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Knights Fall to WooSox 10-2 on Friday Night 

Mark Payton Hit His Ninth Home Run of the Season
Mark Payton hit his ninth home run of the 2022 season. (Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights)
June 24, 2022

(WORCESTER, MA) -- Designated hitter Mark Payton launched his ninth home run of the season, but the Charlotte Knights dropped game four of the six-game series to the Worcester Red Sox by a score of 10-2 on Friday night from Polar Park in Worcester, MA. Payton hit the first pitch

(WORCESTER, MA) -- Designated hitter Mark Payton launched his ninth home run of the season, but the Charlotte Knights dropped game four of the six-game series to the Worcester Red Sox by a score of 10-2 on Friday night from Polar Park in Worcester, MA.

Payton hit the first pitch of the game over the right center field fence to give the Knights a 1-0 lead. The Charlotte outfielder, who started at designated hitter on Friday, went 1-for-4 with the home run.

The Knights added one more run along the way and did so in the top of the seventh inning on an RBI groundout by left fielder Zach Remillard. In all, the Knights combined to record a total of eight hits on Friday night. Second baseman Laz Rivera had three of the team’s eight hits.

Charlotte LHP Kyle Kubat (4-2, 5.98) started for the Knights and allowed five runs on seven hits over three innings. He also allowed two of Worcester’s four home runs on the night and was charged with the loss.

Worcester left fielder Christin Stewart led the offense against the Knights with a two-homer game. Stewart hit his first homer in the third inning off of Kubat, a solo blast. He later added a two-run home run in the seventh inning off LHP Zach Muckenhirn. WooSox designated hitter Connor Wong (solo) and Ryan Fitzgerald (three-run) also hit home runs on Friday night.

With the loss, the Knights have now dropped the first four games of the series to the WooSox.

The Knights will continue the six-game series in Worchester, MA against the Worcester Red Sox at Polar Park on Friday night with a 4:05 p.m. game. The “Voice of the Charlotte Knights” Matt Swierad will have the call for all of the action on 730 The Game ESPN Charlotte and www.CharlotteKnights.com.