G-Braves drop opener in Charlotte 6-2

Photo by Ben Beitzel

Photo by Ben Beitzel

FORT MILL, S.C. -- A yeoman's effort from the Charlotte Knights' pitching staff stifled the Gwinnett Braves, holding the offense to just three hits.

The G-Braves lost to the Knights 6-2 in the first game of a home-and-home four-game series between the division rivals.

Knights starter and former Gwinnett Braves pitcher Deunte Heath threw just three innings, allowing one run off one hit. The next three Charlotte pitchers threw two innings each with Jhonny Nunez earning his third win with two hitless innings.

G-Braves starter Yohan Flande turned in a solid five innings. The right-hander allowed just three runs off eight hits, striking out four.

All three runs came in his final inning. Corey Gearrin walked two in a scoreless sixth. Prospect Arodys Vizcaino walked a batter and allowed an unearned run in his inning of work and the Knights sealed the win with two runs in the eighth off Dustin Richardson.

Gwinnett did commit a pair of errors in the loss, but the defense turned three double plays to squelch other Charlotte scoring threats.

Tyler Pastornicky made it nine straight games with a hit when he homered to lead off the eighth inning. He also knocked in the G-Braves' first run when his sacrifice fly scored Jeff Fiorentino in the third inning.

Fiorentino and Stefan Gartrell were the only other G-Braves with hits in Thursday's loss.

Matt Young was ejected in the after being called out on strikes.

The G-Braves play at Charlotte tonight at 7 p.m. before returning to Coolray Field to complete the four-game series over the weekend.