CHARLOTTE, NC - For the second straight game, the Gwinnett Braves (15-13) were handcuffed by the pitching of the Charlotte Knights (14-14) in a 7-1 loss on Sunday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark. Charlotte won the three-game series 2-1.
After only getting four hits in an 8-4 loss on Saturday night, the G-Braves were limited to five hits on Sunday.
The Knights took the lead in the bottom of the first inning as Yoan Moncada crushed a one-out solo home run to right-center off Gwinnett starter Luke Jackson .
The G-Braves tied the game in the top of the second as Mel Rojas Jr. drilled the first pitch of the inning from starter Carson Fulmer to left for a solo homer to knot the score at 1-1. That, however, is where the scoring would end for Gwinnett.
For the Knights, the offense was just getting started. In the bottom of the third, Tyler Ladendorf led off with a sharp single off the glove of Gwinnett third baseman Johan Camargo and then scored all the way from first on a double to right by Moncada. After a walk to Nicky Delmonico, Kevan Smith doubled to left, plating Moncada for a 3-1 lead. The Charlotte lead grew to 4-1 as Danny Hayes drove in Delmonico with a ground out to shortstop.
The Knights added two more in the bottom of the sixth off Jackson to build a 6-1 lead. With one out, Jackson waked Ryan Rabun and gave up a triple to Rymer Liriano. Adam Engel followed with a double to left, scoring Liriano for the Knights.
The scoring was capped off in the bottom of the eighth when Engel homered to left-center off Gwinnett reliever Jason Hursh .
Jackson (L, 0-3) pitched 5.1 innings for Gwinnett with eight hits, six runs, two walks and five strikeouts. Akeel Morris went two thirds of an inning with two walks. Kevin Chapman worked 1.0 inning with one hit and one walk. Hursh pitched 1.0 inning with two hits, one earned run, one walk and one strikeout.
Fulmer (W, 4-1) went 6.0 innings with three hits, one earned run, one walk and four strikeouts. Brian Clark worked1.0 inning with two hits, one walk and one strikeout. Brad Goldberg pitched 1.0 inning with one strikeout. Zack Burdi pitched 1.0 inning with one hit and one strikeout.
For Gwinnett, Rojas was 2-for-3 with his third homer of the season.
For Charlotte, Moncada was 3-for-4 with a double, homer and two RBIs, and Engel was 2-for-4 with a double, homer and two RBIs.
The Gwinnett Braves return to Coolray Field on Monday night to begin a four-game series against the Toledo Mud Hens. Right-hander Lucas Sims (2-0, 2.83) will pitch for Gwinnett. The Mud Hens have not announced their starter. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. Tony Schiavone has the play-by-play call on 97.7 FM "The Other Side of the River" beginning at 6:35 p.m.
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