(LAWRENCEVILLE, GA) — The Gwinnett Braves scored six runs over the first two innings and went on to beat the first place Charlotte Knights by a score of 6-0 in the finale of their three-game series from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA on Sunday. Despite the loss, the Knights won two of three games against the G-Braves in the series.
Charlotte starter Tyler Danish (0-2, 11.57) made his second career Triple-A start on Sunday and allowed six runs on nine hits over two innings. Danish, a member of the Chicago White Sox 40-man roster, gave up five of his six runs in the bottom of the first inning. He was saddled with the loss.
Ronnier Mustelier led the way offensively for the G-Braves, who combined to record 16 hits on the day. Mustelier, who had a two-run single in the five-run first inning, finished the afternoon 4-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs.
Gwinnett starter Lucas Harrell (3-1, 2.92) — a former Charlotte Knights standout — allowed just six hits over six shutout innings to earn the win. Harrell walked one batter and fanned five. He shined for the Knights over parts of three seasons (2009-11) winning 21 games over that span. Harrell improved to 2-0 against his former club in two games this season.
Charlotte’s bullpen was sharp in relief of Danish. Four Charlotte relievers combined to hold the G-Braves scoreless over the final six innings of the game. Terance Marin gave up just one hit over a scoreless inning, while Blake Smith did not allow a run in three innings of work. Relievers Juan Minaya and Will Smith each threw a scoreless inning.
Matt Davidson continued his hot-hitting and went 2-for-4 in the game three loss. Louis Silverio chipped in with two hits. Leury Garcia went 1-for-4 to extend his hit streak to 13 consecutive games — the longest by a Knights player this season.
The Knights will now make the trek home to BB&T Ballpark to open a three-game series against the Durham Bulls from Uptown Charlotte, NC on Monday. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. for the 7:05 p.m. game.