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Toledo Mud Hens beat Charlotte Knights 3-2 in Game 1

Toledo, OH A sixth-inning throwing error by Charlotte starter Eric Surkamp proved costly as the Toledo Mud Hens beat Surkamp and the Knights by a score of 3-2 on Friday in Game 1 of the four-game series from Fifth Third Field.

The loss snapped Charlotte’s two-game win-streak.

Surkamp (2-4, 5.20) was the losing pitcher despite allowing just three hits over six innings and striking out a career-high 12 batters. The N.C. State product gave up three runs (two earned) and walked only one batter. He also allowed a fourth-inning home run to Mike Hessman – his IL leading 14th of the season.

With the game tied at 1-1, things quickly changed for the Knights. Toledo catcher James McCann grounded a ball to Surkamp, who fielded it and threw it away trying to get McCann out at first. The ball made its way into the stands, and both Perez and Suarez came around to score to make it a 3-1 ball game.

Surkamp retired the next two batters in the inning, but the damage was done. Reliever Maikel Cleto came on in the seventh and did not allow a run or a hit over two innings to keep the Knights in the game.

Charlotte had just one run – an RBI single by Andy Wilkins in the 2nd inning – when they entered the ninth down 3-1. Still, they didn’t go down without a fight.

The Knights and Mud Hens will continue their series at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Charlotte lefthander Charlie Leesman (1-4, 3.42) is set to face Toledo righthander Drew VerHagen (2-5, 4.02) to the mound.

Charlotteabrhbi
Hernandez rf3010
Sanchez 2b5011
Phegley c5010
Danks cf4000
Davidson 3b4110
Wilkins 1b4010
Saladino ss4011
Tekotte dh3120
Mitchell lf4010
Totals36292

Toledoabrhbi
Carrera cf4000
Perez 2b4110
Suarez ss2100
Hessman 3b4111
McCann c3001
Collins rf-lf4010
Gaynor lf2000
Exposito dh3000
Lennerton 1b2000
Totals28332

Charlotte010000001291
Toledo00010200x330

E — Surkamp. LOB–CHA: 10, TOL: 6. 2B–Davidson, Tekotte, Perez. HR—Hessman. SB–Suarez.

CharlotteIPHRERBBSO
Surkamp6332112
Cleto200024

ToledoIPHRERBBSO
Lobstein671126
Hardy200003
Miller121111

WP-Surkamp, Lobstein. HBP-Suarez T-2:51. A-11,500.

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