LAWRENCEVILLE -- This time, the rain didn't allow a chance of a rally.
The Gwinnett Braves lost 4-2 to Rochester on Wednesday, in a game called due to rain with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Tyler Pastornicky was batting at the time and had a 1-1 count when the umpires cleared the field, eventually calling the game due to the weather and since the teams had played five innings the result stood.
It was the third straight loss for the G-Braves, who kept the game close despite running through four pitchers in the eight innings.
David Hale, making his third start since returning from the disabled list May 30, stretched his outing up to 2-plus innings and post-DL high of 43 pitches. The Marietta native threw 22 of his pitches for strikes, giving up two runs on two hits over 2 innings. He walked three and struck out two.
Hale allowed a run off one hit in the second inning. He walked the leadoff batter, Jeff Clement, and Clement scored from third on a ground ball out by Doug Bernier.
Gwinnett tied the game in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI single by Jose Yepez. The catcher tried to stretch the two-out hit into a double, but was thrown out easily at second base. It was just his fourth RBI of the season.
Cole McCurry followed Hale and gave the G-Braves a solid 3 innings. The lefty reliever gave up a hit that scored a runner left on base by Hale, but struck out three and walked two in a scoreless outing. McCurry left with two outs in the six in favor of Kameron Loe. Loe escaped the inning after walking a batter, but allowed a run in the seventh on an RBI double by Oswaldo Arcia to give the Red Wings a 3-1 lead.
As the rain began picking up, Paul Janish made it 3-2 with a sacrifice fly to right in the bottom half, scoring Alden Carrithers for the second time. Carrithers led the inning off with a single, his third hit of the night. Carrithers ended the game 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a double. Todd Cunningham also had two hits, batting second for Gwinnett.
Newly promoted reliever Joe Beimel, coming off Tommy John surgery, struggled through his one inning, but allowed just one run despite giving up two hits, a hit batter and a two-base error on a pick-off to first base. He was saved another run when Tyler Pastornicky threw home on a ground ball to second, cutting down Doug Bernier at the plate. This was Beimel's second appearance in Class AAA. He has allowed at least one run in both one-inning outings.
Then, with one out and Pastornicky batting in the bottom of the eighth, the steady rain turned stronger and thunder sounded in the distance. Soon, the tarp covered the field. The rain delay lasted 55 minutes.