaded in the top of the ninth inning.
Brandon Jones hit his first home run of the season for Gwinnett.
His second-inning solo home run tied the game at 1-1. Reid Gorecki, who was 2-for-3, extended his hitting streak to six games and is now 10-for-his-last-22. Wes Timmons singled in the third inning to extend his on-base streak to 36 games.
Charlotte starter Jeff Marquez earned his second win of the season. Marquez held the G-Braves to two runs in five innings and is now 2-7 with a 9.52 ERA.
Lillibridge and David Cook each hit homers to lead the Knights offense Sunday. Carlos Quentin had a two-run double in the eighth and Daryle Ward singled had a two-run single to help solidify the win.
Gwinnett has a three-day break for the Cricket Wireless Triple-A All-Star Game in Portland, OR. The All-Star Game is scheduled for Wednesday, July 15 and can be viewed live starting at 10 p.m. EDT on ESPN2. Gwinnett returns to action on Thursday, July 16 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.