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Three-RBI Day from Lugbauer Helps Stripers Take Finale

Drew Lugbauer recorded the first three-RBI game of his Triple-A career on Sunday. (Jamie Spaar)

Drew Lugbauer batted in the tying runs in the third inning, and the go-ahead run in the seventh inning to power the Gwinnett Stripers (57-67) best offensive game of the series in a 7-4 victory over the Nashville Sounds (67-57) on Sunday afternoon at Coolray Field.

Decisive Plays: Nashville took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third, but Gwinnett tied the game on a two-run single by Lugbauer in the home half. The Stripers took their first lead in the fourth, but Keston Hiura singled in a pair of runs to make it 4-3 Nashville in the fifth. Daniel Robertson grounded out but drove in a run in the sixth to tie the game, and Lugbauer brought in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Gwinnett scored two insurance runs in the eighth before Grant Holmes recorded the save (12) in the ninth.

Key Contributors: Lugbauer (2-for-3, 3 RBIs) had the first three-RBI day of his Triple-A career while Robertson (1-for-4, 2 RBIs) had the other multi-RBI game. Lucas Luetge (W, 1-0) threw a scoreless seventh inning for the victory. For Nashville, Hiura (1-for-4, 2 RBI) wrapped up a strong series with a pair of RBIs.

Noteworthy: Gwinnett is now 8-0 in its last eight series finales dating back to July 7 vs. Omaha. Forrest Wall became the first player in Gwinnett history to reach 50 stolen bases in a single year with a steal in the seventh inning. Sunday’s victory was the 25th comeback win for the Stripers this season.

Next Game (Tuesday, August 29): Gwinnett at Memphis, 7:45 p.m. ET at AutoZone Park. Broadcast: 7:30 p.m. ET on and Bally Live. Starting pitchers for both teams are TBD.

Next Home Game (Tuesday, September 5): Gwinnett vs. Worcester 7:05 p.m. ET at Coolray Field. Broadcast: 6:50 p.m. on and Bally Live. It’s Family Value Tuesday presented by Coolray Heating & Cooling, with $2 hot dogs and $1 desserts.

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