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G-Braves blanked by Bulls, Moore

Photo by Ben Beitzel

Photo by Ben Beitzel

DURHAM, N.C. — The Gwinnett Braves were shut out by the Durham Bulls 4-0 Wednesday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Matt Moore was brilliant for the Bulls on the night, striking out 13 to get his first win. With the loss, Gwinnett (57-47) remains in second place in the International League South Division standings, but are now two games behind the Durham Bulls (59-45) for the lead.

The Bulls’ John Matulia hit his fourth homer of the year in the bottom of the third inning off Mike Minor. The left-handed Minor had a solid performance, but was outdueled by Bulls’ starter Moore. Minor threw seven innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits with seven strikeouts. He also allowed two homers on his way to his fifth loss of the year. Jairo Asencio finished the game for the Braves, tossing an inning and allowing two hits.

The G-Braves were limited to only four hits on the night, with only Tyler Pastornicky having a multi-hit game. Pastornicky finished up the game going 2-for-3 with a walk and raised his average to .441. Diory Hernandez and Wilkin Castillo had the only other hits for the G-Braves, both going 1-for-3.

Moore was brilliant in only his second start at the Triple-A level. Moore went eight innings, allowing only three hits, two walks and tied his career high in strikeouts with 13. He earned his first Triple-A win in only his second start with the Bulls. Dane De La Rosa closed out the game for the Bulls, tossing an inning and allowing a hit and striking out one.

The middle infield led the offense for the Bulls on Wednesday night. Reid Brignac finished the game going 3-for-4 with a run, while Ray Olmedo went 2-for-4 with a run and a double. Matulia and Leslie Anderson each hit a solo homer in the game and both finished the night going 1-for-3.

The G-Braves continue their four-game series against the Durham Bulls with Game 3 tonight in Durham, N.C. The G-Braves will send out RHP Todd Redmond (7-8, 3.18) vs. LHP Alex Torres (7-6, 3.21) for the Bulls.