Caleb Gindl’s three-run home run in the seventh inning led the Buffalo Bisons handed the Charlotte Knights their fourth straight loss, 5-4, on Saturday at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, N.Y.
The Knights cruised to the seventh inning with a 4-2 lead and handed the ball to right-handed reliever Maikel Cleto (2-1), who ran into trouble. After striking out Melky Mesa for the first out, Cleto walked Jonathan Diaz and former Knight Steve Tolleson. With two on and just one out, Gindl slugged a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall for his first home run of the season. . That home run – his first since July 18, 2014 – proved to be the game-winner.
Charlotte starter Chris Beck allowed two runs on three hits over four innings but did not factor in the decision. Beck walked three batters and struck out four in his first start since June 3.
Terance Marin, who last pitched on June 8 as a starter, relieved Beck and tossed two scoreless innings – extending his scoreless innings streak to eight.
Charlotte reliever Zach Phillips also extended his scoreless innings streak on Saturday. Phillips, who did not allow a run over the final 1 2/3 innings, has not allowed a run in his last eight games (nine innings pitched). He lowered his ERA to 1.95.
Micah Johnson went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI for Charlotte. Matt Tuiasosopo added two hits, giving him 950 in his 12-year minor-league career. Leury Garcia added to his stolen base total with his team-high 23rd of the season.
The two teams will conclude their four-game series on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Charlotte’s Kyle Drabek will make the start against his former team.