Monthly Archives: June 2016

Mustelier Guides G-Braves to 6-0 Win

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Ronnier Mustelier went 4-for-4 with three RBIs, including a two-run single in a five-run first inning as the Gwinnett Braves (34-43) earned a 6-0 victory over the Charlotte Knights (37-41) on Sunday afternoon at Coolray Field.

Mustelier singled in the first, second, fourth and sixth innings, becoming the second G-Brave to collect four hits in a game this season. Mallex Smith was the last to do it, going 4-for-5 on April 9 at Norfolk.

Right-hander Lucas Harrell (W, 3-1) and three relievers combined on a 10-hit shutout, Gwinnett’s fifth this season and first since a 4-0 win on May 6, also against Charlotte.

In the first against Charlotte starter Tyler Danish (L, 0-2), Gwinnett took an early advantage it wouldn’t relinquish. Ozzie Albies led off with a double into the right field corner and moved to third on a single by Jordan Pacheco.

Matt Tuiasosopo knocked in Albies with an RBI single, and two batters later, Rio Ruiz extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single. Mustelier drove in two on a line drive to right before Matt Lipkaand Mel Rojas Jr. laced RBI singles to cap the frame. Gwinnett sent 10 men to the plate and scored five runs in the first inning for the second straight game.

Mustelier plated Reid Brignac with a single in the second inning to cap the G-Braves’ scoring output.

Harrell allowed just six hits and a walk over 6.0 scoreless innings. He struck out five and threw 60 of his 88 pitches for strikes. Kanekoa Texeira, Stephen Janas and Jose Ramirez closed it out for the G-Braves, firing 3.0 scoreless frames of relief.

Every member of the G-Braves’ starting lineup recorded at least one hit as the team totaled 16 hits on the day. Albies, Ruiz and Braeden Schlehuber each had two hits for Gwinnett, which went 8-for-17 with runners in scoring position.

Danish allowed six runs on nine hits in 2.0 innings for Charlotte. Louis Silverio went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and Matt Davidson added two hits for the Knights, who went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.

The G-Braves hit the road to begin a seven-game road trip with the first of three games in Indianapolis on Monday night. First pitch at Victory Field is set for 7:05 p.m. Left-hander Manny Banuelos (0-1, 3.98) start for Gwinnett, while the Indians will counter with right-hander Tyler Glasnow (6-2, 1.61). Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call on 97.7 FM at 1:35 p.m.

Charlotte’s Six-Run Eighth Downs G-Braves

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – The Charlotte Knights (37-40) collected seven straight hits in a six-run eighth inning to stun the Gwinnett Braves (33-43) 8-6 on Saturday night at Coolray Field.

Facing reliever Casey Kelly (BS, 1, L, 2-4), the Knights recorded a single, followed by two doubles including a two-run double by Jason Bourgeois, and then four more singles to turn a 5-2 deficit into an 8-5 lead.

Kelly was lifted after Matt Davidson’s RBI single tied the game at 5-5. Reliever Rob Wooten yielded a two-run single to Nicky Delmonico and a sacrifice fly to Leury Garcia before ending the inning.

The G-Braves had jumped on top 5-0 in the bottom of the first against Knights’ starter Chris Volstad. With one out, Ronnier Mustelier and Matt Tuiasosopo singled before Reid Brignac unloaded on a three-run home run to right. Four batters later, Matt Lipka laced a two-run triple into the left-center field gap, scoring Anthony Recker and Blake Lalli.

Mike Foltynewicz, beginning a rehab assignment with Gwinnett and pitching for the first time since a start with Atlanta on May 30, yielded just one single through 5.0 scoreless innings. He retired the first 10 batters of the game before Carlos Sanchez singled in the fourth. Foltynewicz threw 43 of his 65 pitches for strikes, walked none and struck out five.

Omar Narvaez greeted Kelly with a double in the sixth and scored on a ground out by Jacob May and Davidson led off the seventh with a double before scoring on a Garcia single as the Knights chipped away.

Ozzie Albies and Lalli each collected two of the G-Braves’ 11 hits on the night. Lalli led off the ninth with his first home run of the season, cutting the deficit to 8-6. Recker and Rio Ruiz each extended their hitting streaks, to 12 and 10 games respectively, and Brignac homered for the third time this year.

After yielding five runs in the first, Volstad settled down, allowing just three singles in the rest of his outing. He scattered eight hits over 6.0 innings, while walking one and striking out four.

