Kyle Drabek dazzled on Sunday in a place he once called home.
Drabek allowed just one run over seven innings against his former team, and Trayce Thompson’s solo home run in the top of the fourth inning proved to be the difference as the Charlotte Knights closed out their seven-game road trip with a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Bisons on Sunday.
The game started three hours late due to rain.
Originally drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the first round of the 2006 draft, Drabek (2-4, 2.60) was the key piece in Philadelphia’s trade with Toronto to acquire RHP Roy Halladay in the winter of 2009. Since then, the Texas native spent five seasons in Toronto’s system (2010-2014), including the past two seasons with Buffalo. He appeared in 36 games for the Bisons over the past two years – 32 of them last year.
On Sunday, he pitched against his former teammates – and excelled.
Drabek gave up just six hits over seven innings en route to his second win of the season with the Knights. The former first-round pick went a season-high seven innings on Sunday and gave up just one run – lowering his ERA to 2.60 on the season over 10 starts – the fifth lowest in the International League. He walked just two batters and struck-out four while tossing 92 pitches on the afternoon.
With the game tied at 1, Thompson stepped into the batter’s box in the fourth inning against Buffalo starter Matt Boyd (0-1, 1.29), who was making his Class AAA debut. On a 2-2 pitch from Boyd, Thompson sent his seventh home run over the left field wall to give the Knights a 2-1 lead. It was all they would need to leave Buffalo with a win.
The Knights are off Monday before they open a six-game homestand on Tuesday at 7:05 against the Pawtucket Red Sox. The club will welcome former Boston Red Sox great “Spaceman” Bill Lee to the ballpark on Tuesday to sign autographs.