LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- For the first time since 2006 the Gwinnett Braves allowed more than 20 runs in a game, to the tune of a 22-1 drubbing by the Louisville Bats.
The loss ends a three-game winning streak for the G-Braves, whose worst performance this season was 14 runs twice this season. In 2006, the then Richmond Braves gave up 23 runs in a home game against Pawtucket.
Friday, the Bats pounding started early.
Starter Yohan Flande, who, though rarely dominant, has played the role of inning-eater for the G-Braves this season, didn't make it out of the first inning. He allowed six runs off seven hits in just of an inning. He walked one and struck out one before Billy Bullock replaced him. Two of the seven hits were home runs. Neftail Soto hit a three-run shot after the Bats began the inning with three straight singles and Cody Puckett hit his third home run of the year two score two more with two outs.
Bullock didn't last much longer than Flande.
After putting an end to the first inning, Bullock bested Flande by allowing seven runs off five hits in the second. He walked three, struck out two and allowed one-out home run to Denis Phipps.
In total, the Bats racked up 23 hits and hit a scorching 12-for-20 with runners in scoring position.
Adam Russell entered for Bullock and easily turned in the best pitching performance of the night for the G-Braves. Russell allowed one run off three hits over the next three innings and struck out three.
Gwinnett picked up its lone run in the fourth inning when Tyler Pastornicky opened the inning with his first triple in Class AAA and Ernesto Mejia grounded out for his 60th RBI.
The run came against Louisville starter Sean Gallagher, who pitched six innings, allowing the run off five hits with two strikeouts. Former Atlanta Braves pitching prospect and G-Braves pitcher J.J. Hoover pitched a perfect eighth, lowering his ERA to 1.45.
In a bleak night for Gwinnett, Pastornicky went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple. He was the only Gwinnett batter with more than one hit.
Reliever Dusty Hughes gave up three runs in two innings before newly acquired infielder Terry Tiffee was brought in to close out the game.
Tiffee, who until Friday was playing with independent Lancaster before the Braves purchased his contract didn't have a uniform number until right before the game began. He also isn't a regular pitcher. And it showed. He allowed five more runs off four hits, but did strike out two. He gave up a home run to Chris Valaika in the final inning and faced just two less batters than the starter Flande.