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G-Braves' prized lefty struggles vs. Clippers

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Sean Gilmartin recorded just one out before his troubles began Sunday afternoon.

Following a leadoff flyout and a double, Columbus pushed across three on run-scoring hits by Lonnie Chisenhall, Cord Phelps and Chun Chen.

The Clippers (31-33) added individual runs in the second and third innings before Gilmartin imploded in a five-run fourth inning.

Gwinnett's 23-year old lefty (3-6, 5.40 ERA) again retired the leadoff batter before a single and back-to-back walks came around to score on doubles by Chisenhall and Atlanta native Jeremy Hermida. Gilmartin exited with two outs in the frame after allowing a career-high 10 runs (nine earned), the most allowed by a G-Braves starter this season. The outing raised Gilmartin's ERA by nearly a full run.

Gilmartin, Atlanta's first round selection in the 2011 MLB draft, topped out at just 88 mph on Coolray Field's radar gun and struggled with fastball command -- he threw just 57 strikes in 99 pitches.

The G-Braves (27-38) plated two runs of their own in the first and led briefly in the bottom of the second on RBI singles from Jose Yepez and Ernesto Mejia and an error by the first baseman Chen.

After starter Danny Salazar lasted just 1.2 innings and gave up five runs (three earned) on seven hits, the Columbus bullpen took over and worked 7.1 innings of scoreless relief. Cole Cook (1-0) earned the win by tossing 2.1 shutout innings, walking just one batter.

Gwinnett's exhausted bullpen allowed six runs in 5.1 innings. The only G-Braves pitcher to not allow a run was outfielder Brandon Boggs, who gave up one hit in the ninth in only his second career relief appearance.

Led by Chisenhall, Hermida and Chen, the Clippers totaled 11 extra-base hits (nine doubles, two home runs) and scored 12 unanswered runs over the final seven innings. Columbus scored at least one run in each inning but the ninth.

The game's start was delayed 12 minutes due to rain, and a brief downpour later halted play for 48 minutes.