G-Braves fall hard to Bulls

DURHAM — The Gwinnett Braves lost to the Durham Bulls 11-0 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park to end their road trip Monday night.

Gwinnett (41-44) is in third place in the International League South, dropping to 101⁄2 games behind division leader Durham (51-33). The Bulls are now 5-4 against the Braves in Durham this season and lead the series 8-5 overall.

It was over when in the bottom of the first inning the Bulls put four runs on the board. Justin Ruggiano singled in one run and Dan Johnson hit a three-run home run, his 21st home run of the season, to give Durham a lead they would never lose.

Braves starter Jose Ortegano got his fifth loss of the season going three innings and giving up seven hits, nine runs (eight earned) and one walk. Cory Gearrin finished with two innings pitched and allowed one run off two hits.

Following Gearrin, Cristhian Martinez, Vladimir Nunez and Michael Dunn pitched one inning each — holding the Bulls to only one more run.

At the plate, Freddie Freeman went 2-for-4 and extended his current hitting streak to 11 games and his season-best on-base streak to 25 games. Mitch Jones was 2-for-3 in the game.

Once again Bulls’ starter Jeremy Hellickson dominated. The prospect earned his 11th win of the season throwing six scoreless innings, scatter five hits and striking out three.

The G-Braves return to Coolray Field today to face the Norfolk Tides with recent call-up LHP Mike Minor (1-0, 1.17 ERA) set to face fellow call-up and lefty Zach Britton (0-0, 0.00 ERA).