Monthly Archives: August 2016

G-Braves Two-Hit Norfolk in 2-0 Win

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Tyrell Jenkins and four relievers combined on a two-hit shutout as the Gwinnett Braves (63-75) defeated the Norfolk Tides (60-79) by a 2-0 score on Wednesday night at Coolray Field.

The victory, combined with Charlotte’s 2-1 loss in Louisville on Wednesday night, increased the G-Braves’ first-place lead in the International League South Division to 1.5 games with five to play.

Jenkins (W, 8-3) allowed just a two-out single to Corban Joseph in the first inning, tossing 6.0 innings to earn his team-leading eighth win. He worked around a career-high seven walks while striking out four in a 102-pitch, 53-strike outing.

The G-Braves got the game’s only two runs in the third inning against Tides’ starter Mike Wright. With one out, Kyle Kubitza singled and Daniel Castro walked. After Emilio Bonifacio popped up for the second out, Reid Brignac stroked an RBI single to right-center to break the scoreless tie and Ronnier Mustelier bounced an RBI single through the right side of the infield to make it 2-0.

Jenkins walked the bases loaded in the sixth, but wiggled out of trouble by getting Trey Mancini to bounce into an inning-ending force-out.

Brian Moran (H, 1) and Kanekoa Texeira (H, 5) got the Tides in order in the seventh before Jason Hursh (H, 2) pitched past a two-out double by Joseph in the eighth. Brandon Cunniff (S, 2) struck out two in a perfect ninth, wrapping up Gwinnett’s ninth shutout win of the season.

Brignac and Mustelier each went 2-for-4 and picked up RBIs for the G-Braves. Mustelier extended his hitting streak to nine games and now has an RBI in five straight games.

Wright (L, 3-4) allowed two runs on seven hits over 6.0 innings while walking two and striking out four for Norfolk. Joseph collected both Tides’ hits, finishing 2-for-3.

The G-Braves begin a three-game series against the Durham Bulls at 7:05 p.m. Thursday night at Coolray Field. Gwinnett’s starter has yet to be officially announced, while Durham will send righty Eddie Gamboa (6-4, 2.68) to the hill. Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call on 97.7 FM at 6:35 p.m.

Thursday’s game is the final Triple Play Thursday of the regular season. 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.

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Norfolk Surges Late To Top G-Braves

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – The Norfolk Tides (60-79) sent 10 men to the plate and scored four times in the eighth inning to earn a 5-2 win over the Gwinnett Braves (62-75) on Tuesday night at Coolray Field.

Despite the loss, Gwinnett remains in first place in the International League South Division, a half-game ahead of Charlotte (62-76), which lost 5-3 at Louisville on Tuesday night.

The G-Braves held a 2-1 lead entering the eighth and handed the ball to Atlanta Braves’ reliever Chris Withrow, who was making his third appearance on a Major League rehab assignment. The right-hander allowed a one-out single to Dariel Alvarez before getting Christian Walker to fly out. But Michael Almanzar singled and pinch-hitter Corban Joseph walked to load the bases.

Mike Yastrzemski laced a two-run single to right field and Ronnier Mustelier booted the ball, allowing Joseph to race around from first to put the Tides ahead 4-2. Madison Younginer replaced Withrow and uncorked a wild pitch to Paul Janish, allowing Yastrzemski to trot home to cap the rally. All four runs were charged to Withrow (BS, 1; L, 0-1).

The G-Braves scored twice in the third inning against Norfolk starter Joe Gunkel to take a 2-0 lead, which Jed Bradley and Stephen Janas made stand up until the eighth.

Sean Kazmar Jr. and Daniel Castro collected back-to-back singles putting runners on the corners, and Braeden Schlehuber got Gwinnett on the board with a sacrifice fly. Mustelier picked up an RBI single to double the G-Braves’ lead.

Bradley allowed the leadoff batter to reach in four of his five innings, escaping unscathed until the fifth. Janish worked a walk to open the inning and moved to third on a single by Caleb Joseph before scoring on a single by Alvarez. But the Gwinnett lefty struck out Christian Walker with two runners on to end the inning and keep the G-Braves ahead.

In his third start for the G-Braves, Bradley allowed just one run on four hits over 5.0 innings, but walked six and threw 56 of his 97 pitches for strikes. Janas yielded only one hit over 2.0 scoreless innings of relief.

