Fort Mill, SC April 24, 2013 – Jason Berken pitched for the Norfolk Tides over parts of three seasons before becoming a Knight this year. On Wednesday, Berken did his best to beat his former teammates.
Berken allowed three runs over 6.1 innings, Bryan Anderson hit a solo home run, and the Charlotte Knights beat the Norfolk Tides by a score of 6-5 in the second game of their four-game series from Knights Stadium on Wednesday. The win snapped a two-game losing streak by the Knights.
Making his fourth start of the season for Charlotte, Berken pitched into the seventh inning and allowed one walk and six hits on the afternoon. The Clemson product had a shutout going into the seventh, but the Tides began to gain some steam against the Knights during the inning.
Berken allowed back-to-back hits to begin the seventh frame and then allowed a sacrifice fly RBI to Yamaico Navarro, which plated Norfolk’s first run of the day. L.J. Hoes then added an RBI single, which made it a 4-2 ballgame at that point. After a mound visit by Charlotte pitching coach Richard Dotson, Berken then gave up a single to Jonathan Schoop, which put runners on first and second with just one out.
With the game getting close in the seventh, manager Joel Skinner replaced Berken with reliever Brian Omogrosso, who also ran into a bit of trouble.
Omogrosso allowed a single to Chris Robinson, which could have loaded the bases, but Hoes dashed home and was gunned out at the plate by Charlotte center fielder Luis Durango.
Jason Pridie, who had four hits last night for the Tides, then singled home Schoop, which made it a 4-3 Knights lead at that point. Omogrosso settled down and fanned Niuman Romero to end the inning.
Charlotte, who had nine hits on the day, added to their run total in the bottom of the seventh inning, which proved to be important as the Tides came back to score two runs in the eighth inning — cutting it back to a one-run game.
Knights third baseman Brent Morel, who was activated off the disabled list earlier in the day, went 2-4 with a double and one RBI. Shortstop Drew Garcia also chipped in with two hits and two RBIs.
Reliever Ramon Troncoso recorded the final four outs of the game to earn his third save of the season. Troncoso has not allowed a run in seven-straight appearances dating back to April 10.
The Knights and Tides will continue their four-game series on Thursday from Knights Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 7:15 p.m. RHP Zach Stewart (0-2, 5.16) will make the start for the Knights, while Norfolk will send LHP Zach Britton (1-0, 1.98) to the hill. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. for Social Media Night, presented by YP.com, and Thirsty Thursday, presented by Hickory Tavern.