INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. Charlotte’s offense took center stage in Indianapolis on Tuesday with help from the reigning International League Batter of the Week and company.
Andy Wilkins homered twice, Erik Johnson was sharp over six innings, and the Knights beat the Indians 9-3 in the second of their four-game series. The win was Charlotte’s seventh over its past eight games and 20th over the past 31. Charlotte had 15 hits.
Catcher Josh Phegley has been on a tear since June 30, hitting .451 (32-for-71) with a 16-game hitting streak. Phegley, a Terre Haute, Ind., native, went 2-for-5 with two runs and a double.
Jordan Danks continued to set records and has five hits over his past three games. Michael Taylor and Micah Johnson had their second consecutive three-hit games. Johnson, an Indianapolis native, is 6-for-11 with a home run and two RBIs in the series. Taylor is 6-for-9.
Entering the game with an IL-high 21 home runs, Wilkins added two more for a league-best 23 on the season. He also had five RBIs, giving him 61 for the year, and extended his hit streak to seven games, his RBI streak to six games, and he has seven home runs over his past six games.
Johnson (4-6) won his second game in a row. He gave up two runs on five hits and struck out four. Reliever Jarrett Casey – another Indianapolis native – made his Class AAA debut. He gave up one run on two hits over 12/3 innings. Donnie Veal recorded the final four outs.
The Knights scored eight of their nine runs off Indianapolis starter Brandon Cumpton (5-2). Cumpton, the reigning IL Pitcher of the Week, allowed 12 hits over 42/3 innings.
The Knights scored six runs off of him in the fifth, highlighted by the second home run of the game from Wilkins.
KNIGHTS 9, INDIANS 3
DP–Charlotte 2, Indianapolis 3. LOB–Charlotte 6, Indianapolis 9. 2B–Phegley, Sanchez 2, Lambo, Decker, Tabata, Morel. HR—Wilkins 2, Johnson. SF–Semien. CS—Decker.
|Johnson W, 4-6||6.0||5||2||2||2||4|
|Cumpton L, 5-2||4.2||12||8||8||2||2|
HBP-Davidson (by Holdzkom).
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