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Parraz shines in field, at plate in G-Braves win

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Before he got a chance to show off his red-hot bat, Jordan Parraz flashed his arm.

The right fielder gunned down Charlotte's Josh Phegley as the catcher tried to reach second on a ball hit down the right field line. Parraz reached the ball along with the wall and his throw beat Phegley by three steps.

"The carom off this wall kind of comes right to you, so I just tried to play the carom and he went two," Parraz said. "I haven't been throwing the ball that well, even in spring training I wasn't throwing the ball that well, earlier this year I wasn't throwing the ball that well. I was finally happy to get one on the bag."

And then he got to hit.

Parraz led off the bottom of the second with his first of three hits, that included a double and a run scored in the the G-Braves' 3-1 win over Charlotte to take the rubber match of the three-game series.

Parraz, whose seven-game hitting streak ended Wednesday, is hitting .382 on the season. He entered Thursday's game with the seventh best batting average in the International League and third most hits. The career .289 hitter has four three-hit games and was 3-for-4 on Thursday.

"I feel pretty good. I am just trying to go out there and put the ball in play and not strike out," Parraz said. "If you put the ball in play, hopefully good things happen."

With nine hits as a team in the win, the G-Braves had multiple hits from Luis Durango, who was 2-for-3 with a triple, a run scored and a stolen base, and Joey Terdoslavich, who finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and a double. Gwinnett put runners on base in seven of the eight innings it batted against Charlotte.

"We really picked ourselves up," Gwinnett manager Dave Brundage said of the six-inning runs.

While the offense kept the pressure on Charlotte, starter Eric Junge continued his early-season success. The 35-year-old from New York allowed just one run over seven innings, striking out five and walking two. He faced the minimum through four innings, despite giving up a walk and a hit. A double play erased a runner in the first and Parraz's outfield assist ended the second.

"I had a decent sinker going," Junge said. "I had control of my pitches and pitched to contact and things went well."

Nine of Parraz's outs came on groundouts with the G-Braves defense turning two double plays.

It wasn't until the fifth when Junge found some adversity. He allowed back-to-back one-out hits, but followed with a strikeout and a popout to keep the G-Braves up 1-0.

"He dictated what the game was going to be like," Brundage said of Junge.

Charlotte tied the game at 1-1 in the sixth with three straight one-out hits off Junge, the final an RBI single by Conor Jackson. But Junge kept the damage there, ending the inning with a ground-ball double play.

"I knew going into (the season), I thought we were a good defensive team," Brundage said. "There were a lot of good defensive plays."

Gwinnett immediately retook the lead in the bottom half.

Jordan Parraz added his third hit, a double, to put runners on second and third with no outs and Josh Wilson and Jose Yepez came away with the RBIs -- Wilson's on a ground out and Yepez's on a single.

Both Wilson's and Sutton's RBIs came on groundouts.

"You had the feel it was going to be a low-scoring game," Brundage said. "It just felt like you were going to have to push across runs one at a time."

Jason Rice walked one in a scoreless eighth and Jaye Chapman earned his second save with a perfect ninth.