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G-Braves return shutout favor

Photo by Ben Beitzel

Photo by Ben Beitzel

DURHAM, N.C. — A night after pitching prospect Matt Moore muffled the Gwinnett Braves’ bats in a 4-0 loss, the G-Braves answered with a shutout of their own.

Led by starter Todd Redmond’s six three-hit innings, Gwinnett beat Durham 2-0, climbing back within a game of the division-leading Bulls.

Just as Redmond held the Bulls down, Durham starter Alexander Torres did the same over 52⁄3 innings. The left-hander matched Redmond’s three hits and struck out six.

It wasn’t until the eighth inning that Gwinnett finally ended its scoreless inning run, pushing across both runs.

Tyler Pastornicky singled with one out and Stefan Gartrell replaced him on first when he rolled into a fielder’s choice for the second out. Mauro Gomez followed with an RBI triple, his first of the year. Brandon Hicks followed with a double of the Bulls’ second pitcher of the innings, scoring Gomez for the insurance run.

Arodys Vizcaino earned his first Class AAA win after he allowed two hits, but struck out the side in the seventh.

Dustin Richardson, Juan Abreu and Jairo Asencio allowed one hit over the final two innings. Abreu entered after Richardson and saved the G-Braves from a bases-loaded, one out threat in the eighth.

Asencio earned his 19th save of the season by striking out the Durham side in the ninth.