Jordan Danks added yet another milestone to his career as he became the Charlotte Knights’ all-time hits leader (440) against the Durham Bulls in Friday’s continuation of Thursday’s rain-suspended game.
Danks laced an 0-2 pitch for a two-run home run to left center field off Durham’s Brandon Gomes in the seventh inning to jump ahead of Joe Borchard atop the 26-year-old franchise’s record books.
The home run was Danks’ 51st with the Knights and helped lead Charlotte to a 7-1 win over the Bulls in front of 9,919 at BB&T BallPark – most of whom rose as one to salute Danks as he rounded the bases.
“I got behind 0-2 in the at-bat and wasn’t trying to do anything too big, but I was able to square up a ball and it got out,” said Danks moments after taking a shaving cream pie to the face from teammates Carlos Sanchez and Frank De Los Santos.
The 27-year-old Danks began Friday’s action with a 3-2 count and the Knights leading 3-0 in the top of the third after rain forced Thursday’s game to be suspended in the middle of his second at-bat.
Danks – who finished the game 1-for-4 with 3 RBI and a run scored – was drafted in the seventh round of the 2008 amateur draft by the Chicago White Sox. He made his Knights debut on April 8, 2010 and recorded one hit – a two-run home run.
In five seasons with the Knights, the 6-foot-4-inch outfielder has amassed team records in games played (451), runs scored (243), triples (12), walks (208) and strikeouts (516). He’s also appeared in 150 games with the White Sox.
Andy Wilkins, who was named the International League’s Player of the Month for July, provided the rest of the Charlotte offense with two doubles and a 3-for-4 showing overall.
For the month of July, Wilkins led the International League with 12 home runs, 31 RBI, 44 hits, 21 extra-base hits, and a .857 slugging percentage
White Sox closer Matt Lindstrom (with the Knights on a rehab assignment) got the call to start the top of the fourth inning and allowed a walk and a run on one hit. He threw 16 pitches, eight for strikes.
“I felt pretty good,” said Lindstrom, who has been on the White Sox disable list since a tare in his left ankle required surgery the past May. “I was a little apprehensive with the mound being a little bit, but everything felt as close to normal as I think it’s going to feel.”
After being promoted from Class AA Birmingham on Thursday, Scott Snodgress made his Knights debut and tossed a one-two-three ninth inning with two strikeouts.
The Knights earned a sweep of the day with a 4-3 Game 2 win in a seven-inning affair in front 9,620 thanks to a single from Dan Black.
Avisail Garcia singled to lead off the seventh, moved to second on a Matt Davidson walk and then came in to score on a single up the middle from Black.
Donnie Veal allowed a run over the game’s final two frames to improve to 3-4 on the season.
Crawdads rained out: Hickory’s game at Savannah was postponed for wet grounds.
Augusta 5, Kannapolis 0: Chase Johnson pitched a
solid six innings for the visiting GreenJackets, giving up five
hits and striking out five.
Knights 7, Bulls 1 (G1)
Friday’s box score
E — Mahtook, Phegley. DP–CHA: 3. LOB–DUR: 8, CHA: 8. 2B–Wilkins, Black, Semien. 3B–Johnson. HR—Taylor, Tuiasosopo, Danks, Phegley. SF–Danks. CS—Fontenot.
WP-Riefenhauser. HBP- Olmedo.
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