Charlotte Knights

First-place Knights drop finale to Bisons 5-2

Danny Hayes launched his 10th home run of the season, but the first place Charlotte Knights fell 5-2 to the Buffalo Bisons on Sunday in the finale of their three-game series in Buffalo, N.Y.

The Knights, who won both ends of their doubleheader on Saturday, finished up their seven-game road trip with a 4-3 record.

Buffalo RHP Drew Hutchison (3-3, 3.12) started and allowed two runs on three hits over six innings en route to his third win of the season. Hutchison, 25, walked two batters and struck-out seven on the afternoon.

Right fielder Junior Lake started the scoring in the bottom of the second inning with a two-run home run off Charlotte RHP Scott Carroll (1-3, 5.00), who was saddled with the loss. Lake’s home run – his sixth of the season – gave the Bisons an early 2-0 lead.

The Bisons continued their scoring on Sunday and added a run in each of the next three innings. In the third, Matt Dominguez started the attack with a double. Casey Kotchman then followed and reached base on a fielding error by Nicky Delmonico, which scored Dominguez for Buffalo’s third run of the day. One inning later, Lake added another RBI with a sacrifice fly, which scored Andy Burns. In the fifth, Domonic Brown gave the Bisons a 5-0 lead with his RBI single.

Carroll allowed five runs (four earned) on 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings. Charlotte reliever Chris Beck came on in relief of Carroll and did not allow a run over 2 2/3 innings pitched.

Charlotte scored their only two runs of the game in the top of the sixth inning courtesy of Hayes, who launched his team-leading 10th home run of the season. The two-run shot came off Hutchison. In all, the Knights recorded four hits.

The Knights return home to BB&T Ballpark on Monday to open a six-game homestand. Monday’s game features $1 hot dogs courtesy of Sahlen’s. Gates open at 6 p.m. for Monday’s 7:05 p.m. game against the Norfolk Tides. Pre-game radio coverage starts at 6:50 p.m. on ESPN Charlotte 730 AM and The “Voice of the Charlotte Knights” Matt Swierad and Knights radio broadcaster Mike Pacheco will have the call for all of the action.