The Charlotte Knights had plenty of chances to score in their series opener against the Buffalo Bisons.
But it was the Bisons that took advantage of their opportunities, beating the Knights 7-3 on Tuesday at BB&T BallPark.
Jonathon Berti’s bases-clearing double in the top of the fourth inning put Buffalo (57-53) ahead, and four more runs over the final two innings broke a 3-3 tie to send Charlotte (59-52) on to its fifth straight loss.
Dayan Viciedo and Matt Davidson both had home runs for the Knights. Viciedo hit his first homer with the Knights in the fifth inning, while Davidson’s two-run shot in the seventh was his 17th this season.
The Knights managed seven hits again four different Bisons pitchers, but wound up stranding 11 baserunners and going 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
Charlotte manager Joel Skinner wasn’t around to see it – he was ejected in the bottom of the third inning after arguing a controversial reversal that cost the Knights a pair of runs.
With two on and two out, Rob Brantly – playing his first game with the Knights after being called up from Double-A Birmingham – lofted a liner into the gap between center and right field.
Buffalo center fielder Roemon Fields made a diving catch on the ball, but dropped it as he sat up. Field umpire Joseph Born – the umpire closest to the play – ruled it a hit, allowing two runs to score, but the call was overturned after the umpires met for several minutes.
“We left some guys on base. When you don’t win games, you can always point back to ‘shoulda beens’ or ‘woulda beens’, but tonight was a night where we had the opportunities. We wound up getting back in the ballgame, but they put it away at the end.” – Skinner
Viciedo, acquired by the Chicago White Sox and sent to Charlotte on Aug. 1, finished 2-for-5 in Tuesday’s game, the only Knights player to get more than one hit. … Tuesday’s attendance of 8,455 pushed Charlotte’s attendance past the half-million mark for the season. Through 53 home games, the Knights have drawn 501,299 fans to BB&T BallPark.
The Knights play the second game of their three-game series against the Bisons at 7:05 p.m. at BB&T BallPark. RHP Kyle Drabek (5-6, 2.71 ERA) will be on the mound for Charlotte, while RHP Todd Redmond (1-2, 4.02 ERA) starts for Buffalo.