Stripers Shut Out for Second Straight Game
By Dave Lezotte
Media Relations Manager and Broadcaster
The Gwinnett Stripers (41-44) once again struggled offensively, mustering just four hits in a 7-0 loss to the Durham Bulls (46-39) on Tuesday night at Coolray Field. The Stripers have been shut out in consecutive games for the second time this season.
Decisive Plays: The Bulls exploded for four runs off Stripers' starter Huascar Ynoa (L, 4-5) in the third. After Brandon Lowe's RBI single and Xavier Edwards' sacrifice fly, Rene Pinto lofted a two-run home run (7) down the left field line to make it 4-0. Curtis Mead added a two-run homer (3) in the fifth and RBI single in the seventh.
Key Contributors: Mike Ford doubled twice in a 2-for-3 night for Gwinnett. Delino DeShields Jr. (1-for-4) and Chadwick Tromp (1-for-3) had the Stripers' other two hits. For Durham, Lowe led the way with a 3-for-4 performance that included two doubles and three runs scored. Mead went 2-for-5 with the homer and three RBIs. Six Bulls pitchers combined on the four-hit shutout.
Noteworthy: The Stripers have not scored in 18.0 innings spanning two games, their longest drought since a team-record 29.2-inning scoreless streak from April 16-19. Gwinnett's record in shutout decisions is now 5-8.
Next Game (Wednesday, July 13): Gwinnett vs. Durham, 12:05 p.m. at Coolray Field. RHP Freddy Tarnok (Triple-A debut) for the Stripers vs. TBD for the Bulls. Radio Broadcast: 11:50 a.m. on MyCountry993.com. Join the Stripers at Coolray Field for a Summer Splash Down. Area youth camps will be in attendance for a special matinee game.