Charlotte Rallies Late to Beat SWB

Moosic, Pa. – The Charlotte Knights (Triple-A/Chicago White Sox) rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees) on Wednesday night in 10 innings, 4-2. The Knights scored two in the top of the ninth to tie the contest, and two more in the top of the 10th to take the lead.

The loss spoiled a superb starting performance from Chris Bootcheck, as he shutout the Knights over seven innings of work. Bootcheck held Charlotte to just three hits, and issued four strikeouts while setting down the side in order in four of his seven frames.

The RailRiders went in front in the bottom of the first inning. Adonis Garcia led off the frame by reaching on an error by shortstop Leury Garcia. An infield single by Melky Mesa advanced him to second base, and Dan Johnson then singled through the right side to drive home Garcia.

Alberto Gonzalez doubled the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lead in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs, Gonzalez hit a home run off the top of the wall in left field. It was Gonzalez’s first home run as a RailRider, and extended the SWB lead to 2-0.

The lead remained slim at just two, and the Knights rallied to tie the game in the top of the ninth. Travis Ishikawa began the rally with a single. One out later, Steve Tolleson drew a walk. The bases were loaded after Jim Gallagher’s base hit. Michael Earley then singled to right field to drive home Ishikawa, and Miguel Gonzalez then tied the game with a sacrifice fly to right field that plated Tolleson.

After the RailRiders did not score in the bottom of the ninth, Charlotte pushed across two runs to take the lead in the 10th. Marcus Semien led off the inning with a home run to left field, his third at the Triple-A level gave the Knights their first lead. Brent Morel then walked, stole second base, and moved to third on a throwing error by catcher J.R. Murphy. He then scored when Andy Wilkins hit a sacrifice fly to right field.

Leyson Septimo (2-0) worked the final two innings for Charlotte to get the win. He didn’t allow a run, and struck out four opposing batters.

Mike Zagurski (6-3) entered the game in the ninth, and took the loss after allowing four runs in two innings.

Game three of four-game set between SWB and Charlotte is set for Thursday night at PNC Field. For the first two hours after gates open at 6 p.m., Pepsi products and Bud Light will be just one dollar on a Budweiser Thirsty Thursday. It’s also Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day, and first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., and Chase Whitley (2-2, 3.70) will ascend the mound for SWB and he’ll be opposed by left-hander Charlie Leesman (3-1, 3.47).

– SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

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