May 14, 2012
In Game 1, the scheduled seven-inning game went eighth and it was catcher Jose Yepez coming away with the game winning RBI sacrifice fly for the 3-2 win.
In his first at-bat since waving at strike three with two on, two out and the game tied in the sixth, Yepez didn't give Toledo reliever Jose Ortega the same satisfaction. Yepez popped a 1-1 pitch to centerfielder Quintin Berry whose throw didn't come close to the plate as Ernesto Mejia scored easily for the win.
In the low-scoring win, Gwinnett did most of its damage against the Mud Hens' bullpen, scoring the tying run in the sixth and the winning run in the eighth after outlasting Tigers top pitching prospect Jacob Turner.
The right-hander, making his first Class AAA start of the year pitched 5 1/3 innings, struck out four and walked two. He is credited with allowing two runs, but the second RBI hit came off reliever Darin Downs.
Gwinnett starter Eric Junge pitched six innings, striking out three and walking one. He allowed both runs off seven hits. Reliever Corey Gearrin pitched the final two innings, not allowing a hit, walking one and striking out one for his third win.
Gwinnett scored in the first inning off of Turner. The right hander allowed a single and stolen base by Luis Durango, the speedster's 20th of the season, and then Drew Sutton followed with an RBI double to give Gwinnett a 1-0 lead.
Toledo tied the game in the third on an RBI single by designated hitter Ryan Strieby to score Brent Dlugach with two outs. The Mud Hens took the lead in the top of the sixth of the starter Junge. Eric Patterson lead off the inning with a triple and Audy Ciraco brought him home with a single.
he G-Braves tied the game in the bottom half on an RBI single by Christian Marrero to score Mejia. The RBI came with two outs and put runners on second and third, but Yepez struck out the end the inning.
A fate he did not repeat in his second try.
Stefan Gatrell, who entered in the sixth as a pinch hitter to face the lefty Downs, went 1-for-1 with a single and an intentional walk. Mejia was 2-for-4 two two runs scored. Joey Terdoslavich continues to struggle, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, and was 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position. The thrid baseman is now hitting .188.