For the first two months of the Charlotte Knights’ season, right-handed pitcher Terance Marin was across the United States-Mexico border playing in Tijuana.
After the Chicago White Sox didn’t have enough room for him in the organization, Marin was loaned to the Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League, where he posted a 2-5 record and 4.94 ERA in 10 starts. But he persevered.
Marin was reinstated by the White Sox and assigned to the Knights on June 5, and since he’s arrived in Charlotte, he’s only impressed his teammates and manager Joel Skinner.
Marin’s success continued on Friday night, as his seven shutout innings lifted the Knights past the Indianapolis Indians 3-0 en route to handing Charlotte its fifth straight win. He’s now pitched 15 scoreless innings since joining the team.
Locked in a scoreless pitcher’s duel through three innings, Marin allowed back-to-back walks with two outs. But with the Indians (42-26) threatening to score first, Marin escaped any damage with a fly out to center.
Three innings later, with Charlotte (38-29) clinging to a 1-0 lead, Marin surrendered two consecutive single to put runners on first and second with one out. But after a meeting at the mound, he induced an inning-ending double play.
Marin allowed only four hits over seven innings, and behind a home run and 2 RBIs by Tyler Saladino, secured his second win since joining the Knights.
“I know all of these guys, all of my buddies and my friends. It makes it easier. They welcomed me as soon as I got back. I was for sure nervous my first start, but after I saw them play defense and saw (catcher) Smitty (Kevan Smith) call the game, it made me more relaxed. I’m not going to say it’s easy to pitch here, but it makes it easier with a good catcher and a great defense behind me.” – Marin on his mindset since coming to Charlotte.
With the Knights’ win over the Indians and the Durham Bulls’ loss to the Columbus Clippers on Friday, Charlotte moved into a first-place tie with Durham atop the International League South Division. ... The White Sox organization acquired right-handed pitcher Tim Crabbe from the Arizona Diamondbacks organization on Friday and assigned him to Charlotte.
The Knights and Indians play Game 2 of their three-game series at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday. Right-handed pitcher Kyle Drabek (2-4, 2.60) will be on the hill against Indianapolis right-hander Angel Sanchez (NR).