CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Former Charlotte third baseman Brent Morel was 3-for-5 with five RBIs, Casey Sadler threw six serviceable innings, and the Indianapolis Indians beat the Knights 10-6 on Sunday in the finale of their four-game series. BB&T Ballpark welcomed 10,213 fans on Sunday -- the ballpark’s 14th sell-out crowd of the season. After 25 games at BB&T Ballpark this season, the Knights have welcomed 241,464 fans -- the most in all of Minor League Baseball for 2014.
Morel, who spent parts of three seasons with the Knights (2010, 2012-13) finished the finale on Sunday just a triple short of the cycle. He ripped a three-run home run in the second inning off Charlotte starter Eric Surkamp (2-3, 5.47), who allowed eight runs on nine hits over 4.1 innings pitched and was charged with the loss.
Sadler (6-1, 2.66) allowed four runs on eight hits over six innings for the win. It was the third win of the series for the Indians, who handed the Knights their fourth loss on the six-game homestand.
Despite the loss, Charlotte’s offense belted out four home runs on the day – including two in the bottom of the ninth inning. Infielder Carlos Sanchez, who extended his hit-streak to nine-straight games -- hit his first home run of the season in the first inning. Sanchez finished the game 4-for-5 with the home run and two RBIs. He has 13 hits over his last nine games.
Matt Davidson launched his sixth home run of the season in the sixth inning off Sadler. It was Davidson’s fourth home run in the month of May and second of the homestand.
In the ninth, Charlotte received back-to-back home runs from Tyler Saladino and Jared Mitchell to pull within four runs – but came up short in the end. In all, five Knights had at least two hits in the game and the club combined for 13 hits on the day – one more than the Indians (12).
The Knights will now hit the road and make the trek to Ohio for the next eight days as they open a four-game set against the Columbus Clippers beginning on Monday. LHP Charlie Leesman (1-4, 3.68) gets the start for the Knights against Columbus RHP Tyler Cloyd (1-3, 5.70).
Pre-game radio coverage of Monday’s 6:55 p.m. game starts at 6:40 p.m. on ESPN Radio 730 AM and WRHI (1340 AM and 94.3 FM). Fans can also listen to the game online at www.charlotteknights.com. The “Voice of the Charlotte Knights” Matt Swierad and Mike Pacheco will have the call for all of the action.
Knights Knotes: Charlotte Hornets legend Dell Curry was on hand for Sunday’s game as were a number of Carolina Panthers’ rookies… Shaq Rowell, a rookie out of West Virginia University, spent an inning on the radio with Matt Swierad… Curry, who currently works as a commentator on Hornets broadcasts, also spent an inning in the booth… It was a busy week of sightings at BB&T Ballpark during the six-game homestand… NASCAR drivers Joey Logano, Michael Waltrip, and Denny Hamlin were in attendance on Wednesday… Hornets head coach Steve Clifford and Olympic Gold Medalist Cullen Jones were also on hand for Wednesday’s game… NFL legends Bill Parcells and Dan Henning were at the game on Thursday, while Bill Polian took in a game on Saturday… The Knights held a special Military tribute before Sunday’s game and welcomed five Military veterans to the field to throw out a ceremonial first pitch…. Knights players wore their Military jerseys for the first time this season… The team will wear them again on two more occasions in 2014 – June 30 and July 4.