LAWRENCEVILLE, GA - Jonathan Pettibone was dialed in on Friday night at Coolray Field, as the right-hander worked 5.0 innings of one-run baseball to lead the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (13-14) to a 6-1 win over the Gwinnett Braves (15-12).
Pettibone (W, 2-0), making his third start of the season, held the G-Braves to just four hits and struck out a season-high five batters en route to his second win of the season.
After three scoreless innings to start the game, Lehigh Valley jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning against Gwinnett right-hander Cody Martin. With Maikel Franco and Koyie Hill aboard with two outs, Jim Murphy (2) clubbed a 3-2 pitch over the wall in left-center to put the IronPigs on top.
The G-Braves finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning against Pettibone. Christian Bethancourt singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Martin and scored on an RBI single byJose Constanza.
In the sixth inning, however, the IronPigs got the run right back. Franco started the inning with a double and eventually scored on a two-out single by Leandro Castro, extending the lead to 4-1.
Lehigh Valley added two more runs to make it 6-1 thanks to Reid Brignac. He lifted a sacrifice fly scoring Steve Susdorf in the seventh inning and lined an RBI double scoring Tyler Henson in the ninth.
Martin (L, 2-2) finished the contest with 6.0 innings, six hits, five earned runs, three walks and five strikeouts. Wirfin Obispo and Luis Vasquez each threw a scoreless inning before Pedro Beatoallowed a run in the ninth.
The IronPigs' pitching staff held the G-Braves to just five hits on the night, tying their single-game season low. Following Pettibone, relievers Jeremy Horst (H, 5), Seth Rosin and Phillippe Aumont combined to throw 4.0 innings of scoreless baseball to preserve the victory.
Offensively for Gwinnett, Joey Terdoslavich extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the fourth inning, finishing 1-for-4. Tommy La Stella extended his on-base streak to 21 games with a single in the ninth, finishing 1-for-4. Constanza went 1-for-4 with the lone RBI.
Franco went 2-for-5 with two runs scored to lead the IronPigs. He is 5-for-9 with five runs scored in the series. Brignac went 1-for-2 with two RBIs, and Murphy went 1-for-4 with the home run and three RBIs.
The Gwinnett Braves and Lehigh Valley IronPigs continue the series with game three tomorrow night at 7:05 PM. Left-hander Daniel Rodriguez (3-2, 2.67) will take the ball for Gwinnett, while Lehigh Valley will counter with right-hander David Buchanan (3-0, 3.45). Tony Schiavone will have the play-by-play call on wdun.com, GwinnettBraves.com, TuneIn Radio and the MiLB First Pitch app.
Saturday is "Strike Out Hunger Night" sponsored by Fifth Third Bank. Fans who donate non-perishable food items at Fifth Third Bank locations in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Roswell and Norcross will receive a free ticket to the 7:05 PM G-Braves game. Also on Saturday night, the G-Braves will host "Big Brothers & Big Sisters Night." Tickets are on sale now at the Coolray Field Ticket Office, call 678-277-0340 or visit GwinnettBraves.com for more information.