The Buffalo Bisons used solid pitching to sweep a doubleheader, 7-3 and 4-2, over the Charlotte Knights on Thursday.
Buffalo’s Game 1 starter Randy Wolf, a 15-year major league veteran, allowed three runs on four hits for the seven-inning, complete game victory. Wolf (5-1) struck out six batters.
Buffalo catcher Josh Thole went 1-for-3 with a double and four RBIs to power the club’s offense in Game 1.
Charlotte’s Scott Carroll (3-2) allowed seven runs (four earned) on five hits over five innings. Carroll, who was saddled with his first loss with the Knights since April 12, walked five batters and struck out one. He allowed four of his seven runs in the first inning.
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In Game 2, left-hander Jeff Francis allowed six hits over four scoreless innings but did not factor in the decision. Rob Rasmussen (4-1) gave up one hit over a scoreless inning of relief and earned the victory.
Buffalo scored two of their four runs in the first inning, highlighted by a Matt Hague RBI double. Hague leads the International League in RBIs with 39. The Bisons added to their lead in the third inning with two more runs for a 4-0 lead.
All four of Buffalo’s runs came off Charlotte starter Miguel Chalas (0-1), who also allowed eight hits over 2 1/3 innings. Charlotte relievers Onelki Garcia (22/3 innings) and Jarrett Casey (one innings) combined to shut the Bisons down over the final three innings.
In the seventh inning, Charlotte third baseman Matt Davidson hit a two-run home run, his team-high 10th of the season, which pulled the Knights to within two runs. Buffalo reliever Bobby Korecky then retired Matt Tuiasosopo on strikes for the final of the game.
The teams have a scheduled off-day on Friday before resuming the series Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Chris Beck (3-2, 3.04) is set to start for Charlotte against left-hander Andrew Albers (2-8, 4.33).