The Charlotte Knights defeated the Gwinnett Braves 4-1 in Game One of a doubleheader on Monday at Gwinnett Stadium in Lawrenceville. Gwinnett lost a game in the International League South Division standings heading into its second game of the night. As it stands following the first game, Gwinnett leads the Durham Bulls by 3.5 games.
The Knights scored twice in the third and two more times in the fourth to give Chicago White Sox rehab starter Jake Peavy all he needed. Peavy held Gwinnett scoreless in five innings to even his record at 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA. He did allow four hits and two walks but struck out three in his third rehab start with Charlotte.
Stefan Gartrell had a pair of RBI doubles to lead the Charlotte offense.
Gwinnett starter John Halama was tagged for all four runs and dropped the decision. Halama is now 4-6 with a 4.61 ERA in 14 games with the G-Braves.
The G-Braves out-hit the Knights with seven different players recording a hit. Brooks Conrad drove in the only Gwinnett run in the bottom of the ninth.
Gwinnett and Charlotte resume play against each other in a three-game series at Charlotte on Wednesday. Gwinnett will send Todd Redmond (9-6, 4.02 ERA) to the mound in the series opener. Charlotte is scheduled to start Jack Egbert (6-9, 4.70 ERA). First pitch in the opener is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.
Individual tickets for round one of the 2009 Governors’ Cup playoffs will go on sale Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. Playoff tickets and Gwinnett Braves 2009 regular season individual tickets are available at gwinnettbraves.com, the Gwinnett Stadium Box Office and all TicketMaster outlets and by calling 1-800-745-3000.