Mayo Acosta’s RBI double in the bottom of the 11th inning led the Durham Bulls to a 1-0 win over the Charlotte Knights in the opening game of their three-game series from Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham on Friday. The Knights have dropped four straight games.
Charlotte reliever Eric Surkamp (3-5, 4,76) started the 11th inning and gave up the winning hit to Acosta and was saddled with the loss. Surkamp, who came on in relief, gave up a leadoff single to Tim Beckham, which put the go-ahead run on first base with no outs. Mike Fontenot came through with a sacrifice bunt, which put Beckham in scoring position with one down. Acosta then doubled on the second pitch he saw from Surkamp, which won the game for the first-place Bulls.
Charlotte starter Andre Rienzo tossed 4 2/3 scoreless innings and did not factor in the decision. Rienzo walked five batters and struck-out four and was on his way to a solid game for the Knights. Both teams however, failed to push any runs across over the first 10 innings of Friday’s game. The Knights combined to record four hits in Friday’s loss, while the Bulls have five hits.
Reliever Cory Burns tossed an effective 11th inning to hang on for the win. Burns (1-0, 0.00) gave up one hit and struck out two Knights en route to the win.
The teams will play game two of the series on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. RHP Bobby Doran (4-1, 6.11) gets the start for the Knights and Durham will start RHP Alex Colome (6-5, 3.65).
The Kannapolis Intimidators scored all six runs with two outs, using timely hits to squash the Grasshoppers on Friday night in Greensboro.
Christian Stringer launched a 2-run home run, his eighth of the season, with two outs in the sixth inning for a 6-2 lead. He finished the night 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a run, while Eddy Alvarez continued his hot start since joining the Intimidators from the Rookie-level Arizona White Sox on Monday. The Olympic speedskating silver medalist reached base safely in his first three plate appearances, finishing the night 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and a run.
Dylan Chavez kept the Grasshoppers at bay long enough for the Intimidators’ offense to go to work. Chavez (4-4) finished the night after 22/3 innings, allowing a run on two hits with two walks and a strikeout while earning the win.
Tyler Barnette, a former Charlotte 49ers and Hickory High pitcher, retired the final seven Greensboro batters for his first save.
Delmarva 5, Hickory 2: Creede Simpson went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI for the visiting Shorebirds.
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