COLUMBUS, Ohio When Carlos Sanchez homered on Sunday, it was his first home run in 751 days and his first at the AAA level. He didn’t have to wait nearly as long for his next home run.
Sanchez launched a game-winning, three-run home run in the top of the 10th inning to lead the Charlotte Knights to a 5-2 win against the Columbus Clippers on Wednesday in Game 3 of their four-game series from Huntington Park. The infielder finished with two hits, bumping his average to a team-high .293 on the season.
With the game tied at 2-2 in the 10th, Columbus reliever Nick Hagadone (1-3, 3.32) started the inning by allowing a single to Blake Tekotte.Tyler Saladino then reached trying to lay down a sacrifice bunt, which turned into a throwing error by Hagadone.
Jared Mitchell, who reached base in his 16th straight road game earlier in the day, moved both Tekotte and Saladino over a base with a bunt.
On a 1-1 pitch from Hagadone, Sanchez ripped a three-run home run over the left field fence to give the Knights the 5-2 lead.
Thompson (1-0, 3.29) did not allow a run or a hit in 2 1/3 innings out of the bullpen en route to his first win of the season.
Charlotte starter Dylan Axelrod was sharp over six innings, but did not factor in the decision. Axelrod allowed one run on five hits, striking out six batters and walking three.
E — Tekotte, Hagadone. DP–CHA: 2. LOB–CHA: 4, COL: 8. 2B–Sanchez, Moncrief. HR—Tekotte, Sanchez. SB–Hernandez.
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