Rochester, NY. -- The Empire State Yankees broke a tie with a run in the bottom of the seventh and edged the Gwinnett Braves 3-2 in Game Two of the four-game series Wednesday night at Frontier Field.
The loss is the 12th in a row for the G-Braves and also their 24th loss in their last 29 games. The loss combined with a Durham 4-3 win over Syracuse, moves the G-Braves into last place in the International League South standings. On June 5, the G-Braves were in first place of the division by a half game.
The Yankees scored first with a run in the bottom of the fifth off G-Braves starter Yohan Flande. Chris Dickerson singled with one out and moved to second as Francisco Cervelli was hit by a pitch. Ronnier Mustelier then singled to center, scoring Dickerson from third for a 1-0 lead. The Yankees lead went to 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth as Brandon Laird (4) hit a solo home run to left center.
The G-Braves rallied in the top of the seventh, as J.C. Boscan led off with a double to center off Yankees' reliever Juan Cedeno, and moved to third on a single by Jose Constanza. Luis Durango followed with a single to right scoring Boscan to cut the Yankees' lead to 2-1. Manny Delcarmen entered the game and recorded two quick outs, but Felix Pie reached on a throwing error by shortstop Doug Bernier which loaded the bases for Ruben Gotay. Delcarmen walked Gotay to push across Constanza, tying the score, 2-2.
The Yankees scored the go ahead run in the bottom of the seventh off G-Braves reliever Buddy Carlyle. Dickerson stroked a one out triple to left center and scored the eventual winning run on a single by Cervelli.
Flande worked 5.1 innings, giving up seven hits and two earned runs, while walked two and struck out six in the quality start no decision. Carlyle (L, 3-2) worked 1.2 innings allowing three hits, one earned run, one walk and added three strikeouts. 2012 All-Star Cory Gearrin pitched a scoreless bottom of the eighth, yielding one walk and striking out three Yankees.
Veteran Ramon Ortiz started for the Yankees and worked six quality innings. He gave up six hits, no runs while walking two and striking out two. Cedeno was credited with no innings pitched. He allowed three hits and two runs, one of which was earned. Delcarmen (W, 2-3) worked the final three innings as he yielded one walk and three strikeouts.
Offensively for the G-Braves, Durango was 2-for-5 and Gotay was 2-for-3; both had an RBI. Pie was 1-for-4 to push hit hitting streak to 10 games.
Dickerson was 3-for-4 for the Yankees and scored twice. Cole Garner was also 3-for-4 with a run scored. Laird's solo homer in the sixth was one of his two hits in four at-bats.
The Gwinnett Braves (37-44) play the Empire State Yankees (43-37) in game three of the four-game series Thursday night in Rochester. The G-Braves will have right-hander Julio Teheran (5-4, 3.50) on the mound against the Yankees right-hander John Maine (1-2, 12.00) in a 7:00 p.m. scheduled first pitch at Frontier Field. Listen to the broadcast on WDUN AM 550 in Gainesville, Georgia with Tony Schiavone calling the play by play.