INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- The Knights and Indians entered Monday’s contest with the top two pitching staffs in the International League. Charlotte began the day with a 3.21 ERA while Indianapolis started the day at 3.22. Both teams lowered their marks on Monday.
Three Charlotte pitchers combined on a shutout, Greg Golson broke a scoreless game with an RBI single in the eighth inning, and the Charlotte Knights shutout the Indianapolis Indians 1-0 on Monday in the opening game of the four-game series from Victory Field in Indianapolis.
Inning after inning Charlotte and Indianapolis matched zeroes on the scoreboard. RHP Dylan Axelrod, who was activated off the disabled list before the game, started and threw six scoreless innings for the Knights. He allowed just three hits and two walks, but did not factor in the decision.
Indianapolis starter Chris Leroux was also impressive. Leroux threw seven shutout innings and allowed just one hit on the night.
Things got exciting in the eighth inning when the Knights battled against Indians reliever Jose Diaz (0-2, 3.79). Jared Mitchell came through with a one-out double and four batters later, with the bases now loaded, it was Golson’s time to shine.
Golson singled on the 0-1 pitch from Diaz and Mitchell came around to score the game’s only run. Josh Phegley, who was on second base, was thrown out at the plate on the same play for the third out of the inning. The one run, however, was all Charlotte would need on Monday.
With the Knights ahead by a score of 1-0, Jhan Carlos Marinez (3-2, 3.27) and reliever Brian Omogrosso went to work. Marinez, who tossed a scoreless seventh inning, also tossed a scoreless eighth inning and was now the pitcher of record. He would earn the win. Omogrosso struck-out two batters in the ninth inning to finish the game for Charlotte and earn his sixth save of the season.
The two teams will play game two of their four-game series on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. from Victory Field.