Stripers Fall Behind Early in 6-3 Loss to Jacksonville
By Dave Lezotte
Media Relations Manager and Broadcaster
The Gwinnett Stripers (46-49) could not overcome an early offensive explosion from the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (52-43) and fell 6-3 on Wednesday night at Coolray Field. Preston Tucker picked up three hits in the contest.
Decisive Plays: The Jumbo Shrimp got off to a scorching start, putting up five runs in the first inning against Nolan Kingham (L, 3-3), highlighted by Lorenzo Quintana's three-run home run (14). Tucker put the Stripers on the board in the fifth inning with a two-out, two-run single. Ryan Casteel's RBI fielder's choice in the seventh made it 5-3 before Jacksonville added an insurance run in the top of the ninth.
Key Contributors: Tucker went a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Chadwick Tromp finished 2-for-4 with a run scored. For Jacksonville, Luis Aviles Jr. went 3-for-5 with a double and a run. Charles Leblanc (2-for-4, BB, run) also had a multi-hit night.
Noteworthy: Atlanta Braves' reliever Kirby Yates made his first rehab appearance with Gwinnett and the fourth of the season. Yates allowed one hit and struck out one in 1.0 innings of work. Tucker picked up his fourth three-hit showing of the season. Michael Tonkin's scoreless streak was snapped at 16.2 innings.
Next Game (Thursday, July 28): Gwinnett vs. Jacksonville, 7:05 p.m. at Coolray Field. LHP Jared Shuster (Triple-A Debut) for the Stripers vs. RHP Edward Cabrera (1-2, 4.56 ERA) for the Jumbo Shrimp. Radio Broadcast: 6:50 p.m. on MyCountry993.com. It's a night of laid-back, tropical island-themed fun at Coolray Field. Come early to enjoy a pregame performance from Caribbean Steel! Upgrade your experience to include a pregame Shrimp Boil! It's also Thirsty Thursday™, 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.