LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Pedro Florimon went 3-for-5 and scored twice, leading the Indianapolis Indians (54-52) to a 4-0 victory over the Gwinnett Braves (48-57) on Thursday night at Coolray Field. The shutout ended Gwinnett’s season-long seven-game winning streak.
Florimon singled three times and scored in the sixth and eighth innings, and Indianapolis added a pair of insurance runs in the ninth to avoid a three-game sweep.
The game was scoreless through five innings, with G-Braves’ starter Rob Whalen (L, 0-1) and Indians’ righty Frank Duncan trading zeroes. But Florimon led off the sixth with a single against Whalen and raced home on a double to left-center by Jose Osuna two batters later.
That was the only blemish on Whalen’s night, as the right-hander allowed four hits over 6.0 innings while walking three and striking out eight. He threw 64 of his 104 pitches for strikes in his first Triple-A loss.
Gwinnett had its best chance to tie the game in the seventh inning against reliever Dovydas Neverauskas, as Daniel Castro and Omar Infante each singled to open the frame, but Neverauskas got the next three hitters in order to keep Indianapolis in front.
Florimon led off the eighth with his third single of the night, stole second and scored on an RBI single by Josh Bell to double the Indians’ lead against reliever Bradley Roney.
Willy Garcia and Gift Ngoepe each hit solo home runs off Rob Wooten in the ninth to provide the final margin.
Rio Ruiz singled twice and walked in a 2-for-3 night, and was the only G-Brave to record a multi-hit game. Mel Rojas Jr. was 0-for-3 with a walk to snap a six-game hitting streak.
Duncan (W, 7-5) held the G-Braves to only four hits over 5.0 innings while walking four and striking out one. Neverauskas (H, 2) and Kelvin Marte (S, 2) tossed 2.0 innings apiece to close it out for the Indians.
The G-Braves hit the road for a quick three-game series in Toledo against the Mud Hens, with game one at Fifth Third Field set for Friday night at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Roberto Hernandez (4-5, 4.33) will pitch for Gwinnett against right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (MLB Rehab, 0-0, 0.00) for Toledo. Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call on 97.7 FM at 6:35 p.m.