The Gwinnett Braves defeated the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 3-0 on Friday night at Coolray Field.
Gwinnett starter Jo-Jo Reyes and shortstop Yunel Escobar chipped in on tonight’s win as they were both on a MLB rehab assignment, helping Gwinnett end their three-game losing streak. This was Gwinnett’s first shutout of the season. Gwinnett (16-18) now sits alone in second place in the International League South and five games behind Durham. Lehigh Valley (13-21) is tied for fifth place in the International League North and is eight games behind Syracuse.
A three-run first inning by the G-Braves was highlighted by third baseman Wes Timmons’ two-run double. The combined pitching effort of Reyes, Tim Gustafson, and Michael Dunn held the IronPigs scoreless.
Reyes allowed only one hit while striking out two in two innings pitched.
Gustafson pitched six innings and allowed four hits.
Escobar went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Timmons went 1-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI. Catcher Clint Sammons went 1-for-3 with a double.
Gwinnett plays host to Lehigh Valley in Game 2 of a four-game series at 7:05 p.m. tonight at Coolray Field. G-Braves right hander Chris Resop (3-1, 2.27 ERA) is scheduled to face right hander Drew Carpenter (3-3, 3.72 ERA) of the IronPigs.