New G-Braves pitcher falters

NORFOLK, Va. — Erik Cordier lasted just 2⁄3 of an inning in his first appearance for the Gwinnett Braves and he picked up his first Class AAA loss.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound righty allowed five earned runs off just two hits, four walks and he struck out one. His ERA is 67.50 after the outing and the G-Braves lost their second straight game, 6-2.

Cordier threw just 19 of his 41 pitches for strikes.

Gwinnett scored solo runs in the sixth and eighth innings on RBIs from Clint Sammons and newly promoted Orlando Mercado. Gwinnett stranded 11 runners in the loss.

Lefty Mariano Gomez, just activated from the disabled list, allowed the final Tides run in one inning of work. Gwinnett used six pitchers in the loss.

Barbaro Canizares, the International League’s DH of the year, scored both runs on a 2-for-4 night. He’s league-leading average is now .340.

The G-Braves travel to Durham for their final series with the Bulls tonight at 7 p.m.