FORT MILL, S.C -– In front of 14,206 fans on Independence Day at Knights Stadium, the Knights were unable to secure a victory against the Gwinnett Braves.
Gwinnett starter Jose Lugo pitched into the eighth inning, former Knight Stefan Gartrell homered, and the Gwinnett Braves came away with a 6-2 win over the Knights on Wednesday in the opening game of their two-game series at Knights Stadium. The Knights are now 8-8 against Gwinnett this season.
Charlotte’s originally scheduled starter Deunte Heath was promoted to Chicago before the game. Heath, who became the eighth Knight to go from Charlotte to Chicago in 2012, was replaced by Dan Remenowsky.
Remenowsky (1-1, 3.86) made his first start of the season and allowed three runs on four hits over three innings.
Reliever Jhan Carlos Martinez tossed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen for Charlotte. Relievers Shane Lindsay, Gregory Infante and J.R. Ballinger each allowed a run on the night.
Lugo (2-4, 5.26) gave up two runs on eight hits over 7.2 innings to earn the win. He struck-out seven batters on the evening.
Offensively, Justin Greene, Jim Gallagher and Drew Garcia each had two hits for Charlotte.
Knights players wore special camouflage jerseys for the game as part of a Military appreciation series. The jerseys are currently being auctioned off on www.charlotteknights.com.
The Charlotte Knights and Gwinnett Braves will conclude their series on Thursday at Knights Stadium with extra baseball. Since Tuesday’s game at Coolray Field in Georgia was suspended in the bottom of the second inning, the two teams will resume that game on Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in Fort Mill. The game, which is a nine-inning game, will be played to completion. After a 30-minute intermission, a seven-inning game will follow. Gates are set to open at 5:00 p.m.