Hector Sanchez homered for the second consecutive day, but the Charlotte Knights fell to the Durham Bulls by a score of 6-4 on Sunday in the finale of their four-game series from Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, NC. The Knights dropped three of four games to the Bulls in the series.
Durham scored first in the game and did so in the bottom of the third inning courtesy of a solo home run off the bat of outfielder Jaff Decker. The home run came off Charlotte starter Jacob Turner, who allowed one run on one hit over four innings. Turner did not factor in the decision.
Charlotte battled back in the top of the fifth inning to tie the game at 1-1 when Sanchez launched his second home run in as many days. The Venezuelan native finished the game 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
With the game tied at 1, the Knights handed the ball to RHP Terance Marin (0-1, 18.00) to begin the fifth inning. Marin allowed two hits in the fifth, including an RBI single to Luke Maile to give the Bulls a 2-1 lead. One inning later, Marin ran into some more trouble.
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In the sixth inning, the Bulls drew two walks with two outs, which set the stage for outfielder Dayron Varona to change the game. Varona stepped to the plate and hit a three-run home run over the left field wall to give the Bulls a 5-1 lead. In all, Marin allowed four runs on three hits over two innings and was saddled with the loss.
Durham starter Austin Pruitt (1-0, 1.50) dazzled over six innings. Pruitt, 26, allowed just one run on three hits over six solid frames. He fanned 11 batters and earned his first career Class AAA victory, despite Charlotte's late comeback attempt in the seventh inning.
The Knights make the trek to Norfolk, Va., to open a three-game series against the Tides. RHP Miguel Gonzalez, who was signed by the Chicago White Sox and assigned to Charlotte on Thursday, will make his season debut for the Knights against his former team.