The Gwinnett Braves (4-6) and Durham Bulls (8-3) met for the final game of a three-game weekend series on Sunday at Coolray Field with Gwinnett trying to avoid a sweep in their opening series at home for the 2014 season. Durham pitching held the G-Braves to one run on five hits while the Bulls offense plated three, sending Gwinnett to their fourth consecutive loss. It was the second series between the International League division rivals after the clubs played four in Durham to open the season.
At the Plate
First baseman Ernesto Mejia tallied four hits, including a home run (6) and a double (2), in the series to lead Gwinnett. He also drove in two runs and now has 12 RBI. Shortstop Philip Gosselin had three base knocks in seven at-bats to follow up his 10-for-20 opening week of 2014 and also stole his fourth base of the year.
On the Hill
Gwinnett starters were saddled with all three losses in the series. Hector David Rodriguez (L, 1-1) delivered the best start for Gwinnett, scattering four hits over 5.0 innings while allowing two runs in the hard-luck loss. The lefty has now pitched 10 innings against Durham, giving up three runs on six hits, walking three while striking out 13.
The G-Braves pen was solid overall in 15.1 innings of work. Yunesky Maya came on in the middle game of the set and pitched 4.0 scoreless innings and held the Bulls to two hits over that span. He totaled three strikeouts and now has nine in 7.2 IP.
The Gwinnett Braves open a two-game series against the Norfolk Tides, Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, on Monday night at Coolray Field. First pitch is set for 6:35 PM. Right-hander Zach Stewart (0-0, 5.40) will start for the G-Braves against right-hander Mike Wright (0-0, 0.00) of the Tides.