LAWRENCEVILLE — In his second career start at Coolray Field, Atlanta native David Buchanan twirled another gem, leading the Lehigh Valley IronPigs to a 2-1 win over the Gwinnett Braves (15-13) on Saturday night.
Buchanan (4-0), a former Georgia State Panther, tossed six innings with one run allowed on seven hits, one walk and seven strikeouts. Last season, he beat the G-Braves in his second career Triple-A start on Aug. 9, working seven innings with one unearned run allowed in Lehigh Valley’s 6-1 win.
With Buchanan dealing, Lehigh Valley (14-14) jumped out to a lead in the fourth inning for the second straight game. Leandro Castro walked to lead off the inning against Gwinnett starter Daniel Rodriguez. Sebastien Valle then drilled a 0-1 pitch over the left-center fence for a two-run homer, giving the IronPigs a 2-0 lead.
Gwinnett got on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning. Joey Terdoslavich doubled, Mark Hamilton walked and a sacrifice bunt by Sean Kazmar put runners on second and third with one out against Buchanan. The right-hander got Derrick Mitchell to pop out, but Steve Lerud beat out an infield single to plate the first run. With the score 2-1, Buchanan struck out pinch hitter Jose Yepez to end the inning.
The G-Braves wouldn’t draw any closer, as Cesar Jimenez, Justin De Fratus and Luis Garcia tossed three innings of scoreless relief. Jimenez went 1 1/3 innings with one strikeout, while De Fratus added 2/3 innings with one strikeout. Garcia worked around a two-out single by Todd Cunningham in the ninth for his fifth save of the season.
Rodriguez took the tough-luck loss, going six innings, allowing three hits and two earned runs. He struck out three and walked three. Atahualpa Severino tossed a scoreless seventh inning with one walk, one strikeout and one hit, while Mark Lamm went two innings with one walk and two strikeouts.
Offensively, Cunningham went 3-for-5, and Phil Gosselin and Terdoslavich recorded two hits each. Terdoslavich’s sixth inning double extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Tommy La Stella went 0-for-3, ending his 21-game on-base streak.
Lehigh Valley won despite being held to four hits on the night. Valle went 1-for-4 with the homer and two RBIs, while Matt Tolbert went 2-for-4.
The Gwinnett Braves and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs conclude the series on Sunday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. Right-hander Gus Schlosser (0-0, 0.00) is scheduled to make his Triple-A debut for the G-Braves, while the IronPigs will counter with left-hander Greg Smith (2-0, 1.82).