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duke of dorwood
04-10-2002, 08:50 AM
FORT MILL - As home openers go, the Knights' was all wet.

With rain a constant companion Tuesday evening, Charlotte slogged to a 6-4 International League loss to Indianapolis in its first game of the season at Knights Stadium.

The damp, drizzly night put a large dent in the expected crowd, trimming the number of sold tickets to 5,190. The game put a dent in Charlotte's record, dropping it to 2-4. The Indians are 4-2.

This was the second start of the season for Jim Parque, the Chicago White Sox pitcher who missed almost all of last season after surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

Parque, who is gradually getting his velocity back into the 90-mph range, pitched five innings of three-hit, one-run baseball in Charlotte's season opener at Norfolk.

He wasn't quite as effective this time, giving up a first-inning RBI double to Izzy Alcantara, the league leader in RBIs. In the third, Indianapolis' Ryan Christenson smacked a long home run over the 30-foot-high fence in left field to make it 2-0.

In the fifth, Parque, who didn't agree with some of plate umpire John Bullock's calls, walked Bill Hall. Midre Cummings followed with a line-drive homer to left-center. An out later, another walk and a homer -- this one a rocket down the left-field line by Robert Perez -- and it was 6-0.

Charlotte's big chance came in the bottom of the sixth. Mike Zwica led off with a home run, just the second hit off of Indianapolis starter Ryan Glenn. Then a walk, bunt single and line-drive single loaded the bases with none out.

Then it fizzled. Tim Hummel bounced into a third-to-home forceout, and Jeff Inglin lined into a double play to end the inning.

Charlotte