The Charlotte Knights playoff hopes took a slight hit tonight at Harbor Park in Norfolk, as the Tides would score 4 times in the 6th inning and add two more runs in the 7th inning to come away with a 6-3 win to split the brief 2-game series in Norfolk. Charlotte falls to 72-66 on the season and find themselves 4.5 back of Norfolk.
Like last night, it was yet a pitchers duel through the first 5 1/3 innings for Knights starter Kyle Drabek(L, 7-10) and Tides pitcher Mike Wright(9-1), as neither team wouldn’t score until the bottom half of the inning, when Norfolk would get on the board first. It began with a Rey Navarro base hit to right field, and he would move up to second on a groundout by Christian Walker, and later advanced to third on a wild pitch by Drabek. Following a Nolan Reimold walk, and another walk by Henry Urrutia to load up the bases, Junior Lake would give the Tides(76-61) a 3-0 lead courtesy of a bases-clearing double to left field to drive in Navarro, Reimold, and Urrutia. Audry Perez would bring Lake home on an RBI single to center field to make it a 4-0 lead for the Tides going into the 7th.
In the bottom half of the inning, Norfolk would get two more runs, with an RBI single by Urrutia off of Knights reliever Arcenio Leon to bring in Navarro to give the Tides a 5-0 lead, and a few batters later, Nolan Reimold would come home on a wild pitch by Jarrett Casey to increase it to a 6-0 lead.
Charlotte would try to cut into the lead in the top half of the 8th inning, and they got on the board on a bases loaded RBI walk by Drew Garcia that brought in Knights catcher Kevan Smith to make it a 6-1 ballgame, and later in the inning, Tides reliever Richard Rodriguez would have a wild pitch of his own that brought home Tyler Colvin to make it 6-2 Tides. Charlotte would get its final run of the night on an RBI groundout from Dayan Viciedo to bring in Chris Curley to make things interesting as it would be 6-3 going into the bottom of the 8th, and it would eventually turn out to be the game’s final score, as the Tides held on to win the second game of the brief 2-game set at Harbor Park by the final score of 6-3.
The Knights will return home to BB&T Ballpark tomorrow night to square off against the Durham Bulls in the first of a 3-game set to wrap up the home portion of the schedule at 7:05 p.m., as the Knights will send out Brad Penny(7-8, 4.10 ERA) against a yet-to-be determined starter for the Bulls.