Indianapolis, IN June 22, 2013 – After winning four straight games, the Charlotte Knights fell to the Indianapolis Indians on Saturday by a score of 7-1 at Victory Field in Indianapolis, IN in game two of their four-game series.
Charlotte jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning against Indians starter Stolmy Pimentel. The Knights loaded the bases with one out in the fourth before Angel Sanchez grounded out, which scored Mike McDade for the game’s first run.
With Charlotte ahead by a score of 1-0, the Indians pushed across their first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning off Charlotte starter Andre Rienzo (5-5, 5.33). Chase d’Arnaud hit a two-out single and then later advanced all the way to home. With Lucas May at the plate, d’Arnaud stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball, and came around to score on a wild pitch.
The game stayed tied 1-1 as the two teams headed to the bottom of the eighth inning. After a leadoff single, Rienzo got the next two batters out, but then fell into trouble. The Brazilian native then walked Josh Harrison to put two runners on base. That was all for Rienzo, who gave way to Donnie Veal.
Veal had his troubles and allowed three runs on four straight walks to make it a 4-1 game. Veal failed to get an out before the Knights went to Leyson Septimo. Septimo also struggled on the hill.
Jared Goedert, the first batter Septimo faced, roped a three-run double to center to make it a 7-1 ballgame. While Septimo then got Andrew Lambo to strike out swinging to end the inning, the damage was already done. Indianapolis scored six runs in the eighth en route to their first win of the series.
Rienzo was saddled with the loss after he was charged with three runs (two earned) over 7.2 innings. Veal was charged with four runs and never recorded an out.
Former White Sox hurler Jose Contreras (1-0, 1.42) threw a shutout eighth inning to earn the win for the Indians. He struck-out two batters and walked two.
Offensively, the Knights managed just five hits. One of those hits came off the bat of McDade, who extended his hit streak to 10 straight games. Blake Tekotte, who finished a single short of a cycle on Friday, singled in his first at-bat on Saturday.
The two teams will continue their series on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. for game three of the four-game set.