Stripers Tie Game in Ninth, Lose 5-4 to Jacksonville
By Dave Lezotte
Media Relations Manager
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Gwinnett Stripers (6-12) rallied to tie the game in the ninth inning for the second straight day, but this time around lost in walk-off fashion 5-4 to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (10-8) on Sunday afternoon at 121 Financial Ballpark.
Decisive Play: Back-to-back two-out RBI doubles by Braden Shewmake and Pat Valaika
brought the Stripers back from a 4-2 deficit in the top of the ninth against lefty Jake Fishman (BS, W, 3-0). With the game tied 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth, R.J. Alaniz (L, 0-1) struck out a pair before walking the bases loaded. Lorenzo Quintana ended the game with a two-out single past a diving Justin Dean in the right field corner.
Key Contributors: Valaika finished 3-for-4 with a double and game-high three RBIs, while Shewmake went 2-for-5 with a double and one RBI. Rehabbing Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. started in right field and went 0-for-2 with a walk, stolen base, and run scored. Huascar Ynoa yielded three runs on four hits over 5.2 innings in a no-decision.
Noteworthy: William Woods struck out two more batters over 1.0 scoreless inning, giving him seven strikeouts in eight batters faced to start his Triple-A career. The Stripers are now 2-2 in games decided in the last at-bat this season, with each of their last three games finishing in that fashion.
Next Game (Tuesday, April 26): Gwinnett vs. Norfolk, 11:05 a.m. ET at Coolray Field. RHP Jasseel De La Cruz (0-2, 8.22 ERA) for the Stripers vs. TBD for the Tides. Radio Broadcast: 10:50 a.m. on MyCountry993.com. Join the Stripers for a special matinee game for Education Day. Area students will take in the game in a fun and educational environment.