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.