Gunkel scattered seven hits over 5.2 innings, allowing two runs while walking none and striking out five. Parker Bridwell (W, 1-0) worked 2.1 innings out of the Tides’ bullpen and Pedro Beato (S, 4) finished it up with a scoreless ninth.

Bonifacio, Mustelier and Rio Ruiz registered two hits apiece for Gwinnett. Reid Brignac went 0-for-4, ending a 17-game on-base streak.

Almanzar and Alvarez each had two hits, while Yastrzemski finished 1-for-3 with two RBIs for Norfolk.

The G-Braves and Tides conclude the three-game series on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. at Coolray Field. Right-hander Tyrell Jenkins (7-3, 2.70) is scheduled to pitch for the G-Braves against righty Mike Wright (3-3, 3.17) for Norfolk. Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call on 97.7 FM at 6:35 p.m.

Tickets for Wednesday’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 Regain First with “Walk-Off” Win

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Ronnier Mustelier drove home the game-winning run on a fielder’s choice with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Gwinnett Braves (62-74) a 6-5 victory over the Norfolk Tides (59-78) on Monday night at Coolray Field.

The win, coupled with Charlotte’s 7-2 loss in Louisville, moved the G-Braves back into first place in the International League South Division. Gwinnett is a half-game ahead of the Knights (62-75) with seven games remaining.

After Norfolk reliever Pedro Beato (L, 5-5) struck out Braeden Schlehuber to open the ninth, Emilio Bonifacio and Reid Brignac collected singles to put runners on the corners for Mustelier. The G-Braves’ left fielder worked the count to 1-2 before hitting a high chopper to second base. The Tides’ infield was drawn in, but Corban Joseph’s throw home was late, giving Gwinnett its 15th last at-bat victory of the year.

Bonifacio and Brignac combined for seven of Gwinnett’s 13 hits on the night and scored three runs between them. Brignac went 4-for-5 with a double, run scored and an RBI, while Bonifacio was 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs in the back-and-forth battle.

Gwinnett jumped on top in the bottom of the first when Mustelier drove in Brignac with a single. Audry Perez of Norfolk tied it in the second with an RBI single of his own.

Bonifacio and Brignac each registered RBI hits to build a 3-1 lead in the second, but Joseph put Norfolk ahead with a three-run home run off G-Braves’ starter Rob Wooten in the third.

Run-scoring hits from Schlehuber and Bonifacio gave Gwinnett a 5-4 lead in the fourth, which John Gant held up until the Tides drew level in the eighth.

A leadoff walk to Joseph was followed by a pair of strikeouts by Gant, but the right-hander was lifted forMaikel Cleto (BS, 2; W, 2-0), who yielded a game-tying RBI double to Michael Almanzar.

Cleto allowed a pair of hits in the top of the ninth, but wiggled out of trouble with two strikeouts and a groundout to pick up the win. Gant fired 3.2 innings of relief, yielding only two hits and a run while striking out five. Wooten surrendered four runs on six hits over 4.0 innings for Gwinnett.

Joseph went 2-for-3 with the homer, three runs scored and three RBIs and Xavier Avery picked up three hits in four at-bats for the Tides.

The G-Braves and Tides continue the three-game series on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. at Coolray Field. Left-hander Jed Bradley (2-0, 1.38) is scheduled to pitch for Gwinnett against right-hander Joe Gunkel (8-10, 3.78) of Norfolk. 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.

Ruiz’s Five RBI Boost G-Braves

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Rio Ruiz homered and drove in five runs to guide the Gwinnett Braves (60-72) to a 6-4 victory over the Buffalo Bisons (64-69) Thursday night at Coolray Field.

With the win, the G-Braves swept the seven-game season series from Buffalo, earning the club’s first season-sweep of an International League opponent since moving to Gwinnett in 2009.

The G-Braves, winners of three in a row, remain a half-game behind first-place Charlotte (61-72) in the IL South Division race with 11 games left. The Knights beat Durham 12-7 at BB&T Ballpark.

Ruiz reached base safely all four times Thursday, working a pair of walks and scoring twice. He crushed a two-run home run an estimated 375 feet off Bisons’ starter Scott Copeland (L, 3-2) with two outs in the third to break a 1-1 tie that the G-Braves wouldn’t surrender.

