LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Ronnier Mustelier put Gwinnett ahead for good with an RBI single in the third inning, and the G-Braves (9-2) edged the Norfolk Tides (2-8) 4-3 on Sunday afternoon at Coolray Field. The International League South Division-leading G-Braves swept the four-game series, extending their winning streak to six games.
Mustelier’s RBI single brought home Chase d’Arnaud, who had doubled to lead off the third against Norfolk left-hander Ariel Miranda (L, 0-1). The Cuban-born Mustelier finished 2-for-3 for his second consecutive two-hit game, raising his batting average to .348. He picked up RBIs in three of the four games against the Tides, helping Gwinnett sweep a four-game series for the first time since August 20-23, 2015 vs. Louisville.
Right-hander John Gant (W, 1-0) completed five innings for the G-Braves, allowing three runs on three hits while walking two and striking out six. He was perfect through the first two innings and held a 3-0 lead before Norfolk scored three times in the bottom of the third. Ozzie Martinez singled and Michael Almanzar walked before Sharlon Schoop brought them both home with a double to left. It appeared that Gant would get through the inning with a lead still intact, but Henry Urrutia hit a two-out RBI single to tie the game.
Norfolk’s three-run outburst ended a streak of 27 straight scoreless innings thrown by G-Braves’ starting pitchers, a span that dated back to April 12 at Durham.
Gwinnett had built a 3-0 lead in the second inning, with Brandon Snyder, Rio Ruiz and Braeden Schlehuber each collecting RBIs off Miranda. Ruiz punctuated the inning with an RBI triple to center and came in to score on Schlehuber’s first hit of the season in his first plate appearance.
After Gant’s exit, Rob Wooten (H, 2), Kanekoa Texeira (H, 2) and David Peterson (S, 2) allowed a total of two hits over four scoreless innings of relief. Peterson, who was 11-for-13 in save chances across three levels of the Braves’ system in 2015, retired the side in order with help from strong defensive plays from right fielder Matt Tuiasosopo and first baseman Blake Lalli.
Mustelier had the only multi-hit game for the G-Braves, while Ruiz and Schlehuber each finished 1-for-3 with an RBI. The double by d’Arnaud was his fourth of the season, tying him with Tuiasosopo for the league lead.
Miranda allowed four runs on five hits over 6.0 innings for the Tides. Schoop went 1-for-3 with the two-run double, one of just five Norfolk hits on the day.
The G-Braves continue the homestand on Monday night with the opener of a three-game series against the Durham Bulls. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Mike Foltynewicz (1-0, 0.90 ERA) takes the mound for Gwinnett against fellow righty Matt Andriese (0-1, 4.91 ERA) of the Bulls. Tony Schiavone will have the call of the action beginning at 6:35 p.m. on 97.7 FM and WSBRadio.com.
Tickets for Monday’s game are on sale now at the Coolray Field Ticket Office, call 678-277-0340 or visit GwinnettBraves.com/tickets.