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Knights Beat Clippers in 10 innings, 5-2.

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(Columbus, OH) –  Courtesy: Charlotte Knights - When Carlos Sanchez homered on Sunday, it was his first home run in 751 days and his first at the Triple-A level. He didn’t have to wait nearly as long for his next home run.

Sanchez launched a game-winning three-run home run in the top of the 10th inning, and led the Charlotte Knights to a 5-2 win over the Columbus Clippers on Wednesday in game three of their four-game series from Huntington Park. The 21-year-old slick-fielding infielder finished the game with two hits and bumped his average up to a team-high .293 on the season.

It has been a marvelous season for Sanchez at the plate and it continued on Wednesday. The Venezuelan native recently had a 10-game hit-streak and currently has 18 hits over his last 12 games. His 55 hits on the season rank fifth in the International League and his home run on Wednesday came at an important time for a team needing a win.


With the game tied at 2-2 in the 10th inning, Columbus reliever Nick Hagadone (1-3, 3.32) started the frame by allowing a single to Blake Tekotte -- who also homered earlier in the game (solo home run in the 7th). Tyler Saladino then reached base trying to lay down a sacrifice bunt, which turned into a throwing error by Hagadone. Now, with runners on first and second and no outs, the Knights were in business.



Jared Mitchell, who reached base in his 16th straight road game earlier in the day, moved both Tekotte and Saladino over a base with a good bunt. Now, with runners on second and third, Gorkys Hernandez hit into a fielder’s choice. The Clippers were able to get Tekotte out a home for the second out of the inning. Still, the Knights had two on and a red-hot Sanchez at the plate.



On a 1-1 pitch from Hagadone, Sanchez ripped a three-run home run over the left field fence to give the Knights the 5-2 lead. Reliever Taylor Thompson, who came on in the eighth inning, came back on for the 10th and was able to continue his impressive work on the mound.


Thompson (1-0, 3.29) did not allow a run or a hit in 2.1 innings out of the bullpen en route to his first win of the season. Thompson has not allowed a run over his last 11.2 innings pitched and has not allowed a hit over his last 10.0 innings.

Charlotte starter Dylan Axelrod was sharp over six innings, but did factor in the decision. Axelrod allowed just one run on five hits. He struck-out six batters and walked three. He was in line for the win when he left, but reliever Frank De Los Santos allowed a game-tying run in the eighth inning.


The two teams will conclude their four-game set from Huntington Park on Thursday. Charlotte will hand the ball to RHP Tommy Hanson (3-4, 3.96) in the finale, while the Clippers will give the ball to RHP Gabriel Arias (0-1, 5.40).




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