The Columbus Clippers defeated the Gwinnett Braves 3-2 on Thursday night at Coolray Field. Reigning International League Pitcher of the Week Chris Resop had another strong outing, striking out six in six innings, but his four-game winning streak was snapped tonight for the G-Braves.
Gwinnett (18-22) remains in second place in the International League South and four games behind Durham. Columbus (26-16) remains in first place in the IL West and 2 games ahead of Toledo.
In the top of the eighth inning with the scored tied 2-2, Clippers center fielder Jose Constanza scored from third base after a wild pitch was thrown by Gwinnett reliever Mariano Gomez.
Resop is now one strikeout away from the 300th of his career. Mariano Gomez (0-1) took the loss for Gwinnett.
Gwinnett’s Freddie Freeman (1-for-3, RBI, run) hit his fifth home run of the season in the fourth inning. Second baseman Matt Young went 3-for-4.
In his first start for the Columbus Clippers, Justin Germano allowed two runs on three hits while striking out four in his five innings of work. Joe Smith (2-1) was credited with the win.
Gwinnett plays host to Columbus in the final game of a four-game series at 7:05 p.m. tonight at Coolray Field. G-Braves RHP James Parr (2-4, 4.57 ERA) is scheduled to face RHP Josh Tomlin (4-1, 2.59 ERA) of the Clippers.