by Amy Moritz
For the first time since Gwinnett joined the International League in 2009, the Buffalo Bisons dropped a series to the Braves at Coca-Cola Field.
Gwinnett secured a 3-2 win over the Herd Thursday afternoon as the Herd has lost its last three games.The team, which once was 10 games over .500, fell to 36-36 at the official halfway mark of the season.
Trailing, 3-0, in the ninth, the Bisons began a rally as two walks loaded the bases with two out. A single to right field from Ryan Goins scored two runs. Eugenio Velez, who came in to pinch-hit for Ryan Langerhans in the eighth and stayed in the game, drew a walk to again load the bases for the Herd with two outs. But Mike McCoy flew out to center to end the rally.
Gwinnett got on the board in the fourth when Todd Cunningham doubled, move to third on a wild pitch then scored on a two-out single from Brandon Boggs.
The Braves extended their lead to 3-0 in the eighth on a one-out two-run home run from Ernesto Mejia.
The Herd opens a four-game series with Durham on Friday (7:05 p.m., Radio 1520, TWCS). Jose Reyes is scheduled to be in the lineup tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday on a Major League Rehabilitation assignment. Reyes has been on the disabled list since suffering an ankle injury on April 12 in Toronto. In three games with Single-A Dunedin, he went 5 for 12 (.417). Reyes is a four-time All-Star and was the 2011 National League batting champion.
A friendly reminder that tickets are limited for Saturday's Star Wars Night at the Ballpark. Only about 2,000 tickets remain for that game.