Knights Sink the Stripers 5-4 on Friday Night
(UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- The Charlotte Knights won their second-straight game as they charged past the Gwinnett Stripers by a score of 5-4 on Friday night in game two of their four-game series from BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte. The Knights beat the Stripers in front a sell-out crowd of 10,213 fans -- the team's 13th sell-out crowd of the 2018 season.
LHP Jordan Guerrero (1-0, 5.40), who was promoted from Double-A Birmingham earlier in the day, made his Triple-A debut Friday night with the Knights and picked up the win after allowing three runs on five hits over five innings. The Charlotte bullpen took over from there as right-handed pitchers Ricardo Pinto, Rob Scahill, and Gregory Infante combined to pitch four innings of one-run baseball. Despite a solo home run in the ninth inning to Phil Gosselin, Infante notched his fifth save of the season.
Down by a score of 2-0, the Charlotte offense awoke in the fourth inning when outfielder Trayce Thompson picked up his first hit on the season with a two-run double to tie the game at 2-2. Two batters later, outfielder Mason Robbins put the Knights ahead for good with a two-run double of his own to score Thompson and first baseman Patrick Leonard.
As a team, Charlotte recorded a season-high six doubles on the night. Shortstop José RondÃ"n went 2-for-4 with two doubles, while outfielder Eloy Jiménez picked up two hits of his own along with an RBI.
The Knights will continue their four-game series against the Gwinnett Stripers (Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves) on Saturday with a 7:04 p.m. game. Gates are set to open at 6:00 p.m. for game three of the series. Pre-game radio coverage is set for 6:50 p.m. on 730 The Game ESPN Charlotte. The "Voice of the Charlotte Knights" Matt Swierad and long-time Knights broadcaster Mike Pacheco will have the call for all of the action. The game will also be broadcast live on My 12 WMYT with Charlotte 49ers head baseball coach Loren Hibbs joining Swierad and Pacheco in the booth. RHP Michael Kopech is expected to start the game for the Knights.
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