LAWRENCEVILLE — At least the Gwinnett Braves and Indianapolis Indians were finally able to complete their game that started Monday.
Unfortunately for both teams, weather was once again a factor as the two teams resumed the game, and their four-game series, on Tuesday at Coolray Field.
G-Braves 4, Indians 3 (Completion of suspended game)
What happened: For the second straight evening, weather was a factor, with rain and lightning delaying Tuesday’s regularly scheduled game after three innings before resuming an hour and 32 minutes later. That was after the two teams completed the final 51⁄2 innings of the game suspended from the previous day. In the completion of the game suspended by rain Monday, the G-Braves manufactured another run on Joe Thurston’s two-out, RBI single to extend their lead to 4-1, and turned the game over to their bullpen. Mariano Gomez (2-2) was touched up for two runs in the sixth, but pitched well enough over his three-inning outing to pick up the win, which Craig Kimbrel secured with two perfect innings out of the bullpen. In the regularly scheduled game, Luke Carlin’s RBI single in the first and Brian Friday’s two-run triple in the fourth gave Indianapolis a 4-0 lead as of press time.
Stat of the day: The rain delay also made it a quick night for Jo-Jo Reyes, who started the regular game for the G-Braves. In three starts this season, the left-hander has thrown a total of nine innings, though two of those starts have come under unusual circumstances. In addition to Tuesday’s rain-shortened outing, Reyes had another two-inning start while rehabbing a strained knee that put him on the disabled list while with the Atlanta Braves early in the season.
Web gem: Alex Romero made a diving catch of Erik Kratz’s sinking line drive to keep the tying run from reaching base to lead off the ninth inning of the suspended game.
Pivotal moment: Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the second in the day’s second game, Barbaro Canizares and Mitch Jones hit back-to-back singles to put runners on first and second with nobody out, but Hayden Penn induced a 6-4-3 double play from Romero and then retired Luis Bolivar on a fly ball to right to get out of the jam.
Worth noting: Thurston played a numbers game of sorts Wednesday, changing his uniform number from 7 to 10 in an attempt to change his luck. The 29-year-old infielder came into Tuesday hitting just .219 with four homers and 19 RBIs in 151 at bats, and the change seems to have done him good, at least in the short-term, as he went 2-for-2 with an RBI for the remainder of the suspended game.
On deck: Right-hander Todd Redmond (4-5, 4.79 ERA) takes to the mound today for the first time since throwing a no-hitter Saturday night in Louisville for Game 3 of the four-game series with Indianapolis. Right-hander Brad Lincoln (5-2, 3.47) gets the start for the Indians.
After the G-Braves held on for a 4-3 victory in the suspended game behind solid relief pitching from Mariano Gomez and Craig Kimbrel, rain delayed the regularly scheduled game after three innings before resuming an hour and 32 minutes later.
A first-inning single by Luke Carlin and Brian Friday’s two-run triple in the fourth gave Indianapolis a 4-0 lead after four innings of Tuesday’s scheduled game as of press time
While the bats were booming in the early going of Monday’s game like the thunderstorms that caused it to eventually be postponed, the pitchers took center stage once the game resumed Tuesday afternoon.
Gomez (2-2) ran into a rough patch with two outs in the sixth inning, giving up an RBI double to Pedro Alvarez and an RBI single to Erik Kratz.
However, he pitched two otherwise uneventful innings to pick up the win, while Kimbrel set down Indianapolis in order in the final two innings — including three strikeouts — to record his seventh save of the season.
The G-Braves didn’t have much luck with three Indians relievers Tuesday after getting home runs from Barbaro Canizares and Alex Romero before the game was suspended Monday.
However, they did manufacture a run in the fifth when Jordan Schafer led off with a single, stole second, was sacrificed to third by Wes Timmons and came home on Joe Thurston’s RBI single, which made the score 4-1 at the time and turned out to be the game-winning run.
The pitching prowess carried over into the scheduled game, with both the G-Braves’ Jo-Jo Reyes and Indians’ Hayden Penn looking strong through the first inning.
Indianapolis struck for a run after Reyes set the first two hitters down in the first, with Carlin finishing off a stretch of three straight singles to put the Indians up 1-0.
But that is all the offense either team managed by the time the heavy weather hit just after Penn had retired the G-Braves in the third.
When the game resumed, a walk and two hits plated two more runs when Friday lashed his triple just out of the reach of a diving Matt Young to push the Indians’ lead to 3-0.