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Charlotte shuts down G-Braves

POSTED: April 22, 2012 6:19 p.m.

FORT MILL, SC — The Charlotte Knights received strong pitching for the second straight game and beat the Gwinnett Braves, 2-0, in the finale of the three-game series at Knights’ Stadium.

Less than 24 hours removed from a game in which they tallied only hits, the G-Braves had only four Sunday.

Charlotte scored its first run in the bottom of the fourth as Jordan Danks doubled to right-center off of Gwinnett starter Erik Cordier (0-1). Danks then scored on a single to right by Greg Golson.

The Knights added their final run in the fifth off of Cordier. Tyler Kuhn singled to left to lead off the inning and scored on a triple down the right-field line by Jim Gallagher.

Charlotte right-hander Dylan Axelrod (2-1) was sharp in picking up the win. He worked 7 2/3 innings, gave up four hits, walked one and struck out six. Former Gwinnett pitcher Deunte Heath pitched to one batter in the eighth and right-hander Brian Bruney pitched a scoreless ninth for his fourth save.

In his first loss of the season, Cordier pitched 4 1/3 innings, yielding eight hits, two earned runs, four walks and striking out two. The bullpen trio of Buddy Carlyle, Jose Lugo and Cory Gearrin combined for 3 2/3 innings of scoreless ball.

At the plate, G-Braves second baseman Drew Sutton went 1 for 4 with a single to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Right fielder Jordan Parraz was 1 for 3 with a single to extend his hitting streak to six games.

After an off day, the Gwinnett Braves (12-6) and Charlotte Knights (10-8) continue the six game home-and-home series Tuesday night in Lawrenceville.

Right-hander Tim Hudson (1-0, 0.00) gets the start for Gwinnett in his fourth Major League rehab assignment of the season. Charlotte pitches left-hander Charlie Leesman (1-1, 5.02).


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