In the fifth inning, Ruiz laced a bases-clearing double into the left-field corner against Copeland as Gwinnett had the first six batters reach base in the frame to break the game open. Emilio Bonifacioled off with a double and Reid Brignac walked before Mel Rojas Jr. singled to load the bases. It was Ruiz’s team-best 21st double of the season.

The five RBIs by Ruiz tied a season-high for Gwinnett, set by Rojas Jr. on July 7 at Charlotte, and was the third time in his career he registered five RBI in a game. His career-high is six RBI, set on June 11, 2014 for Advanced-A Lancaster vs. Rancho Cucamonga in the Houston Astros’ system.

Each team scored in the second inning, as Dalton Pompey worked a bases-loaded walk against G-Braves’ starter Jed Bradley (W, 2-0) for Buffalo and Daniel Castro tied the game on a sacrifice fly.

Bradley, making his second start for Gwinnett after a promotion from Double-A Mississippi, matched a season-high with 7.0 innings of one-run ball, holding the Bisons to five hits. The left-hander struck out six and walked four, throwing 64 of his 110 pitches for strikes.

Atlanta Braves’ reliever Chris Withrow, making his first MLB rehab appearance since landing on the 15-day disabled list on August 5, yielded a solo home run to Matt Dominguez leading off the eighth. But the right-hander avoided further damage, getting a pair of groundouts and a strikeout to end the inning.

The Bisons got a pair of runs in the ninth against Kanekoa Texeira, but the G-Braves’ righty struck out Chris Colabello looking with runners on the corners to preserve the win.

Bonifacio and Rojas Jr. each had two hits for Gwinnett and Rojas Jr. scored twice.

Andy Burns reached all four times, on three hits and a walk for Buffalo and Dominguez had two hits and two RBI.

The G-Braves hit the road for a quick three-game road trip to Durham, beginning Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Right-hander Tyrell Jenkins (6-3, 2.91) is scheduled to start for the G-Braves against righty Austin Pruitt (8-9, 3.34) for Durham. Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call on 97.7 FM at 6:35 p.m.

Brignac Homers Twice in G-Braves’ Win

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Reid Brignac doubled, homered twice and drove in three runs, powering the Gwinnett Braves (59-72) to an 8-3 victory over the Buffalo Bisons (64-68) on Wednesday night at Coolray Field.

The G-Braves remain in second place in the International League South Division, as first-place Charlotte (60-72) beat Durham 6-5 to stay a half-game ahead of Gwinnett with 12 games to play.

Brignac doubled and scored in the first inning before homering in the sixth and seventh innings for his sixth career multi-homer game. It was the first time he homered twice in a game since May 8, 2014 for Triple-A Lehigh Valley at Charlotte.

The G-Braves’ second baseman led off the sixth with a solo home run against Buffalo starter Casey Lawrence (L, 4-5) to break a 1-1 tie, and his two-run homer capped a pivotal four-run seventh inning to help Gwinnett put it out of reach.

Against reliever Ryan Tepera, Brignac got just enough of the first pitch he saw in the at-bat, as the ball hit the top of the fence down the right-field line and bounced over to put Gwinnett up 6-1.

Just two batters prior to Brignac’s second round-tripper, Braeden Schlehuber ripped a two-run single past a drawn-in infield to give the G-Braves a 4-1 lead.

Both teams scored first-inning runs, with Buffalo’s Darrell Ceciliani hitting a solo home run off G-Braves’ starter Rob Wooten and Gwinnett answering on an RBI single by Tyler Moore.

Bradley Roney (W, 3-0) spun 3.0 innings of one-hit relief to keep the Bisons off the board. Wooten, making his fourth start of the season, allowed just one run on four hits over 4.0 innings while striking out three and throwing 43 of his 63 pitches for strikes.

Moore led off the eighth inning with his second home run of the season, capping a 2-for-4 night in his first game with Gwinnett since May 4. Schlehuber capped the G-Braves’ scoring output with an RBI single in the eighth, giving him three RBIs on the night.

Chris Colabello took Gwinnett reliever Maikel Cleto deep for a two-run home run in the top of the eighth and finished 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs. Jesus Montero singled, doubled and scored for Buffalo.

The G-Braves and Bisons conclude the three-game series at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday night at Coolray Field. Left-hander Jed Bradley (1-0, 1.50) will pitch for Gwinnett against righty Scott Copeland (3-1, 2.30) for Buffalo. Dave Lezotte 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.

