Lawrenceville Cole De Vries didn’t have a particularly memorable beginning to his fourth stint at Triple-A Rochester, allowing 14 earned runs in his first seven innings. But De Vries’ last two starts have been fairly similar, and Wednesday he got his first win for his old team.
De Vries pitched seven innings and allowed nine hits but only two runs for the second consecutive start as Rochester defeated the Gwinnett Braves, 4-2 in a rain-shortened International League game at Coolray Field.
Rochester and Gwinnett continued the four-game series Thursday in a game which ended too late for this edition.
Facing reliever Joe Beimel in the top of the eighth, Rochester built a 4-2 cushion. Ray Olmedo led off with a single and moved to third when Beimel’s pick off throw sailed down the right field line. Two batters later, Danny Lehmann laid down a suicide squeeze bunt and Olmedo scored without a throw.
A steady rain began falling in the bottom of the seventh, but the rain was accompanied by frequent lightning an inning later as Gwinnett batted against right-hander Shairon Martis. After a 55-minute delay, the game was cancelled.
Gwinnett had gotten within 3-2 in the seventh on No. 8 hitter Paul Janish’s sacrifice fly. That was part of a nice night for the bottom of the Braves’ lineup as Alden Carrithers went 3-for-3 from the No. 7 hole and No. 9 hitter Jose Yepez went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Each team picked up a run in the second inning. Rochester took the first lead of the night on a two-out, fielder’s choice RBI by Doug Bernier. Gwinnett tied the game a half inning later when Carrithers got the first of his hits on a one-out double and scored on Yepez’s single.
Gwinnett right-hander David Hale, making his first start since April 17, recorded just one out in the third and was chased after the last of his three walks. Southpaw Cole McCurry relieved and his first pitch was hit for a run-scoring single by Chris Colabello as the visitors took the lead for good.
De Vries, a right-hander with 17 games (16 starts) of major league experience who has moved up two levels of the Minnesota Twins organization in 2013, worked out of trouble in nearly all of his seven innings. He got the help of an inning-ending double play in both the fourth and sixth innings, left two runners on in the first and third, and got three ground outs in the fifth for his only perfect frame.