The Charlotte Knights didn’t have many problems getting runners on base early in Sunday’s International League game against the Indianapolis Indians.
On the other hand, getting those runners on base later – and getting them home – was a problem for the Knights, who closed out their series against the Indians with a 5-2 loss at BB&T BallPark.
Charlotte (66-63) lost three of four games against Indianapolis (76-53), the first time the Knights have lost a four-game series since going 1-3 against Buffalo on June 11-14.
Charlotte went ahead in the bottom of the first on Leury Garcia’s leadoff double, followed by Dayan Viciedo’s two-run home run to right field. The Knights also loaded the bases in the bottom of the second, but the Indians got out of the jam.
After that, Charlotte’s offense went cold, managing just four more hits over the final seven innings, with 10 strikeouts.
Indianapolis starter Chris Volstad, who got the win to improve to 10-6, struck out four batters in five innings. Middle reliever Radhames Liz added six strikeouts in three innings, and closer Blake Wood picked up his league-best 27th save with two strikeouts in the ninth inning.
The Indians tied the score in the top of the second with a pair of unearned runs set up by Knights starter Brad Penny’s throwing error. Indianapolis then pulled ahead in the top of the third on Travis Snider’s two-run home run to right field, and got an insurance run in the sixth inning on Elias Diaz’s RBI single.
Quote: “We just couldn’t get anything. … We weren’t even giving ourselves a chance to put the ball in play. We just came up short.” – Knights manager Joel Skinner.
Worth mentioning: Penny (6-8) took the loss for Charlotte, giving up all five runs in six innings off nine hits and two walks, with four strikeouts. … Viciedo finished with two of the Knights’ eight hits, with Kevan Smith and Tyler Colvin also getting two hits. … Snider had three hits for Indianapolis, which finished with 11 hits.
What's Next: The Knights play their final home series of August, opening a three-game series against the Gwinnett Braves on Monday at BB&T BallPark. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Scott Carroll (5-4, 3.80 ERA) will start for Charlotte; righty Jake Brigham (3-0, 5.11 ERA) will be on the mound for Gwinnett.