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Charlotte Clobbers Stripers for Four Home Runs, Wins 15-2

Joe Dunand hit his third homer of the homestand with a solo shot in the sixth inning. (Paul Daniel)

Gwinnett starter Nick Margevicius allowed three runs in a brief outing, setting the tone for a night where the Charlotte Knights (14-16) clobbered Stripers’ (11-18) pitching for four homers in a 15-2 runaway victory on Thursday night at Coolray Field.

Decisive Plays: Victor Reyes doubled in three runs in the top of the first, chasing Margevicius (L, 0-1) out of the game after only 0.2 innings. Clint Frazier added to the lead with a solo homer in the second (1) and then extended it with another solo shot in the fourth (2). A three-run Charlotte fifth featured a two-run homer from Victor Reyes (2). Carlos Perez joined the party with a two-run blast of his own in the sixth (8) to make it 10-0. Joe Dunand launched his third homer of the year with a solo job in the sixth, and Gwinnett would get another in the seventh on a Yolmer Sanchez RBI groundout. Charlotte added to the lead with five runs across the eighth and ninth innings to win 15-2.

Key Contributors: Reyes (3-for-5, double, homer, 5 RBIs) finished a triple shy of the cycle. Perez (3-for-5, homer, 3 RBIs) homered for the second time in the series, and Oscar Colas (2-for-5, double, 2 RBIs), and Frazier (3-for-4, 2 homers, 2 RBIs) also finished with multi-RBI nights. For Gwinnett, Forrest Wall (2-for-4, double) recorded a multi-hit night and Dunand (1-for-5, homer, RBI) went yard for the third time in five games. Noteworthy: The 15 runs allowed to the Knights was the third time this season the Stripers have allowed 15+ runs. With another home run tonight, Dunand has three on the homestand and is hitting .333 with five RBIs in his past five games. With a double in the fifth inning, Hendrik Clementina has now hit safely in his first six games with Gwinnett in 2023.

Next Game (Friday, May 5): Gwinnett vs. Charlotte, 7:05 p.m. at Coolray Field. Radio Broadcast: 6:50 p.m. on and the Bally Live app. LHP Jared Shuster (0-0, 3.46 ERA) will make his fourth start for the Stripers against TBD for Charlotte. It’s a promo-packed night at Coolray Field, with the second Xolos de Gwinnett night coinciding with a celebration of Cinco de Mayo. The regular Fireworks Friday show will go off moments after the conclusion of the game.

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