Stripers' Bats Struggle in Series-Opening Loss at Nashville
By Dave Lezotte
Media Relations Manager and Broadcaster
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Gwinnett
Stripers (33-34) were held to four hits by four Nashville pitchers as the Sounds (40-26) claimed a 4-1 victory on Tuesday night at First Horizon Park. Alex Dickerson's two-out RBI double ended the shutout in the top of the ninth inning, but the Stripers' comeback ended there.
Decisive Plays: Mario Feliciano (1) and Corey Ray (3) each connected on home runs off Bryce Elder (L, 3-4) to give Nashville a 4-0 lead through five innings. The Stripers had just two hits entering the ninth, but Dickerson's double to left-center scored Preston Tucker to cut it to a 4-1 deficit. Joe Dunand came up as the tying run with runners at second and third, but Hobie Harris struck him out to end the game.
Key Contributors: Nashville starter Josh Lindblom (W, 2-4) pitched 6.0 two-hit frames and struck out five. He outdueled Elder, who struck out eight over 7.0 innings but yielded four runs -- three earned -- on seven hits. Dickerson went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI for the Stripers, while Ray went 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs for the Sounds.
Noteworthy: Dickerson is batting .381 (8-for-21) with five extra-base hits, two RBIs, and a 1.076 OPS in his last six games. Gwinnett is now 3-10 all-time at First Horizon Park.
Next Game (Wednesday, June 22): Gwinnett at Nashville, 8:05 p.m. ET at First Horizon Park. LHP Tucker Davidson (1-3, 4.30 ERA) for the Stripers vs. RHP Tyler Herb (0-3, 8.38 ERA) for the Sounds. Radio Broadcast: 7:50 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.