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Charlotte Knights’ Eric Surkamp doesn’t miss beat on mound

ALLENTOWN, Pa. It had been 12 days since Eric Surkamp took the hill for the Charlotte Knights. On Monday, the left-hander looked as smooth as ever.

Surkamp went seven shutout innings, Josh Phegley, Matt Davidson and Andy Wilkins hit solo home runs during the fourth inning, and the Knights beat the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 5-1 in the opener of their four-game series.

“It was a good feeling to be back out there,” said Surkamp. “I felt fresh and everything felt good.”

Making his 10th start of the season, Surkamp (3-4, 4.88 ERA) pitched a season-high seven innings. He gave up just three hits and struck out eight. His 77 strikeouts on the season are tops in the Class AAA International League.

The teams will continue their series at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday. Right-hand3er Erik Johnson (1-4, 6.70) will start for the Knights agtainst right-hander Sean O’Sullivan (3-6, 4.09 ERA).

Knights 5, IronPigs 1

Charlotteabrhbi
Johnson 2b5010
Semien ss5000
Phegley c3221
Danks cf4000
Davidson 3b4122
Tuiasosopo rf3010
Wilkins 1b4111
Saladino dh3000
Tekotte lf3110
Totals34584

Lehigh Valleyabrhbi
Castro cf4010
Henson rf3110
Franco 3b4020
Perkins lf4001
Murphy 1b3010
Rupp c3000
Susdorf dh3000
Blanco ss2010
Ryal 2b3000
Totals29161

Charlotte000310010580
Lehigh Valley00000001161

E —Rupp. DP–Charlotte 2, Lehigh Valley 1. LOB–Charlotte 6, Lehigh Valley 3. 2B–Phegley, Franco. HR—Phegley, Davidson, Wilkins. SB–Johnson. CS—Castro, Blanco. PO—Blanco.

CharlotteIPHRERBBSO
Surkamp W,3-4730018
Cleto110011
Frazier121100

Lehigh ValleyIPHRERBBSO
Enright L,3-6764324
Neris121110
Horst100010

WP-Cleto. T-2:34. A-8,338.

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