INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- The high-powered Charlotte offense took center stage in Indianapolis on Tuesday with help from the reigning International League Batter of the Week and company.
homered twice, Erik Johnson was sharp over six innings, and the Charlotte Knights beat the Indianapolis Indians 9-3 in game two of their four-game series from Victory Field in Indianapolis, IN on Tuesday. The win was Charlotte's seventh over their last eight games and 20thover their last 31. Charlotte as a team belted out 15 hits.
Charlotte's recent success can be attributed to a number of offensive players. Catcher Josh Phegley has been on a tear since June 30 -- hitting .451 (32-for-71) with a 16-game hitting streak. Phegley, a Terre Haute, IN native, went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a double on Tuesday in front of his hometown crowd.
Jordan Danks continues to set records each day and has five hits over his last three games. Michael Taylor and Micah Johnson continue to quietly do everything right at the plate. Both players had their second consecutive three-hit game. Johnson, an Indianapolis, IN native, is 6-for-11 with a home run and two RBIs so far in the series. Taylor is 6-for-9.
While all of these Charlotte players are hot, Wilkins is on fire. The Tulsa, OK native is mashing home runs at an epic pace this season. It continued on Tuesday.
Entering the game with an International League high 21 home runs, Wilkins added to his total by ripping two more long balls -- giving him a league-best 23 on the season. The University of Arkansas product added five more RBIs to his season total -- giving him 61 for the year. He also extended his hit streak to seven games, his RBI streak to six games, and he now has seven home runs over his last six games. Yes, that would constitute a hot streak.
Charlotte was backed by solid pitching as well. Johnson (4-6, 6.55) won his second game in a row – beating the Indians with six very good innings on the mound. He gave up two runs on five hits and struck-out four batters. Reliever Jarrett Casey – another Indianapolis native – made his Triple-A debut. He gave up one run on two hits over 1.2 innings. Donnie Veal recorded the final four outs to end the game.
The red-hot Knights scored eight of their nine runs off Indianapolis starter Brandon Cumpton (5-2, 2.61), who was hit with his second loss of the season. Cumpton – the reigning International League Pitcher of the Week – allowed 12 hits over 4.2 innings pitched. The Knights scored six runs off of him in the fifth inning, highlighted by the second home run of the game from Wilkins.
The two teams will continue their series on Wednesday with a 1:35 p.m. matinee game. RHP Chien-Ming Wang (9-5, 3.81) makes his second start of the season with the Knights. Wang and the Knights will face LHP Adam Wilk (7-8, 4.26) for the Tribe. Pre-game radio coverage of Wednesday's game begins at 1:20 p.m. on ESPN Radio 730 AM and online at www.charlotteknights.com. The "Voice of the Charlotte Knights" Matt Swierad will have the call for all of the action.