Knights Drop Both Games of Thursday’s Twin Bill
Charlotte Splits Four-Game Series in Norfolk
(NORFOLK, VA) -- The Charlotte Knights dropped both games of their doubleheader against the Norfolk Tides on Thursday from Harbor Park in Norfolk, VA. The Knights, who won each of the first two games, settled for a four-game series split. The two teams will meet one final time and conclude the 2017 season with a four-game series from September 1st to 4th at BB&T Ballpark.
In game one, Charlotte RHP Tyler Danish (4-13, 5.18) started for the Knights and allowed just two runs on three hits over a complete-game (six innings pitched), but was saddled with the loss in the 2-0 defeat to the Tides. Danish walked just two batters and struck-out three on the afternoon. He allowed both of his runs in the bottom of the second inning on RBI singles from Chance Sisco and Logan Schafer. Both teams managed just three hits apiece in the first contest. Norfolk RHP Gabriel Ynoa (5-9, 5.38) earned the win after throwing six shutout innings. RHP Richard Rodriguez earned the save.
In game two, the Knights fell just short to the Tides by a score of 5-3. Charlotte LHP David Holmberg (3-1, 3.55) allowed five runs on seven hits over five innings of work and was charged with the loss. LHP Brian Clark pitched Charlotte’s final inning of the day.
Offensively for the Knights in the second game of the twin bill, first baseman Casey Gillaspie launched his 13th home run of the season in the second inning off Norfolk starter Logan Verrett. The home run, a two-run shot, was his second over his last three games. Since coming over in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays organization, Gillaspie now has four home runs with the Knights in 18 games. Catcher Roberto Pena recorded a game-high two hits, while outfielder Rymer Liriano reached base three times.
The Knights will now head to Lawrenceville, GA to open a three-day, four-game series against the Gwinnett Braves on Friday from Coolray Field. The Knights will play their second doubleheader in as many days on Friday. First pitch is on tap for 5:05 p.m. from Gwinnett County, GA. Pre-game radio coverage on Friday will begin at 4:50 p.m. on ESPN Charlotte (730 AM) and CharlotteKnights.com. The “Voice of the Charlotte Knights” Matt Swierad will have the call for all of the action.
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