Charlotte Knights

Knights rally, beat Norfolk 4-3 on Kevan Smith’s 9th-inning homer

Catcher Kevan Smith led off the ninth inning with a home run Sunday to give the Charlotte Knights a 4-3 victory against Norfolk.

The Knights won both games in the series to retain their lead in the South Division of the International League.

The Knights trailed 2-0 after the first inning and 3-2 going into the eighth.

With two outs in the top of the eighth inning, Dan Black walked. Engel Beltre pinch-ran for Black and scored from first on a double by Trayce Thompson to tie the score. Thompson also drove in the Knights’ second run with his second home run in the fourth inning.

Smith’s home run, his first of the season, gave him his fifth multihit game this season and raised his batting average to .279.

Zach Phillips (1-0) held the Tides hitless in two innings of work, striking out three. Jairo Asencio pitched a perfect ninth inning for his league-leading sixth save.

The Knights return home Monday night and open a three-game series against Toledo. Chris Beck (0-1, 4.02 ERA) is schedled to start for Charlotte.

Charlotte

ab

r

h

bi

Garcia, ss

5

0

2

0

Sanchez, 2b

5

0

1

0

Soto, 1b

4

0

1

1

Davidson, 3b

4

0

0

0

Black, dh

2

0

1

0

Beltre, pr-dh

0

1

0

0

Thompson, cf

4

1

2

2

Coats, lf

4

0

1

0

Smith, c

4

2

2

1

Mitchell, rf

4

0

0

0

Totals

36

4

10

4

Norfolk

ab

r

h

bi

Borbon, cf

4

1

2

0

Walker, 1b

4

0

0

0

Parmelee, lf

3

1

1

0

Alvarez, rf

4

0

2

2

Perez, c

3

0

1

0

Almanzar, 3b

4

1

1

0

Urrutia, dh

4

0

1

0

Schoop, 2b

4

0

1

1

Janish, ss

4

0

2

0

Totals

34

3

11

3

Charlotte

001

100

011

4

10

0

Norfolk

200

100

000

3

11

0

DP–Charlotte 3, Norfolk 1. LOB–Charlotte 7, Norfolk 7. 2B–Thompson, Alvarez, Almanzar. HR—Thompson, Smith. SB–Borbon. CS—Borbon.

CharlotteIP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Haviland

6

11

3

3

3

1

Phillips

2

0

0

0

0

3

Asencio

1

0

0

0

0

0

NorfolkIP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Wright

4

6

2

2

1

10

Johnson

2

1

0

0

0

2

Cabral

1

1

0

0

0

1

Roe

1

1

1

1

1

1

Drake

1

1

1

1

0

1

WP–Wright. HBP–Perez. T–2:39. A–3,285.

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