The Gwinnett Braves shut out the Pawtucket Red Sox 2-0 on Friday night at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
The G-Braves won their fifth-straight game to improve to 10-12 while the Red Sox drop to 10-10 on the season.
Gwinnett batters finally chased Red Sox starter Michael Bowden in the seventh inning after he held the G-Braves to just one hit in six innings.
Bowden came out for the seventh but walked the leadoff batter Brian Barton and allowed the next batter, Brooks Conrad, to reach on a fielder’s choice.
With two on and no outs, Bowden bowed out and watched his bullpen give up the game’s first two runs.
Barbaro Canizares greeted Pawtucket reliever Marcus McBeth with a single to center.
With the bases loaded and no outs, Diory Hernandez, who had recorded the only hit off Bowden on a second-inning double, smacked another double.
The two-run two-bagger plated Barton and Conrad to put the G-Braves up 2-0. G-Braves’ starter Kris Medlen was once again dominant on Friday night.
Medlen held Pawtucket scoreless and allowed just three hits in six innings on the mound.
He struck out eight and walked just two to earn a team-best third win of the season. Medlen is now 3-0 with a 1.52 ERA in four starts and one relief appearance.
Gwinnett reliever Luis Valdez came in for the final three outs to pick up his fourth save of the season.
Diory Hernandez extended his hit streak to seven games with his second-inning double. He was 2-for-4 with two doubles and drove in both Gwinnett runs in the win.
Hernandez is 11-for-28 with four doubles and 6 RBI in the hit streak.
Both of the seventh inning runs were charged to Bowden, who dropped his first decision of the year.
He is now 1-1 with a 1.35 ERA. The G-Braves and Red Sox will do battle again today in a 1:05 p.m. start.
Jerome Gamble (0-2, 3.24 ERA) will make his second start for the G-Braves in the third game of the four-game series. The righty will face Pawtucket RHP Enrique Gonzalez (2-1, 4.09 ERA).
Tech downs Presbyterian
ATLANTA — Sophomore Deck McGuire scattered two hits over seven innings, and 10th-ranked Georgia Tech (29-11-1) belted five home runs to beat Presbyterian (10-32), 16-2, Friday night at Russ Chandler Stadium.
McGuire held the Blue Hose scoreless while throwing just 82 pitches in his seven innings to improve to 8-0 on the season. He did not issue a walk and fanned 10 Presbyterian batters on the night.
McGuire held the Blue Hose hitless until the fourth inning and didn’t allow the second hit until the top of the seventh, when Jared Combs reached on a two-out single. The right-hander reached 10 K’s for the third time this season while improving to 16-1 in his career as a Yellow Jacket.
The Yellow Jackets snapped a scoreless tie with an eight-run fourth inning, which was highlighted by three-run home runs from Tony Plagman and Derek Dietrich. Dietrich then added another home run in the sixth inning to finish the game 3-for-4 with four RBI. All three of his hits went for extra bases, including his first-inning double to the right field gap.
Plagman, who also homered twice, went 3-for-5 with a career-high five RBI in addition to scoring three runs in the series opener, while Chase Burnette also added three hits on a night that the Jackets collected 17 as a team.
Dogs’ game suspended
ATHENS — Friday’s game between No. 6 Georgia and No. 17 Florida was suspended due to rain in the bottom of the ninth with the score tied at 9-9. The game will resume 30 minutes after the conclusion of today’s regularly scheduled game at 1 p.m.