Charlotte Knights

9th-inning runs give Charlotte Knights road victory

Jarrett Casey started the day as a member of the Class AA Birmingham Barons. He finished it with a win for the Charlotte Knights against the Gwinnett Braves.

Casey (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings out of the bullpen and the Charlotte offense scored four runs over the final three innings en-route to a 5-3 Class AAA International League baseball victory Wednesday in the opening game of a two-game series at Coolray Field.

Just two days after being assigned to Birmingham, Casey was promoted back to the Knights after Charlotte placed two pitchers – Brad Penny and Matt Lindstrom – on the disabled list just before game time. Outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo was also placed on the DL retroactive to April 14.

Casey came on in the sixth inning in relief of right-hander Chris Beck, who got the start for the Knights in their first road game of the season. Beck allowed just one run on six hits over five innings, but he left with the score 1-1.

The score remained tied until the seventh inning, when the Knights mounted a rally. Leury Garcia started the rally with a one-out single against Braves reliever Michael Kohn (0-1). Garcia put himself into scoring position by stealing second base. Charlotte added runs on back-to-back RBI singles from Tyler Saladino and Carlos Sanchez. Saladino and Sanchez finished with two RBIs apiece.

With the Knights ahead 3-1, manager Joel Skinner handed the ball to closer Jairo Asencio to work the final two innings. The right-hander allowed a run in the eighth and again in the ninth, but he held on to notch his team-high third save of the season. Charlotte’s two-run ninth proved to be important in its fourth win of the season.

The teams will wrap up their series at 6:35 p.m. Thursday. Left-hander Carlos Rodon (1-0, 1.80) will is schedule to make his second start of the season and face right-hander Williams Perez (0-0, 2.25).