Gartrell homer lifts G-Braves in 15th

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Nearly five hours into the game, Stefan Gartrell blasted a two-run homer and propelled the Gwinnett Braves to a 15-inning 4-2 victory over Pawtucket on Thursday afternoon.

Julio Teheran was outstanding, pitching 72⁄3 and matched his season high strikeout mark with seven. Atlanta’s top prospect threw 120 pitches, 77 for strikes, but didn’t figure into the decision.

He was relieved by Anthony Varvaro, who threw 21⁄3 and allowed just two hits. Juan Abreu went two innings before Jairo Asecnio came in and earned his first win of the year.

Scott Proctor recorded his third save of the year tossing a perfect inning.

Wilkin Ramirez provided the early offense for the G-Braves. Ramirez hit a solo homer run, his sixth of the year, in the fifth inning off of starter Andrew Miller. He finished the marathon game going 1-for-5 with an RBI and two walks. Matt Young was the only G-Brave to have a multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with a pair of walks.

The Gwinnett Braves return home for the start of a four-game series against Toledo. The G-Braves will send out Todd Redmond (1-3, 3.21) vs. Duane Below (3-1, 2.97) for the Mud Hens. The game can be heard on the home of the G-Braves, WDUN 550-AM/102.9-FM.