Dickerson's Blast Sends Game to Extras, but Stripers Fall in Nashville
By Dave Lezotte
Media Relations Manager and Broadcaster
Alex Dickerson's clutch two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning helped the Gwinnett Stripers (35-37) overcome an 8-6 deficit, but the Nashville Sounds (43-28) won it 9-8 on a two-out walk-off single by Brice Turang in the bottom of the 11th.
Decisive Plays: Gwinnett built a 5-2 lead thanks to homers from Greyson Jenista (8) and Preston Tucker (6), but Nashville tied it up with five total runs off starter Bryce Elder. In the seventh, Mark Mathias' three-run cout (6) off Touki Toussaint gave the Sounds an 8-5 lead. The Stripers battled back to tie it as Eddie Rosario tallied an RBI single in the eighth and Dickerson belted a two-run homer (6) off Zack Brown. Michael Tonkin struck out five over the ninth and 10th innings to keep it tied at 8-8, but Turang's two-out RBI single off Connor Johnstone (L, 1-2) scored pinch runner Corey Ray from third for the walk-off win.
Key Contributors: Dickerson finished 2-for-5 with the homer and a game-high three RBIs. Rosario (2-for-6, 2 RBIs) and Tucker (1-for-5, homer, 2 RBIs) also had multi-RBI efforts for the Stripers. Turang went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and the game-winning RBI for Nashville, while reliever Lucas Erceg (W, 2-0) pitched a scoreless 10th for the win
Noteworthy: Dickerson's homer was his first since June 3 vs. Louisville. Braden Shewmake extended his hitting streak to eight games, going 1-for-6. Gwinnett has now lost seven consecutive series finales and drops to 2-2 in extra-inning contests.
Next Game (Tuesday, June 28): Gwinnett at Norfolk, 6:35 p.m. at Harbor Park. LHP Tucker Davidson (2-3, 3.76 ERA) for the Stripers vs. TBD for the Tides. Radio Broadcast: 6:20 p.m. on MyCountry993.com.
Next Home Game (Monday, July 4): Gwinnett vs. Charlotte, 7:05 p.m. at Coolray Field. Radio Broadcast: 6:50 p.m. on MyCountry993.com. Join the Stripers for Independence Day, featuring a special pregame BBQ (purchase online at GoStripers.com) and a patriotic Fireworks Extravaganza after the game. Stripers players and coaches will wear specialty Patriotic Jerseys, which will be available for purchase in an online auction at GoStripers.com.