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Elder’s Excellent Outing Leads Stripers to 4-3 Win Over Memphis

Drew Waters

By Dave Lezotte

Media Relations Manager and Broadcaster

The Gwinnett Stripers (18-20) utilized a strong outing from Bryce Elder and a late go-ahead singe from Drew Waters to beat the Memphis Redbirds (21-17) 4-3 on Wednesday night at Coolray Field. The win snapped Gwinnett’s five-game losing streak and Memphis’s six-game winning streak.

Decisive Plays:The Stripers jumped out to a 3-0 lead on RBIs from Greyson Jenista, Delino DeShields Jr., and John Nogowski. Though Elder cruised early, he yielded a three-run home run to Alec Burleson (7), tying the game at 3-3 in the sixth. Waters drove in Ryan Goins with a two-out single in the seventh to put the Stripers up for good at 4-3.

Key Contributors: Elder (W, 1-0) finished with a career-high 11 strikeouts over 7.0 innings, holding Memphis to three runs on five hits. Jesus Cruz (H, 1) and Dylan Lee (S, 1) each tossed 1.0 scoreless outing in relief. Phil Gosselin (2-for-4, double, 2 runs), Goins (2-for-3, run), and DeShields (2-for-3, RBI) all had multi-hit efforts.

Noteworthy: The 11 strikeouts for Elder beat his previous career high by one, a 10-strikeout performance with High-A Rome on June 3, 2021 at Bowling Green. Jenista and Gosselin both extended hitting streaks to six games.

Next Game (Thursday, May 19): Gwinnett vs. Memphis, 7:05 p.m. at Coolray Field. RHP Huascar Ynoa (1-2, 6.41 ERA) for the Stripers vs. LHP Zack Thompson (2-0, 3.86 ERA) for the Redbirds. Radio Broadcast: 6:50 p.m. on MyCountry993.com. It's Thirsty Thursday™ at Coolray Field, presented by Michelob Ultra. Fans age 21 and up can get select 12-ounce domestic beers for $2 each, or margaritas from Cutwater Spirits for $5 each. The Stripers are also hosting AAPI Heritage Night.

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