Kyle Drabek’s clean start was washed away in the third inning of Monday's ballgame, when the visiting Gwinnett Braves tagged the Knights’ starter for five runs amidst a light drizzle at BB&T Ballpark.
The initial cut came when Mallex Smith--the Braves' centerfielder--doubled to deep left field with the bases loaded, scoring two runs. From there, a walk and two hits allowed the Braves to finish with a monster, five-run third.
But the bleeding didn’t stop there.
No, the Braves added five more runs in the sixth inning, which then gave Gwinnett a 10-1 advantage.
Drabek started that sixth but couldn’t find his control, allowing a walk and a hit before getting pulled in favor of relief pitcher Miguel Chalas. However, Chalas offered little effective relief, as he was rocked for three hits and three runs before finishing the frame.
Despite the large deficit, the Knights still managed to push across three runs of their own Monday night, one of which came by way of a solo homer by DH Chris Jacobs in the fifth. Jacobs' blast marked his first long ball at the Triple-A level.
Charlotte also added runs in both the sixth and seventh innings, when Tyler Colvin singled to score Dayan Viciedo to make it a 10-2 ballgame at the end of the sixth. A 6-4-3 double play in the seventh allowed for Charlotte's Drew Garcia to score the team's final run.
However, the Braves got the last laugh Monday with an RBI double by Daniel Castro, which grabbed Gwinnett a 12-3 lead--the game’s final score.
The Knights and Braves will square off Tuesday at 7:05 pm. Brad Penny is the probable starter for Charlotte.