Knights Walk Off With 5-4 Win in 11 Innings Wednesday
Charlotte Remains Red-Hot, Wins Fifth Straight-Game
(UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- Tyler Ladendorf singled home Jacob May in the bottom of the 11th inning to lead the Charlotte Knights to a 5-4 walk-off win over the Columbus Clippers on Wednesday in game three of their four-game series from BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte. The win was Charlotte’s fifth straight.
Tied by a score of 4-4, May led the bottom of the 11th inning off with a bunt single. Catcher Roberto Pena followed with a sacrifice-bunt, which moved May to second base with just one out in the inning. After Ronald Bueno grounded out, May remained in scoring position on second base with two outs. Enter Tyler Ladendorf.
With two hits already on the night, Ladendorf ripped a single into right field and the speedy May came around to score the game-winning run. Ladendorf, who played the hero, finished the night 3-for-6 with one double, one run scored, one stolen base, and one RBI.
LHP Colton Turner (1-1, 6.52) tossed a scoreless 11th inning to earn the win -- his first at the Triple-A level in his career.
RHP Reynaldo Lopez started for the Knights and was sharp. Lopez struck out 10 batters over five solid innings on Wednesday. He allowed two runs on four hits but did not factor in the decision. Lopez, who entered the season ranked as the third-best prospect in the Chicago White Sox system by Baseball America, now has 28 strikeouts over his last three starts (18.0 IP). For the season, the Dominican native has tallied 117 total strikeouts.
Second baseman Jake Peter continued his hot hitting on the night. Peter extended his hit-streak to seven games. He launched his third home run of the season with the Knights and finished the game 2-for-5. Bueno added his fourth home run of the year.
The Knights will conclude their four-game series against the Clippers at BB&T Ballpark on Thursday and go for the four-game series sweep. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. Pre-game radio coverage will begin at 6:50 p.m. on ESPN Charlotte (730 AM) and CharlotteKnights.com. The “Voice of the Charlotte Knights” Matt Swierad and long-time Knights broadcaster Mike Pacheco will have the call for all of the action.
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