Posted: Wednesday, August 6th 2014 at 8:43am
Charlotte routs Gwinnett, 10-1
By staff reports
CHARLOTTE, N.C. –- The Charlotte Knights (54-64) broke open a close game with six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and handed the Gwinnett Braves (51-65) a 10-1 drubbing in game one of the two game series Tuesday night at BB&T Ballpark.
Charlotte's Avisail Garcia (1) got the scoring started for the Knights, clubbing a solo homer to right field off of Gwinnett starter Gus Schlosser in the bottom of the first inning.
Despite allowing only one run through the first five innings, Schlosser unraveled in the sixth inning. With one out, he gave up a single to left to Garcia. Jordan Danks (16) followed with a two-run homer to left to give the Knights a 3-0 advantage. Schlosser then walked Josh Phegley and gave up a double to left to Andy Wilkins to put runners on second and third. A wild pitch scored Phegley from third to up the lead to 4-0. Back-to-back walks to Matt Davidson and Matt Tuiasosopo loaded the bases for Michael Taylor. Taylor responded with a single to center, scoring Wilkins for a 5-0 lead and keeping the bases full. Schlosser then walked Jared Mitchell, forcing across Davidson to up the lead to 6-0. Schlosser was pulled in favor of James Hoyt, but he hit the first batter he faced, Marcus Semien to push in Tuiasosopo to run the lead to 7-0.
The Knights added an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth off of Hoyt as G-Braves first baseman Joey Terdoslavich misplayed a ground ball hit by Tuiasosopo enabling Phegley to score from second, extending the lead to 8-0.
The only Gwinnett run came in the top of the sixth inning. With Todd Cunningham on first and Jose Constanza on third and one out, Terdoslavich hit a ground ball back to Charlotte starting pitcher Shawn Hill. Cunningham was forced at second by Hill, but Terdoslavich beat the relay to first, enabling Constanza to score from third to make it 8-1.
Phegley put the final stamp on the game, stroking a two-run double off of G-Braves reliever Luis Avilan to extend the lead to 10-1.
Schlosser (L, 7-6) went 3.1 innings, earning the loss. In his shortest start of the season since May 4th, the right-hander allowed five hits, seven earned runs with five walks and three strikeouts. Hoyt worked 1.2 innings with two hits, one unearned run and four strikeouts. Avilan pitched 1.0 inning with three hits, two runs (one earned) and one walk.
Hill (W, 4-5) pitched 6.0 innings for the win. He allowed five hits, with one earned run and five strikeouts. Matt Lindstrom went 1.0 inning with one strikeout. Zach Putnam worked 1.0 inning with one strikeout. Frank De Los Santos pitched a scoreless top of the ninth.
At the plate, Elmer Reyes led the G-Braves with a 2-for-3 night including two doubles.
The Knights were paced by Garcia (3-for-5, three runs, one home run one RBI), Danks (3-for-5, two runs, one home run, two RBIs) and Phegley (3-for-4 with two runs, two doubles and two RBIs).
The G-Braves and Knights conclude the short two-game series Wednesday night in Charlotte. LHP Daniel Rodriguez (6-12, 4.63) is scheduled to pitch for the G-Braves. The Knights will go with RHP Bobby Doran (2-1, 6.88). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. Tony Schiavone has the radio call beginning at 6:50 p.m. on wdun.com, gwinnettbraves.com, Tune-In Radio and MiLB First Pitch
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