After winning the second game of a doubleheader on Friday night, the Charlotte Knights looked to be on track for its first winning streak in a month.
Then the Knights ran up against Indianapolis Indians starter Tyler Glasnow.
Glasnow, along with three Indians other pitchers, threw a four-hit shutout in Indianapolis’ 6-0 International League victory over Charlotte on Saturday afternoon at BB&T BallPark.
The 6-foot-8 right-hander won his first decision in his fifth appearance with the Indians (75-53) since being called up from Class AA Altoona (Pa.) in late July.
On Saturday, Glasnow struck out nine in 6 1/3 innings – his best showing since the call-up – with a fastball reaching the mid-90s before being pulled when his pitch count reached 85 pitches.
Glasnow gave up all four Charlotte (66-62) hits, two of those to catcher Rob Brantly. Dayan Viciedo and John Mayberry Jr. also had singles for the Knights.
Indianapolis relivers Bobby LaFromboise, Rob Scahill and Frank Hermann closed out the game with 2 2/3 innings of no-hit ball.
Knights starter Kyle Drabek took the loss, falling to 7-8 on the season. Drabek gave up three runs off eight hits and two walks in five innings, with two strikeouts.
Quote: “We just didn’t score any runs. When you don’t do that, regardless of how well you play, when you don’t score it just magnifies everything. You’re going to have some good times, and you’re going to have times where things aren’t clicking like you want them to.” – Knights manager Joel Skinner.
Worth mentioning: Indianapolis pitching coach Stan Kyles was injured when he was hit in the face by a wild pitch from the Indians’ bullpen in the top of the eighth inning. Play stopped for about five minutes while Kyles was tended to and taken to CMC-Main. … Earlier, a fan sitting on the third-base side of the field was hit by a foul ball from Knights batter Drew Garcia in the bottom of the fifth inning. The fan, whose identity was not known, was also transported to CMC-Main.
What’s Next: The Knights wrap up their four-game series with the Indians on Sunday afternoon at BB&T BallPark. Game time is 5:05 p.m. Right-hander Brad Penny (6-7, 4.16 ERA) will start for Charlotte; righty Chris Volstad (9-6, 3.35 ERA) will start for Indianapolis.