G-Braves blast Bats, extend win streak

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Gwinnett Braves extended their winning streak to four games with a 9-4 victory over Louisville on Tuesday.

They have won four out of five on their 10-game road trip and pulled within a half game of South Division leading Durham, which had its game postponed Tuesday.

For the second straight game, Gwinnett’s Ruben Gotay broke the game open. This time Gotay did it with a single in the top of the fifth inning that scored Erik Cordier and Matt Young. Gotay finished the day going 2-for-5 with a run and two RBIs.

Wilkin Castillo continued his hot road trip. Castillo was 3-for-5 with two RBIs, a run and hit his ninth double of the year. Jeff Fiorentino hit his second homer of the year, a two-run shot in the eighth inning.

Erik Cordier (2-4) returned to the hill after being struck by a line drive and forced to exit the game on a stretcher during his last start. Cordier bounced back to earn the win. The righty went six innings with six hits, two earned runs, two walks and two strikeouts.

Juan Abreu came into relieve Cordier and tossed two perfect innings with three K’s. Jairo Asencio, who was optioned to Gwinnett on Tuesday, closed out the game for the G-Braves.

Gwinnett continues its four-game series in Louisville tonight. RHP Todd Redmond (5-7, 3.21 ERA) takes the hill for the G-Braves vs. LHP Dontrelle Willis (5-2, 2.74) for the Bats. The game can be heard on WDUN 550-AM/102.9-FM with the voice of the G-Braves, Tony Schiavone.