(UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) - Charlotte's baseball past met Charlotte's baseball future on Tuesday. The end result was a good one.
On a night when BB&T Ballpark paid tribute to members of numerous Charlotte Hornets baseball teams over the years, the Charlotte Knights brought their bats and entertained fans both young and old. White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia ripped three hits including a home run, Shawn Hill was sharp over six innings, and the Knights beat the Gwinnett Braves 10-1 on Tuesday in front of 9,322 fans on a beautiful night for baseball at BB&T Ballpark. With the win, the Knights moved into a tie for second place in the IL South Division.
While the Knights celebrated Charlie Manuel and more than 20 former Charlotte Hornets players, the team's bats got to work quickly and efficiently after an off day on Monday. The Charlotte offense pounded out 13 hits en route to their 54th win of the season. Garcia, who was making his fourth Major League Rehab appearance from Chicago, went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, the home run, and one RBI. He is hitting .533 (8-for-15) with four runs scored, one home run, and one RBI so far with the Knights as he rehabs from April shoulder surgery.
Jordan Danks continued his hot-hitting and launched his 16th home run of the season. The Austin, TX native, who became the Knights all-time hits king back on Thursday, July 31st, went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, the home run, and two RBIs. The Knights will hold a special pre-game ceremony for Danks before Wednesday's game in honor of his recent and historic accomplishment. Catcher Josh Phegley added three hits on Tuesday, including two doubles, which put him into sole possession of fourth place on the franchise list with 70.
Hill (4-5, 4.83) allowed just one run on five hits over six strong innings on Tuesday to win for the fourth overall time this season. Hill struck-out five batters and earned his first win in exactly one month. Right-handers Zach Putnam and Matt Lindstrom both made Major League Rehab appearances for the Charlotte Knights on Tuesday from Chicago. Lindstrom, who made his third appearance with the Knights, pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning. He threw 15 pitches, 13 for strikes and fanned one batter. Putnam came on and worked a perfect eighth inning in his first rehab appearance. He threw seven pitches, six for strikes and struck-out one batter.
The two teams will conclude their series on Wednesday with the finale of their two-game set. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. for the 7:05 p.m. contest and the first 2,000 fans will receive a BB&T Ballpark Replica Giveaway, thanks to BB&T. RHP Bobby Doran (2-1, 6.88) gets the nod for the Knights against LHP Daniel Rodriguez (6-12, 4.63) for the G-Braves. 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 and Knights radio broadcaster Mike Pacheco will have the call for all of the action.