INDIANAPOLIS Andy Wilkins continues to hit home runs at an astronomical pace, belting his eighth and ninth in his last seven games on Wednesday.
Wilkins added seven RBIs, and led the Charlotte Knights to an 8-4 win over the Indianapolis Indians in game three of a four-game series at Victory Field in Indianapolis. The win was Charlotte’s eighth in its last nine games and 12th over its last 16. Both Wilkins and the Knights are on quite a tear.
Wilkins entered Wednesday’s game leading the International League in home runs with 23. The reigning IL Batter of the Week hit two home runs on Tuesday and five in four games last week. He didn’t waste any time on Wednesday. The 25-year-old homered in the first inning. His three-run home run helped the Knights get out to an early 4-0 lead.
In the third inning, Wilkins launched his second home run in as many at-bats. This time, the 2010 fifth-round draft selection launched a grand slam. Through three innings, Wilkins had two home runs and seven RBIs. That was all the Knights would need.
Charlotte scored four of its eight runs in the first inning and the other four in the third inning.
For the season, Wilkins is hitting .281 with 25 home runs and 68 RBIs over 92 games. His 25 home runs are a new career high. He has 11 home runs and 22 RBIs in July.
Chien-Ming Wang (10-5, 3.77) earned his second win of the season with Charlotte. He won eight with Louisville earlier this season. Wang gave up just two runs and seven hits over six innings
Indianapolis starter Adam Wilk (7-9, 4.34 gave up all eight runs on six hits and four walks. Charlotte continues to lead all of baseball – both Major League and Minor League – in home runs with 134.
The two teams will conclude their series Thursday with right-hander Andre Rienzo (1-2, 3.60) starting for Charlotte. Nick Kingham (4-1, 2.00) gets the nod for Indianapolis.
E — Johnson, Andino. LOB–CHA: 6, IND: 9. 2B–Rojas, McGuiness, Davis, Lambo. HR—Wilkins 2. SF–Ashley. SB–Johnson, Sanchez, d’Arnaud. CS—Wilkins. PO—Wilkins.
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