Brad Goldberg (W, 1-3) gave up two hits and a walk in his 2.0 innings of relief, earning the win. Matt Lollis (S, 1) pitched the ninth to pick up his first save for Charlotte.

The G-Braves and Knights conclude the three-game series on Sunday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. Right-hander Lucas Harrell (1-1, 3.46) will start for Gwinnett against fellow righty Tyler Danish (0-1, 5.40) for Charlotte. Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call on 97.7 FM at 1:35 p.m.

It’s another “Sunday Funday” presented by Georgia United Credit Union. Fans are welcome to play catch on the field before the game from 1:10-1:30 and fans 12-and-under can run the bases following the game. Tickets for the game are on sale now at the Coolray Field Ticket Office, call 678-277-0340 or visit GwinnettBraves.com/tickets to purchase.

Charlotte Rides Turner Past G-Braves

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – The Charlotte Knights (36-40) jumped on Joel De La Cruz in the top of the first inning and rode the pitching of Jacob Turner to a 5-0 victory over the Gwinnett Braves (33-42) on Friday night at Coolray Field.

Before De La Cruz (L, 1-3) got an out, a Matt Davidson RBI single put the Knights on top. Carlos Sanchez was able to score on a throwing error by second baseman Ozzie Albies and Leury Garcia capped the frame with an RBI double.

The 3-0 lead would be more than enough for Turner (W, 4-6), who cruised through 9.0 scoreless innings in the third complete game of his professional career. He allowed just six hits in his second career complete-game shutout, his first since tossing a three-hitter on July 7, 2012 with Triple-A Toledo at Louisville. He didn’t put more than one runner on in a single inning and threw 71 of his 101 pitches for strikes while racking up five strikeouts and issuing no walks.

De La Cruz set a new single-game career-high by going 8.0 innings, allowing eight hits and five runs (three earned). Outside of the three-run first, he allowed a pair of solo home runs, one by Sanchez leading off the third and another by Brett Hayes leading off the seventh. De La Cruz struck out three and walked two.

Matt Marksberry tossed a perfect ninth for Gwinnett. Ronnier Mustelier went 2-for-3 with a double and Rio Ruiz extended his hitting streak to nine games with a second-inning single.

Sanchez and Davidson each picked up two hits for Charlotte and Nicky Delmonico was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

The G-Braves and Knights continue the three-game series at Coolray Field on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Casey Kelly (2-3, 2.96) is scheduled to start for Gwinnett against right-hander Chris Volstad (5-5, 4.24) for Charlotte. Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call on 97.7 FM at 6:35 p.m.

Saturday night’s game, sponsored by RaceTrac, features a Water Bottle/Mister Giveaway (presented by Coolray Heating and Cooling) for the first 2,500 fans through the gates. Tickets are on sale now at the Coolray Field Ticket Office, call 678-277-0340 or visit GwinnettBraves.com/tickets to purchase.

Indianapolis Rallies To Beat G-Braves

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – The Indianapolis Indians (40-33) struck for five runs in the fifth inning to turn a two-run deficit into a three-run advantage en route to a 9-5 victory over the Gwinnett Braves (33-41) on Thursday night at Coolray Field.

The Indians got each of their first seven batters on base safely in the inning, chasing G-Braves’ starterChris Ellis (L, 0-2). The frame began with Ellis walking the opposing pitcher, Trevor Williams, before issuing base-on-balls to both Austin Meadows and Max Moroff to load the bases.

From there, Indianapolis broke through, getting runs on a fielder’s choice and consecutive singles to end Ellis’ night and take the lead. Reliever Ryan Weber came on and issued a walk before Ed Easley capped the inning with a two-RBI groundout.

The Indians got two more in the seventh and one in the ninth to earn a series split after dropping consecutive walk-off decisions to the G-Braves the previous two nights.

Josh Bell finished a home run shy of the cycle, knocked in two and scored three runs for Indianapolis. He and Cole Figueroa (2-for-4) were the only Indians’ hitters with more than one hit.

Easley’s RBI single in the fourth was just Indianapolis’ second hit against Ellis, who walked two over the first three frames. The right-hander allowed only three hits in 4.1 innings, but walked five and yielded five earned runs. He threw 59 of his 101 pitches for strikes and racked up five strikeouts.

