LAWRENCEVILLE, GA - The Gwinnett Braves (55-58) were held to just five singles as they were defeated by the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (73-41) 5-0 in the opener of the three-game series at Coolray Field on Monday night.
The RailRiders scored four of their five runs in the second inning on the way to their eighth straight victory over the G-Braves at Coolray Field, a streak that includes two games during last season's Governors' Cup Finals.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre struck first in the top of the second on an RBI fielder's choice from Mason Williams and RBI doubles from Cito Culver, Eddy Rodriguez and Jake Cave to take a 4-0 lead against Gwinnett starter Kris Medlen (L, 1-5).
Donovan Solano led off the fourth with a solo home run to left-center off Medlen to increase the lead to 5-0.
Medlen wouldn't give up anything else for the rest of his start as catcher David Freitas threw out Mark Payton trying to steal in the sixth before Medlen struck out Culver to end the inning, and his start. Over 6.0 innings, Medlen gave up five earned runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out seven.
From the start, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre got effective pitching. Starter Brady Lail gave up just four singles while walking none and striking out five over 4.2 innings. Jonathan Holder entered in relief and recorded three of his four outs with strikeouts to keep the RailRiders ahead.
Jason Hursh entered out of the Gwinnett bullpen and stuck out two in a scoreless seventh inning. In his second relief appearance for the G-Braves, Matt Wisler tossed 2.0 scoreless relief innings with two walks and one strikeout.
J.P. Feyereisen (W, 2-2) tossed 2.0 scoreless relief innings for the RailRiders before Ben Heller tossed a clean ninth inning to finish off the win.
For Gwinnett, Ronald Acuna went 2-for-4 for his 11th multi-hit effort in 25 games since making his Triple-A debut on July 13.
Solano led the way for the RailRiders by going 2-for-3 with his second homer of the season, two runs scored and an RBI. Cave and Culver each recorded two hits and an RBI.
Game two of the series on Tuesday night will feature a battle of left-handed starters. The G-Braves are scheduled to start Luiz Gohara (0-1, 4.22 ERA) against the RailRiders' Caleb Smith (8-1, 2.35 ERA). 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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