The Gwinnett Braves defeated the Louisville Bats 4-3 on a walk off Saturday night at Gwinnett Stadium. The G-Braves improve to 42-35 while the Bats drop to 40-35 on the season.
With two outs in the top of the first, Chris Heisey reached on a throwing error from Gwinnett third baseman Wes Timmons. Heisey advanced to second when the ball entered the dugout. The next batter, Kevin Barker, took advantage of the extra out and singled home Heisey for the quick 1-0 lead.
The Bats singled three times in the fifth inning before Gwinnett starter Tony Armas walked in Bats’ starting pitcher Ben Jukich for the second run of the game. Then with one out, Cincinnati Reds’ rehab Edwin Encarnacion plated Darnell McDonald on a force out to G-Braves shortstop Chris Burke. Burke flipped it to Brooks Conrad but Encarnacion beat out the throw to first for the 3-0 lead.
Gwinnett quickly tied things up in the fifth inning on Burke’s three-run home run to left field. Barbaro Canizares and Conrad both came into score on Burke’s first home run as a G-Brave. The blast tied the game at three.
The G-Braves got a single from Canizares to get a rally started in the ninth inning. J.C. Holt entered the game to pinch run for Canizares and scored the winning run on a Brian Barton single.