Photo: David McGregor. A dejected Wilkin Castillio looks down as Durham's Brandon Guyer (9) congratulates Leslie Anderson (24) after a home run during Tuesday's game at Coolray Field.
LAWRENCEVILLE — Other than the home run ball, Todd Redmond turned in another strong outing for the Gwinnett Braves and rain ruined any chance of a comeback.
The right-handed anchor of the G-Braves rotation allowed three runs off five hits and struck out four. The problem was three of the hits were solo home runs, upping his season total to 15. He made it through six innings before rain ended his outing and the game in the bottom of the sixth.
With one out and a 2-2 count on Chris Carter in the sixth, the umpires pulled both teams off the field and the tarp made its first in-game appearance this season at Coolray Field.
The rain delay lasted 1 hour, 2 minutes before the umpire crew, led by chief Art Thigpen, made the game official. After five innings, International League games are official. The 3-1 loss put Gwinnett back into a tie for first place with the Bulls and ended Durham’s trips to Gwinnett for the season. The G-Braves play seven games in Durham in the final three months of the season.
“It’s not (the way you want to end),” manager Dave Brundage said. “But sometimes you wait around, you wait around and you wait around and you not sure what you’re going to get.
“After a while it wears you down.”
Gwinnett heads to Charlotte for a short two-game series before returning to Gwinnett with the Knights for three more games.
“I like to get to Charlotte with at least a little bit of rest,” Brundage said.
Gwinnett fell behind 1-0 in the top of the third when Durham’s Desmond Jennings hit the first home run off Redmond on a 2-2 count.
But Gwinnett answered.
After coaxing a walk on a nine-pitch at-bat, Ruben Gotay put himself in scoring position with a delayed steal of second with Matt Young batting. On the next pitch, Young made it count with an RBI blooper into shallow left field to tie the game 1-1 in the third. The G-Braves stranded two runners in three straight innings, including after putting two on with one out in the fifth inning.
“It would have been nice to have a lead there (when the rain came),” Brundage said. “When you are playing against Mother Nature, you’re not going to win.”
Durham starter Alex Torres pitched another strong game against the G-Braves, picking up his third win over them in as many starts. He threw 61⁄3 innings, allowing one run off five hits, striking out and walking three.
“We manufactured our run,” Brundage said. “That is three outings in a row we have struggled to get hits off him and tonight wasn’t any different.”
In the top half of the fifth Durham broke the tie. Robinson Chirinos led the inning off with his third home run of the year and two batters later, Leslie Anderson hit his 10th. Redmond took his eighth loss in the shortened complete game.
“He made a couple of mistakes and they adjusted to him,” Brundage said. “They hit a couple of mistake sliders from him.”
Following the G-Braves record-tying third home run, Redmond retired the last four batters he faced. He had thrown 98 pitches over the six innings making a seventh-inning return unlikely and the rain officially ended his outing.
Diory Hernandez went 2-for-3 and Gotay was 1-for-1 with a run scored and a walk. Brandon Hicks’ 0-for-3 night ended his 11-game hit streak.