The Charlotte Knights defeated the Gwinnett Braves 6-0 on Friday night at Gwinnett Stadium. The Knights improved to 5-10 on the season while the G-Braves drop to 5-11.
The Knights struck first in the fourth inning. With three singles in the frame, Charlotte took a 1-0 lead. Josh Kroeger singled home Scott Podsednik for the game's first run. It was the eighth-straight game in which the visitor has scored first at Gwinnett Stadium.
Charlotte added a run in the fifth inning to go up 2-0. Brian Myrow drew a lead-off walk and was plated on Cole Armstrong's double to right field.
With the bases full of Knights, G-Braves' reliever Luis Valdez walked in Eider Torres on four-straight pitches to put the Knights up 3-0. The next batter, Jayson Nix belted a bases-clearing double just over left fielder Brian Barton's reach. The four, ninth-inning insurance runs put Charlotte up 6-0.
Knights' starter Carlos Torres was dominant and allowed just two Gwinnett hits in seven innings. Torres earned the win and evened his record to 1-1 with a 1.06 ERA. Charlotte reliever Adam Russell was credited with his second save of the season with two scoreless innings of relief.
Gwinnett starter Tommy Hanson was just as impressive scattering four hits in six innings on the mound. Hanson allowed just two runs, only one of which was earned and struck out six but was charged with his third loss of the season and is now 0-3 with a 2.18 ERA.
The third game in the series is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday.The G-Braves will send prospect Kris Medlen to the mound. Medlen is 2-0 with a 1.32 ERA in three games with Gwinnett and will face Charlotte RHP John Van Benschoten, who is 1-1 with a 2.65 ERA this season.
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