G-Braves drop 5-2 game to Chiefs

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The G-Braves lost to the Syracuse Chiefs in their final regular season game against an IL North foe in Syracuse, N.Y., on Friday night 5-2. The Gwinnett Braves (69-58) are now five games behind the Durham Bulls (73-52) in the IL South standings, but remain 2 games behind the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (72-56) in the wild card standings.

In the bottom of the second inning, Steve Lombardozzi hit a sac fly to left field, which allowed Seth Bynum to score making it a 3-1 game at the time. That was the run that would push the Chiefs over the top.

Yohan Flande started the game for the Braves and earned his eighth loss of the season. Flande went 4 innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on 11 hits with three strikeouts. Anthony Varvaro relieved Flande in the fifth and went 1 innings, allowing two hits and three strikeouts. Ben Swaggerty finished the game for Gwinnett, tossing two innings, allowing one earned run on a hit with a walk and a strikeout.

The G-Braves scored only 10 runs in the entire series against the Chiefs, with the team scoring two runs on Friday night. After the team only had two hits Thursday night, the G-Braves had an impressive 11 hits on the night. Wilkin Ramirez led the offense for the Braves on the night. Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base. Brandon Hicks also had a solid night, finishing 2-for-4 with a run and a double.

Tom Milone earned his 10th win of the season for Syracuse on Friday night. Milone went six innings, allowing two earned runs on eight hits but did not walk a batter and struck out 10. Josh Wilkie earned the save for the Chiefs, his 11th of the year, going one inning with two hits.

Seth Bynum led the offense for Syracuse with a 3-for-4 performance with a run. Jesus Valdez gave the Chiefs a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth with his eighth homer of the season off of Flande. He finished the night going 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI.

The Gwinnett Braves head back south to take on the Charlotte Knights in Charlotte, in the opening game of a four-game home and home series against the IL South foe. RHP Erik Cordier (4-8, 5.28) takes the hill for the G-Braves vs. RHP Deunte Heath (2-7, 4.76) for the Knights, with game time set for 7:15PM.