(71-57) Gwinnett Stripers 2, (74-55) Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 1
- Drew Waters, RF: 1-3, BB .243/.332/.385
- Shea Langeliers, C: 0-3, BB, .200/.385/.400
- Cristian Pache, CF: 1-4, .266/.330/.416
- Kyle Wright, SP: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 3.02 ERA
- Sean Newcomb, RP: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1.62 ERA
The penultimate game of the season swung in the Stripers favor behind Kyle Wright’s dominant pitching. The offense for Gwinnett wasn't very successful throughout, but came up with timely hits in the middle innings to open up a 2-0 lead the pitching staff held on to. Through three innings the only Stripers hit was a first inning infield single from Cristian Pache and after he got thrown out stealing they didn't have much going. Johan Camargo led off the fourth inning with the second hit of the game and that sparked the offense to get rolling. A walk to Maikel Franco moved Camargo to second base and he was able to score on a one out ground out thanks to an error by the shortstop. A single from Phillip Ervin scored Ryan Goins, who had reached on that ground out, and the Stripers had a 2-0 lead they would not relinquish. Gwinnett had a couple of more hits in the game, but never got more than one runner on in an inning and thus never had much of a chance to do anything. Drew Waters had a one out single in the seventh inning, but he was picked off of first base and the inning subsequently ended when Pache lined out to left field. It was a lackluster night from the star prospects, but it was enough from everyone else to get the job done.
Kyle Wright has been arguably the top pitcher in the Atlanta Braves system over the past two months, and he topped off his year with another gem to give him the Triple-A East lead in innings pitched, strikeouts, and ERA for the season. He will only miss out on the Triple Crown by one win. Wright started out with two strikeouts in a scoreless first inning and didn’t slow down over seven scoreless innings. He added two more strikeouts in the second inning and his fifth in the third, but he hadn’t worked any clean innings. He did go 1-2-3 in the fourth and in the fifth a double play allowed him to face the minimum once again. He got to his final strikeout total of eight when he struck out the side in the sixth inning and finished out his start with a double play in the seventh. Wright ended the season on a phenomenal tear with three consecutive scoreless outings, totaling 22 consecutive shutout innings. Over his final fifteen starts of the season he pitched 92 2⁄3 innings with a 2.53 ERA, 2.78 FIP, and 9.1 K/9 to 2.1 BB/9. It took three total batters after Wright departed for the shutout to end as a single and a one out double off of Yoan Lopez cut the lead to only one run. A single into center field put the tying run 90 feet away, but Lopez got a well-timed double play to end the inning and keep the lead. Sean Newcomb worked around a walk in the ninth inning to close out the win.
Next Game: 10/3 vs (74-55) Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp @ 1:05 PM ET
GWN: Connor Johnstone (3-8, 4.98 ERA)