FORT MILL, SC - The Gwinnett Braves (60-84) had plenty of men on base but couldn't drive them in, falling 4-0 to the Charlotte Knights (65-78) 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 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 1.0 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 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. Season tickets for the 2014 campaign are on sale now by calling the Coolray Field Box office at (678) 277-0340. For more information on 2014 season ticket packages, visit gwinnettbraves.com/2014.