(UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) - On a night when Jordan Danks made history, the Charlotte Knights continued their winning ways and did so with an exciting walk-off win against the first place Durham Bulls.
Dan Black ripped a game-winning, walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead the Charlotte Knights past the Durham Bulls by a score of 4-3 on Friday in the finale of their four-game series from BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte. The win was Charlotte's third of the series and pulled the Knights to within 8.5 games of first place Durham.
Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia, who was making his first Major League Rehab appearance of the season, began the inning with a single off Durham reliever Steve Geltz (2-3, 2.48). Garcia, who finished the night 2-for-4, would later come around to score the game-winning run on Black's walk-off single. Garcia charged around the bases and scored all the way from second.
Michael Taylor added two hits in the game including his fifth home run of the season with Charlotte. The Knights are 5-0 when Taylor homers this year.
Charlotte reliever Donnie Veal (3-4, 5.59) earned the win after pitching the final two innings. Veal allowed one run on three hits. Erik Johnson started for the Knights and allowed two runs on four hits over four innings. Johnson, who brought a three-game win streak with him into Friday's game, walked four and struck-out three batters. He did not factor in the decision.
The two teams completed their suspended game earlier in the day with the Knights beating the Bulls 7-1. In that game, Danks ripped his 440th career hit - which broke the all-time franchise record for hits set by Joe Borchard back in 2005. Danks broke the record with a seven-inning home run off Durham reliever Brandon Gomes.
The Knights will now make the trek to Lawrenceville, GA to open a quick two-game series with the Gwinnett Braves on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. RHP Chien-Ming Wang (10-6, 3.96) will make the start for the Knights against Gwinnett starter RHP Aaron Northcraft (0-5, 6.46). Pre-game radio coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on ESPN Radio 730 AM, WRHI (94.3 FM and 1340 AM) and online at www.charlotteknights.com. The "Voice of the Charlotte Knights" Matt Swierad will have the call for all of the action.