FORT MILL, S.C. -- Less than a year ago, Zach Stewart helped lead the PawSox to a Governors’ Cup championship when he beat the Charlotte Knights on September 12 in game two of the series. Now, Stewart, a Charlotte Knights pitcher, beat his former squad with an impressive day on Monday.
Stewart (2-4, 3.81) allowed just one run over seven innings, Josh Phegley had three hits including a home run, and the Charlotte Knights beat the Pawtucket Red Sox 6-1 on Monday in the finale of their four-game series from Knights Stadium in Fort Mill. The two teams split the four-game series after Charlotte came back to win the final two games on Sunday and Monday.
Making his eighth start of the season, Stewart allowed just five hits and two walks over seven innings. The Texas native has now gone at least six innings in his last seven starts.
Phegley was solid behind the plate, as well as offensively. The Charlotte catcher went 3-4 with a home run and two RBIs to pace the Knights’ offense. The Indiana native launched his team-high eighth home run of the season off Pawtucket starter Franklin Morales, who was appearing on a Major League rehab assignment from Boston.
Morales gave up one run on two hits over three innings. The left-handed pitcher, who is working his way back from a left pectoral strain, struck-out four batters. Former Knights hurler Terry Doyle then came on in the fourth inning, but struggled.
In the fourth, the Knights scored five runs against their former ‘mate.
Phegley, who hit an RBI double in the fourth, led the assault on Doyle (3-3, 3.63) and the PawSox.
Seth Loman chipped in with a two-run double, which made it a 4-1 Knights lead in the fifth. Steve Tolleson then drove home a run with a sacrifice fly and Jim Gallagher tacked on one more run with an RBI single.
Charlotte’s bullpen, which included appearances by Daniel Moskos and Jeff Gray, recorded the final six outs to seal the victory.
The Knights will now host the Louisville Bats on Tuesday in game one of a four-game series from Knights Stadium. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. with first pitch set for 7:15 p.m. RHP Andre Rienzo gets the ball for the Knights, while RHP Pedro Villarreal will start for Louisville.