Knights’ pitchers turned in five one-two-three innings on Friday night and two more in which they allowed just one hit.
Unfortunately, they also tossed two of the uglier innings any of the 10,295 fans at BB&T BallPark have probably ever seen in what ended up being a 16-9 face-palm-inducing loss to the Syracuse Chiefs.
With the White Sox playing on Friday, Deunte Heath – who was the day’s scheduled starter – was held out of the game in case Chicago required his services later this week, leaving the Knights short staffed.
The lack of a safety net loomed large in the fifth inning, when the Knights (38-58) allowed six runs to turn a 5-0 edge into a one-run deficit. It then loomed much larger in the eighth inning when they surrendered a season-worst 10 runs.
The 16 runs allowed was a season high for Charlotte, who entered the eighth with a 7-6 edge and fell to 0-2 in its four-game series with the Chiefs (57-37).
“We were under the gun with the amount of pitchers we had available tonight,” Knights manager Joel Skinner said. “You hate to see that happen, but we were just in a bind there. The guys understand that it’s a bullpen day, and when the score gets to a certain point, you (don’t have a choice).
“It’s one game,” Skinner continued. “We play 144. We’ll just move forward.”
In both the fifth and eighth innings, Syracuse first baseman Tyler Moore hit bases-clearing doubles. Moore finished the night 3-for-5 with a season-high six runs knocked in.
In two games against the Knights this season, Moore is 5-for-10 with a home run and eight RBIs.
The Knights finished with 15 hits – three by Micah Johnson (3-for-5, two RBIs) and Josh Phegley (3-for-5, RBI, R). The Chiefs finished with 17 – 15 of which came in their two big innings.
“It’s a tough one,” Johnson said.
Tourists 11, Intimidators 1: David Dahl’s two-run single in the second inning broke a 1-1 tie, and Asheville continued the beating against host Kannapolis.
Braves 7, Hickory 3: Despite Travis Demeritte’s 19th home run, a two-run shot in the fourth inning, Hickory fell to host Rome.
CHIEFS 16, KNIGHTS 9
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LOB–Syracuse 6, Charlotte 7. 2B–Taylor 2, Hood, Moore 3, Sanchez, Tuiasosopo, Walters, Phegley. 3B–Johnson. HR—Tuiasosopo, Solano, Walters, Hood. CS—Hood.
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