Charlotte Knights

Charlotte Knights’ bullpen falters against Norfolk Tides

The Charlotte Knights looked primed to start the season with two straight wins against the Norfolk Tides, until their bullpen fell apart Friday night.

The Tides pushed across four runs during the final two innings on their way to a 7-6 win in front of 9,385 fans at BB&T Ballpark.

The Tides (1-1) erased a 6-3 deficit in the eighth thanks to four consecutive doubles off veteran right-hander Matt Lindstrom.

Daniel Webb (0-1) came on and allowed the Knights (1-1) to escape the inning with the game tied, but he surrendered a run in the ninth when Dariel Alvarez beat out a potential double-play at firstby a half step.

The ball was hit too softly for second baseman Leury Garcia and shortstop Tyler Saladino to turn two.

What began as a pitchers’ duel between White Sox No. 11 prospect Chris Beck and Orioles No. 8 prospect Mike Wright, turned in the bottom of the fourth inning.

After being no-hit for the first three innings by Wright, who consistently worked 95-97 mph with his fastball, the Knights’ bats came alive in the fourth for five straight hits against the 6-foot-6 right-hander.

The big blow came on a two-run triple by Trayce Thompson.

The long wait took its toll on Beck in the fifth, and the right-hander surrendered three runs before being lifted with two outs.

The Knights retook the lead with two runs in the bottom half and added another in the sixth.

Worth mentioning

Saladino finished 2 for 5 with a run scored and three stolen bases. In two games this season, Saladino is 5 for 9 with a triple and four steals. … Prior to the meltdown by Lindstrom, the Knights’ bullpen had thrown five scoreless innings. ... The Knights struck out 13 times against Norfolk without drawing a walk.

Quote

Knights manager Joel Skinner on Saladino and the late defensive play that cost Charlotte the game: “He did some different things well tonight. He laid down a bunt for a hit, stole a couple bases and darn near got that double play started in the eighth inning. (He and Garcia) did a heck of a job to even make it close.”

What’s next?

The Knights will play the final game of their 3-game series with the Tides on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. White Sox No. 1 prospect Carlos Rodon (0-0) will take the mound across from T.J. McFarland (0-0).

Friday’s box score

Tides 7,

Knights 6

Norfolk

ab

r

h

bi

Reimold, lf

3

1

1

0

Parmelee, rf

4

1

1

1

Borbon, cf

0

0

0

0

Alvarez, cf

5

1

1

2

Walker, 1b

5

0

1

1

Clevenger, c

4

0

0

0

Nix, 2b

4

1

1

0

Urrutia, dh

4

1

2

1

Almanzar, 3b

4

1

1

1

Janish, ss

4

1

2

1

Totals

37

7

10

7

Charlotte

ab

r

h

bi

Saladino, ss

5

1

2

0

Garcia, 2b

5

1

2

1

Soto, 1b

4

0

1

1

Davidson, 3b

4

1

1

0

Beltre, dh

4

2

2

0

Thompson, cf

4

0

1

2

Tuiasosopo, rf

4

0

2

0

Smith, c

4

1

0

1

Mitchell, lf

2

0

0

0

Totals

38

6

11

5

Norfolk

000

030

031

7

10

3

Charlotte

000

321

000

6

11

0

E–Parmelee, Clevenger, Jones. LOB–Norfolk 6, Charlotte 5. 2B–Almanzar, Reimold, Parmelee, Alvarez, Walker, Soto 3B–Thompson. SB–Nix, Garcia 2, Saladino 3.

NorfolkIP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Wright

3.2

5

3

3

0

5

Jones

1.2

4

3

0

0

3

Drake

1.2

1

0

0

0

4

Roe

2.0

1

0

0

0

1

Totals

9.0

11

6

3

0

13

CharlotteIP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Beck

4.2

4

3

3

1

1

Casey

1.2

1

0

0

0

3

Lindstrom

0.2

4

3

3

0

0

Webb (L, 0-1)

2.0

1

0

1

2

0

Totals

9.0

10

7

7

3

4

WP–Wright, M.

T–3:09. A–9,385.

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