Early Outburst Carries G-Braves By Buffalo

LAWRENCEIVLLE, GA – Emilio Bonifacio and Mel Rojas Jr. each homered and the Gwinnett Braves (58-72) pounced early in an 8-4 victory over the Buffalo Bisons (64-67) on Tuesday night at Coolray Field.

The G-Braves remain a half-game behind Charlotte (59-72) for first place in the International League South Division. The Knights defeated Durham 3-2 in 10 innings on Tuesday night.

After falling behind 2-0 on a two-run double by Jesus Montero in the top of the first inning, the G-Braves got the runs right back on an RBI double by Rio Ruiz and an RBI single by Sean Kazmar Jr. in the bottom of the first.

An inning later, Bonifacio crushed a three-run homer into the Bisons’ bullpen down the right-field line to put Gwinnett ahead for good. Bonifacio’s blast off Buffalo starter Mike Bolsinger (L, 1-3) was his first homer since June 15 at Lehigh Valley.

In the third, Blake Lalli doubled and Rojas Jr. blasted a two-run homer onto the berm in right for his ninth round-tripper of the season.

After a rough start, Aaron Blair (W, 5-4) managed to get through 5.0 innings and pick up the win for Gwinnett. The right-hander allowed three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out three. Casey Kotchman led off the fourth with a solo homer off Blair, who threw 45 of his 80 pitches for strikes.

Jason Hursh, Brandon Cunniff and Shae Simmons finished it off for Gwinnett, tossing the final 4.0 innings in relief. Buffalo picked up a run in the seventh off Hursh, ending his 29-inning minor-league scoreless streak dating back to June 23 with Double-A Mississippi.

Brandon Snyder provided the G-Braves’ final run with an RBI double in the sixth, plating Reid Brignac who had also doubled.

Kazmar Jr., Snyder and Rojas Jr. each had two hits for Gwinnett, which had 11 in the game and went 5-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Montero had two of Buffalo’s 11 hits and knocked in a pair of runs and Andy Burns went 2-for-4 for the Bisons, who were just 3-for-14 with runners in scoring positions and left 13 men on base.

Bolsinger was charged with seven runs (six earned) in 2.2 innings while walking three. The G-Braves added a run against reliever Jason Berken, who went 3.1 innings out of Buffalo’s bullpen.

The G-Braves continue the three-game series against the Buffalo Bisons at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday night at Coolray Field. Right-hander Matt Wisler (2-1, 3.71) is scheduled to start for Gwinnett against righty Casey Lawrence (4-4, 3.65) for Buffalo. Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call on 97.7 FM at 6:35 p.m.

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

Three-Run 6th Sends Rochester By G-Braves

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – The Rochester Red Wings (72-58) sent eight men to the plate in a pivotal three-run sixth inning in a 5-3 win over the Gwinnett Braves (57-72) on Monday night at Coolray Field.

The loss, coupled with Charlotte’s 3-0 win over Buffalo, bumped the G-Braves into second place in the International League South, a half-game behind the Knights (58-72).

Gwinnett had a 2-1 lead through five innings, but Chris Ellis (L, 4-5) ran into trouble in the sixth. Byron Buxton led off with a single and Ellis hit Tommy Field before walking Reynaldo Rodriguez to load the bases.

A walk to Kennys Vargas tied the game and ended Ellis’ night, but reliever Maikel Cleto couldn’t get his teammate out of the jam upon entry.

Adam Brett Walker greeted Cleto with a sacrifice fly to left, putting the Red Wings ahead and moving both runners into scoring position. Logan Schafer ripped an RBI single to cap the rally and put Rochester up 4-2.

Gwinnett jumped on Rochester starter Andrew Albers (W, 10-6) for two runs in the first inning whenSean Kazmar Jr. muscled a broken-bat, two-run single into shallow center field.

Emerson Landoni chased Albers from the game with an RBI double over the first base bag to make it 4-3 in the sixth, but Tommy Field made a running catch in shallow right-center to rob Daniel Castroand bail out reliever Jake Reed to keep Rochester in front.

The Red Wings added a run in the eighth against Wilfredo Boscan to push the lead to 5-3 on an RBI single by John Ryan Murphy.

The G-Braves put the tying runs on in the ninth against Alex Wimmers (S, 11) but the Red Wings’ closer struck out Reid Brignac to end it.

Buxton went 3-for-5 to pace the Rochester attack and Field hit a solo home run in the fourth and scored twice for the Red Wings.

