• All-Star Heyward helps Gwinnett defeat Tribe 2-0

    June 14, 2011 No comments

    Three weeks after going on the disabled list with shoulder soreness, Atlanta Braves All-Star Jason Heyward made his first appearance in a game with a rehab assignment start for the Gwinnett Braves last night at Victory Field. In his first plate appearance, Heyward smacked a 2-2 pitch down the left field line for a double and came home on Mauro Gomez’s RBI single to give the Braves all the lead they would need as Gwinnett defeated Indianapolis 2-0.

    Heyward finished the game one for three in his first start since April 22nd against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Heyward was batting .214 with seven homers and 14 RBI’s when shoulder soreness landed him on the disabled list. He was hitting pain free off a tee the past few days and said he felt fine after the game. He is expected to play in tonight’s series finale against the Tribe and could return to the big league club on Wednesday.

    While the focus might have been on Heyward last night, Braves starter Todd Redmond shut down the Tribe’s bats as Redmond held the Indians hitless though four innings before Eric Fryer singled through the right side to lead off the Tribe fifth. But Redmond would quickly erase the Tribe base runner as Andrew Lambo hit a sharp liner straight back to the Gwinnett pitcher and Redmond quickly turned and threw to first to retire Fryer for the double play.

    The Braves added an insurance run in seventh inning on a Dan Nelson sacrifice fly.

    Redmond notched his fifth win of the season against six losses throwing six dominating innings. The Braves starter surrendered only three hits while striking out four and walking two.

    Indianapolis could only muster five hits against the quartet of Gwinnett pitchers. Cody Gearrin, Jaye Chapman and Jairio Ascencio followed Redmond working an inning each with Ascencio recording his tenth save of the season.

    Tribe starter Brad Lincoln suffered the loss to fall to 5-6 though Lincoln pitched very well giving up only one run on five hits in his six innings of work. Lincoln struck out four and walked two. Anthony Claggett relieved Lincoln in the seventh giving up one run on two hits followed by Justin Thomas who struck out two in his inning and two-thirds of relief.

    Indianapolis and Gwinnett will now square off in the series finale Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. The Indians have yet to announce a starter for the contest, while Braves ace and top prospect Julio Teheran is slated to take the hill for the Braves.

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