Knights drop series opener to Red Wings, 4-3

Knights drop series opener to Red Wings, 4-3

Knights drop series opener to Red Wings, 4-3

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by Charlotte Knights

WCNC.com

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 10:43 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Rochester starter Andrew Albers allowed three runs over six innings, Brian Dinkelman had three hits, and the Rochester Red Wings beat the Charlotte Knights 4-3 on Thursday in the opening game of their four-game series from Frontier Field in Rochester, NY.

Albers (2-2, 2.61) allowed 10 hits and a walk, but the Knights failed to push across enough runs in the opener to get past the Red Wings. For Albers, it was his second straight victory. He beat the Durham Bulls with 6.1 scoreless innings in his last outing back on May 17.

Rochester got off to a quick 1-0 lead on Charlotte courtesy of a Doug Bernier RBI single in the bottom of the 2nd inning off starter Jason Berken (3-4, 3.21). The Knights came back with a two-run outburst in the top of the fourth inning to take their first and only lead of the game.

In the fourth, Josh Phegley started things off with a double. Lars Anderson followed with an RBI single to tie the game at 1-1. Two batters later, after a Mike McDade single, Carlos Sanchez singled home Anderson to give the Knights a 2-1 lead.

The game stayed that way until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Red Wings took the lead back from the Knights.

Dinkelman started things off with a double. Two batters later, Danny Lehmann singled home Dinkelman to tie the game at 2-2 with just one out in the fifth. Antoan Richardson then added an RBI triple and the lead was back to Rochester. With the Red Wings ahead by a score of 3-2, former Knight Ray Olmedo hit a sacrifice fly RBI to make it a 4-2 ballgame at that point.

Charlotte tacked on one more run in the top of the 7th inning courtesy of a Brent Morel sacrifice fly RBI.

Berken was the hard-luck losing pitcher. The Clemson product allowed four runs (two earned) over 6.1 innings. Reliever David Purcey recorded the final five outs without allowing a run.

Gordon Beckham continued his Major League rehab assignment and went 1-4 on the night. It was Beckham's fifth appearance with Charlotte this season.

The two teams will continue their series on Friday with game two of the series. RHP Zach Stewart is expected to start for the Knights, while the Red Wings will send RHP P.J. Walters to the hill.

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