Matt Davidson’s sacrifice fly in the first inning was all the Charlotte Knights needed Wednesday night to claim a Class AAA International League victory.
That’s was the case because Terance Marin and two relievers combined on a seven-hitter as the Knights edged the Norfolk tides 1-0 at BB&T BallPark.
The bottom of the first inning began innocently enough as Carlos Sanchez struck out swinging. Jason Bourgeois, however, doubled against Nick Additon and Danny Hayes walked.
With Davidson at the plate, Bourgeois stole third base to set up the sacrifice fly.
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From there it was as pitching as Norfolk limited the Knights to just eight hits and the Tides managed only seven.
Marin did escape trouble in the fourth by striking out Christian Walker after Norfolk loaded the bases with two outs.
That would, however, be the only time the Tides would get a runner past second on the night as Norfolk went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.
The Knights threatened in the eighth. Hayes doubled and went to third on a wild pitch. After Davidson was intentionally walked, Nicky Delmonico struck out, Vinny Rottino lined out to second base and Andy Parrino struck out.
After winning the finale of the three-game series, Charlotte will get Thursday of before opening a three-game series at home Friday against the Indianapolis Indians. The contest is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m.