Friday, April 25, 2014

Final: Charlotte Knights 3, Durham Bulls 1

Final: Knights 3, Bulls 1 -- Wilson Betemit took Boggs deep with two outs and no one on in the ninth. That is all. Great BB&T BallPark debut for Tommy Hanson (5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K on 74 pitches). 

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End of the 8th Knights 3, Bulls 0 -- Boggs worked around a two-out single by Ray Olmedo to retire the Bulls. 

The Knights went one-two-three in the bottom of the eighth. Following the first inning, Bulls pitching retired 21 of the final 23 Charlotte batters. 

End of the 7th: Knights 3, Bulls 0 -- Frank Francisco K'd two on his way to a one-two-three inning. The Bulls still have just one hit off Charlotte pitching tonight. RHP Mitchell Boggs is warming and will likely come in to pitch the top of the 8th. 

LHP Adam Liberatore relieved Romero and tossed a perfect bottom of the seventh.  

End of the 6th: Knights 3, Bulls 0 -- Kevin Kiermaier greeted Frank Francisco with a single to right, but got greedy and was thrown out by a mile trying to stretch it into a double by Denis Phipps. Francisco then retired the next two Bulls (K, F8). Kiermaier's hit was the first of the night for Durham.

Romero is likely done for the night. After the first inning he was excellent, allowing just one hit and one walk. His line stands at: 6 IP, 3 R (all earned), 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K (96 pitches).  

End of 5th: Knights 3, Bulls 0 -- Hanson retired the final eight batters he saw tonight. After a one-two-three fifth and 74 pitches it looks like he's done for the night. 

Tommy Hanson: 5 IP 0 H, 0R, 3 BB, 6 K (74 pitches, 44 strikes, 30 balls)

Romero allowed a two-out single to Hernandez, but that was all. 

End of the 4th: Knights 3, Bulls 0 -- Hanson turned in his best inning of the game, sending the Bulls down in order and fanning two. Romero continued to roll. 

End of 3rd: Knights 3, Bulls 0 -- Hanson struggled to locate his fastball in the third, walking two batters and issuing a wild pitch. However he managed to strike out Mikie Mahtook with runners on second and third and one out and then get Vince Belnome to pop out to end the inning. 

After struggling with all his pitches in the first inning, Romero looks to be settling in. He's now retired seven Knights in a row since Wilkins' home run. 

End of the 2nd: Knights 3, Bulls 0 -- Both Hanson and Romero tossed one-two-three innings, each getting two fly outs and one K.  

End of 1st: Knights 3, Bulls 0 -- Tommy Hanson struck out two in a scoreless inning. In the bottom half of the first, the Knights got a two-out three-run home run from Andy Wilkins. Wilkins over his last six games is now 6 for 21 with 2 HR, 10 RBI, and 4 runs scored. 


Knights (8-13)
Gorkys Hernandez CF
Carlos Sanchez 2B
Josh Phegley C
Matt Davidson 3B
Andy Wilkins DH
Denis Phipps RF
Dan Black 1B
Alex Liddi LF
Tyler Saladino SS
Pitching: RHP Tommy Hanson (0-1, 9.00)

Bulls (15-7)
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Mikie Mahtook LF
Vince Belnome DH
Wilson Betemit 1B
Jerry Sands RF
Cole Figueroa 3B
Ali Solis C
Hak-Ju Lee SS
Ray Olmedo 2B
Pitching: LHP Enny Romero (2-2, 4.43)

Game time: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MiLB.TV / ESPN 730

Stat of the Day: Through 10 home games the Knights have drawn 95,751 fans to Uptown’s BB&T Ballpark – the most by any Minor League team this season. The next highest attendance belongs to the Louisville Bats (74,119 in 11 games). It took the Knights 27 games last season – or until May 28th –  to hit the 90,000 mark in Fort Mill, S.C.

* The Knights (10,449) outdrew the Cleveland Indians last night (10,440.)

Notes: Tonight is Tommy Hanson’s first start at BB&T BallPark. He was signed by Chicago back on April 8 to a Minor League contract and assigned to Charlotte on April 19 after participating in extended spring training. … RHP Ryan Kussmaul, who tossed three innings in last night’s win, was transferred to the Winston-Salem (A+) roster to make room for LHP Charlie Leesman, who rejoined the Knights today from the White Sox. … The Knights are 6-1 this season when leading after six innings.

Knights Walkup Song of the Day: Andy Wilkins – This Is How We Roll, Florida Georgia Line