LAWRENCEVILLE — With the Gwinnett Braves’ bullpen taxed, Sean Gilmartin was charged with going as long as he possible could on Sunday.
That wasn’t as far as hoped, though, and the results were even worse.
Gilmartin gave up a career-high 10 runs — nine earned — over 3 2/3 innings and G-Braves were routed 16-5 by Columbus on a long and rainy Sunday at Coolray Field.
The runs were the most given up by Gwinnett this season, as were the 17 hits. Columbus had 11 extra-base hits, hitting two homers and collecting nine doubles.
The Clippers scored in every inning except the ninth, when G-Braves outfielder Brandon Boggs came in to mop up and pitched around a leadoff double and a walk.
When an emergency fill-in has the best results, that shows how bad it was for the G-Braves’ regular pitchers as a crowd of 5,299 watched the mayhem.
Cole McCurry and Kameron Loe followed Gilmartin (3-6), with McCurry giving up four runs in 3 1/3 innings and Loe allowing two runs in an inning.
Five of the nine hits off Gilmartin went for extra-bases, with Columbus adding four doubles to Chun Chen’s homer.
Gilmartin walked three, all in the fourth inning, and struck out two. He threw 99 pitches, 57 of them strikes.
Atlanta’s first-round pick in the 2011 draft out of Florida State was 2-0 with a 2.40 ERA after his first five starts, but has been in decline since.
Gilmartin, who missed a start in early May with shoulder discomfort, allowed seven runs in four innings against Louisville on May 20 and has allowed 20 runs in 22 innings as his ERA has skyrocketed to 5.40.
It was a long, long day. The game, which lasted 3 hours, 21 minutes, was delayed 12 minutes at the start and for 48 minutes after the fourth inning because of rain.
Any momentum from Gwinnett’s dramatic 4-3 comeback victory over Columbus in 10 innings on Saturday was ended quickly as Gilmartin allowed three runs in the first inning. The G-Braves came back to go up 5-4 in the second inning, but Gilmartin kept struggling.
Columbus’ Chen tied the game with a third-inning homer and the Clippers chased Gilmartin in a five-run fourth.
Columbus starter Danny Salazar lasted just 1 2/3 innings, giving up seven hits and five runs — three earned.
But the Clippers' bullpen held Gwinnett scoreless on three hits over the final 7 1/3. Cole Cook (1-0) got the victory with 2 1/3 hitless innings.
Chen and Lonnie Chisenhall each had three hits and four RBIs. Matt Carson had Columbus’ second homer, connecting in the eighth inning off Loe.
The third game of the series is Monday at 6:05 p.m. David Hale (1-2, 5.40) is scheduled to start for the G-Braves against the Clippers’ Joe Martinez (1-5, 6.95).