SYRACUSE -- The G-Braves beat the Syracuse Chiefs 1-0 in the third game of a four-game set in Syracuse, N.Y., on Thursday night.
J.J. Hoover earned his first Triple-A win, striking out five of the six batters he faced. The Gwinnett Braves (69-57) remain four games behind the Durham Bulls (72-52) in the IL South standings and 2.5 games behind the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (72-55) in the wild card standings.
In the top of the 8th inning, Wilkin Castillo singled to right field, which allowed Stefan Gartrell to score. That was all the G-Braves would need to earn their 69th victory.
Todd Redmond started the game for the G-Braves and lowered his ERA to 2.72 with six innings pitched, four hits, two walks and a six strikeout performance. J.J. Hoover (1-1) entered the game for the Braves and earned his first Triple-A victory. The Pennsylvania native tossed two innings and struck out five out of the six batters he faced. Jaye Chapman earned his second save of the year, tossing the final inning with a strikeout.
The G-Braves were held to only two hits on the night, but walked a total of six times. The two hits came from Brandon Hicks, who went 1-for-3 with a walk and Wilkin Castillo, who went 1-for-4 with an RBI. Both players stole a base as well. Stefan Gartrell had the lone run for the G-Braves. He finished the night going 0-for-2 with a run, walk and was hit by a pitch.
Brad Peacock had an excellent start for the Chiefs, but like Redmond, did not factor into the decision. Peacock tossed seven innings, allowing only a single hit, but did walk five and strike out six. Atahualpa Severino received the loss for the Chiefs tossing one inning and allowing one earned run on a hit, with a BB and two strikeouts. Josh Wilkie finished the game and tossed the final inning with zeros across.
The Chiefs were held to four hits on Thursday night, with Roger Bernadina responsible for half of them. Bernadina finished the night going 2-for-4 with a stolen base. Jesus Valdez and Seth Bynum were responsible for the other two hits, both finishing the night going 1-for-3. Valdez also walked in the game.
The Gwinnett Braves finish their four game set against the IL North foe tonight at 7 p.m. in Syracuse, N.Y. Yohan Flande (7-7, 3.99) takes the mound for the G-Braves vs. Tommy Milone (9-6, 3.47) for Syracuse.