PAWTUCKET, RI – The Gwinnett Stripers set a club record with their eighth straight win, a 5-2 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox on Saturday night in Game 2 of the three-game series at McCoy Stadium.
The Stripers raised their International League-leading home run total to 74 with blasts from Travis Demeritte and Adam Duvall.
The Stripers (26-16) took a 3-0 lead in top of the first inning against Pawtucket starting pitcher Teddy Stankiewicz as Demeritte (8) crushed a three-run homer to left. The lead grew to 4-0 in the top of the third on a sacrifice fly to left field by Duvall.
The Red Sox (14-25) were held hitless over four innings by Stripers starting pitcher Patrick Weigel, but ended the shutout in the bottom of the fifth as Josh Ockimey (11) drilled a two-run homer to right-center off Huascar Ynoa to make it 4-2. Duvall (15) hit a long solo homer to center field in the ninth off Jennry Mejia for a 5-2 final.
Weigel, pitching in his first game for Gwinnett since 2017, worked four scoreless, hitless innings with one walk and two strikeouts. Ynoa (W, 1-0) made his Triple-A debut, and allowed two runs on three hits over three innings. Jason Creasy (H, 2) and Rafael De Paula (S, 5) combined on three scoreless, hitless frames.
At the plate, Demeritte went 2-for-5 with a double, homer and three RBIs, and Duvall went 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs. Rafael Ortega, Andres Blanco, Pedro Florimon and Ryan LaMarre all had two hits apiece.
Stankiewicz (L, 1-3) lost to Gwinnett for the second time this season with four runs on nine hits over five innings. Ockimey was 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs. Sam Travis and rehabbing Boston Red Sox infielder Brock Holt were each 1-for-3.
Of the Stripers’ IL-leading 74 homers, 41 have come through 17 games in May (2.41 HR/game). Duvall has homered in four straight games since May 15 and six of his last eight games since May 10. Demeritte extended his on-base streak to 21 games and his hitting streak to eight games. Ockimey’s two-run homer was his fourth clout against Gwinnett this season.
The two teams play again Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Right-hander Kyle Wright (3-2, 7.23 ERA) starts for the Stripers against right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (1-2, 4.55 ERA).