NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Gwinnett Stripers were held to five hits in a 3-0 loss to the Nashville Sounds on Friday night at First Horizon Park.
Atlanta Braves’ No. 11 prospect Bryce Elder yielded three runs over 6 2/3 innings in a tough-luck loss for the Stripers (58-42).
In the sixth, pinch hitter Yeison Coca smacked a leadoff double to left off Elder (L, 1-1) and scored on a single to center by Tim Lopes. Elder walked two before exiting in the seventh, and Christian Kelley and David Dahl each added RBI singles off Chasen Bradford for a 3-0 lead.
Jason Kipnis (2-for-4) and Orlando Arcia (2-for-3, double) had four of Gwinnett’s five hits. Sounds’ starter Colin Rea pitched 5 2/3 three-hit innings and struck out nine in a no-decision. Nashville relievers Kyle Lobstein (W, 3-0), Patrick Weigel, Justin Topa, and Chad Sobotka (S, 1) combined on 3 1/3 scoreless, two-hit frames.
Gwinnett was shut out for the sixth time this season, the first time since July 11, also against Nashville (lost 7-0). The Stripers are now 8-2 on the road trip and 35-10 since July 8.
Gwinnett and Nashville play again Saturday at 8:05 p.m. at First Horizon Park. RHP Jose Rodriguez (4-3, 6.02 ERA) will start for the Stripers vs. LHP Ethan Small (1-0, 1.23 ERA) for the Sounds.