Sunday, May 3, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
The Pawtucket Red Sox blanked the Gwinnett Braves 1-0 in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The G-Braves split the four-game series at Pawtucket and ended a six-game road trip with a 4-2 mark. Gwinnett is now 10-14 while the Red Sox improved to 12-10 on the season.
Gwinnett starter Charlie Morton allowed just one earned run in seven innings but was charged with his second loss of the season. Morton, who struck out 10 batters in the loss, is now 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA in five starts with Gwinnett.
Morton threw two wild pitches in the fourth inning which allowed Sean Danielson, who singled to lead off the inning, to advance from first to third. With two out in the inning, Morton looked to be out of the jam when he got Pawtucket's Chip Ambres to pop-up in the infield but the G-Braves failed to catch the ball which allowed Danielson to score the only run of the game.
Pawtucket starter Clay Buchholz held Gwinnett's bats to just two hits in 5 2/3 innings. The Red Sox bullpen shut out the G-Braves over the final four innings to pick up the series split. Pawtucket reliever Marcus McBeth allowed two base runners in the ninth but ended the threat by striking out Gwinnett catcher J.C. Boscan. Buchholz earned his first win of the season and is now 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA. McBeth picked up his second save of the season and is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA.
The G-Braves return home to Gwinnett Stadium on Monday to play the Syracuse Chiefs in a four-game series. It is the first in an eight-game homestand for Gwinnett, who will also play the Durham Bulls in a four-game series.
In the first year as the Washington Nationals' Triple-A affiliate, Syracuse has jumped out to a 13-7 start heading into Sunday's game at Charlotte. Gwinnett's Todd Redmond (1-1, 3.32 ERA) will make his fifth start of the season and will battle Syracuse LHP Michael O'Connor (1-0, 1.42 ERA) in the series-opener.