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G-Braves blanked again as skid continues

NORFOLK, Va. -- A strong outing from Gwinnett Braves' starter Yohan Flande was overshadowed by a great pitching performance by the Norfolk Tides righty Zach Clark, as Norfolk defeated the G-Braves 4-0 Friday night at Harbor Park. With the loss, Gwinnett has now lost seven straight games with three to play in the 2012 regular season.

Flande (6-11) pitched into and out of trouble going 6 of an inning allowing one run on seven hits. The lone run was a solo home run off the bat of Jamie Hoffman in the fifth inning. The left-hander also struck out six Tides and issued two walks.

The night belonged to Clark (5-2), who went the distance to record the complete game shutout. Clark scattered three hits and struck out five G-Braves. The complete game performance was the third thrown against Gwinnett in its last seven games.

John Lannan and Jeff Mandel each threw complete-game shutouts in back-to-back starts with Syracuse at Coolray Field this week.

The G-Braves had some chances early, but could not capitalize offensively. Terry Tiffee missed a home run by about four feet, as he banged a double off the center field wall in the second inning, but was left stranded to end the frame. Ernesto Mejia added a double in the fourth inning, but was also left on base.

The only other G-Brave hit belonged to Jose Yepez, a single in the fifth inning. It was the last baserunner Gwinnett would have as Clark set down the final 14 batters of the game.

The Tides roughed up Gwinnett right-hander Buddy Carlyle, who relieved Flande. Carlyle allowed three runs on three hits in just of an inning. The last two runs scored after Carlyle was out of the game, as Dusty Hughes relieved Carlyle, allowing two of his inherited runners to score.

Joe Mahoney led the offense for Norfolk, going 3-for-3 with an RBI. Jaime Hoffman, Ryan Adams and Ronny Paulino all recorded multiple-hit nights for the Tides.