Updated: 8:58 p.m. Sunday, July 25, 2010 | Posted: 8:53 p.m. Sunday, July 25, 2010
G-Braves give up four homers, lose 8-3
For the AJC
A free-swinging Louisville Bats team struck out 15 times, but made Gwinnett pay just the same, launching four home runs in an 8-3 victory over the Braves on Sunday at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville.
Louisville's Corky Miller, Daniel Dorn and Juan Francisco each slugged two-run homers off the G-Braves' staff, while Bats teammate Zack Cozart added a solo shot. Francisco's and Cozart's homers were their 15th each.
Freddie Freeman and Clint Sammons homered for Gwinnett (46-56), with Freeman connecting for his 13th in the sixth inning.
Otherwise, the G-Braves could muster little offense, collecting just five hits. In the first inning, they had three runners reach base on walks off Louisville starter Micah Owings and couldn't score.
Gwinnett starter Todd Redmond (8-10), who threw a no-hitter against Louisville in late May, struck out nine Bats batters in six innings, but allowed five runs on six hits. Relievers Craig Kimbrel and Lee Hyde each pitched one inning and struck out the side, though allowing two runs and one run, respectively.
The Braves haven’t been able to acquire the ace they might have wanted for the top of their rotation, but they secured the depth they needed Monday with the signing of free agent right-hander Gavin Floyd.
One week after the Braves were eliminated by the Dodgers in a four-game division series, Braves general manager Frank Wren met with the team’s beat writers and discussed the 2013 season and the team’s needs going into the offseason.