G-Braves get split
The Braves scored eight runs in the first four innings and coasted to a 10-4 victory over the Bisons on Thursday night from Coolray Field. The decision means another split of a four-game series between Gwinnett and Buffalo.
The two clubs have split all three four-game series they’ve played since Gwinnett entered the International League last season.
The Braves jumped on Bisons starter Dillon Gee early and knocked him out of the game after just three innings. Two runs in the first, three in the second and two more in the third gave Gwinnett an insurmountable 7-0 advantage.
The three-inning night was Gee’s shortest outing in 24 career starts at the Triple-A level. The righty has now lost his last four decisions to fall to 6-5 on the season.
The Bisons cut the deficit in half in the game’s middle innings. Jorge Padilla’s two-run homer in the fourth closed the gap to 7-2. Pitcher Mike O’Connor and Russ Adams drove in runs in the fifth to make it 8-4. However, the Herd had just one hit from the sixth inning on.
Gwinnett’s Diory Hernandez had four hits and a pair of RBI in the win. He and Wes Timmons plated runs with singles in the first inning. Timmons also drove home a run in the Braves’ three-run second inning. Hernandez led off the third with a single and scored Josh Anderson’s ground out.
The Braves played small ball all game, with only two of their 17 hits for the games going for extra-bases.
BISONS NOTES: The Mets recalled catcher Josh Thole just prior to Thursday night’s game. New York optioned reliever Raul Valdes to Buffalo, but he has not been added to the club’s roster…Mike O’Connor allowed an unearned run in three innings of work. The three innings set a new season high for the southpaw…Lucas Duda had a hit and a runs scored. He’s had at least one hit in eight of his first nine games with the club.