Big Innings Power Stripers Past Norfolk, 10-2
By Dave Lezotte
Media Relations Manager and Broadcaster
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – The Gwinnett Stripers (11-13) scored four runs in the second inning and five in the seventh on the way to a 10-2 rout of the Norfolk Tides (12-12) on Sunday afternoon at Coolray Field. The Stripers won five of six games in the series.
Decisive Plays: The Stripers offense was busy in the second inning, sending all nine men to the plate and scoring four runs. Pat Valaika scored Alex Dickerson from second with a double to make it 1-0. Chadwick Tromp brought Valaika home with a double of his own to push the lead to 2-0. The Stripers put up five more runs in the seventh, capped off by John Nogowski's two-run double.
Key Contributors: Starter Huascar Ynoa (W, 1-0) tossed 6.0 innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out six. Valaika went 2-for-4 with a double, three RBIs, and two runs scored. Nogowski went 1-for-3 with a double, two RBIs, and two runs scored.
Noteworthy: Gwinnett’s scoreless innings streak was snapped at 23.0 in the fifth on an RBI double by Chris Hudgins. The Stripers are now 10-2 vs. the Tides at Coolray Field since the start of the 2021 season, outscoring Norfolk 84-33 in that span.
Next Game (Tuesday, May 2): Gwinnett vs. Charlotte, 12:05 p.m. at Coolray Field. RHP Touki Toussaint (1-0, 2.04 ERA) for the Stripers vs. LHP Wes Benjamin (2-0, 1.17 ERA) for the Knights. Radio Broadcast: 11:50 a.m. on MyCountry993.com. It’s Education Day as the Stripers will host area students in a fun and educational environment.