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Bulls Lose In Last-Ever Meeting at Knights Stadium

Charlotte Wins 1-0 in Last Meeting Between Rivals at Fort Mill
August 19, 2013

Fort Mill, SC --- Erik Johnson worked eight scoreless innings, while Andy Wilkins' homer in the second inning was the only run of the game as Charlotte beat Durham 1-0 in the Bulls' final-ever game at Knights Stadium.

The game's only run occurred on a 3-2 pitch to Wilkins leading off the second inning. Wilkins turned on a pitch up in the zone and soared it beyond the right field wall. The homer was Wilkins' 7th with Charlotte and his 17th combined in 2013.

After that Odorizzi dominated the Knights, finishing his seven inning stint by retiring the final 14 hitters he faced. Odorizzi (L, 8-6) permitted four hits and no walks, fanning seven.

Johnson (W, 3-1), threw eight shutout innings, lowering his Triple-A ERA to 1.59 over eight starts to earn the win. Johnson also benefitted from three Bulls double plays early in the game to stay on top.

Durham (80-50) amassed six hits in the first five innings of the game, but hit into three double plays to kill off innings. Brent Morel caught Ryan Roberts' liner in the third inning, then doubled off Tim Beckham from first base to snuff out one of the Bulls' best scoring chances.

Deunte Heath (S, 3) earned his third save of the season, stranding pinch-runner Kevin Kiermaier at second base as the tying run in the ninth by fanning Mike Fontenot to end the game.

The Knights, who will be moving into their $54m BB&T Ballpark in 2014 in Charlotte (59-70), snapped Durham's four-game winning streak and froze the Bulls' magic number at three to clinching the South.

The home and home series continues Tuesday night at the DBAP at 7:35 PM ET with Mike Montgomery (7-6, 4.65) starting against Jason Berken (10-11, 3.93). Tuesday night will also mark the retiring of Chipper Jones' #10 jersey in a pre-game ceremony starting at 6:45 PM. The DBAP gates open at 5:30PM ET.

Bulls game story brought to you by Strayer University, Bringing Home the Bulls in September.