Stripers Match Gwinnett Record with Six Homers in 13-7 Rout of Norfolk
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - The Gwinnett Stripers (28-19) crushed six home runs to tie the Gwinnett single-game record as they defeated the Norfolk Tides (20-25) by a 13-7 score on Friday night at Coolray Field. Alex Jackson homered twice, and Rafael Ortega, Sean Kazmar Jr., Jack Lopez, and Travis Demeritte also went deep in the club's first six-homer game since August 28, 2011, also vs. Norfolk.
Scoring Recap: The Stripers homered four times off Norfolk starter Josh Rogers to build a 10-1 lead. Jackson (9) hit a 456-foot solo homer off the top of the batter's eye in center for a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Later in the frame, Ortega (10) belted a three-run homer to right to make it 5-0. Back-to-back homers by Kazmar Jr. (4) and Lopez (2) highlighted a five-run third inning. The Tides scored three runs off Shane Carle to cut the lead to 10-4 in the fifth, but the Stripers got an RBI double from Lopez in the fifth and solo blasts from Demeritte (10) and Jackson (10) off Francisco Jimenez in the sixth to extend the advantage to 13-4. Norfolk scored three runs off Thomas Burrows in the seventh to make it 13-7, but A.J. Minter struck out five over the final 2.0 innings to end the game.
Stripers Stats: Jackson went 2-for-4 with two homers and two RBIs, his third career multi-homer game and first at the Triple-A level. Kazmar Jr. went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs, Lopez went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs, and Ortega went 1-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs. Starter Ben Rowen yielded a run over 4.0 innings in a no-decision. Carle (W, 2-0) won despite yielding three runs on five hits over 2.0 innings. Minter added 2.0 scoreless innings.
Tides Stats: Rogers (L, 2-4) was tagged for 10 runs (nine earned) on 10 hits over 2.2 innings of work. Zach Vincej went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs, and Anthony Santander, Ryan Mountcastle, Chance Sisco, and Jesus Sucre all had two hits each.
Quote: "I don't think you ever get used to games like this," Kazmar Jr. said. "One through nine the lineup is always putting together good at-bats."
Postgame Notes: Demeritte's homer extended his on-base streak to 26 games, tied for the longest in the International League this season. Jackson's multi-homer game was his first since July 9, 2017 with Advanced-A Florida vs. Charlotte. The Stripers lead the IL with 83 home runs, 50 of which have come in 22 games in May.
Next Game (Saturday, May 25): Gwinnett vs. Norfolk, 6:05 p.m. at Coolray Field. TBD for the Stripers vs. LHP Luis Ysla (2-2, 4.66 ERA) for the Tides. Radio Broadcast: 5:50 p.m. on 97.7 and 93.5 FM "The Other Side of the River."
• Discuss this story on the International League message board...
International League Stories from May 24, 2019
- Hot Start Leads Knights Past Bulls 6-4 - Charlotte Knights
- Hanson homers twice as Buffalo beats Lehigh Valley - Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- Stripers Match Gwinnett Record with Six Homers in 13-7 Rout of Norfolk - Gwinnett Stripers
- Nine Run Inning Powers Toledo to Victory - Toledo Mud Hens
- Kramer's Double Propels Indy to Win, IL West Lead - Indianapolis Indians
- PawSox Sweep Doubleheader vs. Red Wings - Pawtucket Red Sox
- Longhi Homers in 12-6 Bats Loss - Louisville Bats
- PawSox Sweep Wings - Rochester Red Wings
- Breyvic Valera's go-ahead grand slam in the 8th inning puts RailRiders ahead late - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
- Mets Lead Crumbles in Eighth Inning as RailRiders Win, 6-5 - Syracuse Mets
- Wings Memorial Day Weekend Homstand Continues Saturday - Rochester Red Wings
- Game Information: Indianapolis Indians (25-18) at Columbus Clippers (26-18) - Indianapolis Indians
- Biggio Receives First Big League Call - Buffalo Bisons
- Bisons Game Notes - Buffalo at Lehigh Valley (7:05 p.m.) - Buffalo Bisons
- Game Notes: Toledo Mud Hens (16-27) at Louisville Bats (18-28) - Louisville Bats
- Triple-A All-Star Voting Underway - Indianapolis Indians
- Triple-A All-Star Fan Voting Underway - IL
- Key Red Barons Reunion Weekend Details Announced - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
- Dickerson Set for Rehab Assignment with Indianapolis - Indianapolis Indians
- Bulls Close May, Open June with Massive Homestand - Durham Bulls
- SWB Game Notes - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.
Other Recent Gwinnett Stripers Stories
- Stripers "Veterans Pack" Returns for Veterans Day
- Chris Young to Play Coolray Field's First-Ever Socially-Distant Concert on November 14
- Gwinnett Stripers' Coolray Field to Host Braves Taxi Squad
- Gwinnett Stripers Announce National Anthem Auditions
- Gwinnett Stripers Announce 2020 Promotions Schedule