Jared Goedert’s second home run of the game gave the Bisons the lead for good off Tommy Hanson and the Knights on Sunday as Charlotte dropped Game 3 of their series with Buffalo, 8-4 in front of a sold-out crowd of 10,203 at BB&T BallPark.
Goedert’s three-run shot – originally ruled a double before being overturned – came on a 2-2 curveball and gave Buffalo a 5-3 lead in the sixth inning.
“I didn’t throw a lot of (curveballs) today, so I thought I would get (Goedert) with that,” said Hanson (2-3), who went six innings and allowed five runs (three earned) on five hits with two walks and a strikeout. “I didn’t want to throw him a ball and go 3-2 there. I thought I made a pretty good pitch and it wound up going out – barely.
“If I could go back, I don’t even know if I would make better pitches. I just think that he got me. Sometimes you’ve got to tip your hat to a guy. He swung the bat well today.”
The home run also marked the end of the afternoon for Knights manager Joel Skinner, who was thrown out for arguing the change in call.
After seeing a replay, “it looked like it hit right off the base of the railing above the wall in left,” said Skinner. “From what I heard on the television, they probably got it right. But still, you’re fighting for your guys and sometimes that happens.”
Hanson allowed single runs in both the first and second innings before settling down until the sixth. In the meantime, his teammates were able to put up three in the third inning off Buffalo starter Liam Hendricks (5-0).
Blake Tekotte led off with a double and came around to score on a single by Alex Liddi. The Knights then loaded the bases for Jordan Danks, who blooped a single.
On the play, Jared Mitchell had to hold up to make sure the ball fell in front of the left fielder before advancing home. Kevin Pillar came up throwing to home but the ball got away and allowed Gorkys Hernandez to score, too.
The hit was the first of two on the afternoon for Danks, who was reassigned to Charlotte on May 9, after hitting .098 in 21 games with the Chicago White Sox.
“I’m getting there,” said Danks, who is hitting .364 (4-for-11) since his return. “That’s the best I can do for right now. The confidence is still there. Obviously, when you’re squeezing out hits and grinding out at-bats and they’re falling in there every now and then, that’s good, but I’d like to find the barrel” more.
Three Buffalo relievers combined on three scoreless innings to close out the win – the team’s second straight against Charlotte. .
Buffalo finished with four home runs, with the final two coming off Charlotte reliever David Purcey, who allowed three runs in 1 2/3 innings.
“(Hanson’s) an experienced big leaguer and he’s fun to watch,” said Danks. “Even when guys like that don’t have their best stuff, they’re going to give you a good game and he stayed in there for six innings. He battled and we just didn’t give him the run support for him today.”
The teams will conclude their series Monday. Erik Johnson (0-0, 1.38 ERA) will get the 12:05 p.m. start against Buffalo’s Shawn Hill (0-1, 7.50).
Kannapolis 2-2, Hagerstown 1-3: Trey Michalczewski’s single and Carl Thomore’s double produced two runs in the seventh as the visiting Intimidators won the opener of the doubleheader at Hagerstown. Wilmer Difo had an RBI bunt single to cap a three-run 10th and give the Suns the split.
Augusta 9, Hickory 4: The visiting GreenJackets scored five in the fifth inning behind home runs from Ryder Jones and Tyler Horan.
Bisons 8, Knights 4
E — Goedert. LOB–Buffalo 5, Charlotte 5. 2B–Johnson, Tekotte. HR—Wilkins, Goedert 2. SF–Pillar; Goins. SB–Gose, Saladino.
WP-Hendriks. T-3:00. A-10,203.
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