(Fort Mill, SC) - The Knights scored early and often in the nightcap to avoid a two-game series sweep at the hands of the Gwinnett Braves on Thursday.
Drew Garcia went 3-3 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs, and the Charlotte Knights beat the Gwinnett Braves 8-0 on Thursday in the finale of the two-game series from Knights Stadium. The win for Charlotte snapped a season-high four-game losing streak.
In the originally scheduled matchup, LHP Scott Olsen started and did not allow a run over two innings. He walked one, gave up one hit, and struck-out two batters.
Reliever Brandon Kloess (1-0, 2.70) was superb for Charlotte over three shutout frames to earn the victory. Kloess allowed three hits and two walks to notch his first Knights win of the season. Anthony Carter recorded the final six outs for the Knights.
The Knights pounded out 11 hits en-route to their first win in the month of July. Garcia's three hits and home run paced the offense. Tyler Kuhn also chipped in with two hits and two runs scored. Conor Jackson and Hector Gimenez had two hits apiece.
Earlier in the day, the Knights lost Tuesday's suspended game by a score of 4-3. That loss was the club's fourth-straight to Gwinnett.
Reliever Donnie Veal (3-3, 3.14) allowed an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Gwinnett Braves, who were the home team at Knights Stadium, beat the Charlotte Knights for their fourth-straight win over Charlotte.Two days ago, the Knights and Braves began a game from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA. Before the teams could get through two full innings, the rain began to fall and the game was delayed. After a one-hour and 12 minute delay, the game was officially suspended. Since Charlotte was not scheduled to face Gwinnett again at Coolray Field this season, the two teams were set to play Tuesday's suspended game at 5:15 p.m. from Knights Stadium on Thursday. However, due to rain in the forecast, it started at 6:02 p.m. When it did start, the game was 0-0 in the bottom of the second inning.
Charlotte got on the scoreboard first in the top of the fourth inning, but it was Gwinnett who got the final run in the bottom of the ninth.RHP Eric Junge (5-8, 4.76) took to the hill on Thursday to begin the suspended game for Gwinnett. Junge allowed three runs on 11 hits over seven innings to earn the win. Knights pitcher Charlie Shirek was on the hill for Charlotte when the game was resumed. He allowed three runs on seven hits over 6.2 innings and did not factor in the decision.
Charlotte (49-40) will now host the Norfolk Tides on Friday for a three-game series. Friday's game is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. from Knights Stadium. Gates are set to open at 6:00 p.m. and the first 1,000 kids 12 and under will receive a Dayan Viciedo bobblehead, courtesy of Tyson Any'tizers.