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Charlotte Knights stave off late blast

By Seth Lakso
Correspondent

The Charlotte Knights have spent the first two months of the season working towards a game like the one they nearly put together at BB&T BallPark on Thursday.

Charlotte played flawless defense, received a gem of a performance from starter Charlie Leesman, and what wound up being just enough offense to snap a three-game slide against the Red Wings.

Three quarters of the way through a stretch of 23 games in 22 days, the Knights pushed back any thoughts of fatigue for eight innings to take a 7-0 lead over Rochester in front of a sellout crowd of 10,222.

Those who stuck around for the final where rewarded by Maikel Cleto, who allowed five consecutive singles to begin the ninth before a three-run home run made it a 7-6 game.

After walking off the mound to a smattering of boos, Donnie Veal picked up his teammate by retiring the next three Red Wings to preserve the win and record his third save.

“There were a lot of good things that happened tonight, especially considering that we were coming off the double-header,” Knights skipper Joel Skinner said. “That Charlie was able to eat up some innings for us was a good thing. We played some real nice defense. That last inning, that’s just baseball.”

Leesman (2-5) had his cutter, curve and changeup all working for eight mellow innings, Tyler Saladino and Carlos Sanchez went back-and-forth trying to one-up the other’s web-gem.

The Knights (21-40) stayed on the tips of their toes thanks to Leesman, who worked quickly, scattering three hits and striking out seven, while recording 14 groundouts to outduel a former Arizona Fall League teammate in Trevor May (5-4), who fanned nine in six innings.

“I know May really well,” Leesman said. “Congrats for him, too. He still pitched a great game tonight. But you always want to do better than him.”

South Atlantic

Kannapolis 5, Asheville 3: Hunter Jones led off the game with his first of two home runs (4), and the Intimidators survived a close call in the ninth inning, holding on for a road win over the Tourists on Thursday night.

Knights 7, Red Wings 6

Rochesterabrhbi
Farris cf5000
Beresford 2b4110
Romero 3b4110
Colabello 1b4111
Nelson dh4131
Ramirez rf4121
Ortiz lf3113
Florimon ss4000
Fryer c3000
Totals35696

Charlotteabrhbi
Semien dh5131
Sanchez 2b4011
Phegley c4100
Danks cf3112
Davidson 3b3100
Wilkins 1b4010
Saladino ss4220
Tekotte rf4022
Mitchell lf3100
Totals347106

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Charlotte00003004x7100

E — Romero. LOB–ROC: 4, CHA: 6. 2B–Ramirez, Nelson, Colabello, Sanchez, Semien, Tekotte. HR—Ortiz, Danks.

RochesterIPHRERBBSO
May663329
Hoffman1 1/344313
Ibarra2/300000

CharlotteIPHRERBBSO
Leesman830027
Cleto066600
Veal100000

WP-May.

T-2:49. A-10,222.

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