Clippers can't complete sweep, Charlotte snaps 10-game skid
CHARLOTTE -- Jake Peter's single in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs led the Charlotte Knights to a thrilling 3-2 walk-off win over the Columbus Clippers on Sunday in the finale of their three-game series from BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte.
With the win, the Knights snapped their longest losing streak in their Triple-A franchise history, 10 straight games. It was their ninth walk-off win of the season.
Tied by a score of 2-2, the Knights headed to the ninth inning looking to get back in the win column. After dropping the first two games of the series, they were also in search of a much-needed win against the first place Clippers.
Danny Muno led the ninth inning off with a single off Columbus reliever Josh Martin (1-4, 3.58). Tony Campana followed with a perfect sacrifice bunt, which pushed Muno to second base. Now, with the winning run in scoring position, things got interesting for the 8,000+ fans in attendance.
Although Adam Engel struck-out for the second out of the inning, the Clippers went to the bullpen and called on reliever Jeff Johnson. Jason Bourgeois was the first batter Johnson faced and he was intentionally walked to set things up for Peter, who played the hero.
With runners on first and second base with two outs, Peter ripped the second pitch he saw from Johnson into left field. Muno, who ignited the offense in the inning with the leadoff single, raced home to score the game-winning run. It was Charlotte's first win since July 19th (a 4-3 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre).
Charlotte reliever Juan Minaya (3-1, 2.03) worked a perfect eighth and ninth inning to earn the win. Minaya struck-out three batters en-route to his third win of the season with the Knights. Charlotte starter Chris Volstad was sharp on the day, but did not factor in the decision. Volstad, who currently leads the International League in innings pitched with 141.0, gave up two runs on six hits over seven innings pitched on Sunday.
Offensively, the Knights led the way with nine hits on the day. Kevan Smith and Jake Peter had two hits apiece to help pace the offense. The Knights scored a run in each of the final two innings of the game to snap their 10-game losing skid. The Knights also lost 10 straight games in 1995 and 2005.
Charlotte will now hit the road and make the trek to Lawrenceville, GA to open a four-game series on Monday against the Gwinnett Braves.