Charlotte Knights

John Lamb, Louisville bullpen keep Charlotte offense quiet in shutout

John Lamb allowed just two hits over six innings, helping the Louisville Bats top the Charlotte Knights 4-0 Wednesday in a Class AAA International League game.

The Bats swept the three-game series with the win.

Lamb (2-2, 6.04 ERA) struck out three and walked two to get the victory. This win was Lamb's first since June 1 with the Cincinnati Reds.

Louisville scored three runs during the fourth inning, including a single by Seth Mejias-Brean that scored Scott Schebler. The Bats added a run during the fifth inning, when Chris Berset scored on a double play.

In relief of Lamb were right-handers J.J. Hoover, Drew Hayes and Kevin Shackelford, who all pitched scoreless outings.

Charlotte got two runners as far as third base. This first chance came during the fifth inning when Slade Heathcott singles and Adam Engel had back-to-back single to put runners on second and third. Lamb, however, got Jason Bourgeois on a flyout to end the threat.

In the ninth, Jason Coats doubled to lead off against Shackelford. Two outs later, Vinny Rottino reached on a fielding error to put runners at first and third. Nicky Delmonico, however, flied out to end the game.

Returning to Louisville Slugger Field for the first time since he was a Bat, left-hander David Holmberg (0-2, 4.50 ERA) was handed the loss after he pitched six innings, gave up four runs, three unearned, on nine hits. game. He also struck out two and walked one.

The Knights, who have fallen to third in the South Division standings and trail Gwinnett by four games, were blanked for the 11th time this season, The Bats recorded their ninth shutout of the year.