FORT MILL, S.C. -– It’s a feat in baseball you don’t see very often. On Tuesday, fans at Knights Stadium witnessed history as Columbus infielder Jason Donald went 4 for 6 and hit for the cycle in the Columbus Clippers' 13-2 win over the Charlotte Knights in game two of their four-game series.
Donald had a home run in his first at-bat, a triple in his second at-bat and a single in his third at-bat. It took him three more tries to get the much-needed double. In the top of the ninth inning, he got it. He finished the game with four RBIs and two runs scored.
Columbus (34-38) had 19 hits in the game to beat the Knights for the first time since June 10. The Knights entered the game having won three straight games against the Clippers.
Earlier in the day, the White Sox recalled Charlotte right-hander Dylan Axelrod. It was Axelrod’s second promotion to Chicago this season.
Axelrod, however, was the original scheduled starter for Tuesday’s game, but due to the promotion, Charlotte looked to reliever Anthony Carter (2-3, 5.72). Carter, making his first start since April 25, 2010, allowed eight runs on eight hits over 2.1 innings pitched.
Corey Kluber (6-6, 3.54) earned the win for Columbus after 6.1 good innings. Columbus DH Jared Goedert was 3-4 with an RBI.
Charlotte (42-31) got on the scoreboard for the first and only time in the bottom of the seventh inning. Greg Golson and Hector Gimenez drove in the only Knights runs of the evening.
White Sox outfielder Kosuke Fukudome, who was making his second Major League rehab appearance for the Knights, went 0-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
The two teams will continue their series on Wednesday with first pitch set for 12:15 p.m. Gates are set to open at 11:00 a.m. RHP Charlie Shirek will start for the Knights while Columbus will send LHP Chris Seddon to the mound.