Gwinnett got four no-hit innings from starter Tim Gustafson, strong hitting from the top of the order and a breathtaking catch from Matt Young to sink the Yanks 3-2 on Friday at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville.
The Gwinnett Braves (25-29) remain 6 1/2 games out of second place behind International League South leaders Durham, while the Yankees are 1 1/2 games behind IL North-leading Syracuse.
Young’s RBI triple scored the game-winning run, but his full-out diving catch onto the warning track in left center with a runner on second base in the top of the eight inning saved the game for the G-Braves.
Gustafson (5-3) turned his recent streak of bad luck around, holding the opposition scoreless during for the first time in four starts. He finished with six innings pitched, while allowing just two hits. Michael Dunn earned his third save of the season, striking out two in 2/3 innings.
The top three hitters in the order went a combined 5-for-9 as Jordan Schafer went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base, Wes Timmons was 2-for-3 with a run and Joe Thurston finished 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Romulo Sanchez (2-4), who beat the G-Braves in the opening game of the 2009 Governors’ Cup Playoffs in his last start against them, didn’t have the same stuff Friday as he allowed six hits, three runs and surrendered four walks in five innings.
Former G-Brave Reid Gorecki went 1-for-2 with a run, a stolen base and two walks for the Yankees.
Gwinnett plays host to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at 7:05 tonight at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville.