G-Braves drop second straight

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — The Gwinnett Braves lost their second game in a row 4-3 to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs in Game 1 of the four game series at Coca-Cola Park.

With the win, the Iron Pigs (26-16) win their fifth in a row and remain in first place in the International League North. The Braves (22-20) remain in second place in the International League South.

The Iron Pigs broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the bottom of the fourth off of Braves starter Rodrigo Lopez. A sac fly by John Suomi scored a run to break the tie. And then a single by Lehigh Valley starting pitcher Brian Gordon scored an insurance run.

Lopez (6-1) suffered his first loss of the season allowing four runs off of nine hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked zero. Jose Lugo worked a scoreless seventh and newly-aquaired Steven Shell pitched a scoreless eighth.

At the plate, Mauro Gomez hit a two run homer in the first inning homer giving the Braves a 2-0 lead. Every G-Brave in the starting lineup got a hit and Shawn Bowman hit a pinch-hit homer in the top of the ninth to pull the G-Braves within one. It was his fifth homer of the season. The Braves finished with 13 hits, but left 10 on base.

Iron Pigs starter Brian Gordon (2-0) got the win, pitching five innings allowing two runs off eight hits. Mike Zagurski was one of three used out of the bullpen and got his seventh save of the season.

Delwyn Young and Jeff Larish each had two hits to pace the Iron Pigs nine hit attack.

Gwinnett and Lehigh Valley continue the four game series today at Coca-Cola Park. First pitch is set for 1:35 p.m. Braves RHP J.J. Hoover (0-0, 6.75) is scheduled to face LHP Ryan Feierabend (2-2, 5.73) of the Iron Pigs.