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.