MEMPHIS, Tenn.– The Gwinnett Stripers (19-24) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 10th inning on Saturday night at AutoZone Park, but the Memphis Redbirds (25-19) scored three in the bottom of the 10th for a walk-off 3-1 victory. Matt Koperniak’s two-run home run to left-center ended the
MEMPHIS, Tenn.– The Gwinnett Stripers (19-24) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 10th inning on Saturday night at AutoZone Park, but the Memphis Redbirds (25-19) scored three in the bottom of the 10th for a walk-off 3-1 victory. Matt Koperniak’s two-run home run to left-center ended the contest and Gwinnett’s four-game winning streak.
Decisive Plays: Neither team was able to break through over the first nine innings. Gwinnett ended the drought in the top of the 10th as Joshua Fuentes lifted a sacrifice fly scoring Daniel Robertson for a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the 10th, Tanner Gordon yielded a game-tying RBI single to Errol Robinson and Koperniak’s 403-foot blast to the bullpen in left-center.
Key Contributors: Despite taking the loss, Gordon (L, 0-2) was solid in relief, allowing three runs – two earned – on four hits while striking out four over 5.2 innings. Starter Dylan Dodd scattered three hits over 4.0 scoreless innings and struck out two. Robertson (2-for-4, run) and Eli White (2-for-5) had four of the Stripers’ seven hits. For Memphis, Koperniak went 1-for-5 with the homer and two RBIs. Jake Walsh (W, 2-0) got the win despite allowing an unearned run over 1.0 inning.
Noteworthy: Yolmer Sanchez extended his on-base streak to a team-best 18 games, going 1-for-4. Hendrik Clementina doubled to finish 1-for-4, giving him hits in all eight games with Gwinnett this year. The walk-off loss was the Stripers’ first this season, dropping their record in last-at-bat decisions to 4-5.
Next Game (Sunday, May 21): Gwinnett at Memphis, 3:05 p.m. ET at AutoZone Park. RHP Allan Winans (2-2, 3.43 ERA) for the Stripers vs. RHP Dakota Hudson (1-1, 5.40 ERA) for the Redbirds. Broadcast: 2:50p.m. on MyCountry993.com and the Bally Live app.
Next Home Game (Tuesday, May 23): Gwinnett vs. Durham, 7:05 p.m. ET at Coolray Field. Broadcast: 6:50 p.m. on MyCountry993.com and the Bally Live app. It’s Family Value Tuesday, presented by Coolray Heating & Cooling, with hot dogs for $2 and desserts for $1.