• Dave Lezotte / Media Relations Manager & Broadcaster

Stripers Lose on Late Wild Pitch in Memphis

Home runs by Jake Marisnick and Taylor Motter gave the Gwinnett Stripers (66-75) a 5-2 lead through five innings, but the Memphis Redbirds (70-73) scored the game's final four runs to win 6-5 on Wednesday afternoon at AutoZone Park.

Decisive Plays: Marisnick's first clout with the Stripers (1) tied the game at 2-2 in the third inning, and Motter's three-run blast (20) gave Gwinnett a 5-2 lead in the fifth. In the bottom of the sixth, however, Kyle Muller yielded a game-tying three-run homer to Justin Toerner (1) to make it 5-5. In the eighth, Seth Elledge (L, 1-5) allowed a leadoff walk to Luken Baker, who scored from third with two outs on a wild pitch from Tyler Ferguson.

Key Contributors: Marisnick went 3-for-5 with the homer, two RBIs, and one stolen base for Gwinnett. Tyler White (3-for-4) also had a three-hit day, while Motter went 1-for-5 with the homer and a game-high three RBIs. For Memphis, Toerner went 1-for-2 with a homer and three RBIs, and Clint Coulter also homered in a 2-for-4 effort. Kodi Whitley (W, 1-0) and Genesis Cabrera (S, 1) each tossed 1.0 scoreless inning.

Noteworthy: Muller struck out nine over 6.0 innings, raising his International League-leading strikeout total to 159. Motter extended his hitting streak to 10 games, and is batting .429 (15-for-35) with three doubles, six homers, eight runs, 13 RBIs, and a 1.541 OPS in that stretch.

Next Game (Thursday, September 22): Gwinnett at Memphis, 7:45 p.m. ET at AutoZone Park. RHP Mike Soroka (0-2, 6.43 ERA) for the Stripers vs. LHP Matthew Liberatore (0-7, 7.65 ERA) for the RedBirds. Radio Broadcast: 7:30 p.m. ET on MyCountry993.com.

Next Home Game (Monday, September 26): Gwinnett vs. Louisville, 7:05 p.m. at Coolray Field. Radio Broadcast: 6:50 p.m. on MyCountry993.com. In honor of Braves legend and Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, the first 755 ticketed fans through the gates will receive a 2021 Braves replica championship ring, courtesy of Coolray Heating & Cooling. Please note, this giveaway is ONE PER PERSON, and fans with extra tickets will not be permitted to exit the ballpark and re-enter to claim additional rings.

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