The Gwinnett Braves defeated the Charlotte Knights 10-5 on Sunday at Gwinnett Stadium. The G-Braves improve to 75-54 while the Knights drop to 59-69 on the season. With the win, the Triple-A G-Braves maintain a three-game lead in the International League South division.
Gwinnett got things started right off the bat. After taking the last three nights off, first baseman Wes Timmons hit a one-out double to the gap in right-center field. With two out, Barbaro Canizares plated Timmons for the game’s first run.
Gwinnett pitcher Tim Hudson retired the first four batters in order but allowed three second-inning runs on five hits in the frame. He settled down and allowed just one more hit and one more walk before he reached his pitch count. Hudson struck out the side in the fourth inning.
After allowing legitimate back-to-back hits with one out in the second inning, Hudson got Tyler Flowers, a former Atlanta Braves’ prospect, to hit a chopper just left of the mound. Third baseman Van Pope and shortstop Chris Burke both went for the ball and collided, allowing Flowers to reach.
The next batter, Stefan Gartrell, hit a sharp grounder that ricocheted off the end of Timmons’ glove at first base. Second baseman Brooks Conrad corralled the deflected ball and threw back to Timmons to get the second out of the inning.
The Gartrell groundout allowed Armstrong to score from third for the inning’s second run.
Hudson pitched six innings, and allowed six hits and three earned runs to earn the victory for Gwinnett.