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Charlotte Knights fall to Columbus 14-2

By Seth Lakso
Correspondent

For the Knights, it’s time to recharge the batteries.

Charlotte allowed five home runs and 20 hits in a 14-2 loss to the Columbus Clippers on Tuesday in front of 9,674 at BB&T BallPark to cap a stretch of 23 games in 22 days.

Starter Charlie Leesman and three Knights relievers all struggled, and the offense managed just three hits.

The loss dropped Charlotte to 22-44, its worst mark through the first 66 games of a season since signing a player development contract with the Chicago White Sox before the 1999 season.

“Everybody in this clubhouse is competitive and wants to win,” said Jordan Danks, who hit his sixth home run in the past seven days in the loss. “If we’ve got to be (in Triple-A), then we may as well win. That’s kind of the frustrating aspect of the game right now.”

Danks said he could remember talking with members of the Knights before the season about how stacked he believed the team was.

“We are good, but we just haven’t been able to put it together yet,” he said. “But with this off day, we should be able to recharge and be ready to go.”

In reality, Danks is probably one of the few players who wouldn’t mind continuing to play every day with the way he has been swinging the bat this month. His six home runs are the most of any player in the International League over that span.

Tuesday’s home run – which came off the Cleveland Indians’ Zach McAllister (with Columbus on a major league rehab start) – went to dead center field and was the longest hit this season at BB&T BallPark.

“It felt good,” said Danks, who is hitting .361 over his past 10 games. “Anytime you get a major league rehab guy you know he’s going to have good stuff. I was just concentrating on seeing the ball. He threw me two balls and got behind, so I was sitting dead red in one spot and he put it there.”

Leesman (2-6) lasted three-plus innings and allowed nine hits and eight runs (seven earned).

Matt Davidson provided the second Knights run with his 10th home run, which came immediately after Danks’ shot in the second inning.

McAllister, who lasted six innings, would allow one other hit the remainder of his outing, striking out Danks and Davidson in their next meeting in the fifth inning.

Charlotte is off Wednesday before traveling north for a four-game series with the Pawtucket Red Sox followed by another four-game set in Lehigh Valley, before returning home to host Toledo on June 20.

“Every off day in the league comes at a good time,” Knights manager Joel Skinner said. “Obviously, we’d like to be playing better, but you can’t run away from it, it’s something you need to take head on, regardless of off days, or not. We just need to play better.”

South Atlantic

Savannah 3, Kannapolis 2: Savannah scored once in the eighth and twice in the ninth to win on the road.

The Intimidators scored on run in the bottom of the ninth and had two runners on with two outs, but Tray Michalczewski struck out to end the game.

Hickory 11, Delmarva 9: The Crawdads scored three runs in the top of the ninth for the victory. Hickory led 8-0 after four innings, but Delmarva scored three in the bottom of the eighth to take a 9-8 lead.

CLIPPERS 14, KNIGHTS 2

Columbusabrhbi
Ramirez lf4331
Holt cf4220
Aguilar 1b5336
Abraham dh4321
Urshela 3b5231
Moncrief rf6032
Rohlinger 2b6021
Sellers ss4001
Carlin c5121
Totals43142014

Charlotteabrhbi
Johnson 2b4000
Sanchez ss4010
Semien lf4000
Danks cf3111
Davidson 3b4111
Tekotte rf2000
Saladino 1b3000
Mitchell dh3000
Gonzalez c3000
Totals30232

Columbus21240040114201
Charlotte020000000231

E–Carlin, Johnson. DP–Charlotte 3. LOB–Columbus 11, Charlotte 3. 2B–Urshela 2, Holt. HR—Ramirez, Aguilar 2, Danks, Davidson. SF–Sellers. SB–Sanchez.

ColumbusIPHRERBBSO
McAllister W, 1-0632226
Ramirez200000
Lowe100002

CharlotteIPHRERBBSO
Leesman L, 2-6398741
Los Santos 351120
Cleto244422
Boggs121100

T-3:05. A-9,674.

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