G-Braves drop season opener for first time in 12 innings

DURHAM, N.C. -- A home run from catcher J.C. Boscan in the top of the 12th looked to be the game-winning run for the Gwinnett Braves in their season opener at Durham.

But the reigning International League North champions rallied against the end of the Gwinnett bullpen in the bottom half of the inning to win 4-3 and had the G-Braves their first season-opening loss since the team relocated to Georgia.

The game-winning run came off an error by shortstop Greg Paiml on a ball hit by the Bulls' Shawn O'Malley with two outs. O'Malley was the only batter Ben Swaggerty faced.

Jose Lugo pitched 1 1/3 innings and took the loss after giving up a pair of singles in the 12th before being replaced by Jason Rice.

Starter Todd Redmond allowed two runs over four innings, giving up four hits and striking out five. Only one of the runs were earned in a game where Gwinnett committed four errors, two leading to runs.

After falling behind 2-0, the G-Braves cut the deficit in half in the third inning when Ernesto Meija singled to score Boscan. Boscan ended the night 2-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and an RBI.

Gwinnett tied the game in the eighth off an RBI double by Stefan Gartrell, who also went 2-for-5.

After the two early runs, the G-Braves' bullpen silenced Durham bats, allowing just four hits over the next six innings. Yohan Flande, Adam Russell and Dusty Hughes all pitched hitless innings and Cory Gearrin struck out two and gave up three hits in two innings.

Boscan's homer was the first for the catcher since a five home-run season in 2010. Luis Durango went 3-for-6 with a run scored in the loss.


FordGalaxy 2 years ago

Not a criticism, but merely a suggestion: You may want to take another look at the headline on this story. I got the impression that this was the first ever season opener for the G-Braves. The headline provided that confusion.


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