Staff Photo: John Bohn Gwinnett Braves short stop Tyler Pastornicky (1) fields a ball hit duirng the third inning of game one Friday. Pastornicky made the throw to first base in time to throw out the base runner. The Gwinnett Braves play the Columbus Clippers in a doubleheader at Coolray Field Friday.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- In his first 14 games since Atlanta optioned him to Gwinnett, Tyler Pastornicky knocked in just four runs. He more than doubled that Friday.
In the Gwinnett Braves doubleheader sweep of Columbus, the shortstop combined to go 4-for-6 with five RBIs and two runs scored as Gwinnett won 4-0 in Game 1 and 8-3 in Game 2.
The two-game sweep ended an equally long losing streak for the G-Braves as the bats came alive against two left-handed starters from Columbus.
"We did the little things well, manufactured some runs," manager Dave Brundage said of the first game. "We played good defense, too, and I thought that set the tone for Game 2 when we came out and swung the bats from the first inning on."
No one moreso than Pastornicky. After a 1-for-2 game in the opener that included a sacrifice fly, he heated up in the nightcap. Pastornicky reached in his first three at-bats in the first three innings, including two doubles and three RBIs. He also scored two runs. He finished the second game 3-for-4.
"I felt good," Pastornicky said. "I've been working on some things and it was nice to see it come out in a game."
The G-Braves got the bats started early in Game 2, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning with three-straight hits to open the game. Luis Durango singled, Pastornicky doubled and Ernesto Mejia singled as Gwinnett took an early 2-0 lead.
After a scare in the bottom half of the first for Junge, who battled out of bases loaded trouble, the G-Braves extended his cushion, to oversized.
The first six batters of the second inning reached base as the G-Braves sent 10 to the plate, scoring five runs off seven hits, including another Pastornicky RBI. Only Christian Marrero's lead-off double went for extra bases as the G-Braves teed off on Clippers starter David Huff.
Pastornicky added his third RBI with a second double in the third inning pushing the G-Braves lead to 8-0.
"It was a good game, a good day," he said. "It was nice to go out in both games and put some runs on the board and make it easier on ourselves."
After seven straight outs, G-Braves starter Eric Junge allowed a single in the fourth that led to a two-run home run by Russ Canzler to end 10 scoreless innings for the Clippers and make it 8-2. Junge left the game after five innings. The right-hander allowed two runs off four hits with three walks and two strikeouts before giving way to Buddy Carlyle in relief. Carlyle allowed one run off three hits in his two innings to complete the sweep.
In Game 1, Todd Redmond turned in a complete- game, seven-inning shutout, capping it with a called strikeout of Matt Pagnozzi in a 4-0 G-Braves win.
"It's funny how this game works," Brundage said. "That was his last pitch."
Over the seven innings, Redmond allowed four hits, walked three and struck out five for his sixth win. He threw 73 of his 115 pitches for strikes.
"He really has done really well," Brundage said.
It was rebound performance for Redmond, who lasted just 3 in his previous start, for his fourth loss of the year. And on this outing, the G-Braves offense backed him up.
Pastornicky drove in a pair of runs and Luis Durango was a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a pair of stolen bases. Durango ended Game 1 with 26 steals, adding to his league lead in the category.
Gwinnett took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on an RBI single by Pastornicky to score Durango, for the first of the two runs for the lead-off hitter. And it was Pastornicky again in the fifth with a sacrifice fly to plate Lance Zawadzki. Durango tagged up on the play and scored on a wild pitch during the next at-bat.
"It's really nice batting in the three-hole to get some RBI opportunities," he said. "Guys getting on base in front of you helps."
The G-Braves capped their scoring with another sacrifice in the sixth, this time by Josh Wilson to score Jose Yepez. The catcher Yepez went 2-for-3 with a double in the game. Only Trevor Crowe, who was 2-for-3, had more than one hit for the Clippers.
Columbus starter Chris Seddon pitched all six innings, allowing the four earned runs off nine hits with six strikeouts.