FORT MILL, S.C. -- The Charlotte Knights continued their winning ways on Wednesday and lowered their magic number in the process.
Charlotte (73-53) improved to a season-best 20 games over .500 with an exciting 5-3 win in game two of their four-game series with the Louisville Bats on Wednesday night at Knights Stadium. Charlotte’s magic number is now down to nine after Norfolk also won on Wednesday. The red-hot Knights have now won five-straight games and are now just one win away from tying their season high of six.
Wednesday’s game started exactly one-hour later than the 7:15 start time due to inclement weather. Once it got started, the Knights did not waste any time getting on the scoreboard.
Charlotte scored a run in the first inning when Conor Jackson grounded into a forceout. Jackson had two RBIs on the evening.
Former Knight Willie Harris tied the game with an RBI single in the top of the 2nd inning. The Bats scored an inning later on a Dioner Navarro RBI groundout to make it a 2-1 Bats lead at that point.
Louisville’s lead however was short lived. Greg Golson launched his fifth home run of the season in the bottom of the third inning to make it a 2-2 game after three innings.
The game stayed tied until the bottom of the seventh inning when RBI doubles by Jared Mitchell and Tommy Manzella made it a 4-2 Knights lead. Each team tacked on one more run along the way, but the Knights were able to hold on for their second win of the series.
RHP Charlie Shirek started for the Knights but did not factor in the decision. He allowed two runs on three hits over six innings. Anthony Carter (3-5, 4.61), who allowed one run in two innings of relief, earned the win. Brian Omogrosso shut the door in the ninth for his eighth save of the season.
The two teams will play game three of their series on Thursday night at Knights Stadium. Gates are set to open at 6:00 p.m. and RHP Dylan Axelrod will take the mound for the Charlotte Knights. RHP Tim Gustafson is the expected starter for the Bats. First pitch for Thursday’s game is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.