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Stripers’ Rally Comes Up Short in 7-6 Loss to Memphis

Drew Waters records four hits as Gwinnett scores six unanswered runs in loss
Drew Waters tallied four hits in Gwinnett's 7-6 loss to Memphis on Thursday night.
July 29, 2021

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Despite scoring six unanswered runs over the final four innings, the Gwinnett Stripers (38-37) could not plate the tying run, falling 7-6 to the Memphis Redbirds (38-37) at AutoZone Park on Thursday night. Decisive Play: Clint Coulter smashed a pinch-hit three-run home run (7) off Jose Rodriguez

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Despite scoring six unanswered runs over the final four innings, the Gwinnett Stripers (38-37) could not plate the tying run, falling 7-6 to the Memphis Redbirds (38-37) at AutoZone Park on Thursday night.

Decisive Play: Clint Coulter smashed a pinch-hit three-run home run (7) off Jose Rodriguez (L, 1-3) in the fourth inning to give the Redbirds what would be an insurmountable lead. Kodi Whitley (S, 1) was able to get Memphis out of jams in the eighth and ninth innings to secure the save and the win for the Redbirds.

Key Contributors:**Drew Waters** led the Stripers in the hit column, going 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. William Contreras belted a two-run homer (8) off Angel Rondon (W, 4-4) in the sixth inning to get the Stripers on the scoreboard. Johan Camargo added RBI singles in the seventh and eighth innings, with the latter shrinking the Gwinnett deficit to one run. Connor Johnstone, Jay Flaa, Jesse Biddle and Victor Arano kept Memphis from scoring in their final four innings.

Noteworthy: Waters’ four-hit game was his third such performance for the Stripers this season (May 19 at Nashville, July 9 vs. Nashville). Sean Kazmar Jr. recorded a sixth-inning single for his 657th career Gwinnett hit to tie Larry Whisenton for the Atlanta Braves Triple-A hits record.

Next Game (Friday, July 30): *Gwinnett at Memphis, 8:10 p.m. at AutoZone Park. RHP *Nolan Kingham (0-3, 8.27 ERA) for the Stripers vs. LHP Zack Thompson (1-6, 7.66 ERA) for the Redbirds. Radio Broadcast: 7:55 p.m. on MyCountry993.com.

*Next Home Game (Tuesday, August 3): *Gwinnett vs. Charlotte, 7:05 p.m. at Coolray Field (Family Value Tuesday, $2 hot dogs and $1 desserts, presented by Coolray Heating & Cooling).