Following Tuesday night’s win over the Pawtucket Red Sox, Charlotte Knights outfielder Trayce Thompson returned to his apartment to watch the NBA Finals as opposed to going out with his teammates.
Thompson, whose older brother Klay is a guard for the Golden State Warriors, nervously watched the game unfold. And when the Warriors ultimately won and were crowned NBA champions, Trayce couldn’t help but celebrate.
On Wednesday, Trayce’s surreal two days was capped on the baseball field. Behind two home runs, including a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Charlotte outfielder led the Knights to a 7-5 win over Pawtucket.
After three scoreless innings to open the game, Trayce came to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning and blasted a two-run home run to give the Knights a 2-0 edge.
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Charlotte (36-29) and Pawtucket (32-34) exchanged blows over the next three innings, and after a RBI double by Bryce Brentz in the top of the seventh inning, the Red Sox entered the bottom of the eighth inning holding on to a 5-4 lead.
But with runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the eight inning, Trayce delivered once again. He knocked the second pitch of his at-bat over the left-field wall to give Charlotte a 7-5 lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
“To see Klay kind of reach that level, it’s one of the most unreal feelings in the world. It felt like I won it last night, just to watch them go through that. ... I’m so happy and so proud of him. It’s been a pretty unreal couple of days so far.” - Charlotte outfielder Trayce Thompson on his brother, Klay, and their big nights.
Trayce Thompson’s two home runs give him five in June and nine on the season. The multi-home run game was Thompson’s second in 10 days. ... In the bottom of the fourth inning, Tyler Saladino stole second and third base, marking the second time in two days he recorded two steals in an inning. Saladino now has 15 stolen bases and has swiped at least two bases in four games this season.
The Knights and Red Sox will conclude their three-game series on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Shawn Haviland (2-4, 5.11) will start for Charlotte across from Pawtucket righty Keith Couch (3-6, 4.58).