Knights avoid sweep behind timely hitting and solid pitching in win

After last night’s 20-4 rout by the Norfolk Tides, the Charlotte Knights were looking for some redemption in game 3 of their series tonight at BB&T Ballpark, and behind the stellar outing from starter Chris Beck, and a huge sixth inning rally, Charlotte avoided being swept by the Tides this evening, as they held on to a 6-3 win at home to improve to 5-8 on the season.

Norfolk would jump on the scoreboard first in the opening inning of tonight’s game, as Henry Urrutia would get a single to right-center field, and Dariel Alvarez would follow him with a two-our RBI double to bring in Urrutia to give the Tides an early 1-0 edge in the early stages of tonight’s game.  The second inning would see Norfolk add on to the lead, as with two outs in the inning, third baseman Michael Almanzar would take Beck’s 0-1 pitch to left-center field to increase the lead to 2-0 Tides.  It would be the only two runs that Beck allowed on the night over his 6 innings of work, as he only struck out one batter, which would be Joey Terdoslavich in the first inning, as he would get his first win of the season.

In the third inning, the Knights would manage to cut the lead down to one, as Tim Anderson would get an RBI single of his own to bring home Daniel Fields to cut the lead down to a 2-1 game, and later in the fourth, they would tie up things at 2-2, thanks to a wild pitch from Norfolk starter Kevin Gausman, who started tonight as part of his major-league rehab assignment down from Norfolk’s parent club, the Baltimore Orioles, allowing J.B. Shuck, who was assigned to Charlotte prior to yesterday’s game, to score the tying run.

Fast forward to the bottom half of the Charlotte sixth, as the Knights would break the game open, as they were just two outs in the inning, and Jason Coats was at the plate, and he would hit a ground ball back to Gausman for an infield hit, and he would eventually take second on an error that was charged to Gausman, who only lasted just 5 2/3 innings and took the loss on his rehab start, but he did fanned 9 Charlotte batters, allowing three runs(all earned) on 4 hits on the night, as he is slated to rejoin the Orioles roster as soon as next week.  J.B. Shuck was the next man up, as he would deliver the go-ahead RBI single off of Tides reliever Scott McGough to drive in Coats to give Charlotte a 3-2 edge.  The inning would continue when Travis Ishikawa singled to bring home Shuck to make it a 4-2 lead for the Knights, and with two men on and just two outs in the inning, Kevan Smith would launch his second homer of the season, a two-run shot to center field to make it a 6-2 lead for the Knights, capping off a four-run rally to give them the lead.

It would remain a 6-2 game until the top half of the ninth inning, when Paul Janish of the Tides reached base on an single to left field, and after a flyout by Michael Almanzar, Xavier Avery came up to pinch-hit for Sharlon Schoop, and he would get an RBI double to drive in Janish to make it a 6-3 game, but Tommy Kahnle managed to get the final out, which was a strikeout of L.J. Hoes to end the game and to give Charlotte a 6-3 win.

The Charlotte Knights will continue their nine-game homestand at BB&T Ballpark tomorrow night, as they welcome in the Gwinnett Braves to town for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch, and the pitching match-up for tomorrow night’s game will have Jacob Turner(1-0, 1.80 ERA) getting the start for the Knights, while Gwinnett has yet to announce their starter for tomorrow night’s game.