Anthony Recker and Rio Ruiz extended hitting streaks for Gwinnett and both scored in a three-run fourth to briefly give the G-Braves the lead. With one out, Recker pushed his streak to 11 games and Ruiz followed with his second hit of the night, adding to his eight-game run. Three batters later, Matt Lipka laced a two-RBI single to right field off Williams (W, 2-3). Blake Lalli raced home on a wild pitch for the third run.

Pinch-hitter Braeden Schlehuber got a run back for Gwinnett in the sixth on an RBI groundout, andMel Rojas Jr. doubled and scored his second run of the night in the eighth to cap the G-Braves’ output.

Kelvin Marte (S, 1) got the final 10 outs in relief, allowing only two hits and an unearned run over 3.1 innings for Indianapolis. Williams was 1-for-2 with a walk and run scored while tossing 5.2 innings and scattering 10 hits for the Indians. He allowed four runs and struck out three.

Ronnier Mustelier and Ruiz each had three hits for Gwinnett and Rojas Jr. went 2-for-4.

Gwinnett opens a three-game weekend series against the Charlotte Knights at 7:05 p.m. on Friday night at Coolray Field. Right-hander Joel De La Cruz (1-2, 4.89) will pitch for the G-Braves against right-hander Jacob Turner (3-6, 5.35) for Charlotte. Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call on 97.7 FM at 6:35 p.m.

Following Friday’s game, there will be a FOX 5 Friday Night Fireworks display. Tickets for the game are on sale now at the Coolray Field Ticket Office, call 678-277-0340 or visit GwinnettBraves.com/tickets to purchase.

Recker Hits Walk-Off Homer for G-Braves

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Anthony Recker blasted a walk-off home run leading off the 10th inning, giving the Gwinnett Braves (33-40) a come-from-behind 4-3 victory over the Indianapolis Indians (39-33) on Wednesday night at Coolray Field.

Recker lifted a 2-0 pitch from Jhondaniel Medina (BS, 1, L, 0-1) just over the wall in left-center, giving the G-Braves their second straight walk-off win over the Indians. It was Recker’s fifth home run since June 12th and eighth of the season (sixth with Gwinnett).

The G-Braves were held without a hit through eight innings and trailed 3-0, but Recker led off the ninth with a clean single off reliever Trey Haley. Rio Ruiz followed with a ground-rule to left field before Mel Rojas Jr. got Gwinnett on the board with a sacrifice fly.

After Blake Lalli flew out to deep center, Haley hit Matt Lipka with a pitch to put runners on first and second. Medina was summoned out of the Indianapolis bullpen and promptly walked pinch-hitter Matt Tuiasosopo to load the bases. Medina then issued eight straight balls to Ozzie Albies and Ronnier Mustelier, bringing in the tying runs. Reid Brignac struck out swinging to end the inning and force extras.

The G-Braves had been held down by Indians’ starter Tyler Glasnow, who didn’t allow a hit over 7.0 innings. The Pittsburgh Pirates’ No. 1 prospect according to MLB.com, Glasnow walked five and struck out eight while throwing 59 of his 102 pitches for strikes. Haley walked two in the eighth but escaped without surrendering a base hit.

Gwinnett threatened against Glasnow in the fifth and sixth innings, getting a pair of baserunners in both frames, but the right-hander got inning-ending grounders each time.

Indianapolis had taken the lead against G-Braves’ starter Manny Banuelos in the second, when Gift Ngoepe picked up a two-run single with the bases loaded. Banuelos worked himself into and out of trouble throughout his outing, walking five and allowing four hits in 4.2 innings. It was the longest outing of the season for the lefty.

Reliever Stephen Janas worked 3.1 innings out of the Gwinnett bullpen, retiring the first seven batters he faced before running into trouble in the eighth. Indianapolis raised its lead to 3-0 when Max Moroff led off the eighth with a triple and scored on Willy Garcia’s sacrifice fly.

Rob Wooten and Jose Ramirez (W, 2-2) each worked clean innings of relief as the G-Braves mounted their late rally.

Recker had two of the G-Braves’ three hits and scored twice, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. Gwinnett worked a season-high 10 walks against Indianapolis pitching and won despite going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Moroff and Ngoepe each collected two hits for Indianapolis, which went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 13 men on base.

The G-Braves and Indians conclude the four-game series at Coolray Field on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Chris Ellis (0-1, 67.50) will make his second start for Gwinnett against right-hander Trevor Williams (1-3, 4.73) for Indianapolis. Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call on 97.7 FM at 6:35 p.m.

