FORT MILL, S.C. -- The Knights celebrated "Christmas in July" on Thursday at Knights Stadium and for Charlotte right-hander Andre Rienzo, it was just like Christmas morning.
Rienzo tossed a seven-inning no-hitter in game one of Thursday’s doubleheader at Knights Stadium, as the Knights beat the Indianapolis Indians 1-0. Rienzo (8-6, 4.06) struck-out a career-best 11 batters on the night.
Rienzo’s no-hitter was the first for a Knights hurler since Carlos Torres threw a five-inning perfect game for Charlotte on June 18, 2009 in Pawtucket against the PawSox. The last nine-inning no-hitter by a Knights pitcher was by Tetsu Yofu, who threw his on August 1, 2004 against Durham at Knights Stadium.
For Rienzo, it was his third win during the month of July (all in consecutive starts). He allowed just five baserunners on the evening en route to Charlotte’s second-straight win over first-place Indianapolis. He walked four batters and had one batter reach on an error. In all, Rienzo threw 112 pitches – 69 for strikes.
Charlotte's only run of the game came on an Andy Wilkins RBI single in the bottom of the second inning off Indians starter Stolmy Pimentel (2-3, 2.60).
The Knights and Indians will conclude their series with game two of Thursday’s doubleheader later tonight. RHP Deunte Heath gets the nod for Charlotte in game two.