Sunday, May 11, 2014

Final: Buffalo Bisons 8, Charlotte Knights 4

Final: Knights 4, Bisons 8 -- After Veal tossed a scoreless top half, Bobby Korecky came on for the Herd and retired the Knights in order. 

End of 8th: Knights 4, Bisons 8 -- David Purcey's ERA climbed from 3.50 to 4.58  after he couldn't make it out of the eighth.

Former Knight Dan Johnson led off the inning with a home run to right. Matt Tuiasosopo then doubled and stole third with Purcey not paying enough attention before coming home on a Ryan Goins sacrifice fly. After allowing a single to Mike Nickeas, Purcey was removed from the game by assistant coach Ryan Newman.

Donny Veal came in and got Jonathan Diaz to fly to center.

In the bottom half Jordan Danks recached on an infield single off Neil Wager (who replaced Tepera), advanced to second on a fielder's choice and was still there when Hector Gimenez flied to center to end the inning.

End of 7th: Knights 4, Bisons 6 -- LHP David Purcey began the inning in relief of Tommy Hanson and allowed an opposite field home run to Anthony Gose.  

Tommy Hanson's line: 6 IP, 5 R (3 ER), 2 BB, K, 2 HR — 101 pitches (62 strikes). Worked between 87-89 with his fastball.

RHP Ryan Tepera replaced Liam Hendricks and allowed a leadoff double to Alex Liddi, but recovered to strikeout Jared Mitchell looking, got Gorky Hernandez to groundout and K Tyler Saladino. Missed opportunity for the Knights. 

Liam Hendrick's line: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, BB, 4 K -- 84 pitches (56 strikes). 

End of 6th: Knights 4, Bisons 5 -- With one out, Dan Johnson doubled to right, Tuiasosopo walked, and Goedert connected on his second home run of the afternoon and third of the season. The home run was originally ruled a double by the left field umpire. When the call was reversed Charlotte manager Joel Skinner was ejected. 

The early trip to the showers was Skinner's second this season. He was also tossed on April 10th in Durham. 

Andy Wilkins led off the bottom half of the frame with his team-leading seventh home run of the season to cut the Buffalo lead to one. 

End of 5th: Knights 3, Bisons 2 -- After retiring the first two batters of the inning, Hanson walked Darin Mastroianni. The Herds CF then stole second, but was stranded there when Hanson picked up his first strikeout of the game against Anthony Gose.

With two outs in the bottom half of the inning, Tyler Saladino reached on a throwing error by Buffalo 3B Jared Goedert and then stole second before Jordan Danks flied to left to end the inning.

End of 4th: Knights 3, Bisons 2 -- Hanson was able to work around a leadoff walk to retire the next three Herd batters in order. 

The Knights went one-two-three. 

End of 3rd: Knights 3, Bisons 2 -- Hanson retired Buffalo in order and was aided by Matt Davidson, who laid out to rob a potential line-drive single off the bat of Kevin Pillar. 

Blake Tekotte led off the inning with a double to left and came around to score on a single by Alex Liddi. The RBI was Liddi's fifth of the season. The Knights then loaded the bases for Jordan Danks, who blooped a single to left. 

On the play, Jared Mitchell had to hold up to make sure the ball fell in before advancing home. The Bisons left fielder came up throwing to home, but his throw got away and allowed Gorky Hernandez to scamper home as well. 

End of 2nd: Knights 0, Bisons 2 -- With one out, Jared Goedert connected on his second home run of the season to give Buffalo a two-run lead.

Andy Wilkins grounded out. Matt Davidson became Liam Hendrick's first strikeout victim of the day and Hector Gimenez flied to left.

End of 1st: Knights 0, Bisons 1 -- Tommy Hanson allowed a one-out single to Anthony Gose, who then stole second and took third on a throwing error by Charlotte catcher Hector Gimenez. Gose eventually came in to score on Kevin Pillar's sacrifice fly to center.

Gorkys Hernandez, Tyler Saladino and Jordan Danks all grounded out against Liam Hendricks.


Knights (13-22)
Gorkys Hernandez RF
Tyler Saladino 2B
Jordan Danks CF
Andy Wilkins DH
Matt Davidson 3B
Hector Gimenez C
Blake Tekotte DH
Alex Liddi SS
Jared Mitchell LF
Pitching: RHP Tommy Hanson (2-2, 3.26)

Bisons (19-14)
Darin Mastroianni CF
Anthony Gose RF
Kevin Pillar LF
Dan Johnson DH
Matt Tuiasosopo 1B
Jared Goedert 3B
Ryan Goins SS
Mike Nickeas C
Jonathan Diaz 2B
Pitching: RHP Liam Hendricks (4-0, 1.01)

Game time: 2:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: / ESPN 730 / Spanish broadcast (They have Gregory Infante in the booth)

Stat of the Day: After a 3-for-3 performance last night, LF Jared Mitchell leads the Knights in on-base percentage at .388.  

Notes: Today marks Tommy Hanson’s first career start against Buffalo. … Josh Phegley has three home runs on the Knights current eight-game home stand. … Jared Mitchell has raised his batting average 44 points during Charlotte’s home stand (.153 to .197). .. Carlos Sanchez, who struck out four times last night, saw his on-base streak end at 25 consecutive games. He hit .322 over that stretch. … In his last starts against the Knights on May 1, Liam Hendricks allowed one run on six hits over seven innings of work. The lone Charlotte score came on a Matt Davidson home run. ... White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton is reportedly scheduled to make a rehab assignment with the Knights later this week. He's eligible to come off the DL on Sunday. 

Knights Walkup Song of the Day: Alex Liddi -- Flow Violento (Con Letra) La Formula 2012, by Arcangel

*Happy Mother's Day