The Charlotte Knights, the top farm hands for the Chicago White Sox organization began their weekend series in Louisville on Friday night.
Odisimir Dspainge took the hill for the Bats. He lasted five full and threw 95 pitches surrendering seven hits and a lone run off the bat of catcher Alfredo Gonzalez, scoring Matt Skole in the top of the 4th. Other than that lone blemish, he had a rather uneventful night on the bump.
For Charlotte, Colton Turner started and went 3 1/3. Turner, a bullpen arm by trade, got the start after a bizarre scratch to intended starter Matt Tomshaw, who took the mound for him in the 4th.
The Bats struck first blood, plating two in the 2nd off the bat of Blake Trahan. After the Knights cut the deficit in half to begin the 4th, the Bats would take that run right back. Juan Graterol grounded into a fielder’s choice that ultimately should’ve been an inning ending double play, but some defensive incompetence that extends to the Major League level allowed Nick Longhi to score. The Bats further extended the lead to 5-1 with a Christian Colon sac fly.
That lead would go the distance with a final score of 5-1. The same two clubs play tomorrow for Star Wars night at 6:30.