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  • Dave Lezotte / Media Relations Manager & Broadcaster

Stripers’ Offense Struggles in 2-1 Loss to Buffalo

Forrest Wall (3-for-4) extended his on-base streak to 14 games. (Jamie Spaar)

Four Gwinnett pitchers combined to allow only two runs to the Buffalo Bisons (9-12) in the series opener, but that proved to be enough as the Stripers (7-14) mustered only one run of their own in a 2-1 loss on Tuesday at Coolray Field.

Decisive Plays: The Bisons broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth on a solo home run from Wynton Bernard (1) off Stripers’ starter Beau Burrows. Gwinnett got the first three batters on in the fifth and evened the score as Justin Dean drove in Magneuris Sierra with a sacrifice fly. Vinny Capra dropped an RBI double into left field in the sixth to recapture the lead at 2-1, but Matt Swarmer (L, 1-3) stranded two runners to keep it close. The Stripers put the first two on base in the ninth, but Paul Fry (S, 1) got the next three batters in order to seal the 2-1 Buffalo win.

Key Contributors: Bernard (1-for-2, homer, 2 runs, RBI) scored both Buffalo runs and recorded his first homer of the season. Forrest Wall (3-for-5, walk) extended his team-best on-base streak to 14 games by reaching in his first three at-bats. Thomas Hatch (W, 3-0) tossed 3.0 innings for Buffalo, allowing only one run while striking out a pair to pick up the win.

Noteworthy: The Stripers have now lost nine straight home games and are a combined 4-for-50 with runners in scoring position over the last three games at Coolray Field. Joshua Fuentes (2-for-4) extended his hitting streak to six games. Gwinnett is now 2-7 in day games in 2023.

Next Game (April 26th): Gwinnett vs. Buffalo, 7:05 p.m. at Coolray Field. Radio Broadcast: 6:50 p.m. on and the Bally Live app. It’s Wet Nose Wednesday presented by Sahlen’s, meaning free admission for dogs with a paid owner on The Bank. Dogs will also be available for adoption thanks to Hero Dog Rescue.

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