FORT MILL, S.C. -- It was football night at Knights Stadium on Wednesday and the Charlotte Knights and Louisville Bats traded field goals. In the end, Louisville had three field goals (nine runs) to Charlotte's two (six runs).
Louisville starter Daniel Corcino struck-out seven batters over five innings, former Knights catcher Corky Miller homered, and the Louisville Bats beat the Charlotte Knights 9-6 on Wednesday in front of fans and members of the Carolina Panthers at Knights Stadium. The Knights have now lost the first two games of the series.
Corcino (2-6, 7.20) gave up two runs on three hits for the victory. Corcino, who is just 22 years old, is rated as the fourth-best prospect in the Reds organization by Baseball America. He was helped out early by his offense, which smashed six runs in the second inning.
Louisville (20-20) got back-to-back doubles to begin the second inning off Knights starter Simon Castro (0-6, 5.36). The hits kept on coming against Castro in the inning. In all, the Bats crushed seven hits on six runs in the inning and quickly pulled away from the Knights.
The Louisville offense crushed 16 hits on the evening for the win over Charlotte, who fell to 14-27 on the season.
Castro allowed six runs on eight hits over three innings and was saddled with the loss. The Dominican native has yet to win a game this season.
Offensively for the Knights, Drew Garcia went 3-4 with four RBIs. Garcia had two doubles – both were two-run shots. Josh Phegley added another hit and is now batting .327 on the season.
The Knight cut the lead to 9-6 with a three-run outburst in the bottom of the eighth inning. Bats reliever Jose Diaz recorded the final four outs however to earn his first save of the year.
Before the game, Panthers players and head coach Ron Rivera took batting practice on the field. Linebacker Chase Blackburn led the way with three home runs. After the batting practice session, the players made their way to the concourse to sign autographs for the fans in attendance.
The two teams will be back on the field on Thursday for game three of their four-game series. RHP Jason Berken will start for the Knights and RHP Chad Reineke will go for the Bats. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. with first pitch set for 7:15 p.m.