Gwinnett Hits Five Home Runs, Bashes Buffalo, 6-2 (5.15.19)
FFALO, NY. - The Gwinnett Stripers (23-16) hit five home runs en route to a 6-2 win over the Buffalo Bisons (14-21) Wednesday night in game two of the three-game series at Sahlen Field.
Scoring Recap: Rafael Ortega (8) broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third inning with a solo homer to right off Bisons starting pitcher Jacob Waguespack. In the bottom of the fourth, Gwinnett starting pitcher Ben Rowen surrendered the lead by giving up two runs on a single and back to back doubles by Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. and Cavan Biggio. Luis Marte (2) hit a two run shot in the top of the fifth off Waguespack to give the Stripers a 3-2 lead. Ryan LaMarre (3) drilled a solo homer off Waguespack in the top of the seventh to make it 4-2. Adam Duvall (12) smashed a solo homer to left off reliever Dusty Isaacs to extend the lead to 5-2 in the eighth. Ortega (9) hit his second homer in the top of the ninth off reliever Francisco Rios to round out the scoring.
Stripers Stats: Ortega broke out of a slump going 3-for-5 with two homers and two RBIs. Marte was 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs. Travis Demeritte was 2-for-4. Rowen, making his second spot start of the season, gave up two runs over 3.1 innings. The combination of Shane Carle (W, 1-0), Grant Dayton and Rafael De Paula (S, 4) combined to go 5.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Bisons Stats: Andy Burns was 1-for-2 and Alen Hansen was 1-for-3. Waguespack (L, 2-5) went 7.0 innings with five hits, four runs (three earned) and three homers. Isaacs and Rios each pitched 1.0 inning and each gave up a solo homer.
Postgame Notes: It was the fourth time this season that the Stripers hit five homers in a game, the last coming on May 10 against Pawtucket at Coolray Field. Demeritte's 2-for-4 night extended his on-base streak to 18 games and his hitting streak to five games. Andres Blanco was 0-for-4 to end his hitting streak at seven games.
Next Game (Thursday, May 16): Gwinnett at Buffalo, 6:05 p.m. at Sahlen Field. RHP Bryse Wilson (1-3, 5.74 ERA) for the Stripers vs. LHP Shawn Morimando (1-2, 9.00 ERA) for the Bisons. Radio Broadcast: 5:50 p.m. on 97.7 and 93.5 FM "The Other Side of the River."
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