Lehigh Valley's Late Onslaught Sends Stripers to 10-5 Loss
By Dave Lezotte
Media Relations Manager and Broadcaster
The Gwinnett Stripers (58-60) led 4-1 midway through the sixth inning, but the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (65-53) erupted for nine runs in a 10-5 come-from-behind victory on Tuesday night at Coca-Cola Park. Rehabbing Philadelphia Phillies' outfielder Bryce Harper homered twice and drove in four runs for the IronPigs. Decisive Plays: An RBI double by Taylor Motter, RBI single by Tyler White, and solo home run by Alex Dickerson (9) helped Gwinnett grab a 4-1 lead that lasted until the bottom of the sixth. A two-run double by Scott Kingery cut the lead to 4-3 in the sixth, and after Johan Camargo's sacrifice fly tied it in the seventh, Rafael Marchan's two-run single put Lehigh Valley up 6-4. The Stripers got to within 6-5 in the top of the eighth, but Harper hammered his second homer of the game - an opposite-field three-run shot - to make it 9-5. Dustin Peterson also homered in the inning.
Key Contributors: Jared Shuster was solid over 4.0 innings in a no-decision, allowing one run on three hits. Dickerson had Gwinnett's only multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a homer and one RBI. Harper (4 RBIs), Kingery (2 RBIs), and Marchan (2 RBIs) combined to drive in eight of the 10 runs for Lehigh Valley. Noteworthy: The game was Gwinnett's first at Coca-Cola Park since June 13, 2019, a 5-4 win in 11 innings. Rehabbing Atlanta Braves right-hander Darren O'Day tossed 1.0 scoreless inning with one strikeout. Next Game (Wednesday, August 24): Gwinnett at Lehigh Valley, 7:05 p.m. at Coca-Cola Park. RHP Huascar Ynoa (5-6, 4.83 ERA) for the Stripers vs. TBA for the IronPigs. Radio Broadcast: 6:50 p.m. on MyCountry993.com. Next Home Game (Tuesday, August 30): Gwinnett vs. Jacksonville, 7:05 p.m. at Coolray Field. Radio Broadcast: 6:50 p.m. on MyCountry993.com. It’s a Family Value Tuesday at Coolray Field. Enjoy $2 hot dogs and $1 select desserts, courtesy of Coolray Heating & Cooling.