The Charlotte Knights’ hopes for making the International League playoffs rest on the outcome of their final two games against the Gwinnett Braves.
Heading into Sunday’s series opener at BB&T BallPark, the Braves (64-77) hold a half-game lead over the Knights (64-78) in the IL South Division.
Gwinnett is playing one fewer game this season because of a June 1 rainout against the Pawtucket Red Sox that could not be made up.
Charlotte must win both games to advance to the playoffs, which will begin Wednesday against the IL West champion Columbus Clippers (80-62). The Braves have to win one of the two games to advance.
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Here’s how the Knights’ week went:
Saturday: First-round draft pick Carson Fulmer struck out five over six shutout innings in a 3-0 win against the Norfolk Tides in the first game of a doubleheader at BB&T BallPark. Jerry Sands had two RBIs during the Knights’ 7-2 win in the nightcap.
Thursday: Jake Peter had a game-best four hits and Charlotte rallied with seven runs over the final two innings, but still fell short in a 13-9 loss to the Tides in the opener of a three-game series at BB&T BallPark.
Wednesday: Louisville scored twice in the bottom of the third inning, and the Bats made their lead stand up for a 2-1 victory and a three-game sweep of the Knights at Louisville Slugger Field.
Tuesday: Despite a two-run homer from Jason Coats to give Charlotte a three-run lead, the Bats used a four-run surge in the bottom of the fifth to beat the Knights 5-3.
Monday: Charlotte outfielder (and Louisville graduate) Adam Engel hit a two-run home run, but the Knights dropped the opening game of the three-game series to the Bats 7-2.
What’s next: Charlotte will wrap up its regular season with a 2:05 p.m. Monday game against Gwinnett at BB&T BallPark.