LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. The Charlotte Knights opened their two-game series against the Gwinnett Braves with a 10-6 win in a rain-shortened game on Saturday night. The game was halted by rain in the top of the seventh inning with two outs. After a 48-minute rain delay, the game was called and the Knights earned their sixth win over their past nine games.
Right-hander Erik Johnson earned his second win of the season despite allowing six runs on eight hits over five innings. Johnson gave up four runs in the bottom of the first inning, including a three-run home run by Brandon Boggs.
The Knights cut the lead from 4-0 to 4-3 in the top of the second inning when they scored three runs on three hits. Micah Johnson, who went 2-for-4 on the night, stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the second and ripped a bases-clearing triple. The Braves added a run in the bottom of the frame to make it a 5-3 game after two full innings.
Charlotte battled back in the top of the fourth inning and put up five runs against reliever Kameron Loe.
Michael Taylor launched his first home run of the season with the Knights – a two-run shot over the left field wall. Two batters later, Carlos Sanchez took the International League lead in triples when he legged-out his sixth of the season. Marcus Semien followed with a two-run home run, which gave the Knights an 8-5 lead.
Johnson allowed one more run in the bottom of the fifth inning and the Knights tacked on two runs in the top of the sixth inning against former Knights starter Terry Doyle. Reliever Ryan Kussmaul pitched a scoreless bottom of the sixth inning for Charlotte.
Johnson, Taylor, and Matt Davidson all finished with two hits. Johnson had a game-high four RBIs. Saturday’s win was Charlotte’s first against Gwinnett in six games this season.
Atlanta Braves reliever David Carpenter started the game for Gwinnett on a Major League rehab assignment. Carpenter struck out one batter over one inning.
The teams will conclude their series Sunday at 2:05 p.m. Right-hander Dylan Axelrod (4-6, 4.25) starts for the Knights against Gwinnett’s right-hander Aaron Northcraft (0-0, 0.00).
Hickory 5, Greenville 4: Lewis Brinson had a 2-run home run for the host Crawdads.
Kannapolis 4, Charleston 3: T.J. Williams overcame a slow start at the plate by blasting the Intimidators to a win over the Charleston RiverDogs.
With the game knotted at 3 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Williams cranked a 2-1 pitch from Brett Gerritse over the wall in right-center field to win it for Kannapolis (36-41, 7-3 second half). The Intimidators have won four straight.
Saturday’s box score
Knights 10, Braves 6 (7)
E – Gosselin, E. Johnson, Phegley, Wilkins 2. DP–Charlotte 1. LOB– Charlotte 2, Gwinnett 8. 3B – M.Johnson, Sanchez. HR - Boggs, Taylor, Semien. S B – M.Johnson, Cunningham. SF- Sanchez.
|E. Johnson W 2-5||5||8||6||6||2||1|
|Loe L 1-2||22/3||8||8||8||1||1|
WP-Doyle. HBP-Cunningham (by Kussmaul). T-2:26 (.48 delay). A-6,786.