CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Indianapolis Indians (25-22) plated three runs in the top of the first in Sunday’s matchup with the Charlotte Knights (19-30). They never scored again, while the Knights rallied to victory.
Charlotte erased that early 3-0 deficit, hanging on for a narrow 4-3 win at their home ballpark.
In the top of the first, two singles set the stage for a Jordan Luplow sacrifice fly to give Indy a 1-0 edge. Kevin Kramer’s double made it 2-0, with a fielding error allowing the Tribe to extend their lead to 3-0.
Knights starting pitcher Donn Roach settled in after that turbulent opening frame, helping blank the Indians the rest of the way.
On the mound for Indianapolis was J.T. Brubaker. He was unable to clamp Indy’s advantage down.
Two RBI doubles in the bottom of the second drew Charlotte within a run at 3-2. A sacrifice fly tied the game in the fourth. And finally in the fifth, Eddy Alvarez singled in the eventual winning run.
Brubaker exited after 4.2 innings, surrendering four runs (three earned) on nine hits and four walks. The righty took the loss, his first in Triple-A.
The Tribe’s road trip ends with a Memorial Day clash with the Knights on Monday. Game time is set for 2:05 p.m.