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Knights Rally Falls Short, Lose to Columbus 8-6

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(Columbus, OH) – Courtesy: Columbus Clippers - A night after hitting the game-winner, Elliott Johnson had two hits and scored two runs, Kyle Davies (2-2, 4.40) allowed four runs over 6.1 innings, and the Columbus Clippers beat the Charlotte Knights 8-6 on Tuesday in game two of their four-game series from Huntington Park in Columbus, OH.

The Charlotte Knights came back from a 5-0 deficit to make things interesting on Tuesday. Down four runs in the ninth, the Knights never quit and brought the tying run to the plate. With two runs already in, reliever Vinnie Pestano recorded the final out to send the Clippers to their second win of the series. It was Charlotte’s third-straight loss.

The Clippers jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the first inning against Charlotte starter Erik Johnson, (0-2, 6.09) who was charged with the loss after allowing eight runs over four innings. Johnson is still in search of his first win with the Knights this year.

In the first, Johnson allowed four hits, two walks, and even hit two batters, which led to five runs for the Clippers. The big hit in the first came off the bat of Audy Ciriaco, who hit a two-run single.

Charlotte came back to cut down the 5-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Andy Wilkins started the inning with a single and Tyler Saladino followed with a double to give the Knights runners on the corners with no outs. Wilkins later scored Charlotte’s first run of the game on a fielder’s choice by Blake Tekotte. Saladino later scored on a sacrifice fly by Jared Mitchell to make it a 5-2 game.

The Clippers tacked on another run in the bottom of the second inning to make it a 6-2 game.

The Knights added their next two runs of the game on solo home runs. Wilkins hit his team-leading ninth home run of the season in the fourth, while Tekotte hit his third home run of the season in the seventh.

In the ninth, Mitchell and Gorkys Hernandez came through with back-to-back singles with one out. Carlos Sanchez, who needed a hit to extend his hit-streak to 11-straight games, struck-out in the 11th and finished the game hitless (0-for-4). Still, the Knights didn’t give up.

Jordan Danks then stepped to the plate and saw Mitchell cross the plate after a balk by Columbus reliever Frank Herrmann. Now, in an 8-5 game, Danks followed with an RBI single, to cut the game to a two-run Columbus lead (8-6). It was the 177th RBI for Danks in a Knights uniform – which ranks fourth all-time in Knights franchise history.

Despite scoring two runs and still threatening in the ninth, Pestano entered from the bullpen with two outs and got Matt Davidson to ground out to end the game. It was Pestano’s third save of the season.

For the second consecutive night, the Knights out-hit the Clippers, but still fell short. Mitchell finished the game 2-for-3 with a run scored, a stolen base, and an RBI. By reaching base, Mitchell extended his consecutive on-base streak to 15-straight road games.

The Knights and Clippers will continue their four-game series on Wednesday. The Knights will hand the ball to RHP Felipe Paulino (0-3, 9.61) – who will continue his Major League rehab assignment. Paulino will be opposed by Columbus RHP Travis Banwart (3-1, 3.55).


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