(UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- A night after the Knights celebrated the rich history of BBQ in the Carolinas, starter Reynaldo Lopez took the mound throwing gas on Sunday.
Lopez mowed down 12 batters over seven solid innings, and Tyler Ladendorf doubled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead the Charlotte Knights to a 5-4 walk-off win over the Gwinnett Braves on Sunday in the finale of their four-game series from BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte.
Down by a score of 4-3, the Knights mounted a comeback in the bottom of the ninth inning. With one out in the inning, Gwinnett handed the ball to reliever A.J. Minter (0-1, 6.23), who had his troubles. Minter allowed a double to Rob Brantly. Two batters later, Rymer Liriano, who pinch-hit for Grant Green, doubled home Brantly to tie the game at 4-4. Enter Tyler Ladendorf.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Ladendorf, who came on to pinch-hit for Jacob May, roped a double up the middle to drive home Liriano for the game-winning run. It was Charlotte's fifth walk-off win of the 2017 season.
As for Lopez, the 23-year-old right-hander tossed 99 pitches and allowed just two hits on the day. He gave up just one run and walked two batters. He left with a 3-1 lead, but did not factor in the decision. Charlotte RHP Bobby Parnell gave up three runs in the top of the ninth inning, which gave the G-Braves a 4-3 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Knights will now hit the road and make the trek to Rochester, NY on Monday. The Knights and Red Wings will play a doubleheader on Monday with first pitch of game one set for 5:05 p.m. RHP Chris Volstad (2-4, 5.97) will get the start for the Knights in game one of the twin bill against Rochester LHP David Hurlbut (6-5, 3.44). Pre-game radio coverage will begin at 4:50 p.m. on ESPN Charlotte (730 AM) and CharlotteKnights.com. The "Voice of the Charlotte Knights" Matt Swierad will have the call for all of the action.
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