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G-Braves swept to end home season

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran both capped disappointing 2012 seasons with solid back-to-back outings in their final starts for the Gwinnett Braves Thursday night.

But on a night when the pitching came through, the G-Braves bats faltered in a doubleheader sweep by the playoff chasing Pawtucket Red Sox. Gwinnett lost the first game 1-0 and fell 3-2 in Game 2. The sweep put Pawtucket three games ahead in the International League Wild Card race over Lehigh Valley.

Delgado pitched all seven innings for his third loss, allowing one run off seven hits, two walks and five strikeouts. Teheran pitched 6 and was less masterful giving up two earned runs, saving himself one with his own error. He struck out six, walked two and gave up seven hits.

"We got good pitching," manager Dave Brundage said. "Unfortunately, we got good pitching against us, too."

With the sweep, Gwinnett ends its home season with a 36-38 record.

The losses for both Teheran and Delgado cap an up and down season for the Atlanta Brave's top pitching prospects. Delgado began the year in the big leagues and Teheran struggled after dominating Class AAA hitters in 2011.

"I was proud of Delgado. I was proud of Teheran," Brundage said. "They finished on a good note. That was important to them. That was important to me."

Gwinnett struck first in the second game with an RBI double by Felix Pie, his second double of the game, to score Brian Friday who reached on an error.

Another error took the 1-0 lead away in the fifth. With two on and no out, Ryan Dent laid down a sacrifice bunt attempt. Teheran fielded the bunt and turned toward third, but Terry Tiffee was off the bag and when Teheran made his throw to first the ball sailed into right field. Both runners scored on the play and Dent was called out trying to advance to third. But the damage was done and Gwinnett trailed 2-1.

Teheran allowed the final run in the final inning with an RBI double by Ryan Dent that ended his night and season with the G-Braves. Andy Russell entered for Teheran and struck out the two batters he faced.

J.C. Boscan cut the deficit to 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI groundout to score Josh Kroeger. With two outs, Friday was called out to end the game and the home season.

"The last few games, runs have been hard to come by," Brundage said.

In the first game the G-Braves fell in quick fashion. Gwinnett managed just four hits over the seven innings against Red Sox starter Billy Buckner. Luis Durango had two of those hits in a perfect 2-for-2 game, Brian Friday was 1-for-2 and Jose Yepez was 1-for-3. Lyle Overbay walked twice in three at-bats, but never advanced past first base.

Pawtucket forced across its winning run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Jeremy Hazelbaker after the Red Sox put runners on the corners with one out. The inning ended on a double by Ivan DeJesus when Jon Hee was caught off third base and eventually tagged out by shortstop Jack Wilson after a five-person rundown.

Gwinnett put the first two runners on in the sixth with singles by Friday and Durango and loaded the bases with two outs when Overbay walked for the International League's rookie of the year Ernesto Mejia. But Mejia couldn't come up with RBI No. 93, grounding out softly to third base to end the threat and the last G-Braves hope of the shortened game.

Gwinnett hits the road for the final four games of the year, beginning tonight in Norfolk. By the end of the game, it will be a different looking G-Braves roster with September call-ups on the horizon. Its a time of the season that shakes up a team, but brings welcome news to select players.

"It's going to be different," said Brundage, noting he never tires of telling players the good news of a big-league shot. "It's not something I'm not accustomed to."

Red Sox 1, G-Braves 0, Game 1; Red Sox 3, G-Braves 1, Game 2-- What happened: Gwinnett scored just one run in two seven-inning games as Pawtucket swept the G-Braves in the final two home games of the season. Atlanta top pitching prospects Randall Delgado and Julio Teheran each took losses in their final turn for the G-Braves this season. Delgado allowed one run over seven innings and Teheran gave up two earned runs over 6 . Both allowed seven hits. Felix Pie had the only RBI for the G-Braves with a double in the third inning of the second game. Jose Constanza was 0-for-3 on the day dropping his average to .314.

-- Stat of the day: In the Game 1 loss the top six batters in the lineup were 0-for-16 and the bottom three were 4-for-7.

-- No home advantage: Gwinnett ended this season with a 36-38 record.

-- Web gem: Stefan Gartrell ended a scoring chance in the third inning of Game 2 with an outfield assist from left field, gunning down Che-Hsuan Lin at the plate.

-- Up next: The G-Braves hit the road for the final four games of the season with four games against Norfolk. LHP Yohan Flande (6-10, 4.33 ERA) gets the start against RHP Zach Clark (4-2, 2.17) at 7:15 p.m.