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G-Braves take series from Clippers

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ruben Gotay and Wilkin Castillo hit two-run homers in the top of the second inning and the Gwinnett Braves cruised to a 5-1 win in Columbus on Monday.

Gwinnett took three of four games from the International League’s West Division leaders. The G-Braves (41-36) also picked up a game in the hunt for first in the South, closing to within one game of the losing Durham Bulls.

Gotay finished the night going 2-for-4 with two runs, two RBIs and the home run. Castillo went 2-for-4 with a run and three RBIs. Matt Young was 2-for-5 with a double.

Starter Yohan Flande (3-4) picked up the win with 51⁄3 strong innings. The left-hander allowed four hits and one run while walking one and striking out four. A combination of relievers — Anthony Varvaro, Dustin Richardson and Jaye Chapman — finished Flande’s start and shut out the Clippers for the remainder of the game.

The Clippers were limited to one fewer hit than Sunday, totaling only four on the night.

Gwinnett starts a four-game series against the second place team in the International League South, the Louisville Bats, today. RHP Erik Cordier (1-4, 3.77) will make his first start for the G-Braves after leaving the game after being struck by a line drive during his last start. The Bats are sending RHP Scott Carroll (6-2, 4.24) to the mound. The game can be heard on the home of the G-Braves, WDUN 550-AM/102.9-FM with the voice of the G-Braves, Tony Schiavone.