(UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- Second baseman Jake Elmore scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning on a passed ball to lead the Charlotte Knights to a 3-2 walk-off win in the finale of their three-game series against Durham Bulls on Sunday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark. With the game tied 2-2, the Knights used a key error and a passed ball in the bottom of the ninth inning to get past the Bulls.
Elmore started the team's rally in the bottom of the ninth inning with a one-out single against Durham reliever Ian Gibaut (2-1, 1.06). The Knights kept the ninth-inning rally alive when shortstop Juan Perez hit into what should have been an inning-ending double play. Instead, Perez reached first base and Elmore raced to third base on an error by Durham second baseman Andrew Velazquez. Perez would later advance to second base on defensive indifference.
With two runners on base and just one out in the ninth, catcher Alfredo Gonzalez stepped to the plate and the rest was history. With Gonzalez at the plate, Durham catcher Curt Casali was charged with a passed ball, which scored Elmore for the game-winning run. It was Charlotte's third walk-off win of the season.
RHP Gregory Infante (1-2, 6.75) earned the win after getting the final two outs in the top of the ninth inning for the Knights. Charlotte took one of three games in the series.
The Knights will now have a scheduled off day on Monday before heading to Ohio to begin a six-game road trip against the Toledo Mud Hens and Columbus Clippers. On Tuesday, the Knights will open a three-game series against the Mud Hens (Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) from Fifth Third Field in Toledo, OH. Pre-game radio coverage of Tuesday's 6:35 p.m. game will begin at 6:20 p.m. on 730 The Game ESPN Charlotte and CharlotteKnights.com. The "Voice of the Charlotte Knights" Matt Swierad will have the call for all of the action.
KNIGHTS KNOTES: Center fielder Jacob May provided Charlotte's lone offense up until the ninth inning. May connected on his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth inning. May finished the game 1-for-3 with the home run, a stolen base, and two RBIs. May is now second on the Knights in stolen bases with eight. He has a total of 58 stolen bases in his Knights career, which is third all-time in franchise history…RHP Donny Roach started for the Knights and was solid over six innings of work. Roach allowed just one run on eight hits but did not factor in the decision… RHP Rob Scahill tossed a scoreless seventh inning. He has not allowed an earned run over his last nine games (9.0 IP)… LHP Xavier Cedeño got one of Charlotte's outs in the ninth inning… Before the game, RHP Jordan Stephens was promoted to the Knights from Double-A Birmingham. Stephens won his last four starts with the Barons and was 4-0 with a 1.31 ERA over that four-game stretch. In a corresponding move, LHP Matt Tomshaw was assigned back to Double-A Birmingham.
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