The Charlotte Knights are having trouble generating any offense.
For the third consecutive game Charlotte was held to two runs or fewer, this time suffering a 4-1 defeat to the Norfolk Tides Tuesday night at BB&T BallPark.
A leadoff home run by Daniel Alvarez in the fourth inning and four consecutive singles staked the Tides to a 2-0 lead and all the runs they would need. The Knights’ only run came on Matt Davidson’s eighth home run in the sixth inning. Charlotte’s No. 9 hitter, center fielder Leury Garcia, had three hits, but the rest of the team only combined for four more. The Knights went down meekly in the ninth, as Tides reliever Oliver Drake struck out all three batters he faced.
Joe Gunkel (3-4) earned the victory, allowing no runs on four hits and striking out four over five innings. Chris Volstad (5-5) was the hard-luck loser. The right-hander allowed only two runs and struck out seven over seven innings.
Norfolk will go for a series sweep Wednesday night at 7:05.