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G-Braves super comeback falls short

Photo by Ben Beitzel

Photo by Ben Beitzel

LAWRENCEVILLE -- On "Superhero Night" at Coolray Field, not even Superman could protect the Gwinnett Braves from Jeremy Hermida, Paul Janish and the rest of the Louisville offense.

The Bats had more punch than Batman by pounding out 15 hits and three pitchers provided just enough Kryptonite for the G-Braves' bats in a 9-6 victory before 4,519 fans on Wednesday.

Led by former major league outfielder and Marietta native Hermida (4-for-5, RBI) and Janish (2-for-3, HR, 2 RBIs), Louisville scored eight runs in the first four innings off Gwinnett starter Erik Cordier to cruise to the win.

The G-Braves made things a little interesting late, scoring three runs each in the eighth and ninth innings, but still fell behind Durham, which posted an extra-inning win in Rochester, into second place in the International League's South Division.

The night got off to a shaky start for Cordier (3-6) and never got any better.

It looked like the right-hander might actually escape trouble in the top of the first when Tyler Pastornicky snagged Yonder Alonso's one-out liner, and appeared to have Mike Costanzo caught too far off first base.

But the IL rookie shortstop's throw bounced past Mauro Gomez at first and allowed Costanzo not only to get back safely, but advance to second on the throwing error.

Hermida then drove home Costanzo to put Louisville up 1-0.

The Bats then struck for two more runs in the second inning on two hits and RBI grounders from Maloney and Costanzo to make the score 3-0.

Hermida then led off the third with a ball that appeared to clear the wall in right field before bouncing back into to play, but was ruled to be in play, giving the former major league outfielder a double.

No matter, because the run would eventually come home when Cordier hit former Atlanta Brave Corky Miller, walked Paul Janish to load the bases before throwing a wild pitch with two outs to make the Louisville lead 4-0.

The Bats then put the game away by sending 10 men to the plate and scoring four more runs in the top of the fourth, with Yonder Alonso's three-run home run being the big blow, to stretch the lead to 8-0.

Carlos Fisher (2-0) then followed with a shutout inning, but trailing as much as 9-0, the G-Braves made things interesting off the third Louisville pitcher of the night, Daryl Thompson, in the final two innings.

With one run already in, Stefan Gartrell hit a two-run homer, his 22nd of the season, later in the inning, to pull Gwinnett to within 9-3.

Mauro Gomez then led off the ninth with a solo homer, and a Jose Constanza sacrifice fly and an RBI single from Pastornicky pulled the G-Braves to within 9-6 and brought the potential tying run to the on-deck circle.

But Thompson got Matt Young to ground out to first to lock down the save and the Louisville victory.