NORFOLK, Va. – A bunt single by Delino DeShields Jr. in the third inning proved to be Gwinnett's only hit of the game as the Stripers (36-40) were shut out 2-0 by the Norfolk Tides (37-39) on Friday night at Harbor Park. Tides' pitchers DL Hall and Chris Vallimont combined
NORFOLK, Va. – A bunt single by Delino DeShields Jr. in the third inning proved to be Gwinnett's only hit of the game as the Stripers (36-40) were shut out 2-0 by the Norfolk Tides (37-39) on Friday night at Harbor Park. Tides' pitchers DL Hall and Chris Vallimont combined on the one-hitter.
*Decisive Plays: *Norfolk scored the decisive run in the first two at-bats against Kyle Muller in the first inning. Terrin Vavra was grazed in the helmet by a pitch and scored on a double by Jordan Westburg. The Tides extended the lead to 2-0 in the fourth as Kelvin Gutierrez launched a solo home run (4) to left-center off Muller.
Key Contributors: Muller (L, 4-5) saw his five-game quality start streak snapped as he worked 5.1 innings with two runs on four hits. For the Tides, Hall pitched 4.0 one-hit innings and struck out eight, and Vallimont finished the game with 5.0 no-hit innings and six strikeouts. Westburg went 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI.
*Noteworthy: *Joe Dunand, Braden Shewmake, and Pat Valaika combined to turn a 5-4-3 triple play in the bottom of the second inning, Gwinnett's first triple play since June 5, 2021 vs. Jacksonville (Johan Camargo-Jason Kipnis-Travis Snider turned it 5-4-3). Seth Elledge pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in relief, extending his scoreless innings streak to 7.1 spanning his last seven outings.
Next Game (Saturday, July 2): Gwinnett at Norfolk, 6:35 p.m. at Harbor Park. RHP Bryce Elder (3-4, 5.86 ERA) for the Stripers vs. RHP Blaine Knight (1-2, 6.70 ERA) for the Tides. Radio Broadcast: 6:20 p.m. on MyCountry993.com.
Next Home Game (Monday, July 4): Gwinnett vs. Charlotte, 7:05 p.m. at Coolray Field. Radio Broadcast: 6:50 p.m. on MyCountry993.com. Join the Stripers for Independence Day, featuring a special pregame BBQ (purchase online at GoStripers.com) and a patriotic Fireworks Extravaganza after the game. Stripers players and coaches will wear specialty Patriotic Jerseys, which will be available for purchase in an online auction at GoStripers.com.