LAWRENCEVILLE, GA -- For the second consecutive night, the Gwinnett Braves walked-off with a win against the Charlotte Knights.
Luis Durango’s lead-off single in the bottom of the 12th inning proved to be key as Tyler Pastornicky drove him home with one out in the 12th to lead the Gwinnett Braves to a 3-2 win in game three of the four-game series at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA on Monday.
A night after losing Sunday’s game in the bottom of the ninth inning, Charlotte lost Monday’s game after Gwinnett got the go-ahead run to third base with just one out in the 12th.
Charlotte reliever Gregory Infante (4-1, 3.48) allowed a single to Durango to begin the 12th frame. Jose Constanza then followed with a sacrifice bunt, which put Durango on second with just one out. With Pastornicky at the plate, Infante uncorked a wild pitch, which then put Durango on third base.
Pastornicky then ended the game and sent the Braves to their second straight win. Gwinnett snapped a 15-game losing streak with their win over Charlotte on Sunday.
Gwinnett reliever D.J. Carrasco (1-0, 9.00) gave up one hit and one walk in the top of the 12th inning to earn the win.
LHP Scott Olsen made his Charlotte Knights debut on Monday. Olsen, who began the season on the disabled list, was activated before the game and got the start in game three for Charlotte. He allowed one run on two hits over two innings and did not factor in the decision.
Matt Zaleski relieved Olsen and was superb. Zaleski allowed just one run on five hits over seven innings. He lowered his ERA to 4.16 on the season, but did not factor in the decision. Zaleski walked one and struck-out six.
The Knights scored one of their two runs in the top of the fourth inning courtesy of 2012 International League All-Star Dan Johnson, who hit his 21st home run of the season. An RBI double by Justin Greene in the eighth inning tied the game at 2-2.
Charlotte (48-38) has now lost two of three games in Gwinnett. With the loss, the first place Knights are currently 5-6 on the 12-game road trip, which will conclude with Tuesday’s game.
The two teams will conclude their four-game series from Coolray Field on Tuesday. LHP Charlie Leesman will get the nod for Charlotte, while the G-Braves will send RHP Julio Teheran to the mound. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
The first place Knights return home to Knights Stadium on Wednesday, July 4th to host the Braves in a 7:15 p.m. game.