FORT MILL, S.C. – The Gwinnett Braves had plenty of men on base but couldn't drive them in, falling 4-0 to the Charlotte Knights on the final day of the 2013 season.
Right-hander Zach Stewart (W, 6-14) pitched 8.0 scoreless innings to lead Charlotte to victory in the final game ever at Knights Stadium.
The G-Braves (60-84) left 11 runners on base in the game, but only one of them got past second base against Stewart. He scattered 10 hits, walked one and struck out three. Right-hander Deunte Heath closed out the game with a scoreless inning.
Ironically, Gwinnett’s struggles at the plate came less than 24 hours after a huge, late-inning comeback that saw the offense score 10 runs in the final two innings for a 12-7 win.
Gwinnett right-hander David Hale (L, 6-9) had another quality start – his seventh in his past eight games – in the losing cause. He gave up eight hits and three earned runs, walked one and struck out five. Right-hander Andrew Russell pitched the last 2.0 innings, allowing just a walk while striking out two.
Charlotte (65-78) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Marcus Semien was hit by a pitch, moved up two bases on a pickoff error by Hale and scored on an RBI groundout by Blake Tekotte. An RBI single by Carlos Sanchez in the fourth inning made it 2-0, and an RBI single by Travis Ishikawa and RBI double by Andy Wilkins increased the lead to 4-0 in fifth.
The G-Braves left seven men on base over the first four innings. Evan Gattis once again led the attack, racking up a single and a double in his first two at-bats. He finished the game going 2-4, capping a six-hit series that included three doubles, a home run and one RBI.
Tyler Greene also finished the game with a pair of hits and a walk. Greene had a very good series in Charlotte as well, going 6-for-11 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs against his former club.
Despite the contributions of Gattis and Greene, the G-Braves never could get the big hit in the game. Gwinnett dropped to 9-13 in shutout decisions for the season.
The Gwinnett Braves now head into the offseason. The club’s first game of 2014 – the sixth year of G-Braves baseball – will be on Thursday, April 3 at Durham.
The next G-Braves' home game at Coolray Field will take place on Friday, April 11, 2014 against the Durham Bulls.