CHARLOTTE, NC- The Louisville Bats (26-37) defeated the Charlotte Knights (27-36) 5-2 after a lengthy rain delay to beginning the evening at BB&T Ballpark.
The Bats scored first in the first inning when Sebastian Elizalde singled, scoring Darnell Sweeney from third after Sweeney recorded his first triple of the year with one out in the opening frame.
The Bats later scored in the second inning when Hernan Iribarren drove in Phillip Ervin to give the Bats an early 2-0 lead.
Right-handed pitcher James Shields (0-3, 3.21) started for the Knights and pitched five innings, allowed six hits, gave up two runs both were earned, with three walks and six strikeouts on 90 total pitches, 52 for strikes.
The Bats started right-handed pitcher Jackson Stephens (4-4, 5.29). Stephens pitched five and two-thirds innings, allowed three hits, one run, it was earned, gave up five walks, recorded five strikeouts on 103 pitches, 65 for strikes. Stephens missed recording his sixth quality start of the season by just one out.
The Bats added on two insurance runs when Zach Vincej singled into center field scoring Ervin and Beau Amaral, giving the Bats a 4-1 lead.
The Bats added on one more in the ninth inning after a Brandon Dixon double scored Elizalde from first, making the score 5-1.
The Knights got a run back in the ninth on a solo homer off the bat of veteran second baseman Everth Cabrera off Bats' closer Kevin Shackelford. The run for the Shackelford was his first in over seven innings and just his third allowed since April 25, spanning twenty-four frames.
The Bats and Knights will play game two of three-game series tomorrow night with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 ET at BB&T Ballpark. The Bats are scheduled to start left-handed pitcher Cody Reed (2-4, 2.56), while the Knights are scheduled to start right-handed pitcher Reynaldo Lopez (5-3, 3.82).
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