Wednesday, August 19, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
The Gwinnett Braves defeated the Norfolk Tides 7-4 Tuesday at Harbor Park.
With Durham also recording a win over Charlotte, Gwinnett maintains its three-game lead in the South Division.
Going into the ninth inning down 3-2, the Braves (72-52) put together another late-inning comeback to secure the win.
The five-run inning was spurred by a lead-off single by Chris Burke, walks to Van Pope and Gregor Blanco, a sacrifice fly by Wes Timmons and an error by Norfolk's shortstop.
Brooks Conrad capped off the inning with his 11th home run of the season. Conrad was 3-for-5 with three RBIs to lead Gwinnett. Clint Sammons also homered in the game.
Second baseman Melvin Dorta was 3-for-3 and scored one run to lead the Tides (64-58).
For Gwinnett, pitcher Tim Hudson made his third rehab appearance and increased his pitch count to 78 (54 strikes). He struck out one in 42/3 innings of work. Bobby Brownlie followed Hudson and earned the win. Brownlie struck out four in 31/3 innings of work.
Alberto Castillo was credited with the loss after allowing three hits and five runs in the ninth inning. It was Castillo's first blown save on the season.
Gwinnett plays Game 2 of a four-game series today at 7:15 p.m. at Harbor Park. Braves' John Halama (4-4, 4.35 ERA) is scheduled to face Jake Arrieta (4-6, 4.59 ERA) of the Tides.
The Gwinnett Braves return home Saturday for a four-game set against Charlotte. First pitch Saturday is at 7:05 p.m.