After taking 3 of 4 games from the Durham Bulls, including back-to-back shutouts, Gwinnett returned home Saturday and opened the mini-home stand with a 10-5 loss to Indianapolis. The loss drops the G-Braves (59-48) a half-game back of the first place Durham Bulls in the International League South. The Bulls (59-47) game was postponed due to rain Saturday. The victory keeps the Indians (57-52) in a tie for second in the IL West 9.5 games behind the Columbus Clippers.
Gwinnett starter Eric Cordier had his second consecutive poor outing at Coolray Field allowing 4 runs in the top of the 1st inning. The Indians plated another 4 in the 2nd taking an 8-0 advantage into the 5th inning. Stefan Gartrell cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the 5th when he hit a Grand Slam to make the score 8-4 in favor of the visitors. The Indians scored single runs in both the 6th and 7th innings to take a 10-4 lead into the home half of the inning. Gwinnett scored the final run of the night in the bottom of the 7th.
Final Score: Indianapolis Indians 10 Gwinnett Braves 5
RHP Eric Cordier (L, 3-7, 3.51 ERA) started and allowed 8 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits while walking 2 and striking out 2 in 5.0 innings pitched. He also had a wild pitch and hit a batter. The Indians sent 9 batters to the plate in the 1st inning.
LHP Dustin Richardson (ND, 0-0, 3.68 ERA) pitched 2.0 innings and allowed 2 runs (both earned) on 2 hits-both home runs. The homers were the first allowed by Richardson in 14.2 innings pitched since joining Gwinnett.
RHP Arodys Vizcaino (ND, 1-0, 3.00 ERA) made his third appearance since being called up from Double-A Mississippi and pitched 1.0 inning allowing no hits or runs and struck out 1 while not walking a batter. He now has 6 K’s in 3 IP.
RHP Jairo Asencio (ND, 2-1, 1.34 ERA and 19 Saves) closed out the night with a perfect 9th inning. He didn’t give up a hit, run or walk and struck out 1.
RF Stefan Gartrell (.272, 23 HRs/ 72 RBI) went 2-for-4 with a homerun and 4 RBI. The homer was a 5th inning Grand Slam. He is second in the league in both HRs and RBI and leads in Slugging with a .562 percentage.
SS Tyler Pastornicky (.435, 0 HR/ 3 RBI) had another multi-hit game going 2-for-5 on the day. He now has hit safely in 10-of-11 games with Gwinnett. Pastornicky also scored 2 runs giving him 10 runs scored in his short time with the G-Braves.
CF-2B Matt Young (.263, 0 HRs/ 15 RBI) was the other G-Brave with a multi-hit game. Young was 2-for-5 and scored a run.
1B Mauro Gomez (.283, 18 HRs/ 66 RBI) had a 1-for-3 game and drove in his 66th run of the year.
Team RISP: 3-for-4
Team LOB: 6
G-Braves called up to Atlanta:
RHP Anthony Varvaro (0-0, 0.00) was called up to Atlanta 7/29 and has pitched in 1 game facing 9 batters. In his 2.0 IP he has walked 3 while striking out 4. This is Varvaro’s second trip to the Majors-he pitched 4 games in the American League last season for the Seattle Mariners.
C J.C. Boscan (.000, 0 HRs/ 0 RBI) was called up to the big league club due to C Brian McCann being placed on the 15-day DL. Boscan has had 1 at-bat.
OF Jose Constanza (.125, 0 HRs/ 1 RBI) was called up 7/29 as a result of CF Nate McLouth going on the 15-day DL. This is his first trip to the Show. Constanza has played in 2 games and is 1-for-8. He picked up his first ML hit and RBI on Friday against the Florida Marlins. Constanza also scored his first big league run in the game.
Players Assigned to Gwinnett:
C Shawn McGill (.267, 0 HRs/ 0 RBI) promoted from Single-A Lynchburg. He has played in 5 games with Gwinnett.
C Wil Nievas (.250, 0 HRs/ 0 RBI) was acquired from the Nashville Sounds (Milwaukee Brewers affiliate) of the Pacific Coast League. He was acquired because of his experience- Nievas is 33 years old and has played 282 games in the Majors over 8 seasons with the Padres, Yankees, Nationals and Brewers. Due to the uncertainty of McCann’s injury and lack of catchers in the organization with ML experience, signing a catcher with big league experience was a important move.
Assigned for Reassignment:
IF Diory Hernandez has had troubles in the field this season and has been assigned for reassignment.
The G-Braves and Indians play the second of the four game series Sunday at Coolray Field. First pitch is set for 2:05 p.m. Top prospect RHP Julio Teheran (11-1, 1.67 ERA) will start for Gwinnett while the Indians will send RHP Brad Lincoln (7-7, 3.81 ERA) to the mound.
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