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Resop strong in rehab outing

LAWRENCEVILLE — Judging by the results in the minors, Chris Resop is ready to return to the big leagues.

In his third rehab appearance, the right-hander threw five no-hit innings, walking just two. He struck out four straight to start a streak of 10 outs in a row.

INSTANT REPLAY

G-Braves 6, Red Wings 3

What happened: Chris Resop threw five no-hit innings in a strong major league rehab start to get the win for the G-Braves on the mound. Matt Young went 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBIs and two runs scored and Freddie Freeman hit his 14th home run of the season in the fifth inning. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Gwinnett.

Stat of the day: Resop struck out six batters over the first five innings, but Brandon Beachy bested him in four innings of relief for Gwinnett, striking out seven.

Hustle play: With two outs in the second, Clint Sammons looked to end the inning with a ground ball to short. Brandon Hicks hustled off of second and when Sammons reached on an error, Hicks easily scored.

Travel travails: The G-Braves’ opener against Rochester did not begin until 7:48 p.m. thanks to the late arrival of the Red Wings’ equipment. It is the second game at Coolray Field to be hampered by tardy equipment from Rochester. The G-Braves equipment arrived late June 6, 2009, after ending a series in New York, but that game was not delayed thanks to the Atlanta Braves clubhouse and players’ parents arriving with spare equipment.

On deck: RHP Cristhian Martinez (3-1, 3.57 ERA) looks to continue his strong starting streak against the Red Wings’ RHP Jeff Manning (3-5, 5.15).

The outing was a successful one for the former G-Brave starter and one the Gwinnett crowds learned to expect during his time at Coolray Field.

With the G-Braves’ 6-3 win over Rochester, Resop now has delivered six wins to Gwinnett this season despite a call-up to Atlanta on June 15.

That same day was the first setback for Resop.

In his first outing with Atlanta, Resop pitched with a strained left oblique and allowed five runs off five hits in two innings. It was not the return to the majors he planned.

“It’s embarrassing, to be honest with you,” Resop said. “Injuries are part of the game, there is nothing you can do. I do what I can and get healthy and then it is back up to Atlanta again.”

Resop is not sure when he will return to Atlanta. He is waiting to hear word from the team.

“Your guess is as good as mine,” he said.

On Tuesday, taking care of his oblique was the first concern.

“I didn’t have any problems with my side,” Resop said. “This is my third start and I haven’t had any problems. That is obviously the main thing right now, making sure I am healthy.”

He certainly looked healthy Tuesday. After walking the third batter he faced on four pitches, Resop started his streak of 10 straight outs. He struck out the side in the second, all looking. Five of his six strikeouts were called.

“I’m pretty happy with my command and very happy with my outing,” he said. “I walked a couple of guys, but I was all around the strike zone.”

Resop walked the first batter of the fifth inning, but got a fly out and coaxed a double-play to end the inning and his night. As a G-Brave he has thrown 142⁄3 straight scoreless innings. He last allowed a run in Class AAA on June 5.

While Resop dominated, the G-Braves gave him some support. They scored runs in the first and second before blowing the game open with Freddie Freeman’s two-run homer in the fifth. They added two more in the sixth on a two-RBI single from Matt Young. Young ended the night 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Brandon Hicks also scored a pair.

“It was huge getting on top early and giving ourselves a chance to put it out of reach,” Young said. “(The win) was huge coming off that three-game losing streak we just had.”

Brandon Beachy followed Resop on the mound a day after his first scheduled Class AAA start was rained out. The combined no-hitter ended with a leadoff single in the seventh, but Beachy tossed four strong innings, striking out seven and allowing three runs — all on a ninth-inning home run by the Red Wings’ Matt Macri — to spoil the shutout.

Resop hated to see the no-hitter and shutout snapped, but he did his job both for the G-Braves and, more importantly, for himself.

“That is a relief,” Resop said of his outing. “When you get hurt you don’t lose your stuff. It’s command you are going to lose. It is a matter of finding that command. I am very happy with where I am at right now.”