(LOUISVILLE, KY) -- The Charlotte Knights dropped the opening game of their three-game series against the Louisville Bats by a score of 5-1 from Louisville Slugger Field in Louisville, KY on Friday night. The Knights scored their lone run of the game in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI single by catcher Alfredo González.
LHP Colton Turner (2-1, 5.14) was charged with the loss after he allowed three runs on five hits over 3.1 innings pitched. Turner, who started the game in place of RHP Jordan Stephens, walked two batters and struck-out two. Stephens was placed on the Injured List earlier in the day (retroactive to May 8).
The Knights pounded out a total of nine hits on the evening. Shortstop Alcides Escobar and first baseman Matt Skole led the way with two hits apiece. Designated hitter Daniel Palka extended his hit streak to five consecutive games with a single in the top of the fifth inning.
RHP Odrisamer Despaigne (3-2, 3.92) earned the win for the Bats after he tossed five solid innings (5.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO). RHP Anthony Bass recorded the final four outs to earn his eighth save of the season. Shortstop Blake Trahan led the way offensively with four hits and three RBIs.
The two teams will continue their three-game series on Saturday night from Louisville, KY. Pre-game radio coverage of Saturday's 6:30 p.m. game is set for 6:15 p.m. on 730 The Game ESPN Charlotte. The "Voice of the Charlotte Knights" Matt Swierad will have the call for all of the action. RHP Dylan Cease is scheduled to get the start for the Knights in game two.
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