Thursday’s game is another Triple Play Thursday. For $40, fans can purchase four (4) infield box tickets, four (4) hot dogs and four (4) sodas. Tickets for Thursday’s game are on sale now at the Coolray Field Ticket Office, call 678-277-0340 or visit GwinnettBraves.com/tickets to purchase.

G-Braves’ Rally Comes Up Short

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Josh Bell homered and Alen Hanson went 3-for-5 to lead the Indianapolis Indians (39-31) to a 7-5 victory over the Gwinnett Braves (31-40) on Monday night at Coolray Field.

Bell’s solo home run in the fourth off G-Braves’ starter Casey Kelly (L, 2-3) just barely cleared the wall in right-center to put the Indians up 2-0. Indianapolis would add another run in the inning and tack on four more against Gwinnett’s bullpen to take the series opener.

Hanson singled twice and tripled, scoring two runs and knocking in one. His triple leading off the seventh off reliever Ryan Weber spearheaded a two-run rally to put Indianapolis up 6-2, but Gwinnett wouldn’t go away quietly.

Pitcher Brandon Cunniff led off the seventh with his first career hit and came around to score on a groundout by Reid Brignac, cutting the deficit to 6-3. Indianapolis got the run right back in the top of the eighth, but the G-Braves struck for two runs in the ninth to make it 7-5.

Blake Lalli collected a two-run single in the ninth and the G-Braves put the tying runs on, but Dovydas Neverauskas struck out Anthony Recker and got Rio Ruiz to ground out to end it.

Gwinnett trailed 4-0 through five innings, but cut the deficit in half with a two-run sixth. With one out, the G-Braves collected four straight singles, with Ronnier Mustelier and Sean Kazmar Jr.‘s base hits driving in runs.

Mustelier went 3-for-4 with three singles and an RBI and both Ruiz and Ozzie Albies went 2-for-5 as the G-Braves produced 16 hits on the night, but were 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Everyone who batted except for Kelly had at least one hit, including pinch-hitters Emerson Landoniand Braeden Schlehuber.

Kelly, who entered play with a 0.31 ERA in 29.0 innings at Coolray Field this season, allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks in 4.0 innings. Weber yielded three runs on three hits in 1.0 inning and Cunniff struck out five while allowing one run in 2.0 innings of relief.

Hanson was the only Indians’ hitter with more than one hit. Six different players recorded an RBI for Indianapolis.

Indianapolis starter Chad Kuhl (W, 6-2) scattered 10 hits in 5.2 innings and allowed two runs, before the G-Braves got three runs against reliever Kelvin Marte in 2.2 innings. Neverauskas (S, 2) got the final two outs for his second save.

The teams continue the four-game series on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Lucas Harrell(2-1, 3.81) is scheduled to pitch for the G-Braves against righty Wilfredo Boscan (5-5, 3.33) for Indianapolis. Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call on 97.7 FM at 6:35 p.m.

It’s a Two-for-Tuesday night, as all Dugout seats are two for the price of one. Tickets for Tuesday’s game are on sale now at the Coolray Field Ticket Office, call 678-277-0340 or visit GwinnettBraves.com/tickets to purchase.

G-Braves Play Longball to Sweep Norfolk

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Anthony Recker homered twice and the Gwinnett Braves (30-34) matched a season high with three home runs in a 10-3 victory over the Norfolk Tides (21-43) on Sunday afternoon at Coolray Field.

Daniel Castro also homered as Gwinnett swept the three-game weekend series and earned its fifth straight victory overall. The G-Braves are now 7-0 vs. Norfolk at Coolray Field this season.

Recker took Norfolk starter Ariel Miranda (L, 1-7) deep to right field in the first inning to put Gwinnett up 1-0, and hammered another solo homer to left off Miranda in the fifth for a 5-1 lead. It’s the 11th career two-homer game for Recker, who has five blasts in the International League this season (three with the G-Braves). He last homered twice on May 14, 2015 for the New York Mets at the Chicago Cubs.

Recker finished 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and three RBIs and became the first G-Brave to score four times in a game this season.

Norfolk tied the game at 1-1 in the third, but Gwinnett jumped back in front with a three-run rally in the bottom half thanks in part to two errors by the Tides. Emerson Landoni led off the frame with an infield single and raced all the way to third on a two-base throwing error by Norfolk third baseman Michael Almanzar.

