The Columbus Clippers scored four runs in the fifth inning – all with two out – and went on to a 7-3 victory over the Charlotte Knights in the first game of a three-game series at Huntington Park.
Adam Moore’s two-run home run in the fifth capped the Clippers’ outburst, which started with a two-out single by Joey Butler. Butler scored on a double by Robbie Grossman, and Grossman scored on a double by Giovanny Urshela.
The Knights had taken a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth inning on a two-run triple by Daniel Fields. Columbus tied the game in the bottom of the inning.
Chris Beck (1-1) took the loss for Charlotte, allowing nine hits and six runs over 4 2/3 innings.
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Knights right fielder J.B. Shuck hit his first home run in the second inning to get Charlotte on the board. The Knights had 10 hits but left seven on base.
C Sanchez called up
Catcher Hector Sanchez, who hit two home runs in eight games with the Knights, had his contract purchased by the Chicago White Sox. Sanchez will take the roster spot of catcher Kevan Smith, who was placed on Chicago’s 15-day disabled list. Taking Sanchez’s spot in Charlotte will be catcher Omar Narvaez, who was promoted from Class AA Birmingham.
Sanchez, 26, is the fourth player this season to go from Charlotte to Chicago, joining Smith, right-hander Erik Johnson and right-hander Miguel Gonzalez.