The Charlotte Knights bested the Davidson Wildcats 3-0 in a scrimmage at BB&T Ballpark on Monday afternoon.
Embracing the game’s meaningless nature, White Sox top prospect Carlos Rodon started on the mound for the Wildcats with his former N.C. State battery mate Brett Austin catching.
Rodon’s outing was up and down, as the left-hander, who was a bit under the weather, struggled with his location and failed to get through two of his four innings before reaching his predetermined maximum pitch count of 25. He was allowed to return after being pulled because of the loose rules.
Unofficially, Rodon threw 67 total pitches. He struck out three, walked four and hit a batter, throwing mostly fastballs and change-ups. He did not surrender a run, but that was largely due to his high pitch counts ending two innings early.
Newly signed Matt Lindstrom made his spring debut with the Knights and was tagged for three runs and the loss. Lindstrom, who hit 92-94 mph with his fastball, tossed the fifth inning for Davidson and surrendered a run-scoring triple to center fielder Trayce Thompson.
Fans were treated to an extra half inning after the scheduled six were completed, so that Knights right-hander Daniel Webb could get in some work. Webb struck out two in a scoreless inning.
Austin on Rodon’s change-up: “Everybody says that’s his bugaboo and that’s why he’s in Triple-A right now. Personally, I think he’s good enough to be up right now with the big league team, but that’s neither one of our calls. Today he threw (the change-up) in warms-ups and it looked really good. If he can just repeat it over and over again, I think he won’t be here too long.”
Scott Carroll, Zach Phillips and Webb combined to hold the Wildcats hitless. The lone “Davidson” hit on the afternoon came from Austin. … Prior to the scrimmage, the Knights released their pitching rotation for the opening series against the Norfolk Tides. Veteran righthander Brad Penny is scheduled to start Game 1, with Chris Beck going in Game 2 and Rodon making his debut Saturday. Carroll and Shawn Haviland should round out the five starters. … The announced attendance Monday afternoon’s free scrimmage was 2,192.
The Knights open the season Thursday against the Norfolk Tides at BB&T Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ... Davidson plays at Duke on Tuesday.