Albies' Five-Hit Night, Walk-Off Homer Highlight Stripers' 5-4 Win
Rehabbing Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies capped off a legendary five-hit performance with a walk-off home run to lift the Gwinnett Stripers (64-70) over the Durham Bulls (75-61) 5-4 at Coolray Field on Tuesday night. Decisive Plays: The Stripers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the second inning before the Bulls knotted it up at 2-2 with Luke Raley's double and Ruben Cardenas' single in the fourth. But the Stripers moved back ahead in the bottom of the fourth on Albies' bloop single scoring Delino DeShields Jr., then added an insurance run on Hernan Perez' sacrifice fly. The score held at 4-2 until the top of the eighth, when Josh Lowe's double and Joe Hudson's sacrifice fly tied the game. Albies sent everyone home with his home run (1) to center leading off the bottom of the ninth off Angel Perdomo (L, 2-2). Key Contributors: Albies finished 5-for-5 with the home run, two runs, and three RBIs. DeShields doubled and scored twice on a 1-for-3 night. Bryce Elder (ND) tossed 6.0 quality innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and three walks while striking out six. Roel Ramirez (W, 1-0) picked up the win after a clean ninth. Noteworthy: Albies' five hits matched a team record, last achieved by Sean Kazmar Jr. on August 28, 2019 vs. Norfolk. His walk-off home run was the team's first since Orlando Arcia's on May 16, 2021 vs. Louisville. The Stripers now have seven walk-off victories in 2022 and are 15-12 in games decided in the final at-bat. Next Game (Wednesday, September 14): Gwinnett vs. Durham, 7:05 p.m. at Coolray Field. Radio Broadcast: 6:50 p.m. on MyCountry993.com. LHP Jared Shuster (0-2, 4.15 ERA) for the Stripers vs. RHP Nathan Wiles (Triple-A Debut) for the Bulls. It's Wet Nose Wednesday (presented by New Country 101.5) at Coolray Field as dogs get in the park for free with owner's paid admission. The Stripers will transform into the "Xolos de Gwinnett" to honor Gwinnett County's rich Hispanic heritage and culture.