The plan for Felipe Paulino was to come to Charlotte and make three rehab appearances as he recovered from right rotator cuff inflammation and then return to Chicago.
Five starts later, Paulino, 30, is running out of time to convince the White Sox he’s ready to help the team.
In Friday’s 15-6 loss to the Indianapolis Indians, the Knights spotted Paulino a six-run lead in the second only for him to exit the game after 4 2/3 innings with the game tied at 6.
Paulino (0-3) allowed five hits, walked six and struck out five. He threw 99 pitches, 52 for strikes.
“From a physical standpoint (the start for Paulino) was good,” was the best Knights manager Joel Skinner was able to offer up after the game.
“He’s working on his delivery with the things he’s doing on the side and prior to his starts,” Skinner continued. “He’s just trying to clean some things up, but it was a struggle. You don’t want to walk that many guys, but he’s working through it.”
With a maximum of nine days remaining with the Knights before Chicago is required to activate him, Paulino has allowed 21 earned runs on 30 hits and 16 walks in 19 2/3 innings pitched.
In the bottom of the second, Charlotte sent 10 to the plate against Indianapolis starter Vance Worley on its way to a season-high six run inning.
The Knights then watched as the Indians ran off 15 unanswered runs.
Paulino surrendered three in the third and then three more on a Gregory Polanco three-run shot in the fourth. The home run for Polanco was his sixth of the season and gave the right-fielder four RBIs in two games against Charlotte.
“(Paulino) got up to his 100-pitch count,” Skinner said. “You know, he wants to do better from a run situation, especially that three-run homer that tied the ball game. But he’s down here to get in shape, and now that he’s gotten to that point we’ll go from there.”
Dylan Axelrod came on in relief and surrendered one run in 3 1/3 innings to fall to 1-5 on the season.
Things got ugly to watch for the sold-out crowd of 10,367 at BB&T BallPark in the ninth, when the combination of Donnie Veal and Frank De Los Santos allowed a season-high eight runs on four hits, three walks, a wild pitch and two hit batters.
“That is what it is,” Skinner said. “It’s one of those innings where everything went haywire. We didn’t throw the ball over the plate, we hit some guys and then you sprinkle in some base hits.”
The Knights and Indians will play game three of their four-game series on Saturday., with Tommy Hanson (2-4, 4.60 ERA) facing Jake Brigham (1-2, 3.53).
E — Dickerson 2, Johnson. DP–Charlotte 1. LOB–Indianapolis 8, Charlotte 6. 2B–Dickerson, Andino 2, Johnson. 3B–Sanchez. HR—Polanco. SF–Morel. SB–Dickerson.
|Jackson W, 2-1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Axelrod L, 1-5||3.1||3||1||1||0||5|
WP-Veal. HBP-Morel (by Veal), Ashley (by De Los Santos). T-3:27. A-10,367.
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