Nicky Delmonico and Carlos Sanchez had three hits apiece, but the Charlotte Knights fell 6-3 Sunday to the Indianapolis Indians in the finale of their three-game series at BB&T Ballpark.
The Father’s Day crowd of 10,223 was third consecutive sell-out and 16th of the season. The Knights lead all of Minor League Baseball in attendance with a 323,828 mark.
The Indians won for the second consecutive day and did so with help from Austin Meadows – the number two ranked prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization as rated by Baseball America. Meadows, 21, slugged his first career Class AAA home run in the third inning of Sunday’s game. The Atlanta native made his Class AAA debut on Saturday.
Indianapolis starter Frank Duncan (4-2, 3.00) earned the win after he allowed three runs on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings. Duncan struck-out four batters and gave way to reliever Trey Haley, who did not allow a run or a hit over 2 1/3 innings to earn his fifth save of the season.
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Charlotte RHP Jacob Turner (3-6, 5.35) gave up six runs on six hits over six innings and was charged with the loss. Turner walked four batters and fanned six in his sixth loss of the season. RHP Matt Lollis made his Charlotte Knights debut and threw two scoreless, hitless innings. RHP Brad Goldberg did not allow a hit or a run in the ninth.
The Knights out-hit the Indians on Sunday (9-6), but fell to 35-36 on the season with the loss. Overall, the Knights finished their six-game homestand at BB&T Ballpark with a 2-4 record.
The Knights will hit the road and begin a seven-game road trip on Monday starting with a four-game series in Durham against the Durham Bulls.The game starts at 7:05 p.m., with coverag starting at 6:50 p.m. on ESPN Charlotte 730 AM and CharlotteKnights.com.