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Paiml comes up big for G-Braves in 4-2 win

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Forty-five days passed between RBIs for Greg Paiml.

But good things come in bunches for the Gwinnett Braves shortstop, who wasn't even in the Braves organization until March 25, a week before the season started.

Paiml contributed on every G-Braves run Saturday hitting his fifth, sixth and seventh RBIs and scoring a run in Gwinnett's 4-2 win over Rochester.

"Tonight was his night," Gwinnett manager Dave Brundage said.

Before Saturday, Paiml last knocked in a run on April 11 as a part of back-to-back two-RBI games against the Norfolk Tides. He has yet to knock in less than one run in a game.

"I'll take them any way I can get them," Paiml said, "but bunches is better."

Paiml's played sparingly for the G-Braves this season, making the lineup in 27 of the team's 49 games. In those games he's hitting .218 with four doubles and 11 runs scored. He's played mostly shortstop, but has played six games at second base.

"It's definitely hard to get in a rhythm," Paiml said of not playing every day. "When I get in games I just want to contribute as much as I can."

"He understands his role," Brundage said. "It's really hard if you don't understand your role. He's been a great teammate and plays hard when he gets his opportunity."

His big hits helped starting pitcher Todd Redmond win his team-best fifth game and third straight. The right-hander threw seven five-hit innings, allowing just one earned run, walking two and striking out six. He threw 71 of his 108 pitches for strikes. Redmond's last loss came May 5 against Charlotte and the long-time Class AAA Braves pitchers has become the team's most consistent starting arm.

"That's been his M.O. the last three years," Brundage said of the team's innings leader since it came to Gwinnett. "To get a chance in the big leagues it's what he needs to do. He can't afford any lapses."

Rochester got on the board first with sacrifice fly in the second by Clete Thomas. Sean Burroughs scored on the play, but it was an unearned run since the Red Wings' first baseman reached third on a passed ball earlier in the inning.

Enter Paiml.

The No. 9 hitter singled off the glove of Burroughs in the bottom half of the frame scoring Felix Pie and Jose Yepez and putting up 2-1.

"With runners on second and third with two outs, I just wanted to put it in play," Paiml said. "I hit it hard, hard enough to get it past the first baseman."

Rochester tied the game at 2-2 when Michael Hollimon led off with a home run in the seventh to straightaway centerfield. It was the second baseman's fourth home run of the season and just the third allowed by Redmond this season.

"He's not considered a ground ball pitcher, but he's well-rounded his game," Brundage said. "Doing all the little things is important. It's important for all, but especially important to him because he's not a ground ball pitcher."

In the bottom half, Paiml returned. After a two-out walk to Josh Wilson, he doubled down the left field line and the ball skipped around long enough to allow Wilson to score from first. Paiml followed Wilson home on Luis Durango's infield RBI single to give Gwinnett a 4-2 lead.

Anthony Varvaro, after three days off, pitched the final two innings for his first save. He allowed three hits and struck out two in his scoreless outing, giving him 7 straight innings without allowing a run.