Disastrous first inning dooms G-Braves in 11-0 loss to Rochester

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A huge first inning by Rochester was simply too much for the Gwinnett Braves to overcome in the finale of the four-game series between the two teams.

The visitors jumped on G-Braves' starter Yohan Flande for seven runs in the opening frame, and Red Wings starter Andrew Albers took advantage on the mound to help Rochester send the G-Braves to their seventh loss in the last nine games with an 11-0 win Friday night before 5,788 fans at Coolray Field.

Pitching on just three days rest, Flande lasted managed just two outs before being pulled in the top of the first, marking the second shortest outing by a G-Braves starter this season.

"We asked a lot of Yo coming back on three days rest," G-Braves manager Randy Ready said. "We were kind of in a bind as far as pitching right now down a couple starters. It was a tough assignment for him.

"He was efficient. He was ahead in the count, but it seemed like he was getting a lot of the plate. Unfortunatley, everything they hit was a way from the defense."

Flande (3-5) did pitch ahead in the count throughout most of his brief outing, throwing 23 strikes out of his 34 pitches.

And the 27-year-old left-hander also had a little bad luck early on, with Antoan Richards leading off with a bloop single to right, and Oswalda Arcia sending a seeing-eye single through the right side of the infield for an RBI two batters later.

But from that point, the Red Wings began to tee off on Flande, with five hits and a walk over the next six hitters, with the big blows being Jeff Clement's two-run home run and an RBI double from Eric Fryer.

Juan Cedeno was eventually able to come in from the bullpen to finally end the inning, but 11 Rochester hitters had come to the plate by that time, with seven touching home to give the Red Wings a commanding 7-0 lead.

And while the G-Braves managed to make good contact at times against Albers (4-2), the Rochester left-hander used the big early lead, good control and strong defense behind him to put himself into a comfort zone.

Albers needed 101 pitches to throw a complete game and hand the G-Braves just their third shutout of the season, and the first at Coolray Field, on just six hits with seven strikeouts.

"It looked like he mixed all his pitches," Ready said of Albers. "He was throwing everything for strikes. We hit some balls on the screws, but nothing to show for it. ... With the lopsided score, I think it made it a little easier for him to throw (Friday) night. That's the way it goes sometimes."

One of the few bright spots on the night for the G-Braves was the work of the bullpen.

After reaching Juan Cedeno for two runs in the second, the lefty combined with right-handers Wirfin Obispo and Kameron Loe to hold Rochester hitless with six strikeouts over the next six innings before Deibenson Romero and Clement hit back-to-back solo homers off Joe Beimel in the top of the ninth.

"The bullpen did a nice job shutting it down," Ready said. "A couple of pitches got away from Joe there in the ninth, ... but we kind of accomplished what we needed to do to get through the game with everybody out relatively clean and healthy."

Clement finished the game 4-for-4 with the two homers and four RBIs, while Romero was 2-for-4.

Tyler Pastornicky went 2-for-4 for the G-Braves, who will try to rebound against the Columbus Clippers, who begin a four-game series here tonight at 7:05.

Atlanta pitcher Brandon Beachy will make his next to last start on his injury rehab assignment, and likely his last with the G-Braves.