G-Braves drop another one

NORFOLK, Va. - Things are getting desperate for the Gwinnett Braves, who are slumping at the wrong time.

The G-Braves fell two games behind first-place Durham in the International League South Division with a 3-2 loss to Norfolk at Harbor Park on Thursday night.

The loss was eighth in the past 11 games for Gwinnett, which concludes its three-game series against the Tides tonight before finishing the regular-season with three games against Charlotte.

The only good news for the G-Braves (78-62) was that Syracuse also lost, leaving them still up by 31/2 games in the wild-card race.

Norfolk (70-68) scored all its runs in the first inning, the big blow being a two-run homer by Rhyne Hughes off John Halama (4-7). It was the first baseman's 10th home run of the season.

Gwinnett scored twice in the third inning, with Brandon Jones driving in one of the runs with the first of his two doubles. Brian Barton also had two hits for the G-Braves.

Norfolk starter Chris Lambert (7-9) worked five innings for the victory. Jim Miller pitched around a ninth-inning walk to record his 17th save.

Bobby Brownlie (4-2) will start the G-Braves tonight in the series finale against Jake Arrieta (6-7) of the Tides. The teams have split 20 games this season.