White's Eighth-Inning Homer Lifts Stripers to 2-0 Win in Lehigh Valley
By Dave Lezotte
Media Relations Manager and Broadcaster
Tyler White snapped a scoreless tie in the top of the eighth inning with a towering solo home run to left field, leading the Gwinnett Stripers (59-61) to a 2-0 win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (66-54) on Thursday night at Coca-Cola Park. Starter Kyle Muller and three relievers combined on a four-hit shutout. Decisive Plays: Held to three hits over the first seven innings by Lehigh Valley left-hander Kent Emanuel, the Stripers jumped on left-hander Jace Fry (L, 4-2) in the eighth. White led off with his go-ahead homer (15) to left field, giving Gwinnett a 1-0 lead. Hendrik Clementina followed with a single and later scored on a two-out single by Hernan Perez to make it 2-0. Key Contributors: Muller scattered four hits and two walks over 6.2 innings while striking out nine. Relievers Jesus Cruz (W, 2-1), Darren O'Day (H, 2), and Jacob Webb (S, 3) combined on 2.1 hitless frames to finish the game. White (2-for-3, homer, RBI) and Perez (3-for-4, double, RBI) had five of the Stripers' six hits on the night. Noteworthy: The shutout was Gwinnett's seventh of the season, first since a 1-0 win on August 19 vs. Memphis. Perez is batting .450 (18-for-40) with four doubles, one homer, eight runs, nine RBIs, seven steals, and a 1.090 OPS in his last 10 games. Webb's save was the 21st of his career, third all-time in Gwinnett history behind only Jairo Asencio (53) and Craig Kimbrel (23). Next Game (Friday, August 26): Gwinnett at Lehigh Valley, 7:05 p.m. at Coca-Cola Park. RHP Ian Anderson (1-0, 0.00 ERA) for the Stripers vs. TBD for the IronPigs. Radio Broadcast: 6:50 p.m. on 1077TheBreeze.com (high school football airing on MyCountry993.com). Next Home Game (Tuesday, August 30): Gwinnett vs. Jacksonville, 7:05 p.m. at Coolray Field. Radio Broadcast: 6:50 p.m. on MyCountry993.com. It’s a Family Value Tuesday at Coolray Field. Enjoy $2 hot dogs and $1 select desserts, courtesy of Coolray Heating & Cooling.