Ozzie Albies drove Landoni in with a sacrifice fly before Emilio Bonifacio and Recker worked consecutive walks against Miranda. Two batters later, Reid Brignac singled to left scoring Bonifacio, and left fielder Mike Yastrzemski overran the ball, allowing Recker to score from first to make it 4-1.

After Recker’s homer made it 5-1 in the fifth, Castro made it 7-1 in the sixth. In his first game back with Gwinnett after being optioned from Atlanta earlier in the day, Castro lifted a two-run shot down the left field line off Richard Rodriguez. It’s Castro’s first homer since October 2, 2015 for the Braves vs. St. Louis. He finished 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

Landoni and Ronnier Mustelier each went 3-for-4 for the G-Braves, who pounded out 13 hits on the day. Brignac was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.

Starter Manny Banuelos lasted only 3.0 innings for Gwinnett, allowing one run on two hits and four walks while striking out three. Stephen Janas (W, 1-0) and Rob Wooten each allowed a run in 5.0 combined innings of relief before Jose Ramirez retired in the Tides in the ninth. Janas earned his first Triple-A win by yielding just one run over 2.1 innings.

Almanzar went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Miranda gave up five runs (four earned) on five hits over 5.0 innings for the Tides.

Following an off day on Monday, the G-Braves start a six-game road trip with the first of three games at Lehigh Valley on Tuesday night. Right-hander Joel De La Cruz (1-1, 5.73) is scheduled to start for Gwinnett against right-hander David Buchanan (3-4, 4.76) for the IronPigs. Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call from Coca-Cola Park on 97.7 FM at 6:35 p.m.

G-Braves Use Late Rally To Down Norfolk

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Anthony Recker went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI hits, including an RBI single in a three-run seventh inning, helping the Gwinnett Braves (29-34) defeat the Norfolk Tides (21-42) 6-4 on Saturday night at Coolray Field.

Gwinnett had the first four hitters of the seventh inning reach base against former G-Brave David Hale, with Recker’s second single of the night tying the score at 4-4. Ozzie Albies put the G-Braves back in front 5-4, collecting an RBI on a groundout scoring Reid Brignac from third. Emilio Bonifacio laced an RBI single off Ashur Tolliver to raise the lead to 6-4.

Dario Alvarez (H, 2) and Bradley Roney (S, 2) shut the door from there to send the G-Braves to their fourth straight win following a seven-game losing streak.

The G-Braves opened a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Brignac and Recker started the frame with consecutive doubles against Hale (L, 0-4), kickstarting the rally. After Albies beat out an infield single, Bonifacio reached on a fielder’s choice to score Recker and put runners at first and second. Matt Tuiasosopo provided the final run of the inning on an RBI groundout.

G-Braves’ starter Lucas Harrell pitched into and out of trouble over the first three innings before surrendering three runs in the fourth. With two outs in the fourth, Xavier Avery and L.J. Hoes lined back-to-back singles and Mike Yastrzemski blasted a two-run home run, tying the game at 3-3.

Harrell yielded six hits and walked five over 4.0 innings, while throwing 41 of his 84 pitches for strikes in a no-decision.

Kanekoa Texeira allowed a run in the fifth as Norfolk took a 4-3 lead, but Tyrell Jenkins (W, 6-3) held the Tides down over 2.0 innings to get the victory. Jenkins allowed two hits and a walk while striking out one in the fourth relief outing of his career.

Bonifacio was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and also swiped his International League-leading 21st base of the season. Brignac scored twice, going 1-for-3 with a double. Roney now has saves in back-to-back outings, his first two at the Triple-A level.

Yastrzemski finished a triple shy of the cycle for Norfolk, which went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 13 men on base. Hale allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits in 6.2 innings to remain winless on the season.

The G-Braves and Tides conclude the three-game series on Sunday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. Left-handerManny Banuelos (0-1, 6.23) will start for the G-Braves against fellow southpaw Ariel Miranda (1-6, 5.20) for Norfolk. Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call on 97.7 FM at 1:35 p.m.

It’s another “Sunday Funday” at Coolray Field, presented by Georgia United Credit Union. Fans are welcome to play catch on the field before the game from 1:10-1:25 and fans 12-and-under can run the bases following the game. Tickets for Sunday’s game are on sale now at the Coolray Field Ticket Office, call 678-277-0340 or visit GwinnettBraves.com/tickets to purchase.

Sims Guides G-Braves Past Norfolk

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Lucas Sims allowed just one run over 5.0 innings and eight different Gwinnett Braves (28-34) recorded a hit in a 4-2 victory over the Norfolk Tides (21-41) on Friday night at Coolray Field.

