(UPTOWN CHARLOTTE. NC) – The Charlotte Knights started this season by posting an 18-37 record through the first two months of the 2014 campaign. Despite the early season struggles, the team has continued to fill BB&T Ballpark consistently. With a packed house and another solid on-field performance, everything is falling into place.
Andre Rienzo (1-2, 3.60) tossed five scoreless innings, Dan Black had two hits, including a home run, and the Charlotte Knights shut out the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders by a score of 7-0 in game three of their four-game series from BB&T Ballpark. The win was Charlotte’s fifth-straight, which marks a new season-high for the Knights.
Since June 20, the Charlotte Knights have been one of the most consistent teams in the International League. Over their last 28 games (June 20 to present), the Knights have gone 18-10 and boast some of the top offensive performers in the league over that stretch.
Andy Wilkins, who added two more hits , is hitting .389 since June 20 (third highest in the IL) with eight home runs (most in the IL) and 20 RBIs (fifth highest in the IL). Wilkins has five home runs in seven games against the RailRiders this season and is just one of Charlotte’s offensive stars who are on a roll since that period.
In fact, since June 20, the Knights have four players in the top 10 in batting average — Andy Wilkins (.389), Josh Phegley (.376), Tyler Saladino (.373), and Micah Johnson (.348). As for Phegley, the Indiana native extended his season-high hit-streak to 14 games . The hard-hitting backstop raised his batting average to .280 on the season after going 2-for-4 at the plate.
The Knights limited the RailRiders to just two hits on the night en route to their sixth win in seven games against the team this season. Rienzo gave up one of those hits over five innings and earned his first win with Charlotte this season. The Brazilian-born righty struck-out six batters on the evening.
Charlotte scored their runs over three innings — getting two in the first, two in the fourth, and three in the seventh. Black finished the night 2-for-3 with the home run and two RBIs. It was his first game back with the Knights since when he slugged three home runs and seven RBIs. Jordan Danks also chipped in with two RBIs in game three.
The two teams will conclude their four-game series with a game. RHP Daniel McCutchen (0-0, 7.20) gets the ball for the Knights against LHP Matt Tracy (0-2, 3.12) for the RailRiders. Gates open at in the final game of the four-game homestand at BB&T Ballpark.
Article Courtesy of the Charlotte Knights.