G-Braves bash Toledo 9-0 for sweep

LAWRENCEVILLE – Unfortunately for the Gwinnett Braves, they have just four games remaining this season with Toledo. Worse yet, those games aren’t until August.

Another series right now with the Mud Hens might be the perfect way for the G-Braves to get back on track in the International League.

Gwinnett completed a four-game sweep of Toledo on Sunday at Coolray Field and did it with its most lopsided victory of the season.

The G-Braves set a season high with seven extra-base hits and tied for their most runs and hits in a 9-0 victory over Toledo before a crowd of 5,892.

Ernesto Mejia and Brandon Boggs homered and ever Gwinnett player in the lineup had a hit by the fifth inning en route to the 15-hit outburst.

Meanwhile, Tim Corcoran (3-3) limited the Mud Hens to four hits over six innings and three relievers allowed just one more in the shutout.

Gwinnett (21-30) is 9-5 since the end of a 14-game losing streak, while Toledo (15-36) is headed in the other direction. The Mud Hens have lost six in a row and were outscored 23-9 in the series.

The G-Braves, who start a road trip with four games at Syracuse beginning Monday, sent 10 batters to the plate in the first inning against Derek Hankins (1-3) and scored five times thanks to six hits and a walk.

Mejia had the big blow in the inning, smashing his 12th homer with two runners on base. The blast tied him for the International League lead.

Boggs’ homer in the sixth inning off reliever Robbie Weinhardt was his sixth and his 2-for-5 game made him 11-for-24 during the homestand.

Boggs was one of six G-Braves to get two hits, joining Corey Wimberly, Todd Cunningham, Alden Carrithers, Matt Pagnozzi and Sean Kazmar.

Corcoran walked four, including three in one inning, but held the Mud Hens in check through 104 pitches. Then Ryan Buchter, Wirfin Obispo and Juan Cedeno each pitched an inning.

Buchter struck out all three batters he faced and Cedeno got a game-ending double play after allowing the bullpen’s only base runner on a single.

Toledo first baseman Jordan Lennerton had a fifth-inning single off Corcoran to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. Gwinnett outfielder Jose Constanza has the longest streak in the International League this season at 18 games