FORT MILL — After losing the first two games of the series, the Knights battled back to win the final two games against the Louisville Bats. They did so with solid pitching and timely hitting. Charlotte (16-27) also received a great offensive showing from their backstop.
Tony Pena Jr. struck out eight batters over six solid innings, Josh Phegley remained hot, and the Charlotte Knights beat the Louisville Bats 4-2 on Friday in the finale of their four-game series.
The Knights and Bats split the series.
After losing the first two games of the series, the Knights battled back to win the final two games. They did so with solid pitching and timely hitting. Charlotte (16-27) also received a great offensive showing from their backstop.
Phegley, who ripped three hits on Thursday, added two more hits on Friday to bump his batting average up to .347 on the season.
Pena Jr. (1-3, 4.44) started for the Knights and strung together his best start of the season. Pena gave up five hits and one walk on the night to record his first victory of the season.
The Knights’ slugger Seth Loman chipped in with his seventh home run of the season. Loman’s solo home run came in the bottom of the second inning off of Louisville starter Armando Galarraga (2-2, 2.37). Galarraga was saddled with the loss after allowing four runs on seven hits over six innings.
Charlotte’s bullpen was sharp over the final three innings. David Purcey tossed two scoreless innings and Ramon Troncoso notched his sixth save of the year after a scoreless ninth.
The Knights will now hit the road and make the trek to Buffalo, NY to take on the Buffalo Bisons for a four-game series from Coca-Cola Field beginning on Saturday. White Sox LHP John Danks will continue his Major League Rehab assignment and start for the Knights. The Bisons will send RHP Claudio Vargas to the hill in the opener.