Fort Mill, SC September 1, 2013 – A six-run ninth inning by the Gwinnett Braves led to a 12-7 win over the Charlotte Knights on Sunday in game two of their three-game series from Knights Stadium. Charlotte reliever Taylor Thompson (1-2, 7.88) allowed five of the six runs in the final frame and was charged with the loss.
The Knights went to the ninth inning with a 7-6 lead and had a chance to close out the Braves for the first time in the series. The Braves had other ideas. Five singles in the inning led to six runs to give the Braves command of the game.
In the bottom of the ninth, reliever Ryan Buchter (4-0, 2.76) shut the door on the game to earn his fourth win of the year.
Charlotte allowed 10 runs over the final two innings to drop their 78th game of the season.
Gwinnett catcher Evan Gattis went 2-for-5 on the night and hit his first home run with the G-Braves. The home run came in the third inning off Charlotte starter Nick McCully, who allowed one run on five hits over six innings.
Offensively for the Knights, Brent Morel led the way with four hits on the evening. Morel finished the game 4-for-4 with two runs scored, one double, and one RBI.
Marcus Semien and Jim Gallagher also doubled on the evening. Gallagher’s double was the 68th of his Knights career, which put him in a two-way tie for fourth place on the Knights all-time franchise list in that category with Lou Lucca.
After 24 years at Knights Stadium, the Knights will host the final game ever at the stadium on Monday at 2:15 p.m. Picnic gates open at 12:00 PM and fans can take advantage of a $12 all-you-can eat buffet from 12:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. All other gates open at 1:00 p.m. The first 3,000 fans will receive a Final Game Commemorative Ticket, thanks to TicketReturn.
RHP Zach Stewart (5-14, 4.46) will get the start for the Knights, while the Braves will hand the ball to RHP David Hale (6-8, 3.15). There will be special pre-game and post-game ceremonies to commemorate the 24 years at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill, SC. Monday’s post-game ceremony features former Charlotte O’s and former Charlotte Knights players.