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Gilmartin fades in G-Braves loss

LAWRENCEVILLE -- When the drizzle picked up and Sean Gilmartin reached the seventh inning, things turned soggy for the Braves prospect.

The lefty took a no-hitter into the inning and had thrown just 76 pitches with six strikeouts and had walked two. But a leadoff single opened the door for three runs and 20 pitches later, Gilmartin left after 6 innings and the Gwinnett Braves trailed 3-0.

Andrew Russell replaced Gilmartin and coaxed the final out of the inning from Bobby Wilson. But the damage was done and the G-Braves' bats stayed silent in a 4-1 loss to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. It was the fifth straight loss for Gwinnett.

"It was unfortunate, the way he pitched tonight, the line doesn't look at good as he pitched," manager Randy Ready said. "I think he was trying to make some purpose pitches for show and went back to some bread-and-butter pitches that were working early and he left them over the plate, unfortunately."

Gilmartin needed just 76 pitches to get through the first six innings and he walked just one in the no-hit stretch.

"It's not something you are really thinking about," Gilmartin said. "In the back of your mind, you are conscious of it but at the same time it's not something you can think about and still go out there and pitch.

"I was mixing it up a little bit. It certainly helped when I was locating the fastball."

This was the second straight sound performance from the former first round draft pick. Even after his first loss of the season, Gilmartin has an ERA of 2.70. Even Thursday, after giving up back-to-back singles to open the seventh, it was not until a full-count, two-out pitch that the RailRiders scored.

"That whole inning comes down to one pitch, that 3-2 pitch wasn't executed where it needed to be and it got hit," Gilmartin said. "I am definitely where I want to be. I was putting the ball where I wanted. I was working off the fastball and locating the fastball well."

Gilmartin wasn't the only pitcher to look strong.

RailRider starter Brett Marshall, a New York Yankees prospect, allowed five hits over seven scoreless innings, striking out two and walking three. He got some help from his defense, turning three double plays to end threats in the first, fifth and sixth innings. He also stranded two runners in the second and the fourth with timely hitting avoiding Gwinnett. The G-Braves put the lead runner on base in three separate innings and went 1-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

"Offensively, we are just not operating on all cylinders right now," Ready said. "We can't seem to find the right combination right now.

"We hit some balls on the screws and didn't have anything to show for it."

After Gilmartin's exit, Russell returned for the eighth inning and allowed the RailRider's final run on a triple to Melky Mesa. Ryan Butcher pitched the ninth, walking two, but not allowing a run.

Gwinnett scored its lone run in the eighth on an RBI single from rehabbing major leaguer Brian McCann. It was the catcher's only hit of the night, scoring Todd Cunningham from second. McCann left the game for a pinch runner, going 1-for-4 in his first of four scheduled games with the G-Braves.

Joey Terdoslavich maintained his scorching pace, going 3-for-4 with singles in his first three at-bats. He is hitting .333 on the season. Cunningham and Joe Leonard were both 2-for-4.

"(Terdoslavich) is using the whole field, which is really good to see," Ready said. "I think we still have some other guys that are still trying to make adjustments."