SYRACUSE, N.Y. The Charlotte Knights scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning on a Matt Davidson three-run home run and brought the tying run to first base in the ninth. Still, despite some late-inning heroics, Charlotte’s rally fell just short on Wednesday.
Scott McGregor threw seven impressive innings, Eury Perez had a game-high three hits, and the first place Syracuse Chiefs beat the Charlotte Knights 8-6 on Wednesday in the third game of their four-game series at NBT Bank Stadium. McGregor (1-0, 3.46) gave up three runs on eight hits en route to his first win with the Chiefs. The native of Middletown, Ohio, walked just one batter and struck-out five.
Charlotte starter Chien-Ming Wang (11-8, 4.22) allowed seven on nine hits over five innings and was charged with the loss. Wang gave up a run in four of his five innings, including one in the first, two in the second, two in the fourth, and two in the fifth.
Davidson led the way offensively for the Knights with the three-run home run in the eighth inning. The home run was his 19th of the season, which is good for fourth in the International League behind teammates Andy Wilkins (28) and Josh Phegley (21).
Mike Hessman is second with 22 this season. Overall, Davidson went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, the home run, and three RBIs.
Kannapolis 9, Lexington 5: The Intimidators erupted for seven runs in the seventh inning en route to a 9-5 win over the Lexington Legends, clinching a series sweep on Wednesday afternoon.
Shortstop Eddy Alvarez, the Olympic speedskating silver medalist from the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, paced a 12-hit game for the Intimidators’ offense, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run. Alvarez was promoted on Tuesday from the rookie-level Arizona League.
Charleston 13, Hickory 9: The visiting Crawdads got the offensive output they’d been waiting for but the pitching staff couldn’t back it up in a fourth straight loss.
Both Joe Jackson and Jairo Beras provided the pop with 3-run home runs, while Michael De Leon reached base safely four times courtesy of two singles and a pair of walks. All the offense wasn’t enough to keep up with the RiverDogs, though, as the ‘Dogs received a 3-run homer from Yeicok Calderon and a go-ahead grand slam by Brandon Thomas.
Wednesday’s box score
E — Laird. LOB–CHA: 7, SYR: 5. 2B–Wilkins, Garcia, Phegley, Burriss, Moore, Perez. 3B–Perez, Burriss. HR—Harrison. PO—Tuiasosopo
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