LAWRENCEVILLE - Neither manager Dave Brundage nor the Gwinnett Braves franchise reached a milestone on
Norfolk scored twice in the seventh inning for a 4-2 victory and snapped the G-Braves' four-game winning streak, preventing Brundage from getting his 1,000th career victory as a minor league manager.
Only 2,634 saw the game at Coolray Field, leaving the three-year-old Gwinnett franchise just short of a million in all-time attendance as well.
Barring a rainout, the G-Braves are assured of reaching their milestone on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series against Louisville. It's Bobby Cox Night and Brundage will get a chance to reach his milestone with the legendary former Atlanta manager
The G-Braves (53-42) managed just five hits in the series finale against Norfolk (36-59) and three of the singles didn't leave the infield. Even worse, they hit into three double plays as Norfolk starter Chris George and reliever Jeremy Accardo faced only three batters over the minimum.
With the loss, Gwinnett's lead in the International League South Division was cut to a half-game over Durham, which routed Pawtucket 13-3 on Sunday.
Gwinnett starter Todd Redmond allowed two runs in the first inning, but the G-Braves tied Norfolk with two runs in the third. Then Yohan Flande, who had picked up a victory with two scoreless innings of extra-inning relief on Friday, stumbled in the seventh inning after replacing Redmond.
Kyle Hudson, the first batter against Flande (6-5), singled, was awarded second base on a balk and came around to break the tie on a double by Brendan Harris. Center fielder Jeff Fiorentino made a diving catch for an out, but Flande hit Jake Fox with a pitch and Brandon Snyder delivered a sacrifice fly, with Harris just beating a strong throw by right fielder Stefan Gartrell.
A single and walked loaded the bases, but Flande was able to keep the deficit from growing to more than two runs. That was still too much of a hole, though, the way the G-Braves were hitting.
George (4-4) allowed four hits and the two runs in seven innings, walking one and strikeout out four. The G-Braves hit into two double plays against George and one against Accardo, who allowed one hit and struck out two in his two innings while picking up his first save with the Tides.
Redmond, who came in with a 5.00 ERA for the first inning, allowed a leadoff hit for the seventh time in 19 starts and the Tides scored two quick runs. It could have been worse.
Jake Fox had a one-out RBI single after the leadoff hit by Hudson and a walk to Harris. Snyder then was hit by a pitch and Nick Green singled. But just one run scored on the hit when Fox was thrown out at the plate by center fielder Jeff Fiorentino.
Without a base runner through two innings, the G-Braves tied it in the third. Ruben Gotay led off with a bad-hop single and Fiorentino reached on a bunt single. Wilkin Castillo singled in Gotay and Fiorentino scored when Jose Constanza hit into a double play.
Despite the rough first inning, Redmond recorded his 13th quality start. He allowed seven hits, struck out six and walked two over six innings in the no-decision.
Julio Teheran, who leads the International League with a 9-1 record and 1.79 ERA, will start for the G-Braves in the series opener against Louisville. Cox is sure to be closely watching the top Atlanta prospect. He is certain to also be rooting for Brundage to reach his managerial milestone.