LOUISVILLE, KY -- Because of a rainout from BB&T Ballpark on June 27, the Charlotte Knights and Louisville Bats were scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday from Louisville Slugger Field. That game, which was set to be made up with the Knights playing as the home team in game two from Louisville, KY on Saturday, had rain once again play a factor.
The Bats beat the Knights by a score of 6-5 in game one on Saturday, but the two teams couldn't complete their doubleheader due to rain. With the Bats ahead by a score of 4-0 after four innings, rain halted the game and it was later suspended. The two teams will resume that game in the top of the fifth inning at 4:45 p.m. on Sunday. Following the completion of the suspended game (approximately 30 minutes later), the two teams will play their regularly scheduled contest.
Charlotte entered Saturday's doubleheader with a five-game win streak, but fell just short in game one. The Knights had a 4-0 lead after the first two innings of the game and had visions of a six-game win-streak. The Knights scored their first run in the first inning courtesy of a solo home run from Marcus Semien – his ninth of the season with Charlotte.
One inning later, the Knights tacked on three more runs, highlighted by a Blake Tekotte two-run double. Andy Wilkins singled in the inning to extend his hit-streak to 11 games. Charlotte's 4-0 lead lasted until the third when Louisville scored five runs off starter Bobby Doran (2-1, 8.36), who was charged with his first loss of the year with the Knights. Ruben Gotay had a two-run double in the five-run inning. His double was one of three doubles in the inning. The five-run frame helped former Charlotte hurler Dylan Axelrod settle in with a lead.
Making just his second start with the Bats since being traded by the White Sox, Axlerod went to the fifth inning with a two-run lead against his former team. Charlotte battled back however to eventually knock him out of the game. Axelrod did not factor in the decision.
In the fifth inning, the Knights got one run back with help again from Semien, who hit an RBI double to make it a 6-5 ballgame. Jordan Danks added a single in the inning and is now four hits away from tying Joe Borchard for first all-time in Knights franchise history in hits. That was all the Knights would get in game one. Reliever Fabio Castillo (2-0, 0.00) earned the win after 2.2 scoreless innings.
Pre-game radio coverage begins at 4:40 p.m. on ESPN Radio 730 AM, WRHI (94.3 FM and 1340 AM) and online at www.charlotteknights.com. The "Voice of the Charlotte Knights" Matt Swierad will have the call for all of the action. RHP Erik Johnson (4-6, 6.55) will start for Charlotte in the originally scheduled game against RHP Josh Smith (9-3, 4.29) for Louisville.