(SYRACUSE, NY) — Tim Anderson and Jason Bourgeois recorded two hits each to remain red-hot at the plate, but the Charlotte Knights dropped game two of their three-game series to the Syracuse Chiefs by a score of 8-3 at NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse, NY on Wednesday. Charlotte loaded the bases with just one out in the ninth inning, but fell short for the second time in the series.
Overall, Anderson has been one of the hottest hitters in the International League in the month of May. The 22-year-old shortstop continued his hot stretch on Wednesday and went 2-for-4 at the plate to bump his season average to .313 (57-for-182). After hitting just .235 (19-for-81) in April, Anderson is hitting .376 (38-for-101) with three home runs and 10 RBIs in the month of May. Ranked as the top prospect in the Chicago White Sox system by Baseball America, the Alabama native earned International League Batter of the Week honors last week. He currently leads the IL in hits with 57.
Jason Bourgeois extended his hit streak to seven games on Wednesday. Since being re-acquired by the Chicago White Sox organization in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks last week, Bourgeois has hit safely in all seven games he’s played in with the Knights. He finished Wednesday’s game 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base. He’s hitting .556 (15-for-27) with the Knights so far this year and has strung together six consecutive multi-hit games.
While Anderson and Bourgeois remained hot, Syracuse starter A.J. Cole was able to hold the Knights to just one run on five hits over six innings for the win. Cole (4-2, 5.06) walked just one batter and allowed his only blemish of the night in the second inning on a Nicky Delmonico RBI single.
Charlotte starter Chris Volstad (3-4, 4.45) was saddled with the loss after allowing four runs (five earned) on eight hits over six innings. Scott Sizemore connected on a solo home run off Volstad in a three-run second inning. The home run was just the third of the season for Sizemore. Jason Martinson chipped in with three hits to help pace the Syracuse offense.
The Chiefs have won the first two games of the series with the finale on tap for Thursday at 6:35 p.m. from Syracuse, NY. Pre-game radio coverage begins at 6:20 p.m. on ESPN 730 AM and CharlotteKnights.com. The “Voice of the Charlotte Knights” Matt Swierad will have the call for all of the action.