Mike O'Connor picked up his first win of the season, as the Clippers defeat the Knights 2-1, in Charlotte Monday. The southpaw allowed five hits and a run in six innings of work. He struck out 10 and walked one.
Mike Bacsik did not allow a hit in two strong innings of relief and Brian Sanches picked up his second save of the season, striking out two in the ninth.
The Clippers scored the first run of the game on a double to right by Bret Boone and a single by Pete Orr to center field.
The Knights tied the score on Jason Bourgeois lead off home run in the fourth frame.
The winning run tallied in the seventh inning. Ray Olmedo singled to center field. Wil Nieves' sacrificed bunt was thrown away by catcher Paul Phillips. Olmedo ended up on third and Nieves took second base. Olmedo scored on Boone's sacrifice fly to right field.
The team will return to The Coop on April 19th.
If you saw him against the Orioles in the pre-season at the Nationals home park... you saw that he looked pretty sharp - working 2 1/3 and striking out 4 I think. Should be a matter of time at this pace... GO O'CO!