The Norfolk Tides defeated the Gwinnett Braves 3-2 on Saturday night at Gwinnett Stadium. The Tides improve to 45-35 while the G-Braves fall to 44-39 on the season.
Gwinnett moved Brian Barton around the bases following his lead-off walk in the second inning. Barton came in to score on Antonio Perez’s single to right field. The RBI single gave the G-Braves a 1-0 lead.
Norfolk catcher Robby Hammock quickly tied the game in the fifth inning with his solo home run that hit off the base of the batter’s eye in center field. But Gwinnett battled back to take a 2-1 advantage in the bottom half of the fifth. Reid Gorecki was plated on Brandon Jones’ sacrifice fly to left field.
The Tides took advantage of back-to-back G-Brave errors in the eighth inning to score twice and rally for the win.
Brandon Jones and Barbaro Canizares each had a pair of hits in the loss. Wes Timmons extended his on-base streak to 28 straight games with his fifth-inning single.
Gwinnett starter Bobby Brownlie allowed just one earned run in six innings in the no-decision start. After two starts with Gwinnett, Brownlie is 0-0 with a 6.10 ERA. Juan Perez, who was on the mound in the eighth inning, was charged with his second loss of the season and is now 1-2 with a 2.16 ERA.
Norfolk reliever Chris Waters earned his seventh win of the season and is now 7-3 after two scoreless innings of work. The Tides’ offense was led by Jeff Fiorentino, Micahel Aubrey and Robby Hammock, who all had two hits in the win.
Gwinnett and Norfolk go at it again on Sunday in a 2:00 p.m. contest. The G-Braves will send LHP Jonny Venters (0-1, 6.04 ERA) to face Norfolk RHP Andy Mitchell (5-2, 4.01 ERA).