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  • Dave Lezotte / Media Relations Manager & Broadcaster

Stripers Rally in Ninth, Split Series at Jacksonville

Allan Winans held the Jumbo Shrimp to two runs in his first start back with Gwinnett. (Josh Conner)

The Gwinnett Stripers (45-56) scored three times in the ninth inning on Sunday, then withstood a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (46-55) comeback attempt in the bottom of the ninth to win 4-3 at 121 Financial Ballpark. Gwinnett earned a split of the six-game set with its fourth straight series finale victory.

Decisive Plays: Jacob Amaya homered (11) off Allan Winans to give Jacksonville a 2-0 lead in the third. In the fifth, Yolmer Sanchez tripled and scored on Joe Hudson’s RBI groundout to cut the deficit to 2-1. The game stayed that way until the ninth, when the Stripers loaded the bases on a Dalton Guthrie hit-by-pitch, Braden Shewmake single, and Vaughn Grissom walk. Joe Dunand tied it at 2-2 with a sacrifice fly, Jesus Aguilar gave Gwinnett its first lead with an RBI single, and Sanchez added insurance with a sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the ninth, Grant Holmes (S, 8) yielded a sacrifice fly to Amaya to make it 4-3, but the game ended when Hudson threw out Jake Mangum trying to steal second.

Key Contributors: Seth Elledge (W, 3-1) was one of four pitchers to deliver a scoreless outing for the Stripers in relief of Winans (ND, 3.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO). Sanchez had Gwinnett’s only extra-base hit with the triple. Aguilar went 1-for-4 with the go-ahead RBI. For Jacksonville, Amaya went 2-for-4 with the homer and three RBIs.

Noteworthy: Gwinnett is now 2-41 when trailing after eight innings this season, thanks to the club’s 20th come-from-behind win. The Stripers are also now 8-13 in games decided in the last at-bat. Grissom extended his team-best on-base streak to 25 games with his ninth-inning walk.

Next Game (Tuesday, August 1): Gwinnett vs. Indianapolis, 7:05 p.m. ET at Coolray Field. Broadcast: 6:50 p.m. ET on and Bally Live. It’s Family Value Tuesday at Coolray Field, with $2 Hot Dogs and $1 Desserts.

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