(UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) — Yoan Moncada and Adam Engel recorded two hits apiece, but the Charlotte Knights lost to the Gwinnett Braves by a score of 5-4 on Friday in the opening game of their three-game series from BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte. The G-Braves broke a 4-4 tie in the top of the ninth inning en route to the one-run win in Friday’s opener.
Gwinnett catcher Anthony Recker played a big part in Gwinnett’s victory. Recker homered in the second inning and later ignited the offense in the ninth inning. The Gwinnett backstop doubled to lead off the top of the ninth off Charlotte reliever Gregory Infante (0-1, 2.70). Two batters later, Xavier Avery walked to give the G-Braves two runners on base with just one out in the inning (Kyle Kubitza flied out for the first out). After Infante intentionally walked Ozzie Albies to load the bases, Johan Camargo drove home the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly to center field. At that point, the G-Braves took a 5-4 lead and ultimately won the game.
RHP Mauricio Cabrera (1-0, 6.00) allowed two runs on three hits over two innings of work and earned the win. Cabrera, who was making a major league rehab appearance, allowed a run in back-to-back innings (seventh and eighth), but the Gwinnett offense battled back to score an important ninth inning run. Reliever Daniel Peterson pitched a 1-2-3 scoreless ninth inning to earn his third save of the season.
Moncada continued his hot hitting and extended his hit streak to 11 consecutive games. The 21-year-old Cuban native finished the night 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Engel reached base a total of four times on the night and finished the game 2-for-2 with two walks, a double, and a home run — his third of the season.
LHP Cory Luebke made his first start of the season and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits over four innings of work. Luebke, who started the season on Charlotte’s disabled list, struck out three batters in his second appearance of the season.
Story Credit: Charlotte Knights