FORT MILL TOWNSHIP — Steve Tolleson came up big in the seventh inning, and the Charlotte Knights beat the Syracuse Chiefs 2-1 on Wednesday in game three of their four-game series from Knights Stadium.
After concluding Tuesdays game at 12:06 a.m. on Wednesday morning, the Knights were ready for their next game just 12 hours later.
RHP Jason Berken (5-7, 4.06) was sharp over seven innings, Mike McDade and The win was Charlottes second of the day after winning Tuesdays game on Wednesday morning and winning Wednesdays game two hours and 24 minutes after the 12:15 first pitch.
The Chiefs got off to an early 1-0 lead on Berken and the Knights in the fourth inning. With one out in the frame, Zach Walters doubled and Chris Rahl followed with an RBI single for the first run of the game. For Berken, it was the only run of the day he would allow.
Making his 14th start of the season, Berken spun seven remarkable innings and allowed just one run on nine hits for his fifth win of the season. The win tied him with RHP Andre Rienzo for the most on the team this season. The Clemson product struck-out six batters for the fourth-time this season.
Syracuse starter Caleb Clay (0-1, 2.70), who was making his Triple-A debut, held the Knights scoreless through the first six innings. In the seventh, Clay found himself into trouble.
McDade led the seventh inning off with his sixth home run of the season which tied the game at 1-1. Two batters later, Bryan Anderson ripped a two-out double to give Charlotte the go-ahead run in scoring position. Enter Steve Tolleson.
Tolleson, who got the start at shortstop, lined the first pitch he saw into right field and Anderson scored from second to give the Knights the 2-1 lead. Tollesons hit proved to be the game-winner for the Knights, who will now go for the series win on Thursday.
RHP Brian Omogrosso held the Knights scoreless in the eighth and ninth inning to earn his second save of the season.
The two teams will conclude their series on Thursday from Knights Stadium. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. with first pitch scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Charlotte RHP Zach Stewart (3-9, 5.23) will go head-to-head with Syracuse RHP Jeff Mandel (1-3, 5.55).