Charlotte Knights 8, Indianapolis Indians 1
Rick VandenHurk took the loss tonight.
A busy first inning was all the Charlotte Knights needed to defeat the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field tonight in the first game of the first round of the International League playoffs. Knights’ starter Charlie Leesman dominated the Indians’ batters, allowing just one run on 6 hits and one walk, with 6 strikeouts in 8 innings of work.
The Knights jumped right onto Tribe starter Rick VandenHurk in the top of the 1st. With one out, VandenHurk gave up three consecutive hits — a double off the right-center field wall by 2B Drew Garcia, a double into the right field corner by 3B Brent Morel, driving in Garcia, and a 2-run home run just inside the right field foul pole by 1B Seth Loman. That gave the Knights a 3-run lead, with only one out in the game. VandenHurk got a fly out and a strike out to end the inning.
Dean Treanor and Starling Marte at third base in the bottom of the 1st.