Two-Run Ninth Inning Leads Durham Past Gwinnett, 5-3

Stripers drop opener of five-game series to the Bulls

Ortega extended his hitting streak to 13 games. (Jamie Spaar/Gwinnett Stripers)

By Peter Brooks / Gwinnett Stripers | July 4, 2019 11:27 PM

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - The Durham Bulls (52-34) scored two runs in the ninth inning to defeat the Gwinnett Stripers (48-37) 5-3 on Thursday night at Coolray Field.

Scoring Recap: The Bulls took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on an RBI double by Nathan Lukes. In the third, Rafael Ortega drove in two runs with a double and scored on a double by Jonathan Morales to give the Stripers a 3-1 advantage. Durham tied the game at 3-3 in the fourth on a RBI single from Emilio Bonifacio and a sacrifice fly from Jake Cronenworth. In the ninth, the Bulls took a 5-3 lead on RBI singles from Cronenworth and Joe McCarthy. 

Stripers Stats: Mike Foltynewicz pitched 5.0 innings, yielded three runs (two earned) on eight hits and struck out eight in a no-decision. Wes Parsons (L, 2-2) worked an inning and surrendered two runs (one earned) on three hits. At the plate, Ortega went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Morales went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Bulls Stats: Cronenworth went 2-for-2 with two RBIs to lead the Durham offense. Bonifacio and Lukes each went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Aaron Slegers (W, 3-4) pitched 4.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Hunter Wood (S, 1) tossed a scoreless ninth inning.

Postgame Notes: Ortega's 2-for-4 night extended his hitting streak to 13 games, the longest streak on the team this season. The Stripers dropped to 7-19 without a home run.

Next Games (Doubleheader Friday, July 5): Gwinnett vs. Durham, game one at 5:05 p.m. at Coolray Field. LHP Kolby Allard (6-3, 3.64 ERA) for the Stripers vs. RHP Arturo Reyes (6-3, 3.52 ERA) for the Bulls. Radio Broadcast: 4:50 p.m. on 97.7 and 93.5 FM "The Other Side of the River."

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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