G-Braves' slim playoff hopes end

The Gwinnett Braves fell to the Norfolk Tides 5-2 and were officially eliminated from the International League playoffs Tuesday night in Norfolk, Va.

The Tides jumped to an early lead in the second inning when Brandon Snyder hit a two-run homer off Jose Ortegano.

Defensive miscues by the Braves allowed Norfolk to score another run in the sixth. Norfolk tacked on two more runs in the seventh, putting the Braves in a five-run deficit they could not overcome.

Ortegano (3-10) was tabbed with the loss after giving up three runs (two earned), three hits and two walks in 52⁄3 innings. In relief Vladimir Nunez gave up two runs in 11⁄3. Lee Hyde pitched a scoreless eighth inning, giving up only one hit.

Joe Thurston went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in the eighth inning. In his Gwinnett debut, Antoan Richardson also finished 2-for-4.

Norfolk starting pitcher Chris Tillman (11-7) held the G-Braves scoreless through 62⁄3 innings, striking out three and allowing five hits. Armando Gabino gave up the only two runs while Dennis Sarfate earned his 19th save of the season.

Gwinnett will play the final game of a short two-game series in Norfolk at 7:15 p.m. today. The G-Braves will send RHP Erik Cordier to the mound for his Triple-A debut against RHP Tim Bascom for the Tides. The game will be broadcast on the radio on WDUN-550 AM.