Sims (W, 2-5) struck out seven and threw 48 of 83 pitches for strikes to earn his first win at home and send the G-Braves to their third straight victory following a seven-game losing streak.

Ozzie Albies kick-started a three-run rally in the third inning with a two-run triple and Emilio Bonifaciolifted a sacrifice fly immediately after against Norfolk starter Nick Additon (L, 1-6).

Sims registered three strikeouts over his final two innings, despite yielding an RBI single to Audry Perez in the fifth. The right-hander walked two in the first inning but settled down after that, picking up his second win over his last four starts and lowering his ERA to 6.80.

Matt Tuiasosopo blasted a long home run to left-center field in the sixth, his eighth of the season, to extend the lead to its final margin. Tuiasosopo now has six extra-base hits (four doubles, two home runs) over four games on the homestand.

Sean Kazmar Jr. singled and doubled for the G-Braves, who got four strong innings of relief from their bullpen.

Dale Thayer (H, 1) allowed a run in the sixth before Jose Ramirez (H, 2) and Bradley Roney (S, 1) yielded only three hits over the final 3.0 innings to close it out. Roney picked up his first save for Gwinnett and third of the season.

Xavier Avery went 3-for-5 to collect a third of Norfolk’s hits and Perez was 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI. Additon allowed four runs on six hits in 5.0 innings, losing for the fourth time in a row.

The G-Braves and Tides continue the three-game series on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. Right-handerLucas Harrell (2-1, 3.71) will pitch for the G-Braves against righty David Hale (0-3, 5.65) for Norfolk. Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call on 97.7 FM at 6:35 p.m.

Tickets for Saturday’s game are on sale now at the Coolray Field Ticket Office, call 678-277-0340 or visit GwinnettBraves.com/tickets to purchase.

G-Braves Sneak Past Lehigh Valley in Finale

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – The Gwinnett Braves (27-34) scored twice without the benefit of a hit in the third inning to emerge with a 2-1 victory over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (32-28) on Thursday afternoon at Coolray Field. The G-Braves split the four-game series with wins in the final two games.

With two outs in the third, Ozzie Albies and Emilio Bonifacio worked walks against IronPigs’ starter Zach Eflin (L, 5-2). Albies stole second and third base and Bonifacio swiped second base to get into scoring position. Ronnier Mustelier hit a sharp grounder to second base, but Darnell Sweeney bobbled the ball and threw late to first, allowing both runners to race around and score, putting the G-Braves up 2-1.

Gwinnett did not record its first hit until Albies singled with two outs in the fifth off Eflin. Mustelier’s one-out single in the sixth was the G-Braves’ only other hit on the day.

Starter Ryan Weber and relievers Matt Marksberry and Rob Wooten held the IronPigs in check all afternoon, striking out a combined 10 while allowing only six hits.

Weber yielded three hits and a run in 4.0 innings, allowing a sacrifice fly to Will Venable in the second as the IronPigs took a 1-0 lead. Marksberry (W, 2-2) struck out four over 2.2 innings of relief to earn his second win of the year before Wooten (S, 1) got the final seven outs for the save.

Wooten worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh and pitched around a one-out double in the ninth to pick up his first save since June 1, 2015 for Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Albies finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored while recording his fifth and sixth stolen bases of the year. Bonifacio was 0-for-2 with a walk, run scored and his International League-leading 20th stolen base of the year. Sean Kazmar Jr. saw his nine-game hitting streak end with an 0-for-3 afternoon.

Taylor Featherston went 2-for-4 for Lehigh Valley and Eflin didn’t allow an earned run while holding Gwinnett to just one hit in 5.1 innings.

Gwinnett opens a three-game weekend series against the Norfolk Tides at 7:05 p.m. on Friday night at Coolray Field. Right-hander Lucas Sims (1-5, 7.40) will pitch for the G-Braves against lefty Nick Additon (1-5, 3.35) for Norfolk. Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call on 97.7 FM at 6:35 p.m.

Friday night is Super Hero Night at Coolray Field, presented by Gwinnett Medical Center. Both teams will wear special super hero themed jerseys, which will be auctioned off and autographed following the game. The night concludes with FOX 5 Friday Night Fireworks. Tickets for Friday’s game are on sale now at the Coolray Field Ticket Office, call 678-277-0340 or visit GwinnettBraves.com/tickets to purchase.