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G-Braves sweep doubleheader

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — The Gwinnett Braves got strong starting pitching from Julio Teheran and Todd Redmond to sweep a doubleheader from the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Tuesday at Coca-Cola Park.

Teheran (4-0) earned the win in a 6-3 victory in the first game, while Redmond (3-4) followed in the Braves’ 7-0 victory in the nightcap, which pulled the G-Braves (24-21) into a tie for first place with the Durham Bulls (24-21) in the International League’s South division.

In the opener, Stefan Gartrell hit the first of three doubles in the top of the third to drive in Jose Constanza and put the G-Braves ahead to stay.

Gartrell wound up 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Constanza was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a stolen base.

The first six batters in the Braves order had hits today, while the first four hitters had multi-hit games.

That was enough for Teheran, who scattered six hits and an unearned run with six strikeouts over six innings before giving way to Cory Gearrin, who closed out the final inning for the win.

In Game 2, Constanza tripled in Brandon Hicks and newly acquired Jeff Fiorentino in the third and the G-Braves never looked back.

Fresh off being named IL’s Pitcher of the Week, Redmond allowed just two hits with seven strikeouts in six shutout innings, lowering his season to 2.30.

Right-hander Anthony Varvaro threw a perfect seventh inning with a strikeout to close out the sweep.

Mauro Gomez had a big game at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs, including a solo home run, and stole his first base of the season.

Gartrell added his fourth double of the doubleheader and was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Fiorentino finished 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs.