Josh Richmond wanted to make one thing perfectly clear as he walked down the hallway toward the locker room following Saturday night’s walk-off win for the Charlotte Knights.
“Shaving cream stings real bad!” he said as he bee-lined for the sink to wash out his eyes.
With his eyes properly rinsed, Richmond returned to talk to reporters about his 11th-inning, two-run home run that gave the Knights (60-76) a 5-3 win over the Norfolk Tides in front of a sellout crowd of 10,521 at BB&T BallPark.
“I was just trying to get a good pitch to hit and not try to do too much,” said Richmond, who entered the game in 11th inning. “I knew if I got one good pitch to hit, that I couldn’t miss it and, fortunately enough, I got a pitch over the middle and put the barrel on it.”
The home run was Richmond’s second in as many nights, but it carried a bit more meaning than his first.
“This was the first time I’ve ever hit a walk-off home run,” Richmond said. “I think I might have hit one in high school, but it was the walk-off run rule so nobody really celebrated and it really wasn’t that cool. That one tonight was pretty cool.”
Chien-Ming Wang got the start for the Knights and wound up with a tough-luck no-decision after pitching well. The right-hander allowed three runs over seven solid innings, scattering nine hits, while striking out five.
Marcus Semien knocked in the Knights’ first two runs with a home run in the fourth inning and a sacrifice fly in the sixth. The homer was Semien’s 12th this season.
Semien’s sac fly scored Adam Eaton, who joined the Knights on Saturday on a rehab assignment from the Chicago White Sox for an oblique strain. Eaton finished the game 2-for-5 with a double to right-center field that just missed leaving the yard.
Wang cruised through the game’s first two innings, allowing just one hit (a bunt single) and striking out two over 18 pitches – 16 of which were strikes, but ran into trouble, allowing a run in the third and two in the fourth before settling back down.
Charlotte pulled even in the seventh after Matt Tuiasosopo laced a two-out double to right-center field and then came in to score on Justin Jershele’s second single of the afternoon.
Following Eaton’s second single, Jared Mitchell laced a ball to right field, but right at Tides outfielder Dariel Alvarez to end the threat. Despite hitting two balls on the button, Mitchell saw his seven-game hitting streak end.
“Josh (Richmond) is a great teammate. He’s a guy that plays with a lot of energy and it’s been nice to see him get some big hits these last two nights,” said Knights manager Joel Skinner. “He spoiled a couple of good pitches and then got one he could hit and put a good swing on it.”
• White Sox No. 9 prospect Chris Beck was placed on the DL (retroactive to Aug. 21) on Saturday with back spasms. The club is hopeful the right-hander will miss just one start.
• Carlos Rodon, picked No. 3 overall in this year’s draft by the White Sox, will make his second start with the Knights on Sunday. The former N.C. State star is scheduled to throw five innings, or 75 pitches (whichever comes first).
Saturday’s box score
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DP–NOR: 1, CHA: 3. LOB–NOR: 6, CHA: 10. 2B–Urrutia, Eaton, Tuisosopo. HR—Semien. SF–Semien. SB–Borbon.
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