(33-40) Gwinnett Braves 4, (39-33) Indianapolis Indians 3
Anthony Recker, C: 2-5, HR, .250/.359/.445
Rio Ruiz, 3B: 1-3, 2B, BB, .267/.366/.376
Ozzie Albies, 2B: 0-2, 3 BB, SB .247/.308/.360
Manny Banuelos, SP: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 1 K, 3.98 ERA
Not a whole lot went right early on for Gwinnett, as Tyler Glasnow thoroughly dominated their offense in the 7 innings he pitched. In fact, through his 7 innings of play they were unable to manage a hit though they scratched out 5 walks (2 from Ozzie Albies). Down late, they went yet another inning without a hit before Anthony Recker led off the 9th with a base hit to left field. Rio Ruiz followed that up with a ground rule double, and Mel Rojas Jr. brought in the first Gwinnett run with a sacrifice fly. After a Blake Lalli flyout put them down to their final string, Matt Lipka got hit by a pitch, and Indy issued 3 straight walks to Matt Tuiasosopo, Ozzie Albies, and Ronnier Mustelier. That sequence scored 2 runs and tied the game at 3, sending it to extra innings after Reid Brignac struck out. Anthony Recker led off the next inning for Gwinnett, and sent a ball over the fence in left center field to give the GBraves their first walk off home run since June 5th of last season (also by a catcher-Ryan Lavarnway).
Manny Banuelos matched Tyler Glasnow in one category-walks-and did so in 4.2 IP. This problem, one that may be due to any chance to make a full recovery from Tommy John surgery, seems to not be going away for Banuelos despite the best efforts of the Braves coaching staff. Many who watch him see a bullpen move to be imminent, even though the hope was that he would remain a starter. Banuelos managed to work around trouble and only allow 4 runs on 9 baserunners, but it was not a good outing for him. Stephen Janas replaced him and ate up 3.1IP, taking the game into the 8th. He struck out 3 and walked one batter, not allowing a run until a sacrifice fly in the final inning. Rob Wooten pitched himself a scoreless inning, and in his last 4 games (10.1IP) he has not allowed an earned run. Jose Ramirez worked the top of the 0th, with 2 strikeouts and one hit allowed. The flamethrower has quietly put up a pretty solid campaign this season, with a 2.57 ERA and 35k in 28 IP, though walks remain an issue.
Next Game: 6/23 vs (39-33) Indianapolis Indians @ 7:05 PM ET
GWN: Chris Ellis (0-1, 67.50 ERA)
IND: Trevor Williams (1-3, 4.73 ERA)