Buffalo had a thorn in its side named Luis Robert throughout the team’s 6-0 loss to Charlotte on Thursday night at Sahlen Field.
Robert went 2-for-5 with two home runs, his second game with multiple homers and his fifth multi-hit game in seven outings with the Knights.
The White Sox prospect is batting .433 in his first seven games at the Triple-A level. Over that short time, he has 13 hits, five of which left the ballpark.
Robert’s home runs were the highlight of a vicious Charlotte offensive attack that resulted in 16 hits. Every Knights batter recorded at least one.
Paulo Orlando went 4-for-5 at the plate to lead Charlotte (52-45). Danny Mendick, a Rochester native and Pittsford-Mendon High School graduate, doubled twice for the Knights.
The Bisons’ bats were cold in contrast to Wednesday night’s 9-6 win over Charlotte. The Herd (51-46) recorded just six hits, two from Rowdy Tellez and one each from Patrick Kivlehan, Bo Bichette, Richard Urena, Reese McGuire and Andy Burns.
Ryan Feierabend (5-5) earned the loss on the mound after giving up three runs on 11 hits. Charlotte’s Odrisamer Despaigne (4-4) earned the win by pitching seven scoreless innings and striking out six.
The Knights did their damage slowly, scoring no more than one run in any inning. Matt Skole opened the second inning with a single and scored later on a fielder’s choice after Urena committed a throwing error.
Robert crushed his first home run to left field to open the third inning, and homered again with two out in the sixth, once again to left field.
Charlotte got runs in the eighth and ninth innings to ice the game.
Buffalo’s only real scoring opportunity came in the bottom of the third, when Burns doubled to open the inning. He was thrown out at third on a fielder’s choice, and a flyout and groundout ended the inning.
Buffalo remains in second place in the International League North, 4ø games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The team is three games ahead of Syracuse, Rochester and Lehigh Valley, who are all 71/2 back.
The Herd will open a series with Columbus tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Sahlen Field. Performer Tyler Scheuer will show his ‘Balancing Act’ as part of the festivities at the park.