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Stripers Swept by Durham With Sunday Loss

Gwinnett comeback comes up short in 4-3 defeat to Bulls
Drew Waters homered for the second-straight game in Gwinnett's 4-3 loss to Durham on Sunday afternoon. (Jamie Spaar/Gwinnett Stripers)
September 26, 2021

DURHAM, N.C. – The Gwinnett Stripers (68-56) could not overcome a four-run deficit after four innings, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Durham Bulls (82-43) on Sunday afternoon at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Decisive Plays: Durham took a 1-0 lead in the third inning with Dalton Kelly’s sacrifice fly off

DURHAM, N.C. – The Gwinnett Stripers (68-56) could not overcome a four-run deficit after four innings, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Durham Bulls (82-43) on Sunday afternoon at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Decisive Play**s:** Durham took a 1-0 lead in the third inning with Dalton Kelly’s sacrifice fly off Connor Johnstone (L, 3-8). The Bulls added three more runs in the fourth inning, two of them via wild pitches by Gwinnett relievers.

Key Contributors**:** Drew Waters hit a two-run home run (11) in the sixth inning to bring Gwinnett within two runs. Phillip Ervin smashed a solo shot (8) in the seventh inning to make it a 4-3 game. Kenny Rosenberg (W, 4-0) tossed 3.0 scoreless innings in relief for the win. Louis Head (S, 5) retired the Stripers in order in the ninth inning for the save. Touki Toussaint, Daysbel Hernandez, and Brooks Wilson combined to keep Durham off the scoreboard in innings six through eight that kept the Stripers in the contest.

Noteworthy: Waters finished the series batting .316 (6-for-19) with two homers, three runs, and three RBIs. The Stripers finish 2021 with a 5-12 record against division-rival Durham. Gwinnett also drops to 0-5 in the 10-game “Triple-A Final Stretch.”

Next Game (Wednesday, September 29): Gwinnett vs. Jacksonville, 11:05 a.m. at Coolray Field (Education Day, the Stripers will welcome area students to take in a matinee game in a fun and educational environment). RHP Bryce Elder (2-3, 2.20 ERA) for the Stripers vs. TBD for the Jumbo Shrimp. Radio Broadcast: 10:50 a.m. on MyCountry993.com.