Blake Lalli went 3-for-4 with his 18th double of the season and Bonifacio was 2-for-4 with his IL-leading 37th stolen base of the season for Gwinnett. Ellis allowed four runs on four hits and four walks in 5.0 innings while striking out five.

The G-Braves begin a three-game series against the Buffalo Bisons at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday night at Coolray Field. Right-hander Aaron Blair (4-4, 4.59) is scheduled to start for Gwinnett against righty Mike Bolsinger (1-2, 5.68) for Buffalo. 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.

Rochester Holds On To Beat Gwinnett, 3-2

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – The Rochester Red Wings (71-58) struck for three runs over the first two innings and held on for a 3-2 victory over the Gwinnett Braves (56-71) on Sunday afternoon at Coolray Field.

Byron Buxton got the Red Wings off on the right foot, lacing a triple to left-center on the game’s first pitch from Stephen Janas (L, 2-2) and scoring one batter later on an infield single by Wilfredo Tovar.

Janas yielded three more singles in the second inning, including RBI singles to Logan Schafer and Leonardo Reginatto as Rochester raised the lead to 3-0.

Sean Kazmar Jr. blasted a solo home run in the bottom of the second and Brandon Snyder also homered off Rochester starter Nick Greenwood (W, 5-3) in the sixth, but that would be all the G-Braves could muster against the Red Wings’ lefty.

Greenwood held Gwinnett to just five hits over 8.0 innings while not walking a batter and striking out four. Alan Busenitz (S, 1) worked around a two-out single by Kazmar in a scoreless ninth to pick up the save.

Janas, making a spot start for the G-Braves, yielded three runs (two earned) on six hits over 4.0 innings while registering one strikeout and no walks. Bradley Roney struck out seven over 3.0 scoreless innings and Maikel Cleto and Shae Simmons each struck out two in their scoreless innings for Gwinnett.

Schafer went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the only Red Wing in the game with multiple hits.

Kazmar had Gwinnett’s only multi-hit effort, going 2-for-4 with his fifth homer of the season. Snyder’s third blast with the G-Braves was his only hit in a 1-for-4 day.

The G-Braves and Red Wings conclude the three-game series at 7:05 p.m. on Monday night at Coolray Field. Right-hander Chris Ellis (4-4, 6.27) will start for the G-Braves against lefty Andrew Albers (9-6, 3.64) for Rochester. Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call on 97.7 FM at 6:35 p.m.

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

Ruiz Powers G-Braves Past Rochester

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Rio Ruiz tripled and homered twice to power the Gwinnett Braves (57-70) to a rain-shortened 5-1 victory over the Rochester Red Wings (70-58) on Saturday night at Coolray Field.

The game was called after the top of the seventh inning following a 1-hour, 15-minute rain delay. With the win, Gwinnett now leads the International League South Division by 1.5 games over both Charlotte and Norfolk (T-2nd, 56-72).

Ruiz took Red Wings’ starter Omar Bencomo deep into the Rochester bullpen down the right field line for a solo shot leading off the fourth and added three-run blast to right off Bencomo in the fifth. It was the first career multi-homer game for Ruiz, who now has nine home runs with the G-Braves this season.

With two out in the fifth, Reid Brignac and Brandon Snyder singled to set up Ruiz’s three-run blast and give him a season-high four RBIs.

Gwinnett also jumped on Bencomo for a run in the bottom of the first inning when Emilio Bonifacio led off with a triple and scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly to center by Snyder.

In his G-Braves’ debut, lefty Jed Bradley (W, 1-0) cruised through the Rochester lineup in his first outing at the Triple-A level since June 12, 2015 with Colorado Springs in the Milwaukee Brewers’ organization.

Bradley yielded just one run, on a fielder’s choice in the sixth inning, on five hits over 6.0 innings. He walked one and struck out nine while throwing 63 of his 96 pitches for strikes.

Bonifacio also tripled to begin the third, becoming the first G-Brave to collect two triples in a game sinceMallex Smith did so on August 17, 2015 at Toledo. He was the only other Gwinnett hitter with multiple hits on the night.

Bencomo (L, 1-1) yielded five runs on nine hits over 5.1 innings for Rochester and Adam Brett Walker collected his 67th RBI of the season, third-most in the IL.

