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One bad inning sinks G-Braves in Norfolk

NORFOLK -- Jair Jurrjens left the third inning Wednesday dizzy and replacement Buddy Carlyle didn't fare much better in the frame as the two G-Braves pitchers allowed all five Norfolk runs in a 5-2 loss at Harbor Park.

Jurrjens was perfect after the first two innings with two strikeouts, but didn't record an out in the third, allowing three runs off two hits and a walk. The rehabbing major leaguer was lifted after throwing 43 pitches, 21 for strikes. Carlyle entered in relief and allowed the inherited runners to score as well as two of his own, capped by a three-run home run by Ryan Adams.

Carlyle settled in after the third, not allowing another run and just two more hits. Peter Moylan, fighting his way back from shoulder surgery, pitched the sixth, allowing no runs off three hits and striking out a batter. Newly promoted Ryan Buchter walked two and didn't allow a hit over the final two innings. It was the first Class AAA outing where Buchter didn't allow a run and his longest outing since coming up from Mississippi. The two scoreless innings lowered his ERA from 21.60 to 9.82.

Gwinnett scored its two runs late. Terry Tiffee drove in Jose Constanza with two outs in the seventh and Josh Kroeger blasted his 21st double of the season to score Ernesto Mejia in the ninth inning with two outs. Gwinnett brought the tying run to the plate in the final frame, but catcher Jose Yepez flied out to left field to end the game.

Mejia finished the night 3-for-5 with a run scored and Felix Pie and Tiffee each had two hits for the G-Braves.

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kevin 2 years, 2 months ago

JJ has been done for the past 3 months. Nothing he is doing is helping him. He is only a middle reliever at best. (2-3 innings guy)

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