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Gwinnett continues to roll on the road

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Gwinnett Braves defeated the Louisville Bats 3-1 on Thursday night at Louisville Slugger Field. The G-Braves have now won six games in a row and six out of seven games in their 10-game road trip. The G-Braves (44-36) are now in sole possession of first place in the International League South division, a half game ahead of the Durham Bulls.

In the top of the second, J.C. Boscan singled to left field, allowing Brandon Hicks to score and letting the G-Braves take a 2-1 lead.

Julio Teheran (9-1) did not have his best stuff on Thursday night, but was still effective. Teheran tossed five inings, allowing four, one earned run, four walks and two strikeouts. Steven Shell earned his first hold pitching the sixth and allowing a hit with two strikeouts. Dustin Richardson tossed the seventh, allowing a hit with a strikeout. Jaye Chapman took on the set up role, tossing an inning and allowing a hit with two strikeouts. Finally, Jairo Asencio earned his team leading 11th save of the season, tossing one inning and allowing a walk and a strikeout.

Jeff Fiorentino continued to produce runs for the third night in a row. The right fielder went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Two other G-Braves had multi-hit nights. Jose Constanza went 2-for-5, while Boscan went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Mauro Gomez had the other RBI on the night, going 1-for-3 with a run, an RBI and a walk.

Chad Reineke (6-5) started the game for the Bats and earned the loss. He tossed five innings, allowing six hits, three runs, two walks and a strikeout. Tom Cochran relieved Reineke and tossed three innings, allowing two hits, a walk and struck out five. Jerry Gil pitched the ninth for the Bats, allowing a hit and a strikeout.

Dave Sappelt had one of two multi-hit games for the Bats. Sappelt went 2-for-4 with a double. Yonder Alonson had the other multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a double and two walks. Leadoff hitter, Zach Cozart scored the only Bats run. He went 1-for-4 with a run and a walk.