• Charlotte tops Indians 4-1

    July 28, 2011 No comments

    In his Triple-A debut left fielder Tyler Kuhn belted two doubles, scored a run and had two key outfield assists, while Knights’ starter Matt Zaleski allowed just one run over seven strong innings to lead Charlotte past the Indianapolis Indians 4-1 yesterday afternoon at Knights Stadium.

    It was quite a Triple-A debut for Kuhn, who sparked the Knights offense with two doubles and a run scored from the lead-off position as well coming up with two important outfield assists that quelled two potential Tribe scoring rallies. After doubling to lead-off the game, but being left stranded, Kuhn gunned down Tribe 1B Matt Hague trying to stretch a double into a triple to lead-off the second inning.

    Then in the third inning Kuhn nailed Indians 3B Josh Harrison at the plate trying to score on a single by LF John Bowker. The left handed slugger then capped his night with a double in the midst of the Knights three-run bottom of the third, later scoring in what proved to be the game-winning rally.

    Prior to Kuhn’s gunning down of Harrison at home, the Tribe actually took the first lead of the game when SS Pedro Ciriaco lined a one out double to left and quickly came plateward when Harrison followed with a single to center. However, thanks to some excellent defense and clutch pitching, this would be the only run the Indians would score on the night.

    Former Indiana State University star Matt Zaleski scattered six hits and struck out six over seven solid inning of work to earn the victory and improve to 4-4 on the season.

    Following Zaleski, Charlotte relievers Dan Remenowsky and Shane Lindsay combined for two scoreless innings of relief to finish off the victory for the Knights with Lindsay notching his second save with a hitless ninth.

    After the Tribe took the first lead of the contest at 1-0 in the top of the third, the Knights rallied for three runs on four hits in the bottom of the third. 1B Kyle Shelton’s RBI single to right scored Charlotte’s first run of the game to tie the score and 2B Eduardo Escobar gave the Knights the lead when his sacrifice fly scored Shelton. Finally, DH Dallas McPherson capped the rally with a clutch two-out base knock that plated Kuhn and gave the Knights the 3-1 advantage.

    CF Jordan Danks added an insurance run for Charlotte in the sixth inning, when he launched a two-out solo longball over the fence in left-center for his 11th homer of the season.

    Outside of the Knights’ three-run third, Indianapolis starting pitcher Sean Gallagher turned in a solid effort on the mound for the Tribe, but still suffered the loss to fall to 5-11 on the season. Tribe reliever Steven Jackson was a bright spot out of the Indians’ bullpen as he tossed 1.1 frames of perfect relief.

    Indianapolis and Charlotte continue now their four-game series on Thursday night at 7:15 p.m. Major League veteran LHP Doug Davis is expected to get the start for the Knights, while the Indians have yet to name a starter.


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