RailRiders Take Thriller From Knights
Mike Ford Singles Home Game-Winner in Ninth
Tied 1-1 entering the last of the ninth, Donovan Solano ignited the rally by lacing a one-out double down the left field line. Reliever Matt Purke (3-4) then uncorked a wild pitch against Jake Cave that sent Solano to third base before the Knights intentionally walked Cave. Mike Ford stepped in and mashed a first-pitch single to right that scored Solano.
Nick Rumbelow (4-0) took home the winning decision after holding the Knights scoreless in the top of the frame. His only base runner reached on a walk.
Charlotte scored the first run of the game in the fourth against starter Chance Adams when Danny Hayes lined a single to right that scored Rob Brantly, barely beating the throw in from Billy McKinney. Adams hurled six frames, allowing the one run on five hits and a walk.
SWB immediately answered with a tally in the home half against Reynaldo Lopez. Tyler Wade rolled an infield hit to short and stole second. After swiping his International League-leading 26th base, he raced to third on a throwing error by the catcher Brantly. Cave plated Wade two batters later on a booming double off the left field wall.
The 2016 Gildan Triple-A National Champion RailRiders continue their home series with the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) on Saturday, July 22 at 6:35 p.m. Right-hander Bryan Mitchell(2-2, 3.60) will face right-hander Chris Volstad (2-5, 5.97). The first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a reversible camo bucket hat, presented by MetLife, as part of Military Appreciation Night! The fun continues with Kids Run the Bases following the game, weather permitting, and a King’s College postgame fireworks show! For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.