Knights Fly Past ‘Pigs 10-3 Saturday
Courtesy: Charlotte Knights
(ALLENTOWN, PA) – On Wednesday, July 13, Leury Garcia will represent the Charlotte Knights in front of his hometown fans at the 2016 Sonic Automotive Triple-A Baseball All-Star Game presented by Gildan at BB&T Ballpark. On Saturday, he once again showed why he was deserving of a selection to the International League All-Star team.
Garcia launched a three-run home run, Scott Carroll was solid over five innings, and the Charlotte Knights beat the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 10-3 in game three of their four-game series from Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, PA on Saturday. The win was the 375th overall for manager Julio Vinas in his six-year managerial career.
In 55 games this season with the Knights, Garcia is hitting .324 for the season — and has been on a tear recently. The speedy infielder/outfielder, who has hit safely in 18 of his last 19 games, went 2-for-3 on Saturday night with three runs scored, a home run, and three RBIs. His three-run home run came during a four-run fourth inning.
The first place Knights entered Saturday’s game with a loss in each of the first two games of the series and owned a 1-5 record against the IronPigs in six games this season. On Saturday, their offense got off to a quick start and it helped snap a four-game losing streak.
Charlotte scored three runs in the first inning highlighted by three RBI singles in the frame. By getting off to a 3-0 lead after the first inning, the Knights improved to 23-9 this season when scoring first. Five Charlotte hitters had at least two hits in the game. Catcher Omar Narvaez went 3-for-5 with two RBIs.
Danny Muno, who was signed by the Chicago White Sox as a free agent and assigned to Charlotte just before game time, made a successful Knights debut. Muno, who started at third base, went 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBIs. The former Mets farmhand, who made his major league debut last season with the Mets, was one of two players to record two doubles on Saturday. Outfielder Jacob May went 2-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored.
Carroll (2-6, 5.05) got the start for the Knights and allowed just one run on five hits over five innings to earn the win. Tyler Danish, who was recently added to Charlotte’s bullpen, gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits over three innings pitched. Reliever Brad Goldberg did not allow a run in the ninth to shut the door on Charlotte’s 39th win of the season.
Lehigh Valley starter Ben Lively (3-2, 3.86) gave up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits over five innings and was saddled with the loss.
The series will conclude with the finale of the four-game series from Allentown, PA on Sunday night. Pre-game radio coverage of the 6:35 p.m. game begins at 6:20 p.m. on ESPN Charlotte 730 AM and CharlotteKnights.com. The “Voice of the Charlotte Knights” Matt Swierad will have the call for all of the action.
Adolfo homers in second career 3-hit game
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