ROCHESTER, NY –The Rochester Red Wings (31-36), on the strength of a four-run fourth inning, beat the Gwinnett Braves (28-40) by a 8-2 score Thursday night in game one of the four game series at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY.
Atlanta Braves starter Brandon Beachy (L, 0-1), making his fifth minor league rehab start, was touched up for three runs, two earned in 3.0 innings in his potential final rehab start.
Red Wings got on the board early. In that the bottom of the first inning, Beachy walked leadoff batter Anton Richardson, who moved to second on a ground out to first by Brian Dinkelman. Trevor Plouffe then hit a ground ball towards shortstop Paul Janish. Janish, trying to get Richardson out at third, threw the ball into the G-Braves dugout, allowing Richardson to score, giving the Red Wings a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second, Beachy gave up two more runs. The first on a solo homer by Doug Bernier, while the other run scored on an RBI single by Richardson.
The Braves would rally for a run in the top of the fourth, pulling within two runs. Tyler Pastornicky drilled a single to centerfield off of Rochester starter Andrew Albers (W, 5-2) with two outs. Ernesto Mejia then shot a double down the left field line scoring Pastornicky from first to make it 3-1.
However, that’s as close at the G-Braves would get, as the Red Wings put the game away in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Juan Cedeno entered the game to begin the inning and immediately hit James Beresford with a pitch. After retiring the next two batters, Cedeno walked Dinkelman and Plouffe to load the bases. Chris Colabello followed with a double to right, clearing the bases and giving the Red Wings a 6-1 lead. The Red Wings added another run, when Deibinson Romero singled to right off of Cedeno, scoring Colabello from third.
The Red Wings tacked on another run in the fifth, extending their lead to 8-1.
The Braves would close out the scoring in the top of the seventh, as Pastornicky tripled to right and scored on a double by Mejia.
Beachy picked up the loss, scattering three hits and allowing three runs. He walked four and struck out four, while tossing 69 pitches in his third rehab start for Gwinnett. Juan Cedeno and Kameron Loe were roughed up for a combined five runs in 3.0 innings. Wirfin Obispo pitched 2.0 scoreless, hitless innings to close out the game for the Braves.
Albers picked up his fifth win of the season, and second against Gwinnett. He went 7.0 innings, scattering four hits, allowing two earned runs, while walking one and striking out six.
At the plate, Pastornicky and Mejia were both 2-for-4 for the G-Braves.
For Rochester, Richardson, Colabello and Bernier each had two hits.
Gwinnett and Rochester meet in game two of the series Friday night at Frontier Field. Left-hander Yohan Flande (3-5, 5.04) will pitch for Gwinnett. Left- hander Pedro Hernandez (1-2 3.71) gets the start for Rochester. Tony Schiavone will have the call on WDUN 550 AM/102.9 FM). First pitch set for 7:15 p.m.