The White Sox organization preaches the importance of situational baseball from the day a player is drafted.
On Saturday, in front of a sold-out crowd of 10,359 at BB&T BallPark, the Knights showed they’ve been listening with their 3-1 win against the Indianapolis Indians.
Second the International League in home runs (37 in 49 games) entering the day, it could have easy for Charlotte to sit back and wait for a long ball.
Instead, it scored a single run in the third, fourth and fifth innings thanks to two two-out RBI singles and a sacrifice fly.
The three runs were more than Tommy Hanson (3-4), making his seventh start of the season, needed. The 6-foot-6-inch right-hander lasted a season-high seven innings while surrendering four hits and fanning three.
His only blemish came on a first-pitch fastball in the fourth inning that Chris McGuiness ambushed for a solo home run.
From that point, Hanson allowed only two more Indians to reach base, before giving way to Taylor Thompson and ultimately Maikel Cleto.
“I’ve been working on keeping the ball down, and as I went I stopped just trying to throw strikes and focused on working in the bottom of the zone,” said Hanson, who threw 98 pitches (61 strikes). “As the game went on, I got more and more ground balls and better results.”
The duo of Thompson and Cleto combined to toss two perfect innings.
Thompson walked off the mound follow the eight having not allowed a hit in his last 6 and 2/3 innings. Cleto exited the ninth after striking out the side with his first save as a Knight.
With two down in the third, Gorkys Hernadez doubled of Indians starter Jake Brigham (1-3) and then scored on a single by Carlos Sanchez.
Hickory 7, Charleston 3: Left fielder Ryan Cordell went 4-for-4 with two RBI to lead the host Crawdads. Cordell became the first Crawdad this season to record a 4-hit game as he ended the night with a triple, double, two singles, two RBI, and three runs scored.
Delmarva 10, Kannapolis 2: Six batters had two hits for the visiting Shorebirds, with Drew Dosch driving in three.
Saturday’s box score
E — Polanco, Andino. LOB–Indianapolis 5, Charlotte 7. 2B–Dickerson, Hernandez, Danks, Phegley. HR—McGuiness. SF–Sanchez. SB–Mitchell. PO—Hernandez.
|Brigham L, 1-3||7.0||6||3||2||1||3|
|Hanson W, 3-4||7.0||4||1||1||1||3|
|Cleto S, 1||1.0||0||0||0||0||3|
HBP-Dickerson (by Hanson).