Davidson Homers, Knights Fall 10-6 Monday
(COLUMBUS, OH) - Matt Davidson launched his 20th home run of the season, but the Columbus Clippers beat the Charlotte Knights by a score of 10-6 on Monday in the opening game of their three-game series from Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio. The home run moved Davidson into a tie for the International League lead with Durham's J.P. Arencibia.
Columbus starter Toru Murata (13-4, 2.96) allowed three runs on six hits over five innings and earned his International League leading 13th win of the season. The Japanese native walked two and struck-out six batters. He was helped by his offense, which belted out 12 hits in the opener.
Overall, the Clippers received solid offensive performances from Tyler Naquin, who homered, and Jesus Aguilar, who ripped a game-high four hits on the evening. Aguilar scored four runs and recorded three RBIs, while Naquin launched his sixth home run of the season in the three-run first inning against Charlotte starter Scott Carroll (5-4, 3.80), who was charged with the loss. In all, Carroll allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits over five innings.
The Knights scored their first three runs in the top of the second inning thanks to an RBI double by Tyler Colvin and a two-run single off the bat of Ethan Wilson. Later in the game, the Knights used the long ball to tack on a few more runs along the way.
In the top of the eighth inning, down by a score of 10-3, the Knights rallied back against the Columbus bullpen. Davidson led the inning off with his team-high 20th home run of the season and the 120th of his minor league career. The home run was also his 40th with the Knights over two seasons. Davidson has recorded at least 20 home runs in each of the last five seasons.
Catcher Rob Brantly followed Davidson's home run in the eighth inning with a solo home run of his own, his third of the season with the Knights. One inning later, Leury Garcia added his second home run of the year. In all, the Knights recorded three home runs on the night and lead the International League with 115 home runs in 2015.
The two teams will conclude their two-game series on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. from Huntington Park. RHP Erik Johnson (9-8, 2.45) will get the nod for the Knights against Columbus RHP Will Roberts (2-2, 3.27). Pre-game radio coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on ESPN Radio 730 AM and www.charlotteknights.com. The "Voice of the Knights" Matt Swierad will have the call for all of the action.
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