Joe Thurston connected on his first home run since joining the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves in a 3-1 loss in 10 innings to the Durham Bulls on Wednesday at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville. With the loss, it’s the first time that Gwinnett (2-5) has been swept in a series since last April.
Against Durham, Chris Resop finished with 10 strike outs over six innings pitched for the G-Braves. Craig Kimbrel struck out four hitters in relief for Gwinnett. Durham scored two runs in the 10th inning off G-Braves relief pitcher Christian Martinez to win the game. He also allowed two runs out of the bullpen in his first appearance of the season on April 11.
Heath Phillips earned the win for Durham (5-2) with four strike outs and only allowed four hits in 7 2/3 innings. Joe Bateman earned the win for the Bulls with 1 1/3 innings pitched in relief.
Gwinnett visits the Charlotte Knights at 7:15 p.m. tonight in Fort Mill, S.C., which opens a 12-game road trip.