ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- RHP Zach Stewart tossed eight impressive innings, Brent Morel homered, and the Charlotte Knights beat the Rochester Red Wings 4-2 on Friday in game two of their four-game series from Frontier Field in Rochester, NY. The win was Charlotte's first of the series after dropping the opener on Thursday.
Stewart (3-5, 4.31) gave up just two runs on five hits en route to his third win of the season. He struck-out four batters and did not allow any walks.
Rochester scored the first run of the game in the second inning and did so on a Doug Bernier RBI single. One inning later, with the Red Wings ahead by a score of 1-0, Clete Thomas launched a solo home run to make it a 2-0 Rochester lead.
The Knights were held scoreless until the sixth inning. Charlotte scored their first run of the game off Rochester starter Pedro Hernandez (0-1, 4.05) -- a former Knights hurler.
In the sixth, Brent Morel led the inning off with his third home run of the season to pull the Knights to within a run (2-1). It was one of Morel's three hits on the night.
In the seventh inning, Morel once again came up as the hero.
Mike McDade and Drew Garcia began the inning with back-to-back singles. Jim Gallagher entered the game to run for McDade, and Brandon Short then sacrificed Gallagher and Garcia over with a bunt. Blake Tekotte then followed with a popout to shortstop and the Knights had two runners on base with two outs. Enter Morel.
On a 1-2 count from reliever Luis Perdomo, Morel ripped a bases-clearing double to give the Knights a 4-2 lead.
Charlotte reliever Ramon Troncoso tossed a perfect ninth inning to record his team-high seventh save of the season. He lowered his ERA to 1.42 on the year.
The two teams will continue their series on Saturday in game three of the series. RHP Andre Rienzo is the scheduled Knights starter. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.