The Gwinnett Braves (8-12) lost a slugfest with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (10-11) on Wednesday, 8-5, but took the series two games to one after wins on Monday and Tuesday at Coolray Field.
Gwinnett won their first home game against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in almost three years (July 23, 2012) on Monday when Cedric Hunter went yard with a runner on base and two outs for a walk-off victory. It was Hunter’s first homerun of the season as well as the first for Gwinnett at home this year.
Sean Kazmar (1B, 3B) led the G-braves offense in the series with six hits, including two doubles, and scored three runs while Elmer Reyes (2B, SS) tallied five hits, scored twice and drove in three runs. Hunter had a big game in the win on Monday. The right fielder had a double to go along with his homerun, scored twice, drove in two and reached base via walk. Todd Cunningham (CF) had three hits and scored two runs in the series.
Manny Banuelos (1-0, 4.43) started Monday’s game, working 6.0 innings in a no-decision. The 24-year old lefty allowed four hits, four runs (earned), walked three and struck out three. Williams Perez (2-0, 1.57) became the first Gwinnett hurler to win two games this season by delivering a High Quality Start that saw the 23-year old scatter seven hits in 7.0 innings pitched while allowing one run (earned). Perez struck out five without issuing a free pass. Matt Wisler (0-3, 6.75) started Wednesday’s game and took his third loss of the season after getting hit hard in 4.1 innings of work. The Ohio native gave up nine hits and seven runs (earned), walked two and struck out four.
The Gwinnett bull pen worked 9.2 innings in the series and allowed just two earned runs while earning a Win, a Hold, and a Save.
Brandon Cunniff (1-0) got the win in relief on Monday after pitching a scoreless top of the ninth inning. On Tuesday, Donnie Veal pitched two-thirds of an inning without allowing a hit and striking out two to pick up his fifth Hold this season. He extended his scoreless run to 8.2 innings. Aaron Kurcz (0-1, 5 Saves) followed Veal to the mound and gave up one run but earned his fifth save of the season. Kurcz is the only Gwinnett pitcher with a save this season.
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Gwinnett begins a four-game series with the Toledo Mud Hens on Thursday night at Coolray Field. Right-hander Chien-Ming Wang (0-1, 6.23) will start for Gwinnett. The Mud Hens will go with left-hander Mike Belfiore (0-3, 7.04). The game can be heard on 97.7 FM and WSBRadio.com beginning at 6:00 p.m.