Toledo, OH May 5, 2013 – Over the last three days, the Charlotte Knights have resembled the team that won 83 games last season.
RHP Jason Berken allowed just one run over eight innings, Jim Gallagher had two hits including a home run, and the Charlotte Knights beat the Toledo Mud Hens 4-1 on Sunday afternoon at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio for their third win in-a-row. The win also gave the Knights their second four-game series win of the season.
After losing the first game on Thursday, Charlotte (10-21) bounced back to win the final three games of the series. The Knights entered play with Toledo on Thursday with an identical 7-20 record.
Berken (2-2) was spectacular on the mound for the Knights. The Clemson product allowed just five hits and one run while striking out seven batters en route to the victory. Berken lowered his ERA to 3.19.
The Knights got off to a quick start on Sunday and scored in the second inning thanks to Seth Loman and Gallagher. Loman led the inning off with a double. Three batters later, Gallagher came through with an RBI single to give the Knights a 1-0 lead.
The game stayed that way until the seventh inning.
Charlotte struck again in the game and did so in the top of the seventh against Toledo starter Shawn Hill (0-3, 3.99). Josh Bell started the inning with a single. Two batters later, Gallagher walked to give the Knights two runners on base with just one out. Next batter Drew Garcia came through with a big two-run double to give the Knights a 3-1 lead at that point.
In the ninth, Gallagher continued his offensive surge and homered off of Hill. The home run was Gallagher’s second of the season and he bumped up his batting average up to .338. Carlos Sanchez also had two hits on the day for Charlotte.
In the bottom of the ninth, RHP Jhan Carlos Marinez walked one batter, but recorded all three outs to notch his first save of the season.
Hill pitched a complete game for the Mud Hens but was saddled with the loss. He allowed four runs on nine hits over nine innings.
The Knights will now move on to Columbus, Ohio where they will face the Columbus Clippers for a four-game series beginning on Monday at 6:35 p.m. The Knights and Clippers have yet to play each other this season. Charlotte returns home on Friday, May 10 to open an eight-game homestand at Knights Stadium.