Catcher Blake Lalli stroked a two-run double in the second inning on his way to a 4-RBI game and the visiting Gwinnett Braves drilled Charlotte 6-2 on Monday afternoon to clinch the International League South Division.
With starter Tyrell Jenkins (9-3) allowing two runs over 7 1/3 innings, the G-Braves advanced to the Governor’s Cup playoffs for the first time since 2009.
Lalli added a two-run single in the eighth. Gwinnett reliever Stephen Janas recorded his first save, retiring all four batters he faced.
The G-Braves open the playoffs on Wednesday at Columbus, the defending IL champion. Any pending September call-ups to Atlanta are expected to be delayed until the G-Braves complete the postseason.
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