The G-Braves and Red Wings continue the three-game series at 2:05 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at Coolray Field. Right-hander John Gant (3-3, 4.30) will start for the G-Braves against lefty Nick Greenwood (4-3, 3.30) for Rochester. Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call on 97.7 FM at 1:35 p.m.

It’s the final “Sunday Funday” of the season, 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.

After fans have finished running the bases, the pilot episode of the upcoming Fox show “Pitch” will be played on the video board. 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.

G-Braves, Knights Split Doubleheader

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – A pair of big innings by each side were the difference on Friday night as the Gwinnett Braves (56-70) and Charlotte Knights (56-71) split a doubleheader at Coolray Field. Gwinnett won game one 7-5 and Charlotte took game two by a 5-1 score.

After Friday’s games, Gwinnett remains in first place in the International League South Division, a half-game ahead of the Knights.

In the first game, Charlotte jumped on G-Braves’ starter Matt Wisler in the first inning. Leury Garcia and Jake Peter singled before Kevan Smith blasted a three-run home run to deep left-center, putting the Knights up 3-0 in a blink.

But Wisler settled down after that, holding the Knights to just three hits over the next five innings as his teammates got him off the hook. Gwinnett immediately answered Charlotte’s outburst with an even greater rally of its own in the bottom of the first.

The G-Braves batted around against Carson Fulmer (L, 0-1), collecting six runs on five hits. Brandon Snyder picked up an RBI single and Rio Ruiz laced a hard grounder off Fulmer’s leg to push across a second G-Braves’ run.

Three batters later, Blake Lalli dumped a two-run double down the left-field line, putting Gwinnett in front. With two outs, Braeden Schlehuber laced a two-run double down the left-field line to cap the frame.

As Wisler (W, 2-1) was shutting down the Knights, the game remained a 6-3 score until the bottom of the sixth when Emilio Bonifacio laid down a squeeze bunt to score Schlehuber from third.

In the seventh, Gwinnett nearly coughed up the lead, committing three errors to let Charlotte back into it. With two outs, Adam Engel singled and Eddy Alvarez reached on a fielding error by Lalli at first. Garcia followed with an RBI single to right that Kyle Kubitza bobbled, allowing Alvarez to race around from first and cut the lead to 7-5.

Peter hit a hard grounder to shortstop that Daniel Castro couldn’t corral for an error, putting runners at the corners with two out. But Wisler got Smith to bounce into a force out to end it.

Wisler recorded his second career complete game, allowing five runs (three earned) on eight hits over 7.0 innings while striking out four and walking none. He threw 67 of his 99 pitches for strikes. Bonifacio, Lalli, Schlehuber and Snyder each had two hits for the G-Braves, who had 11 in the game. Schlehuber’s two doubles matched his total over his first 28 games this season.

Garcia had three of Charlotte’s eight hits in the game and relievers Blake Smith and Matt Purke held Gwinnett to just one run on six hits over the final six innings, totaling seven strikeouts.

In the nightcap, Charlotte batted around against Aaron Blair (L, 4-4) in the second inning and went ahead for good on a grand slam by Engel. Blair walked Slade Heathcott and allowed singles to Vinny Rottino and Tony Campana before Engel scraped the brick wall beyond the left-field fence for his first Triple-A homer.

That was more than enough for lefty David Holmberg (W, 1-2) as he carved up the G-Braves for a complete-game win. He held Gwinnett hitless through the first four innings and yielded only one run on two hits in the game.

Mel Rojas Jr. led off the fifth with a triple down the right-field line and scored on a sacrifice fly by Lalli two batters later. Emerson Landoni doubled for Gwinnett’s other hit in the game.

Blair exited after the second inning and finished his night with five runs allowed on seven hits and two walks, having thrown 32 of his 60 pitches for strikes.

Garcia was 2-for-4 to finish the twin-bill 5-for-8 and Campana and Rottino each had two hits for Charlotte.

The G-Braves begin a three-game series against the Rochester Red Wings at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday night at Coolray Field. Gwinnett’s starter has yet to be officially announced, while the Red Wings will start left-hander Adalberto Mejia (1-2, 4.66). Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call on 97.7 FM at 6:35 p.m.

The first 2,500 fans through the gates Saturday will receive a bobblehead of G-Braves’ mascot Chopper, presented by Georgia Power. It’s also MiLB CommUNITY Day, as fans will be asked to rise together during an inning break to take a moment and reflect on ways to make a difference in communities and help others. 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.