A pair of unearned runs for the Indianapolis Indians in the first inning proved to be enough as the Knights dropped game one of a three-game series, 5-1. The loss was the first against the Indians in 2015, after the Knights swept the West Division leaders in a three-game set in June.
Chris Volstad shined on the mound for the Indians, allowing one run over seven strong innings to earn his eighth win of the season. The right-hander tied his season-high with seven strikeouts in the game, and allowed two or fewer earned runs for the fifth consecutive outing.
Brad Penny was solid on the mound as well, but he was snakebitten by a season-high five Knights errors. The veteran righty allowed only one earned run (four runs) on six hits over six innings pitched. The loss was his fifth of the season and second in as many starts after not losing a decision from May 9 -July 21.
The Indians added to their lead in the bottom of the fifth inning when Keon Broxton recorded and RBI-ground-out to give Indianapolis a 3-0 lead. Steve Lombardozzi made it 4-0 with a two-out, RBI-single a batter later to push the advantage to four runs.
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Drew Garcia scored the only Knights run in the top of the sixth inning. The switch hitter led-off the frame with a double and scored on a Jason Coats RBI groundout.
Pirates top-five prospect Alen Hanson led-off the seventh frame with a triple against Terance Marin, and scored on a Gustavo Nunez sacrifice-fly to push the advantage to 5-1. Hanson ranks second in the International League with 10 triples.
Matt Davidson led the Knights’ offense with two of the team’s five hits.
The loss gave the Knights a 15-15 record for July, and the team has yet to have a losing record in a month this season.
The two teams will begin August with a 7:05 p.m. game on Saturday. Scott Carroll is set to take the mound for Charlotte against Pirates No. 1 prospect Tyler Glasnow in his Class AAA debut.