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Tides Topple Stripers with Two Big Innings

By Dave Lezotte

Media Relations Manager and Broadcaster

The Norfolk Tides (36-38) scored six runs in the fourth inning and three more in the eighth to hand the Gwinnett Stripers (35-39) a 9-5 loss on Wednesday night at Harbor Park. Braden Shewmake's three-RBI effort wasn't enough to keep the Stripers from losing their fifth straight game on the road trip.

Decisive Plays: Shewmake staked the Stripers to a 2-0 lead in the first inning with a two-run single, but that advantage was erased in the fourth on Rylan Bannon's three-run home run (9) off Nolan Kingham (L, 1-1). Terrin Vavra and Jordan Westburg each added RBI hits in the fourth as Norfolk took a 6-2 lead. An RBI single by Shewmake in the fifth and two-run double by Eddie Rosario in the sixth brought the deficit down to 6-5, but an RBI double by Vavra and two-run homer by Westburg (6) off Jacob Webb put the game out of reach at 9-5 in the eighth.

Key Contributors: Shewmake (3-for-4, 3 RBIs) and Rosario (2-for-4, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs) combined to drive in all five Gwinnett runs. Vavra, Westburg, and Bannon combined for seven hits and eight RBIs for the Tides. Cody Sedlock (W, 3-1) pitched 5.0 innings with three runs on six hits for Norfolk.

Noteworthy: Atlanta Braves left-hander Tyler Matzek struck out two over a scoreless sixth inning as he started his rehab assignment with Gwinnett. Rosario is now batting .278 (5-for-18) with two doubles and four RBIs in four rehab games. Shewmake is hitting .298 (17-for-57) with two doubles, two homers, and eight RBI in 14 games in June.

Next Game (Thursday, June 30): Gwinnett at Norfolk, 12:05 p.m. at Harbor Park. RHP Huascar Ynoa (3-4, 5.09 ERA) for the Stripers vs. RHP Mike Baumann (0-4, 6.52 ERA) for the Tides. Radio Broadcast: 11:50 p.m. on MyCountry993.com.

Next Home Game (Monday, July 4): Gwinnett vs. Charlotte, 7:05 p.m. at Coolray Field. Radio Broadcast: 6:50 p.m. on MyCountry993.com. Join the Stripers for Independence Day, featuring a special pregame BBQ (purchase online at GoStripers.com) and a patriotic Fireworks Extravaganza after the game. Stripers players and coaches will wear specialty Patriotic Jerseys, which will be available for purchase in an online auction at GoStripers.com.

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