Charlotte Knights

Offense helps Charlotte Knights complete 5-game sweep of Norfolk

Tim Anderson ripped four hits, reached base five times Thursday and helped the first-place Charlotte Knights to a 12-3 Class AAA International League baseball victory over the Norfolk Tides in their series finale at Harbor Park.

With the win, the Knights completed a five-game series sweep over the Tides.

Charlotte (18-17) pounded out a season-high 19 hits to maintain the top spot in the South Division. Anderson was a key contributor.

At age 22, he smacked his first Class AAA home run during the fifth inning and finished the day 4-for-5 with a walk. He also scored four runs and stole his seventh base of the season.

After hitting .235 (19-for-81) over 18 games last month, through 12 games during May he is hitting .347 (17-for-49) with 12 runs scored, one home run and six RBIs.

Anderson, however, didn’t do it all Thursday.

Andy Parrino, J.B. Shuck, Daniel Fields and Leury Garcia also had multi-hit games. Garcia had four hits and extended his on-base streak to 23 consecutive games, which is the longest active streak in the league. He went 4-for-6 and scored three times.

Right-hander Chris Beck (3-2) and the Charlotte bullpen did the rest. Beck allowed five hits over six shutout innings and struck out six.

Charlotte scored nine of their runs against Norfolk starter Joe Gunkel (0-2) in just three innings.

After spending the past seven days on the road, the Knights will return to BB&T BallPark to open a weekend series against Durham. Friday’s game is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m.