Yohan Flande led the Gwinnett Braves past the Norfolk Tides 4-1 Thursday night at Coolray Field. Flande carried a no-hit bid into the 7th inning before giving up a single to the Tides Blake Davis. The win combined with the Durham Bulls (74-56) loss cuts the Bulls lead to three games over the G-Braves (72-60) in the International League South race. The Tides (51-80) are in last place in the IL South, 23.5 games back.
The G-Braves opened the scoring in their first at-bat when Matt Young tripled and then scored on a Wes Helms sacrifice fly three batters later. Gwinnett plated three more runs in the home half of the 5th inning after two were out and carried a 4-0 lead into the 7th. Flande walked LF Tyler Henson to start the inning then gave up the lone hit against him for the night. The Tides scored their only run of the game after Flande was lifted in favor of J.J. Hoover.
Final Score: Gwinnett Braves 4 Norfolk Tides 1
LHP Yohan Flande (8-8, 3.88 ERA) made his 17th start of the year for Gwinnett and went 6.0 innings allowing a hit and a run (earned) while walking 4 and striking out 5. It was Flande’s first win since July 29th against the Durham Bulls. He has also made 14 appearances out of the bullpen this season and has a save;RHP J.J. Hoover (1-1, 4.30 ERA with 1 Save) came on in the 7th inning and gave up a hit while striking out the side to earn his first hold of the season with the G-Braves. Hoover now has 25 Ks in 14.2 IP; RHP Peter Moylan (0-0, 0.00 ERA) made his second rehab outing with Gwinnett and pitched another scoreless inning. He didn’t allow a hit, walked one and struck out one while earning his first hold with the G-Braves; RHP Jairo Asencio (3-2, 1.46 ERA with 22 Saves) pitched the 9th inning and for the eighth time in his last ten appearances held the opposition scoreless. He struck out the side on 12 pitches and now has 66 strikeouts in 41.3 IP with the G-Braves.
The Gwinnett offense was led by 3B Wes Helms (.190, 0 HRs/3 RBI) who made his fifth start and went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in; DH Mauro Gomez (.280, 19 HRs/69 RBI) was also 2-for-4 with his 29th double of the year. Gomez is hitting .310 over his last 10 games; 2B Ruben Gotay (.251, 3 HRs/22 RBI) went 1-for-3 with a double (3) and a run-batted-in. He also scored a run and reached base on a walk; SS Brandon Hicks (.263, 16 HRs/44 RBI) also knocked in a run while going 1-for-4.
Gwinnett and the Tides play game two of this four game set Friday at Coolray Field with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. It should be a great pitching match-up with RHP Randall Delgado (2-1, 4.32 ERA) going for the G-Braves and current International League Pitcher of the Week RHP Rick VandenHurk (8-13, 4.58) taking the hill for Norfolk. Delgado will be looking to bounce back after his last outing when he gave up 8 earned runs and three homeruns against the Charlotte Knights after returning to Gwinnett from a spot start with Atlanta against the San Francisco Giants. Prior to that outing, Delgado had worked 13.0 innings and not allowed a run.
Friday is the final Friday game of the 2011 season at Coolray Field. In addition to Friday Night Fireworks sponsored by Fox 5 there will be a Mystery Ball Auction during the game which will give fans a chance to bid on bags with one ball inside each that could be autographed by any number of valuable stars of the game from across the minors even to the Major Leagues. Once the game is done, families can spend the night in the Coolray Field outfield for an evening of movies and games inside your very own comfy sleeping bag that you can bring to lay out in the field.
International League News:
The IL announced Louisville’s Juan Francisco and Norfolk pitcher Rick VandenHurk have been named the League’s Batter and Pitcher of the week for the week ending August 21st. Francisco hit .500 for the week with 2 doubles, 3 HRs and 10 RBI while VandenHurk was 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA and 18 Ks in 12 IP.
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