GBraves, Gomez walk-off
Mauro Gomez took the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth inning from Ryota Igarashi just over Fernando Martinez’ outstretched glove for a walk-off home run, giving the Gwinnett Braves a 4-3 win over the Bisons and a 3-1 series victory.
The Herd had a chance in the top of the frame with the game tied when Raul Chavez hit a deep single, but second baseman Brandon Hicks’ relay throw from left field caught the Herd catcher rounding first base before he could retreat.
Jesus Feliciano walked against reliever Jaye Chapman, but never advanced from first base.
John Lujan pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings with four strikeouts before Igarashi allowed the walk-off.
In the second, Fernando Martinez singled and Kirk Nieuwenhuis doubled before Luis Hernandez gave the Bisons the first lead with a sacrifice fly.
Stefan Gartrell finished his menacing series the Bisons with his fourth home run – a two-run blast – of the four-game set in the . Gartrell went 0-for-4 Friday, but hit 6-for-9 with eight runs and eight RBI the last three games.
After Gartrell’s homer, Chavez produced a run in the fifth after a single, a throwing error by shortstop Julio Lugo, a sacrifice bunt by starter Chris Schwinden and a Luis Figueroa RBI single.
Dan Nelson, pinch hitting for Gwinnett starter Yohan Flande in the fifth, broke the 2-2 tie with a bunt single that scored Hicks. Flande’s line closed at two runs – one earned – on six hits with three strikeouts and no walks in five innings.
Luis Hernandez picked up his second RBI of the night and tied the game at three in the sixth with a single against reliever Ben Swaggerty after Nieuwenhuis’ second double. Nieuwenhuis went 3-for-4 in the loss
Schwinden left the game with a no decision after six innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits with four strikeouts and a walk.
Game Notes: Buffalo finishes its eight-game road trip 3-5 and splits the season series with Gwinnett 4-4… Chavez threw out his 18th base runner out of 34 attempts from behind the plate (53 percent)… Home-plate umpire Kelvin Bultron ejected Valentino Pascucci for arguing a called third strike to end the top of the fifth… Jason Botts replaced Pascucci.