The Gwinnett Braves unleashed its fury on the Columbus Clippers last night, evening the series with a 9-2 win. Gwinnett punished the Columbus pitching staff with seven runs in the sixth inning alone.
Daisuke Matsuzaka, the standout pitcher who was once with the Boston Red Sox and other affiliates, is spending his days with the Columbus Clippers. It was perfect timing for Gwinnett Braves fans and others who wanted to see him in person. He has spent that last three years playing on minor league teams, including the Single-A Salem Red Sox and the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Matsuzaka lasted a little over two innings without giving up any runs. The Clippers saw four pitching changes; however it was Cole Cook that had his hands full with Gwinnett’s lineup as he allowed six runs.
Omar Poveda went six innings and didn’t allow any runs. The Gwinnett pitching staff was solid all around as Pat Egan, Yohan Flande and Cory Rasmus combined for just seven hits and two runs.
Paolo Espino took over in the top of the third for the Clippers; however it was the defensive effort from both squads that stifled each other as they both sat scoreless in the middle of the fourth.
The drought ended in the bottom of the fourth where Joey Terdoslavich earned the first run of the game off a single by Paul Janish. In the bottom of the fifth, Todd Cunningham drove in another run for Gwinnett, giving them a 2-0 lead. In the bottom of the sixth, Brandon Boggs and Joe Leonard each brought in one run to go up 4-0.
Within the blink of an eye, the G-Braves posted five more runs and lead 9-0 shutout before relinquishing its shutout to a homer by Nate Spears.
The scoring barrage erupted in the sixth inning when Ernesto Mejia singled and Jose Constanza and Todd Cunningham each scored. From there, Terdoslavich notched his twelfth homer on the year, bringing in two more runs.
Gwinnett has the day off and will return to action tomorrow against the Rochester Red Wings tomorrow at 6:05 p.m. Fans can go to gwinnettbraves.com to keep up with stats and scores.