Jason Coats came through with a two-RBI double in the top of the 10th inning to break a scoreless tie and give the Charlotte Knights a 2-0 victory over the Syracuse Chiefs Wednesday night. The shutout was the seventh for the Knights this season.
Terance Marin shined again in his third start – fourth appearance – as a Knight, spinning seven scoreless innings of five-hit baseball. The Modesto, Calif., has 22.0 consecutive scoreless innings to begin his Triple-A career.
Knights reliever Matt Lindstrom was able to add to his scoreless streak as well, replacing Marin to start the eighth inning and hurling two innings of two-hit ball. The 35-year-old righty would earn his second win of the season. He has not allowed a run in his last eight games – a span of 10.2 innings pitched.
After being held scoreless for 16 consecutive innings during the past two games, the Knights offense came through in the top of the 10th Wednesday to score a pair of runs. Tyler Colvin led-off the frame with his 10th double of the season, and after Tyler Saladino drew a one-out walk, Coats came through with the big two-run double. The pair of RBIs gave Coats 40 for the season, one behind Matt Davidson for the team lead.
Maikel Cleto would enter the game in the bottom of the 10th and record the final three outs to seal the Knights first win of the series and earn his third save of the season.
Wednesday night’s game was the 72nd played by the Knights in 2015, marking the season’s halfway point. Through 72 games, Charlotte’s 41-31 record has them 1 game behind the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders for the best record in the International League and half a game ahead of the Norfolk Tides for first place in the South Division.
The Knights could split the current four-game set with a victory in Thursday night’s finale. A win would also give the team a 4-3 season-series victory over the Chiefs. RHP Kyle Drabek is set to take the mound in the 7:05 p.m. matchup from NBT Bank Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ESPN 730 AM.