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Stripers Drop Finale to Jumbo Shrimp in Extras as Late Lead Slips Away

The Gwinnett Stripers (33-42) were up by two after six and led 5-4 in the eighth but could not hold off Jacksonville (32-42), as the Jumbo Shrimp rallied to tie it at 5-5 and then scored twice in the 10th inning to win 7-5 on Sunday at Coolray Field. The Stripers ended the International League’s first half by taking four of six from Jacksonville.

Decisive Plays: Brian Miller smashed a two-run home run (2) to give Jacksonville a 2-0 lead in the second. Gwinnett took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the second after Jumbo Shrimp starter Enmanuel De Jesus airmailed a throw on a bunt attempt from Hoy Park which allowed two to score. Eli White followed with an RBI single to score Park. Jacksonville tied it with a solo shot from Jordan Groshans (4) in the fourth, but solo home runs from Arden Pabst (1) and Joe Dunand (11) put the Stripers back up 5-3. Jacksonville tied it at 5-5 in the eighth on a single from Santiago Chavez. In extras, a double from Charles LeBlanc and sacrifice fly by Miller put the Jumbo Shrimp up 7-5.

Key Contributors: Pabst (2-for-4, homer, RBI) hit his first career Triple-A homer, White (2-for-4, RBI, stolen base) reached base three times, and Dunand (1-for-4, homer, RBI) drove in the fifth run of the day. For Jacksonville, Dane Myers (4-for-5) had another multi-hit game in this series, while Miller (1-for-4, homer, 3 RBIs) and Jordan Groshans (1-for-5, RBI) combined to account for four of the seven RBIs for the Jumbo Shrimp.

Noteworthy: Allan Winans’ quality start streak extended to four as he allowed three runs over 6.0 innings in a no-decision. Dunand’s incredible June continues as he is now batting .329 (23-for-70, 4 2B, 8 HR, 15 RBI, 1.129 OPS) in 19 games.

Next Game (Wednesday, June 28): Gwinnett at St. Paul, 2:07 p.m. ET at CHS Field. Broadcast: 1:50 p.m. on Starting pitchers for the Stripers and Saints are TBD

Next Home Game (Tuesday, July 4): Gwinnett vs. Omaha, 7:05 p.m. ET at Coolray Field. Broadcast: 6:50 p.m. on and Bally Live. It’s an Independence Day celebration at Coolray Field. Watch the Stripers, clad in special Patriotic Jerseys for the occasion, and stick around after the game for a July 4 fireworks extravaganza.

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