LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. Home runs by Andy Wilkins and Blake Tekotte led the Charlotte Knights to a 9-6 win against the Gwinnett Braves on Sunday at Coolray Field. The Knights earned a two-game series sweep against their South Division foe.
Right-hander Dylan Axelrod (5-6) earned the win after allowing four runs on nine hits over six innings. Axelrod walked just one batter and registered six strikeouts.
The Knights put up three-run innings in the second and third, again highlighted by home runs. Wilkins led off the second inning with his team-leading 14th homer of the season. Two batters later, Tekotte ripped his ninth of the year. For the season, the Knights have hit an Internaitonal League-best 94 home runs.
• The Knights will host a day-night doubleheader Monday against the Gwinnett Braves. A separate ticket will be required for entry to each nine-inning game (12:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m.); fans with tickets for June 30 will use those for the 7:05 p.m. game.
• The Knights will open the main gates to BB&T BallPark at 3 p.m. Tuesday and fans with a ticket to the game that evening can watch the U.S. team face Belgium in World Cup on the videoboard at 4 p.m. Food, soft drinks and beer will be available for purchase.
Hickory 4, Greenville 3: Ronald Guzman came through with an RBI single to give the Crawdads the victory against the visiting Drive.
Kannapolis 7, Charleston 3: Jeff McKenzie earned a win in his Class A debut as the host Intimidators beat the RiverDogs for their fifth straight win.
Knights 9, Braves 6
E — Salcedo (17, fielding). DP–(Johnson, Mica-Saladino); (Gosselin-Martinez-Hamilton, M). LOB–Charlotte 10, Gwinnett 6. 2B–Gosselin (20, Axelrod), Martinez (6, Axelrod), Salcedo (12, Axelrod), Reyes (1, Fuentes). HR—Wilkins (14, 3rd inning off Northcraft, 0 on, 0 out), Tekotte (9, 3rd inning off Northcraft, 1 on, 0 out); Cunningham, T (4, 5th inning off Axelrod, 1 on, 2 out).
WP-Axelrod. HBP-Wilkins (by Northcraft), Lerud (by Fuentes). T-3:20. A-3,509.