There’s a difference between getting hits and timely hitting, and Sunday’s game between Charlotte and Indianapolis illustrated it perfectly.
The Knights posted more hits (13-12), more home runs (4-1) and more doubles (3-2) than the Indians, yet lost, 10-6, in front of a sellout crowd of 10,213 at BB&T BallPark.
Charlotte got its hits, but finished 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Indianapolis, on the other hand, was 6-for-13.
Three of Charlotte’s four long balls were solo shots, which Indy was able to cancel out with its only home run because it came with two aboard.
“We’re not playing very well,” said Knights manager Joel Skinner, whose squad has finished up its six-game home stand 2-4. “You can dice it up and cut it up into all different forms, but basically when you don’t play well, you don’t win games.”
Carlos Sanchez was the star at the plate for the Knights for the second game in a row.
After scoring two of Charlotte’s three runs in a 3-1 win against the Tribe on Saturday, Sanchez went 4-for-5 with a home run, a double and two RBI to raise his average to a Knights-leading .287 on the season.
The long ball, which put Charlotte up 2-0 in the first inning, was Sanchez’ first in 751 days and extended the middle infielder’s hitting streak to nine games.
“I haven’t had one feel like that in a long time,” said Sanchez, who has had three hitting streaks of six or more this season. “I knew it was gone when I hit it and (from then on) I just wanted to enjoy the moment.”
As the 21-year-old returned to the Charlotte dugout, the team had some fun with him.
“They just sat there and didn’t give me a hand jokingly because I never hit home runs,” Sanchez said. “The guys support me every time and that’s amazing.”
Sanchez’ home run came after Knights southpaw Eric Surkamp had struck out the side in the top half of the inning and set a positive tone that the Indians slowly devoured.
Surkamp (2-3) lasted 41/3 innings and allowed eight runs on nine hits. He walked a batter and fanned five, but the beginning of the end came on a three-run home run by Brent Morel in the second.
“That one pitch that wound up going out for the three-run homer looked like it just got a lot of the plate,” Skinner said. “He used all his pitches and they got to him, that’s all.”
An RBI double by Josh Phegley in the third evened the game at three, but a two-out RBI single by Indy’s Adalberto Santos, who entered the game hitting .107 on the season, gave the Indians a lead they would never relinquish.
Matt Davidson hit his sixth of the season off Indy starter Casey Sadler (6-1) in the sixth and both Tyler Saladino and Jared Mitchell homered in the ninth.
The Knights (16-33) head out on an eight-game road trip beginning on Monday in Columbus, Ohio.
Delmarva 5, Kannapolis 2: The host Shorebirds swept the Intimidators (21-27). Catcher Jeremy Dowdy (Appalachian State) went 3-for-4 for the Intimidators
• Former Charlotte 49ers and Hickory High pitcher Tyler Barnette is scheduled to start for Kannapolis on Monday in Hickory.
DP–IND: 2. LOB–IND: 7, CHA: 7. 2B–Santos, Phegley 2, Sanchez. HR—Morel, Sanchez, Davidson, Mitchell. SF–Ashley. SB–Dickerson. CS—Mitchell.
HBP-Dickerson. T-3:15. A-10,213.
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