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G-Braves blanked by Syracuse pitching again

LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett Braves hitters can’t be unhappy to say goodbye to the Syracuse Chiefs.

The G-Braves split the four-game series at Coolray Field, but didn’t score in the final 22 innings against the Chiefs.

Left-hander John Lannan blanked Gwinnett on three hits in a complete game on Saturday and right-hander Jeff Mandel followed that up with a six-hit shutout on Sunday.

Julio Teheran nearly matched Lannan in a 1-0 loss, but Johan Flande couldn’t even come close to duplicating that kind of performance in the series finale.

Flande (6-10) failed to make it out of the third inning and the Chiefs won 7-0 before a crowd of 5,234.

Syracuse hadn’t had a complete-game shutout since 2009 before Zach Duke threw one early this month against Lehigh Valley.

Unlike against Lannan, the G-Braves hit a number of balls hard off Mandel (5-5). But most were caught.

Mandel, who started the season in Class AA, allowed six hits, walked none and struck out four while recording his first complete game and lowing his ERA to 2.70. He threw 102 pitches, 69 of them strikes.

The G-Braves (61-75) didn’t get a runner past second base and left just two runners on thanks to three double plays and a pickoff by the Chiefs (65-71).

That came after Lannan held Gwinnett to three hits and a walk on Saturday, needing just 87 pitches in the shutout.

Flande, meanwhile, threw 84 pitches and worked just 2 2/3 innings on Sunday. Syracuse scored four runs in the third inning after leaving the bases loaded in the second.

The left-hander allowed six hits and walked three.

Cole McCurry got the last out in the third and then pitched three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. But Ryan Buchter couldn’t keep the game close, giving up a run in the seventh inning and two more in the eighth.

Carlos Rivero and Sandy Leon each had three hits for the Chiefs. Jose Constanza had two hits for Gwinnett.

The G-Braves begin a four-game series with Pawtucket on Monday night that completes the home part of the schedule. They play four games at Norfolk through Labor Day to end the season.

Gwinnett is 36-34 at Coolray Field this year, but 25-41 on the road.