• Braves pound Indians 11-5

    August 01, 2011 No comments

    Each of the first eight hitters in the Gwinnett batting order recorded a hit, with third baseman Brandon Hicks recording four hits and driving in three runs, while center fielder Matt Young, first baseman Mauro Gomez and left fielder Wilkin Ramirez each tallied three base hits, to lead Gwinnett to an 11-5 win over the Indianapolis Indians Sunday afternoon at Coolray Field.

    With the defeat, Indianapolis falls to 57-53 this season ten and a half games behind division leading Columbus and four games out of a wild card spot.

    The Braves offense scored 11 runs on 20 hits with the majority of both of those categories coming between the second and fourth innings.

    Indianapolis got on the board early with a two-run first inning. After 2B Josh Harrison drew a free pass, LF John Bowker blasted his 13th home run of the year to right to give the Indians an early 2-0 lead.

    Gwinnett however, would answer by totaling ten runs in the subsequent three innings. A five-run rally in the third inning swung the advantage into Gwinnett’s favor.

    Four more scores followed in the fourth, which moved the margin to 10-2.

    Indianapolis would plate a single run in both the fifth and sixth to make it 10-4. CF Gorkys Hernandez led off the fifth with a walk and got to third on pinch hitter Wyatt Toregas’ single, before he came home on a force out. All-Star 1B Matt Hague began the sixth with a single and took second on a ground out before he was driven in on an RBI base hit to left from RF Miles Durham.

    Indians starter Brad Lincoln was pinned with the loss to fall to 7-8 after giving up six earned runs on 11 hits in three innings, while relievers Steven Jackson and Justin Thomas each turned in two solid innings in support.

    Gwinnett RHP Julio Teheran earned the win to notch his International League-leading 12th victory after giving up four earned runs on six hits in six frames.

    Indianapolis and Gwinnett will face off again tonight with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The Indians are expected to send LHP Justin Wilson to the mound, while Gwinnett is expected to counter with LHP Mike Minor.


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