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Bisons take series opener over Knights

BUFFALO, N.Y. A two-run double by Kevin Pillar in the third inning proved to be enough for the Buffalo Bisons to get by the Charlotte Knights 6-1 on Thursday in the opening game of the four-game series from Coca-Cola Field. The Bisons added four insurance runs along the way, including three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Charlotte starter Tommy Hanson (1-2, 4.73) allowed three runs on five hits over 4 1/3 innings and was charged with the loss. Hanson, who was making just his third start of the season for the Knights, walked five batters and threw 87 pitches.

Buffalo starter Liam Hendriks (4-0, 1.26) was sharp on the mound through seven innings for the win. Hendriks gave up one run on six hits, while striking out five batters. Relievers Bobby Korecky and Ryan Tepera each tossed a scoreless inning out of the bullpen.

Offensively, Matt Davidson provided the only Charlotte run with a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning. The home run was Davidson’s third of the season.

Knights reliever Deunte Heath came on in relief of Hanson and did not allow a run in 1 2/3 innings. Heath has not allowed a run in his last four appearances spanning 11 2/3 innings. Mitchell Boggs did not allow a run in one inning of work.

The Bisons tacked on to their lead and added three insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning off Charlotte’s Javy Guerra. Catcher Erik Kratz hit a two-run double in the eighth and later scored on a Munenori Kawasaki RBI double.

South Atlantic League

Power 5, Intimidators 4: Kannapolis put the tying run on third base in the with one out in the ninth inning but couldn’t bring him home in a loss to West Virginia.

Suns 4, Crawdads 3: Hickory knotted the game in the top of the ninth inning, but Hagerstown pushed a run across in the bottom of the frame for the victory.

BISONS 6, KNIGHTS 1

Charlotteabrhbi
Hernandez, cf4000
Sanchez, 2b4010
Phegley, c4010
Davidson, 3b3111
Wilkins, dh4010
Black, 1b4020
Tekotte, rf4010
Saladino, ss3010
Mitchell, lf3000
Totals33181

Buffaloabrhbi
Mastroianni, cf4100
Goedert, dh2000
Pillar, lf4023
Johnson, 1b3000
Tuiasosopo, rf4020
Schimpf, 3b3100
Goins, 2b3220
Kratz, c4122
Kawasaki, ss3111
Totals30696

Charlotte000100000180
Buffalo00201003x691

E — Goins (1, fielding). DP–2 (Black, Da-Saladino-Black, Da, Sanchez, C-Saladino-Black, Da). LOB–Charlotte-8, Buffalo-7. 2B–Phegley (6, Hendriks), Black, Da (5, Hendriks); Pillar (9, Hanson), Kratz (4, Guerra, J), Kawasaki (2, Guerra, J). HR—Davidson (3, 4th inning off Hendriks, 0 on, 2 out). SB–Mastroianni (3, 2nd base off Hanson/Phegley).

CharlotteIPHRERBBSO
Hanson (L, 1-2)4 1/353351
Heath1 2/300011
Boggs110000
Guerra133311

BuffaloIPHRERBBSO
Hendriks (W, 4-0)7 61115
Korecky1 10010
Tepera1 10001

WP-Hanson. HBP-Mitchell, J (by Hendriks).

T-2:45. A-4,308.

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