Knights Sink the Stripers 6-2 on Saturday night

    Charlotte Knights

May 12, 2024 – International League (IL)
Charlotte Knights news story

(LAWRENCEVILLE, GA) – Jared Walsh launched his first home run to push the Charlotte Knights past the Gwinnett Stripers by a score of 6-2 on Saturday in game five of the six-game series from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA. The win was Charlotte’s second in the series. With the win, the Knights now have a chance to split the series with a win in Sunday’s final.

Walsh appeared in his sixth game of the season with the Knights and went 1-for-4 at the plate with his first home run of the season. The 30-year-old first baseman was signed by the Chicago White Sox and assigned to Charlotte on May 4. Walsh, a 2021 American League All-Star while playing for the Los Angeles Angels, homered for the first time this season with the Knights on Saturday. In fact, the home run was his first since March 30, 2024, when he was a member of the Texas Rangers.

RHP Chad Kuhl started for the Knights and was sharp over four innings of work. Kuhl, who did not factor in the decision, allowed just two runs on four hits in four innings of work. RHP Aaron McGarity (3-0, 5.50), the first reliever to pitch in relief of Kuhl, earned the victory. McGarity pitched two shutout innings for his third win of the season.

The Charlotte bullpen was great again on Saturday, holding the Stripers scoreless through the final five innings of the game. RHP Justin Anderson worked a perfect ninth inning to close the door on Charlotte’s second win of the series.

In total, the Knights scored seven goals in the game. Shortstop Colson Montgomery drove home a run on an RBI single in the top of the ninth inning, his 15th RBI of the season. Outfielder Mark Payton extended his hit streak to three consecutive games.

The two teams conclude the six-game road series Sunday afternoon from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA. The “Voice of the Charlotte Knights” Matt Swierad will be calling at beginning at 1 p.m. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM from the Stripers’ home.

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