FORT MILL, S.C. -- As the weather has heated up, so has catcher Josh Phegley. On Thursday, he was on-fire.
Phegley launched his 10th home run of the season, added three RBIs, and the Charlotte Knights beat the Louisville Bats 4-1 in game three of their four-game series from Knights Stadium on Thursday. It was Charlotte’s first win of the series.
Entering the game with a .327 batting average, Phegley ripped three hits on the day and bumped his average up to .342 on the year. His 10th home run of the season, which came in the bottom of the sixth inning, set a new season-high in that category. He finished 3-4 and a triple short of the cycle.
Knights starter Jason Berken (3-3, 3.26) went seven strong innings on the night and allowed just one run for the win. Berken, a product of Clemson University, gave up just three hits and two walks. He struck-out six en route to his second win over his last three games. Relievers Jeff Gray and Ramon Troncoso each tossed a scoreless inning. Troncoso earned his fifth save of the year.
Charlotte scored all four runs off of Louisville starter Chad Reineke (3-3, 4.10), who was charged with the loss.
Mike McDade chipped in with three hits on the evening for the Knights.
The two teams will conclude their series on Friday at Knights Stadium with first pitch set for 7:15 p.m. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. for another “Flashback Fridays” game. The first 1,000 fans will receive a retro team card set.
On the mound for the Knights will be RHP Tony Pena Jr. (0-3, 4.87). Louisville will turn to RHP Armando Galarraga (2-1, 1.69) in Friday's finale.