INDIANAPOLIS -- A night after recording just one run on three hits in a win over Indianapolis, Charlotte’s offense exploded on Tuesday.
Charlotte (67-51) pounded out 12 runs on 14 hits, starter Charlie Leesman (9-9, 2.65) allowed just one run over five innings, and the Charlotte Knights beat the Indianapolis Indians 12-2 on Tuesday in game two of the four-game series. With the win and a loss by Norfolk, the Knights extended their lead in the International League South Division to eight games.
The Knights jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning and didn’t stop there. An inning later, Charlotte tacked on two more runs to make it a 4-1 game. In the sixth inning, the Knights began to put the game out of reach.
With the bases loaded and just one out, Greg Golson stepped to the plate and cleared the bases with a three-run triple to make it a 7-1 Knights lead at that point. Next batter Dewayne Wise followed Golson with a triple of his own to make it an 8-1 ballgame. Conor Jackson then hit an RBI double and the Knights completed the sixth inning with a five-run outburst.
Two innings later, Charlotte added three more runs, highlighted by a Brent Morel two-run single. The Knights went to the bottom of the eighth inning with a 12-1 lead and a nice cushion in game two of the series.
Indianapolis added one more run along the way, but it was not enough to stop the Knights from winning their second game of the series.
In all, five of Charlotte’s starters had at least two hits and Drew Garcia had three hits. Wise and Morel had two RBIs apiece, while Golson lead the way with a game-high three RBIs.
As for Charlotte’s pitching, Leesman, who was activated off the disabled list on Tuesday afternoon, was solid over five innings to earn the victory. He allowed just three hits and one run. It was the second straight day a Charlotte starter was activated off the disabled list before the game (Dylan Axelrod came off the DL on Monday and started the game).
Reliever Shane Lindsay allowed one run over 2.2 innings and Deunte Heath recorded the final four outs to close the door on Tuesday’s game.
Charlotte and Indianapolis will continue their series on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. from Victory Field in Indianapolis. LHP Hector Santiago is expected to get the start for the Knights in game three.