Knights knock off Bulls, 4-2
Durham hit the ball as well as Charlotte but weren’t as productive on the road at BB&T Ballpark on Tuesday.
The Knights beat the Bulls 4-2.
Both teams generated seven hits. The Knights just did more with theirs, getting home runs from catcher Josh Phegley and shortstop Marcus Semien in the third and fifth innings, respectively, off Bulls starting pitcher Merrill Kelly (L, 6-3).
Kelly struck out five batters and gave up seven hits and four earned runs.
Knights starting pitcher Chris Beck (W, 1-1) also struck out five guys and surrendered five hits, but he gave up just one earned run.
Bulls third-baseman Ray Olmedo figured in both of Durham’s runs, scoring on a balk in the third inning and singling to right field in the fifth to drive in catcher Ali Solis.
Olmedo had three of Durham's seven hits.
The contest was the first of a four-game set between the Bulls and the Knights. For the Bulls, it was the start of an eight-game road trip, the team’s longest remaining time away from Durham Bulls Athletic Park this season.
The Bulls have lost seven of their last 10 games after stringing together a five-game winning streak. They are 13-10 in July and 58-51 overall.
Charlotte is the top affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. The Knights are 17-10 in July, 50-62 overall and have won six of their last seven contests at home.
The series continues today at 7:05 p.m. with Durham's Alex Colome (4-3, 3.55) starting against Charlotte's Shawn Hill (3-4, 5.11).
Charlotte Knights (50-62) 4, Durham Bulls (58-51) 2
|Lee, H, SS||4||0||2||0||0||0||0||.208|
|Kelly, M, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Solis (6, Beck, C), Lee, H (9, Zaleski), Olmedo (9, Casey).
TB: Solis 2; Olmedo 4; Lee, H 3; Price.
RBI: Olmedo (18).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Mahtook 2; Price 2; Belnome.
Team RISP: 3-for-10.
Team LOB: 8.
DP: (Lee, H-Belnome).
|Johnson, Mica, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.307|
|Danks, Jd, CF||4||1||2||1||0||2||2||.283|
|Taylor, M, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.304|
|Black, Da, 1B||2||0||1||0||1||0||1||.265|
|Beck, C, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Danks, Jd (17, Kelly, M).
3B: Semien (2, Kelly, M).
HR: Phegley (16, 3rd inning off Kelly, M, 1 on, 2 out), Semien (10, 5th inning off Kelly, M, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Taylor, M; Danks, Jd 3; Black, Da; Semien 7; Phegley 4.
RBI: Danks, Jd (51), Phegley 2 (53), Semien (39).
2-out RBI: Phegley 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Tekotte; Phegley 2.
Team RISP: 2-for-5.
Team LOB: 6.
PB: Phegley (11).
|Kelly, M (L, 6-3)||5.0||7||4||4||1||5||2||3.23|
|Beck, C (W, 1-1)||5.0||5||2||1||1||5||0||5.59|
|Zaleski (H, 2)||2.0||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.18|
|Casey (S, 1)||2.0||1||0||0||2||2||0||1.35|
Balk: Beck, C.
Pitches-strikes: Kelly, M 94-64, Mathis 50-27, Beck, C 95-62, Zaleski 24-18, Casey 36-19.
Groundouts-flyouts: Kelly, M 3-3, Mathis 2-3, Beck, C 4-3, Zaleski 4-2, Casey 1-1.
Batters faced: Kelly, M 22, Mathis 12, Beck, C 21, Zaleski 7, Casey 9.
Umpires: HP: Max Guyll. 1B: Angel Campos. 2B: A.J. Johnson. 3B: Tom Honec.
Weather: 82 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 2 mph, Out to CF.
Venue: BB&T Ballpark.