Knights ride long ball to win over visiting Bulls

Apr. 25, 2014 @ 09:51 PM

Enny Romero gave up only three hits and two walks in six innings Friday night, but two of the hits and one of the walks came in the first, including a game-winning three-run home run by Charlotte’s Adrian Wilkins as the Durham Bulls fell 3-1.

Each pitching staff allowed only three total hits, including a home run, but Charlotte’s was Wilkins’ three-run blast.

Romero (2-3) gave up a leadoff single in the first to Gorkys Hernandez and followed with a walk to Carlos Sanchez. With two outs and runners on second and third, Romero was torched by Wilkins’ drive to right-center.

The Bulls’ offense was non-existent throughout. Charlotte starter Tommy Hansen (1-1) held Durham hitless through five innings while walking three and striking out six. Knights relievers Frank Francisco (2 innings, 1 hit, 3 strikeouts) and Mitchell Boggs (2 innings, 2 hits, 1 earned run) kept Durham at bay.

When the Bulls finally got their first hit, it didn’t make a dent. Kevin Kiermaier, the first batter Francisco faced after relieving Hansen in the top of the sixth, singled but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double on a strong throw from rightfielder Denis Phipps to shortstop Tyler Saladino. Ray Olmedo’s two-out infield single off Boggs in the eighth was the Bulls’ only other hit.

The Bulls’ bullpen was stalwart, too. Relievers Adam Liberatore and C.J. Riefenhauser each pitched a perfect inning to keep the Bulls technically alive.

But Durham was down to its last out before it finally got some production from its offense. Wilson Betemit reached Boggs for a solo homer to right to get the Bulls on the board.

But Boggs retired Jerry Sands for the final out and his first save of the season.

NOTES — The Bulls return home today (5:05 p.m., WDNC AM-620) for the first time after the conclusion of their eight-game road trip. ... The eight-game, nine-day homestand includes a four-game set against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Lefty Mike Montgomery (2-0, 4.15) gets the start against the RailRiders’ righty Chris Leroux (0-2, 12.79) today ... The International League South-leading Bulls (15-7) lead second-place Gwinnett (12-8) by two games.

 

Charlotte Knights (9-13) 3, Durham Bulls (15-8) 1
April 25, 2014

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Durham       0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0
Charlotte       3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 x 3 3 0
 

 


Durham AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG  
Kiermaier, CF 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 .304
Mahtook, LF 4 0 0 0 0 3 2 .318
Belnome, DH 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 .116
Betemit, 1B 4 1 1 1 0 2 1 .247
Sands, RF 4 0 0 0 0 3 0 .321
Figueroa, C, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .317
Solis, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .224
Lee, H, SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Olmedo, 2B 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 .261
  Romero, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Liberatore, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Riefenhauser, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 29 1 3 1 3 10 6 .263
 
 
 
BATTING
HR: Betemit (5, 9th inning off Boggs, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Betemit 4; Kiermaier; Olmedo.
RBI: Betemit (12).
2-out RBI: Betemit.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Belnome 2.
Team RISP: 0-for-2.
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING
SB: Olmedo (1, 3rd base off Hanson/Phegley), Kiermaier (7, 2nd base off Hanson/Phegley).
 
Charlotte AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG  
Hernandez, Go, CF 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 .306
Sanchez, C, 2B 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 .269
Phegley, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .273
Davidson, 3B 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .167
Wilkins, DH 2 1 1 3 1 0 0 .171
Phipps, RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .119
Black, Da, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .179
Liddi, LF 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .170
Saladino, SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .315
  Hanson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Francisco, F, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Boggs, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 27 3 3 3 2 6 7 .213
 
 
 
BATTING
HR: Wilkins (3, 1st inning off Romero, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Hernandez, Go 2; Wilkins 4.
RBI: Wilkins 3 (13).
2-out RBI: Wilkins 3.
Team RISP: 1-for-3.
Team LOB: 2.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Phipps (Kiermaier at 2nd base).
 

Durham IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA  
Romero (L, 2-3) 6.0 3 3 3 2 5 1 4.44
Liberatore  1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.22
Riefenhauser  1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.04
Totals 8.0 3 3 3 2 6 1 3.41
Charlotte IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA  
Hanson (W, 1-1) 5.0 0 0 0 3 6 0 4.00
Francisco, F (H, 1) 2.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0.00
Boggs (S, 1) 2.0 2 1 1 0 1 1 10.80
Totals 9.0 3 1 1 3 10 1 3.90

WP: Hanson.
Pitches-strikes: Romero 96-61, Liberatore 11-8, Riefenhauser 10-7, Hanson 74-44, Francisco, F 29-16, Boggs 23-16.
Groundouts-flyouts: Romero 3-7, Liberatore 2-0, Riefenhauser 2-0, Hanson 5-2, Francisco, F 1-1, Boggs 3-2.
Batters faced: Romero 23, Liberatore 3, Riefenhauser 3, Hanson 18, Francisco, F 6, Boggs 8.
Umpires: HP: David Soucy. 1B: Carlos Torres. 3B: Joey Amaral.
Weather: 73 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 13 mph, In from LF.
T: 2:26.
Att: 10,307.
Venue: BB&T Ballpark.
April 25, 2014


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