Knights Beat the Bisons 8-5 on Sunday

CHARLOTTE, NC- Adam Engel ripped three hits, Avisail Garcia added two more, and the Charlotte Knights pounded out a total of 13 hits en-route to an 8-5 win over the Buffalo Bisons in game two of their three-game series on Sunday evening at BB&T Ballpark. With the win, the Knights close to within a half game back of the International League South Division playoff race after the first place Gwinnett Braves lost to the Rochester Red Wings by a score of 3-2 on Sunday.

Down by a score of 2-0 after just a half inning of baseball, the Knights battled back in the bottom of the first inning behind back-to-back doubles from Jason Bourgeois and Avisail Garcia. Garcia, in his second Major League rehab game with the Knights from the Chicago White Sox, had two hits in five at-bats to go along with a run and two RBIs on the night.

In the second inning, the Knights tacked on another three runs after four consecutive hits to take a 4-2 lead. Jake Peter and Jacob May chipped in with doubles in the inning while Engel continued his tear of extra base hits with an RBI triple. Engel, who has now reached base safely in his last 10 games, finished the game 3-for-4 with two runs and one RBI. Peter’s double pushed his current team-high hitting streak to seven games. The third baseman ended the night 2-for-4 with a run scored.

The Knights further extended their lead to 8-3 in the fourth inning after scoring four runs aided by an RBI double by Jerry Sands. The Catawba College product is now batting .373 with six doubles in the month of August. He completed his night by going 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs.

RHP Kameron Loe (3-3, 4.33 ERA) earned the win on the mound for the Knights after throwing 5.2 innings and allowing five runs and one strikeout. The 6’9” right hander has now won three consecutive starts dating back to August 4. Relief pitcher Brad Goldberg earned his team-leading ninth save on the mound after pitching a scoreless ninth inning. LHP Scott Diamond (8-13, 4.12) took the loss for the Bisons after conceding eight runs in only four innings pitched.