Coming off a series split with the Columbus Clippers, the Charlotte Knights would welcome in their rivals from I-85 South, the Gwinnett Braves to BB&T Ballpark this evening, and when Tyler Danish got the ball to start the game for Charlotte, he would be somewhat lights out, as his seven strong innings of work was the difference as Charlotte defeated Gwinnett 6-2 this evening, improving them to 35-44, while Gwinnett fell to 39-40.
After a 1-2-3 inning in the top half of the 1st by Danish(W, 2-6), the Knights offense got things going in the bottom half of the first, when Nicky Delmonico, who was named to the International League’s All-Star team earlier in the day, reached base with a single off Braves starter Kris Medlen(L, 0-2), then after a Cody Asche double that would move Delmonico to third, first baseman Danny Hayes would deliver an RBI ground out to bring in Delmonico for the first run of the game for Charlotte, giving them an early 1-0 edge.
In the top half of the second for Gwinnett, Sean Kazmar Jr. would hit his sixth home run of the year off Danish to even things up at 1-1, and that score would stand until the bottom of the Knights fourth, as Hayes would come up to the plate again for Charlotte, and on an 3-0 pitch, Hayes would launch his team-leading 13th home run of the year off Medlen to reclaim the lead for Charlotte at 2-1. The following inning would see Ronald Bueno get into the home run action for the Knights, as he would send one into the Carolinas Healthcare System Home Run Porch in right for his third homer in a Knights uniform to make it 3-1 Charlotte.
Gwinnett’s top half of the sixth inning started with a homer by Xavier Avery, his sixth of the year to cut the lead to 3-2, and despite giving up two home runs on the night, Danish was on his game, going seven innings and allowing just 2 runs, both of which were home runs, while striking out 4 and walking just 1 batter in his night on the mound for the Knights, and for his mound counterpart Kris Medlen, he went 6 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, while striking out 4 and giving up two home runs of his own in the losing effort for the Braves.
Jacob May began the Knights half of the seventh with a base hit to center, and would steal second base during Jason Bourgeois’ at-bat, in which he moved him over to third with a groundout. After Bueno would strike out, the Knights other IL All-Star representative, Yoan Moncada would come up to the plate and he would line an RBI base hit to right, driving in May to make the Knights lead a 4-2 edge.
The bottom half of the 8th would see Cody Asche draw a walk, and after a Hayes strikeout, Rymer Liriano would come to the plate and he would add a little bit of insurance with a 2-run homer to right, his fifth of the season, to make it a 6-2 ballgame.
Charlotte relievers Brad Goldberg and Gregory Infante would work the final two innings to preserve the win for the Knights, before a crowd of 10,231, which was the 100th sellout in the 4-year history of BB&T Ballpark in just 250 games since moving back to Charlotte from their long-time home of Fort Mill, South Carolina in 2014.
Tomorrow night will see Freddie Freeman begin his rehab assignment with the Gwinnett Braves in game 2 of the four game series between them and the Charlotte Knights at BB&T Ballpark, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and the game televised on WMYT(My12).