Charlotte Knights starting pitcher Kyle Drabek surrendered seven hits in 6 1/3 innings on Sunday. But six of them came in the fourth inning, dooming Drabek and the Knights in a 4-1 loss to the Norfolk Tides at BB&T BallPark.
After he breezed through his first three innings, surrendering only one hit and striking out three batters, the Tides (32-24) began their hits spree in the fourth.
Norfolk’s Chris Parmelee and Christian Walker led off the inning with back-to-back singles before Dariel Alvarez hit a RBI double to score the game’s first run. Norfolk reeled off three more hits off Drabek, capped by a ground-rule double by Henry Urrutia that gave the Tides a 4-0 edge.
The Knights (31-25) got on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly by Micah Johnson. But Charlotte mustered only four hits against Norfolk starting pitcher Mike Wright and the Tides’ bullpen.
Drabek and the Knights’ bullpen held Norfolk hitless over the final five innings, but the four-run fourth proved to be too much.
“They piled a bunch of hits together. That’s all. It wasn’t like we were throwing the ball all over the lot or anything like that. It was just one of those innings. It was finished off with a ball right down the line. You just have those innings at times.” – Charlotte manager Joel Skinner on the Tides’ four-run fourth inning.
After becoming the oldest woman to ever complete a 26.2-mile race, Charlotte resident Harriette Thompson, 92, threw out the first pitch at Sunday’s game. ... RHP Junior Guerra, who was 0-3 with a 3.00 ERA, had his contract purchased by the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. In 30 innings with the Knights this season, he had 40 strikeouts. He’s the fifth pitcher and the sixth player to be promoted from Charlotte to Chicago this season.
The Knights embark on a seven-game road trip to Pawtucket and Buffalo starting on Monday. RHP Terance Marin will pitch in his first game for Charlotte on Monday in Pawtucket after being reinstated from the Mexican League on Friday. The Red Sox will send LHP Brian Johnson (6-3, 2.60) to the mound.