LAWRENCEVILLE — Randall Delgado had two rough innings. And it cost him.
The Gwinnett Braves right-hander who started the year in the major leagues battled through 5 2/3 innings, needing 110 pitches. He allowed three runs, all earned off five hits with four walks and seven strikeouts. But Gwinnett managed just a pair of runs off Norfolk starter Dana Eveland hanging Delgado with his second loss in a game turned to a 7-4 Tides blowout win.
“He competes so well,” manager Dave Brundage said. “I know he had a lot of pitches for 5 2/3, but it wasn't for lack of competing.”
Gwinnett scored two runs in the first inning, taking a 2-0 lead after Delgado pitched a perfect first.
Luis Durango and Jack Wilson both singled to start the inning and moved up a base on a double-steal attempt aided by an error by Tides second baseman Ryan Adams. The throw to second beat Wilson by three steps, but Adams dropped the ball. Stefan Gartrell grounded out to scored Durango and Wilson took home when Jose Yepez was caught stealing and tagged out in a rundown between first and second.
They were the only runs the G-Braves scored and both were unearned. Eveland didn't allow another hit until the fifth, giving up just three hits with three strikeouts and three walks over six innings for his fourth win with the Tides.
“We got a little lucky on that double steal,” Brundage said. “We took advantage.”
Delgado's first trouble game in the third. Brandon Waring led the inning off with a double and Jamie Hoffman followed with his seventh home run off the season to left field tying the game at 2-2. Delgado stranded two runners in the inning following the homer and allowed just one base runner over the next two.
“It missed a little,” Delgado said of the fastball. “Ht was a good spot for him to hit it.”
But he found trouble again in the sixth, allowing the first three runners to reach base before Luis Exposito grounded into a run-scoring double play. After he walked is fourth batter, and third of the inning, his night ended in favor of Billy Bullock. Bullock, a prospect entering the season, who has struggled with the G-Braves, hit a batter to load the bases, but struck out Blake Davis to strand all three.
“I wasn't tired,” Delgado said, noting he did lose his command a little in the final inning.
Bullock's performance went down hill in the seventh, after striking out Fulton's Xavier Avery, he gave up three straight hits including an RBI double before being lifted for Buddy Carlyle. A sac fly plated another run and gave the Tides a 5-2 lead after seven.
Bullock, who was one of the Braves top-20 prospects entering the season is 0-0 with an 11.78 ERA in 12 appearances.
Peter Moylan pitched the ninth for Gwinnett, his second appearance in Class AAA, and struggled. After allowing one run in his first appearance, Moylan only lasted two outs in the ninth. He threw 26 pitches and faced seven batters allowing two runs.
Tides 7, G-Braves 4
What happened: Gwinnett scored two runs in the first inning and then watched as Norfolk rattled off nine unanswered in the series-opening loss to the Tides. Starter Randall Delgado allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings with seven strikouts and the G-Braves bullpen allowed the rest. Billy Bullock gave up two in 2/3 of an inning and Peter Moylan did the same. Only Josh Kroeger had two hits for the G-Braves. Stefan Gartrell knocked in a run with a groundout and Brian Friday also knocked in a run.
Jurrjens back in Gwinnett: Jair Jurrjens joined the G-Braves clubhouse Monday but was not on the active roster Monday. The plan is for him to start Friday, barring any setbacks.
Rehab watch: Jack Wilson went 1-for-4 with a run scored at the plate in his 12 rehab appearance. It was the fifth game for him at short and he has yet to make an error.
Nothing earned: Gwinnett's two runs in the first inning came after an error on a double steal attempt and both were unearned.
Up next: Gwinnett LHP Johan Flande (5-8, 3.96 ERA) gets the start against RHP Jake Arrieta (3-1, 3.63) in Game 2 of the four-game series.