Hit Parade Marches RailRiders Past Knights
Charlotte, N.C. – A rare recipe of solid pitching and powerful hitting helped the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) solve the riddle of the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) in a 16-5 drilling of the Knights Sunday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark. Carmen Angelini, Kyle Roller and Adonis Garcia each blasted home runs and all nine members of the RailRiders offensive nine collected a base hit to help the club avoid the series sweep.
And early 1-0 deficit was promptly erased in the second. Garcia jumped on an early pitch for a leadoff single and took third on Austin Romine’s double to left. With runners at second and third, John Ryan Murphy put the RailRiders on the board with a sacrifice fly to center. A bruised batter followed before Angelini’s three-run tater put SWB up for good at 4-1 and the route was on.
SWB tacked on two more after a string of singles by Rob Refsnyder, Zoilo Almonte and Garcia loaded the bases to open the third. A wild pitch plated Refsnyder from third and Romine’s groundball doubleplay plated another to hang the crooked number. Murphy rounded out the frame with his second RBI of the night, a base hit to right that scored Garcia and pushed the lead to 7-1.
A scoreless fourth followed, but the local nine wasn’t done just yet. The RailRiders continued to let out a cry of frustration, this time with a five-run fifth inning the chased starter Daniel McCutchen. A two-run moonshot dinger by Roller and run-scoring knocks by Angelini and Jose Pirela highlighted the frame and put the contest out of reach at 12-1.
Charlotte would a get a few runs back in fifth and sixth and Andy Wilkins clubbed two home run in a 3-for-5 effort, but the RailRiders followed with crooked numbers in the seventh and eighth to pad the lead and finish off the Knights. Matt Tracy spun 5.1 innings and issued two home runs before departing in favor of Jim Miller in the sixth. The win was the first for Tracy at the Triple-A level while McCutchen was slated with the loss, his first decision as a member of the Knights pitching staff.
The RailRiders and continue the eight-game road trip Monday, July 21 when the club opens a four-game series with the Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves). Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will toss right-hander Bruce Billings (4-5, 5.34) while the Braves counter with the righty Cody Martin (6-6, 3.52). John Sadak will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:05 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio —The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailirders.com.
OFF THE RAILS
Carmen Angelini collected four RBI and homered for the first time since August 8, 2013 against the Erie Sea Wolves with Double-A Trenton. The four RBI tied a career high for Angelini and also tied for the most runs driven in by a RailRider this year.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the RailRiders and allowed the club to avoid dropping to season-worst nine games under .500. Conversely, the RailRiders snapped Charlotte’s five-game run, which had been the Knights’ longest run of success since the team won eight straight from August 11-18, 2012.
The 16-runs for the RailRiders marked the club’s highest run-scoring output since the club also scored 16 on May 4 against the Norfolk Tides.
John Ryan Murphy’s sacrifice fly RBI in visiting second ended a 13 inning scoreless streak for the RailRiders’ offense.
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