(bisons.com)-The Buffalo Bisons have found success against a lot of clubs this season. But the Gwinnett Braves are not one of them.
For the fourth time in the last eight days Tuesday night, Gwinnett defeated the Herd. The G-Braves took a four-game series, 3-1, last week at Coca-Cola Field, andstarted the opener of a four-game series at Coolray Park with a 4-3 win.
The Herd pounded out 10 hits but was 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and they relied solely on the long ball. Mauro Gomez accounted for all of the runs, hitting two home runs for his fifth multi-homer game of the season. It increased his International League-leading home run total to 23, five more than anyone else.
Anthony Gose also had a productive day at the plate, tying Gwinnett's Matt Pagnozzi for the game-high in hits with three. Giving Buffalo a third player with a multi-hit game was Mike McCoy, who had a pair.
Gose also made perhaps the web gem of the game. Pagnozzi hit a bases-loaded single to left and Gose came up throwing to the plate, gunning down the second runner going home to keep the deficit at 3-2.
Justin Germano took the loss, though he still pitched strong, allowing three runs or less for the fourth straight start. The righty gave up three runs on 10 hits and fanned four over six innings in his team-leading 14th start.
He was trouble-free the first two innings and was able to pitch out of a jam in the third, stranding runners on second and third after they arrived there with one out.
The next time they got runners on, the Braves made sure they cashed in, however. Jose Constanza's RBI-double capped off a four-hit, two-run fifth inning to give the game a score. Gomez tied to score the next half-inning, sending a 2-0 pitch way over the left-field wall for a two-run job.
Gwinnett answered with the next two runs, but the reigning IL MVP's second jack in the eighth brought the Herd within a run. The Bisons threatened to complete the comeback in the ninth, and nearly pulled it off.
With one out, Gose stretched what is usually a routine lined single to the left fielder into a double with great awareness and speed. That same aggressiveness led to the second out, though, as he was caught stealing third on a pitch on the dirt. The game was over the next pitch when Sean Ochinko drove a ball to left-center that died before the warning track for the final out.