The Gwinnett Braves defeated the Norfolk Tides 7-4 Tuesday at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Va. The Triple-A G-Braves improve their record to 72-52 while the Tides fall to 64-58. With Durham also recording a win tonight over Charlotte, Gwinnett maintains their three game lead in the South Division.
Going into the ninth inning down 3-2, the Braves put together another late-inning comeback to secure the win. The five run inning was spurred by a lead off single by Chris Burke, walks to Van Pope and Gregor Blanco, a sacrifice fly by Wes Timmons and an error by Norfolk’s shortstop.
Brooks Conrad capped off the inning with his 11th homerun of the season for the G-Braves. Conrad was 3-for-5 with three RBI to lead Gwinnett.
Clint Sammons also homered in the game.
Second baseman Melvin Dorta was 3-for-3 and scored one run to lead the Tides.
For Gwinnett, RHP Tim Hudson made his third rehab appearance and increased his pitch count to 78 (54 strikes). He struck out one in 4.2 innings of work. RHP Bobby Brownlie followed Hudson and earned the win. Brownlie struck out four in 3.1 innings of work.
Alberto Castillo was credited with the loss after allowing three hits and five runs in the ninth inning. It was Castillo’s first blown save on the season.
Gwinnett plays game two of a four-game series tomorrow at 7:15 p.m. at Harbor Park. Braves LHP John Halama (4-4, 4.35 ERA) is scheduled to face RHP Jake Arrieta (4-6, 4.59 ERA) of the Tides.