Bisons can’t solve Gartrell, G-Braves
Stefan Gartrell drove in five runs on a 4-for-4 night to make Pat Misch’s return to the Herd’s mound a rough one, leading the Gwinnett Braves to a 7-1 win Saturday at Coolray Field in Georgia.
Kirk Niewenhuis also made his return since leaving the lineup after a diving catch May 24, playing center field and hitting 0-for-3 with a walk in the second spot.
Misch, who started the season in Buffalo and was an International League All-Star in 2010, was designated for assignment by the Mets May 27. The southpaw allowed six runs (all earned) on seven hits over six complete innings with four strikeouts and two walks.
Back-to-back first-inning doubles by Lucas Duda and Valentino Pascucci gave the Bisons an early run off of Braves starter Julio Teheran. Duda continued his torrid pace on the road trip, now hitting 10-for-22 with seven RBI and three home runs in his last six games.
However the Braves responded in the bottom of the frame with RBI hits by Gartrell and Wilkin Ramirez to take a 2-1 lead. Gartrell added two more RBI with a home run against Misch with Ed Lucas on base the third.
Gartrell repeated the feat, victimizing Misch for another two-run bomb in the fifth.
Teheran settled in to post scoreless innings until righty reliever Jaye Chapman replaced him for the top of the seventh. In total Teheran allowed one earned run on five hits with five strikeouts and a walk for the win.
Brian Sweeney replaced Misch in the seventh, tossing a scoreless inning before a Brandon Hicks single scored Gartrell in the eighth.
Fernando Martinez was the only Bison with multiple hits, going 2-for-4.
Game Notes: Misch is the only member of the Herd’s original rotation on the team… Pascucci increased his team lead to 33 RBI… Jeff Fiorentino replaced Ramirez in the middle of a fourth-inning at-bat after Ramirez fouled a ball off of his leg… Sweeney pitched out of the bullpen for his second consecutive appearance after five starts… The Bisons left six runners on base to the G-Braves’ five.