After recording only two hits in Monday’s 2-1 victory against Gwinnett, the Charlotte Knights showed their offensive prowess early and often Tuesday night in a 17-6 victory against the Durham Bulls at BB&T BallPark.
The Bulls deployed five pitchers over the first five innings as the Knights scored 10 runs on 10 hits, highlighted by a fifth-inning grand slam by Tyler Saladino.
Saladino started the scoring for Charlotte in the bottom of the first inning, hitting a one-out double and scoring on a sacrifice fly by Jason Coats.
Coats led off the third with his eighth home run to make it 3-0, and Matt Davidson followed with his 14th homer. The Knights hit five home runs Tuesday night.
The Knights added two runs in the fourth before Saladino came to the plate in the fifth and blasted his first grand slam since April 2013 when he was with Class AA Birmingham.
Chris Marrero also hit a grand slam for the Knights, his coming in a five-run eighth inning.
The Knights’ 17 runs is a season high, breaking the previous high of 15 runs against Pawtucket last month. Charlotte’s 17 hits tied its season high. … Davidson was selected on Tuesday to participate in Monday’s Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby at Werner Park in Omaha, Neb. He is tied for first in the International League with 14 home runs and won the 2013 Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby as a member of the Reno Aces. He was previously elected as the IL’s starting designated hitter for Wednesday’s All-Star game. … Durham third baseman Richie Shaffer, who attended Providence High and Clemson, went 1-for-4 Tuesday.
The Knights and Bulls play Game 2 of their three-game series at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday. Fresh off his complete game on Friday, Charlotte right-hander Brad Penny (4-3, 3.98 ERA) is scheduled to start against left-hander Robert Zarate (1-0, 0.69).