Wednesday October 7th, 2015 3:33PM

G-Braves score early, often in rout of Knights

By staff reports
LAWRENCEVILLE -- After posting a 10-5 win over the Charlotte Knights (58-75) on Tuesday night, the Gwinnett Braves (58-73) continued their winning ways by dropping the Knights 16-2 on Wednesday night at Coolray Field. Donnie Murphy went 2-for-6 with a grand slam and five RBIs to lead the offense.<br /> <br /> The G-Braves scored a season-high 16 runs thanks to a five-run first inning and nine-run eighth inning. The eighth, highlighted by the slam from Murphy, was Gwinnett's largest scoring inning since a 10-run sixth on April 17, 2011 at Durham.<br /> <br /> Gwinnett raced to an early lead in the top of the first inning as they sent 11 batters to the plate and chased Charlotte starter Chris Beck after two thirds of an inning. Jose Constanza started the frame with a double and scored on an RBI double by Murphy. Joey Terdoslavich followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0. An RBI groundout by Ozzie Martinez and bases-loaded walks to Edward Salcedo and Constanza extended the lead to 5-0.<br /> <br /> Charlotte cut into the lead in the top of the second, as Matt Tuiasosopo connected for his 13th home run of the season to make it 5-1.<br /> <br /> Salcedo and Terdoslavich answered with solo home runs of their own. Salcedo belted his ninth homer of the year in the third to make it 6-1, and Terdoslavich crushed his team-leading 13th round-tripper to push the lead to 7-1. Terdoslavich has homered in four straight games, tying a G-Braves' record set by Ernesto Mejia from April 9-13, 2013.<br /> <br /> Carlos Sanchez brought the Knights to within five runs as he connected on a solo homer off left-hander Chasen Shreve in the eighth inning.<br /> <br /> The G-Braves put the game out of reach in the eighth inning, scoring nine runs on six hits to increase the lead to 16-2. An RBI double by Sean Kazmar and two-run single by Brandon Boggs preceded Murphy's grand slam off reliever Jarrett Casey.<br /> <br /> The offensive outburst backed a strong performance by G-Braves' starter Terry Doyle (W, 3-3). The right-hander tossed 6.0 innings, allowing one run on five hits with six strikeouts. Relievers Gus Schlosser, Shreve and Juan Jaime combined on 3.0 innings of one-run baseball to finish the game.<br /> <br /> Beck (L, 1-3) took the loss for Charlotte, allowing five runs on four hits in 0.2 innings. The Commerce, GA native tossed 53 pitches, 29 for strikes.<br /> <br /> In addition to Murphy's huge night, Terdoslavich went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs, Salcedo went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs and Boggs went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.<br /> <br /> Sanchez and Tuiasosopo each had a homer and RBI, while Marcus Semien picked up a team-high two hits for the Knights.<br /> <br /> The Gwinnett Braves and the Charlotte Knights conclude the two-game series tomorrow night at Coolray Field, first pitch scheduled for 6:35 PM. Right-hander Zach Stewart (5-4, 4.76) is slated to start for the G-Braves, while the Knights will counter with right-hander Andre Rienzo (1-2, 3.03). Tony Schiavone has the play-by-play call at 6:20 PM on,, Tune-In Radio and the MiLB First Pitch app.<br /> <br /> Thursday is another "$3 Thursday" at Coolray Field, featuring $3 food and beverage specials all game long. All Country Financial Lawn Seats are also just $3. Tickets are on sale now at the Coolray Field Ticket Office, call 678-277-0340 or visit to purchase.
© Copyright 2015
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
2014 Top 10: Looking back at the top sports stories of the year
It was another year for the record books in 2014, mostly for the right reasons -- state championships, new challenges and new stars taking their turn to shine. But there were also plenty of big stories that reminded us that sports -- like life -- isn
11:55PM ( 9 months ago )
NASCAR K&N Pro Series schedules set for 2015
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - NASCAR announced recently the 2015 schedules for its top developmental regional touring series, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
2:00PM ( 9 months ago )
Lanierland boys final: Johnson makes history with win over Red Elephants <b> (VIDEO) </b>
Ever the aggressor on the court, Johnson
8:55AM ( 9 months ago )
Pits will be tight as Chili Bowl entry count hits 316
TULSA, OK - The 29th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals presented by General Tire is on track to be a record smashing event, with the entry count climbing over the 300 mark for the first time to 316 entries confirming 303 drivers for the indoor spectacular happening Tuesday, January 13 through Saturday, January 17 at the Tulsa Expo Center in Tulsa, OK.
9:59AM ( 9 months ago )
Falcons fire Mike Smith after 2nd straight losing season
Mike Smith's status as the winningest coach in Falcons history wasn't enough to save his job. Owner Arthur Blank said he fired Smith on Monday because in his "heart of hearts" he didn't believe Smith could take the Falcons to the Super Bowl.
7:58PM ( 9 months ago )
New promoters in place for 2015 at Senoia Raceway
SENOIA, GA - Lease papers have been signed and a team of new promoters is in place for the upcoming stock car racing season at Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA.
6:00AM ( 9 months ago )
Professional Sports
(VIDEO) Player of the Week: Cain trashes Fannin to spark Leopards win
Banks County football needed a spark on Friday night. And Trevae Cain was happy to help provide it...
4:59PM ( 1 hour from now )
Region races ready for exciting sprint to the finish
With just five weeks left before the start of the playoffs, it’s crunch time for every team in northeast Georgia as the playoff stretch run gets under way.
4:50PM ( 1 hour from now )
Richt says he understands criticism from Georgia fans
Mark Richt has heard criticism from Georgia fans impatient for a championship and especially tired of losing to Alabama...
1:34PM ( 1 hour ago )
Projected as title contender, Tech mired in slide with Clemson, Watson looming
Not so long ago, Georgia Tech was being touted as one of the top teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference and maybe even a dark horse in the national race.
10:24AM ( 5 hours ago )
Chase or not, Earnhardt wants to keep pit crew intact
When it comes to keeping his pit crew intact throughout the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is a strong proponent of the status quo.
By Reid Spencer-NASCAR Wire Service
8:00AM ( 7 hours ago )