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Stripers Overwhelmed by Oviedo in 8-2 Loss to Memphis

By Dave Lezotte

Media Relations Manager and Broadcaster

The Gwinnett Stripers (17-20) had no answer for Memphis starter Johan Oviedo on Tuesday night, falling 8-2 to the Redbirds (21-16) at Coolray Field.

Decisive Plays:The Redbirds scored runs in each of their first four innings against starter Connor Johnstone (L, 0-1) and the Stripers’ bullpen. Memphis catcher Ivan Herrera drove in runs with RBI doubles in the second and third innings as the Redbirds went up 5-0. Kramer Robertson (4) and Nolan Gorman (15) smashed back-to-back solo home runs in the fourth off Brandyn Sittinger to push the lead to 7-0.

Key Contributors: Greyson Jenista (2-for-3) and Drew Waters (2-for-5) both doubled and Ryan Goins (1-for-3) drove in both Gwinnett runs. For the Redbirds, Oviedo (W, 3-2) tossed 7.0 innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out six. Gorman (3-for-5, double, homer, RBI), Herrera (2-for-3, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs), and Conner Capel (3-for-5, 2 runs) each had multi-hit games.

Noteworthy: After Waters doubled to lead off the bottom of the first inning, the Stripers went hitless until Preston Tucker’s single with two outs in the sixth. Goins posted his first multi-RBI game since September 8, 2021 at Columbus.

Next Game (Wednesday, May 18): Gwinnett vs. Memphis, 7:05 p.m. at Coolray Field. RHP Bryce Elder (0-0, 6.55 ERA) for the Stripers vs. LHP Matthew Liberatore (3-3, 3.83 ERA) for the Redbirds. Radio Broadcast: 6:50 p.m. on It's Wet Nose Wednesday at Coolray Field as dogs get in the park for free with owner's paid admission. The Stripers will transform into the "Xolos de Gwinnett" to honor Gwinnett County's rich Hispanic heritage and culture.

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