Reid Brignac has spent at least part of the last 10 seasons in the major leagues. He’s acting like he wants to go back again.
The 30-year-old Gwinnett Braves infielder had three hits, including two home runs Wednesday night to lead an 8-3 victory over the Buffalo Bisons before only 1,075 at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Ga.
Gwinnett is 6-0 against the Bisons this season and has outscored Buffalo, 30-12.
Quick start: Darrell Ceciliani got the Bisons in front with a solo homer in the first inning, his 10th of the season. However, the Braves tied it in the bottom half when Brignac doubled and came home on a single by Tyler Moore. Brignac led off the sixth with a homer to put Gwinnett in front for good. He hit his eighth of the season in the Braves’ four-run seventh inning.
Colabello connects: Chris Colabello homered with a man aboard in the seventh, his fourth, to make it 6-3.
One for good measure: Moore’s second home run of the season added an insurance run in the eighth, making it 7-3.
Hitting the wall: Casey Lawrence pitched 7.1 innings, his Triple-A high, in the home loss to Rochester last Friday. He couldn’t get through the seventh Wednesday. On the third trip through the batting order, his night’s work was over after giving up three straight hits in the seventh. Braeden Schlehuber’s two run single was the end. Ryan Tepera took over and gave up Brignac’s second homer of the game.
Still going: Jesus Montero had two of the Buffalo eight hits, extending his hit streak to 15 games. He has 146 hits on the season. Montero is 6 for 17 (.352) on the current road trip. Casey Kotchman’s hit streak ended at 10 games when he pinch hit in the ninth and flied out to center.
Next up: The Bisons will try to avert a season sweep by the Braves Thursday night (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m.). Right-hander Scott Copeland (3-1, 2.30) gets the start for Buffalo against lefty Jed Bradley (1-0. 1.50). The Herd returns home to face the Lehigh Valley IronPigs Friday.