G-Braves silenced in 6-1 loss

LAWRENCEVILLE -- After an offensive outburst in a sweep of a double header over Columbus on Friday, the Clippers pitching got the best of Gwinnett's bats on Saturday night as Columbus posted a 6-1 win over the G-Braves in front of 7,369 fans at Coolray Field.

Columbus starter Chris Schwinden (1-1) picked up his first win with Columbus (32-36) with seven strong innings, giving up just one run on three hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

"Yesterday we swung the bats well but today was a different story," Gwinnett manager Dave Brundage said. "You have to give credit to their guy. He pitched to both corners and didn't give us much to hit."

While the G-Braves struggled at the plate, Columbus hitters racked up 11 hits, including a 2-for-5 night with five RBIs from Russ Canzler. Luke Carlin also went 3-for-4, while Gregorio Petit added two hits.

Canzler drove in one run with a solo homer in the fourth, added another RBI on a sacrifice fly in the fifth and put the game out of reach in the ninth with a three-run double.

Julio Teheran, who was making his first start after being called up to Atlanta last week for a spot start against Toronto on June 10, allowed just two runs but had to fight his way through four innings in running up his pitch count to 86.

Teheran (5-3) got through the first two innings without much trouble, giving up just one walk, but the third inning saw him face seven hitters. He would wiggle out of the third with just one run allowed, but ran into trouble again in the fourth, giving up a solo homer to Canzler while surrendering two more singles to put runners at first and second.

The fourth would've been much worse had it not been for an inning ending double play hit into by Ezequiel Carrera. He finished the night with two runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

"He wasn't at his best tonight, but at the same time, he threw some good fastballs," Brundage said. "He commanded that pitch well but didn't have his best offspeed stuff. It's tough to go with just one pitch working and it didn't happen for him tonight."

Despite the lack of offense from Gwinnett (36-33), the bullpen did its best in keeping the game close as Adam Russell allowed just one earned run with Dusty Hughes and Jaye Chapman combining for three scoreless innings.

Cory Gearrin followed Chapman to pitch the ninth, but an infield error opened the door for Canzler's double to plate three unearned runs.

The lone bright spot on offense for Gwinnett was Jose Constanza, who went 2-for-4 and was responsible for Gwinnett's only run with a solo home run to right in leading off the bottom of the fourth.