LAWRENCEVILLE — The Lehigh Valley IronPigs finished the series sweep of the Gwinnett Braves with an 11-7 win on Sunday afternoon at Coolray Field. Tyler Henson clubbed two homers and drove in seven runs for Lehigh Valley.
Right-hander Gus Schlosser, optioned to Gwinnett by Atlanta on Friday, made his Triple-A debut. He became the 12th player to make his Triple-A debut with the G-Braves after having already made his Major League debut. Schlosser (L, 0-1) had a rough first start, as he was tagged for four runs on five hits in 3.1 innings. He gave up three home runs on the day.
Things got off to a great start for Gwinnett (15-14) as the club took their first lead of the series in the second inning. Edward Salcedo and Christian Bethancourt reached base with singles off IronPigs’ left-hander Greg Smith. After a fielder’s choice and a walk loaded the bases, Schlosser delivered a two-run single to help his own cause, giving the G-Braves a 2-0 lead.
Lehigh Valley (15-14) answered with two runs in the top of the third off Schlosser. Clete Thomas reached on a one-out single and scored on a home run by Henson (1) to center.
The IronPigs took the lead in the top of the fourth, as Koyie Hill (2) and Jim Murphy (3) hit back-to-back solo homers off Schlosser to make it 4-2.
Bethancourt answered in the bottom half of the inning, crushing an offering from Smith over the left-center fence for a solo home run (1). His first career Triple-A clout cut the deficit to 4-3.
The IronPigs put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh inning. Gwinnett reliever Juan Jaime walked the first two batters and allowed a bunt single to the pitcher Smith to load the bases. After getting Thomas to pop out, Jaime gave up a grand slam to Hensen (2), pushing the lead to 8-3. Murphy added a two-run single to make it 10-3. Lehigh Valley batted around in the frame, sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring six runs.
Henson added another RBI single in the top of the eighth to make it 11-3, but the G-Braves wouldn’t go quietly. Gwinnett rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the ninth off reliever Brad Lincoln, reducing the deficit to four. Bethancourt delivered a two-run double, Mark Hamilton lined an RBI single and Derrick Mitchell added an RBI groundout, but the comeback ended there. Seth Rosin (S, 2) retired Todd Cunningham to end the game.
Smith (W, 3-0) went 7.0 innings, scattering 10 hits, allowing three runs and striking out three for Lehigh Valley. Lincoln allowed four runs on five hits over 1.2 innings before Rosin shut the door.
Offensively for Gwinnett, Bethancourt led the way, going 3-for-4 with a double, home run, three runs scored and three RBIs.
Joey Terdoslavich extended his hitting streak to 14 games by going 2-for-4 with a double. Schlosser drove in two RBIs on 1-for-1 hitting.
Henson led all players with four hits, two homers and seven RBIs, while Murphy went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs.
The Gwinnett Braves continue the homestand at Coolray Field on Monday night at 6:35 p.m. as they open a four-game series against the Buffalo Bisons. The starting pitcher for the G-Braves has yet to be officially announced. Buffalo will start right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx (1-1, 4.50).