The Charlotte Knights rallied from a three-run deficit in the ninth and got a two-out grand slam from Danny Hayes in the 10th Friday night to beat the Gwinnett Braves 8-5 in Class AAA International League baseball at BB&T BallPark.
Trailing 4-1 in the ninth, Carlos Sanchez began the uprising with a leadoff homer against Rob Wooten, who had come on to replace Madison Younginer. After Matt Davidson singled, Jason Coats belted Charlotte’s second home run of the inning to get the Knights even.
Ian Krol was brought in to replace Wooten and finished the inning by striking out J.B. Shuck, Hector Sanchez and Jacob May despite allowing a single and a walk.
The Braves moved ahead again in the 10th when Sean Kazmar doubled, went to third on a bunt single by Chase d’Arnaud and scored on third baseman Davidson’s errant throw.
That only proved to set up the dramatic bottom half.
Tim Anderson and Sanchez started things with back-to-back singles and pulled off a double steal before Davidson struck out. Coats then struck out and Shuck was intentionally walked to bring up Hayes, who came in batting .040.
After a called strike from David Peterson, Hayes pulled a pitch to right field for the winning slam.