Cristian Pache and Johan Camargo homer in Gwinnett loss, while Drew Waters makes incredible play on defense

Friday, October 1, 2021

-Clint Manry

As the Braves were busy securing its fourth-straight division title on Thursday night, Triple-A Gwinnett was taking on Jacksonville in what wound up as a near-epic comeback for the Stripers.

With the score still tied at zero, outfielder Drew Waters made perhaps the play of the season when he robbed a homer in the second.

However, the Jumbo Shrimp still managed to jump out to a big lead. In the third, the first two batters reached base and were picked up when Jacksonville’s Lorenzo Quintana went deep with a three-run homer.

Stripers starter Jose Rodriguez surrendered another long ball in the fifth, this time off the bat of Isan Diaz who made it a 5-0 deficit.

As you can see, it definitely wasn’t Rodriguez’s best night. The righty allowed five runs (four earned) from 10 hits, including a walk, to go with just two strikeouts in five innings. He’ll finish his 2021 season with a 5.29 ERA with Gwinnett.

The Stripers did at least attempt a comeback. In the sixth, Johan Camargo homered for the 18th time this year and Cristian Pache went deep in the ninth as part of a three-run final frame.

Unfortunately, though, Jacksonville’s two-run eighth spoiled any chance for a Gwinnett win, and the Stripers dropped its final game of September.

With just three games remaining this season, Gwinnett will wrap up its 2021 campaign this weekend. The Stripers and Jumbo Shrimp will play again tonight, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PM (ET).

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