Knight's Tale: Charlotte takes opener from SWB

RailRiders drop 5-3 final in extra innings to Knights

Trey Amburgey hit his 20th home run of the season Tuesday, but the RailRiders fell 5-3 in 10 innings. (Tim Dougherty)

By Madonna Mantione / Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders | August 6, 2019 11:16 PM

MOOSIC, PA (August 6, 2019) - With a pair of runs in the top of the 10th inning, the Charlotte Knights wrestled a series opener in extra innings from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, by a 5-3 final. 

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The contest moved into extra innings and in the top of the tenth and Daniel Palka drove in pace-of-play runner Luis Robert with an RBI single to give Charlotte a 4-3 lead. Will Carter walked Yermin Mercedes with the bases loaded to force in another run that was the final tally of the night, making it 5-3.

Charlotte got on the board first in the top of the third on an RBI single by Trey Michalczewski. After a 36-minute rain delay in the top of the third, the game continued and Clint Frazier lasered a homer off the foul pole down the left field line, and the game tied at 1-1.

Moving into the top of the fourth, Charlotte responded with a solo home run by Zack Collins, giving them a lead over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In the bottom of the inning, Trey Amburgey drove a ball to the right-center gap that just snuck over the wall, tying the game 2-2. This was his 20th of the season, making him the second RailRider to accumulate 20 on the season, joining Mike Ford (23). 

In the bottom of the seventh, Wendell Rijo crushed a ball off the billboards in left field, the third homer of the night for SWB, giving the RailRiders a 3-2 lead. In the top of the eighth, Daniel Palka hit a solo homer for Charlotte, tying the game 3-3 and ultimately forcing extra innings. All told, the game featured five home runs; three for the RailRiders slamming and two for the Knights. 

The winning pitching arm was Colton Turner (4-4) over 2.0 innings of work and the loss was charged to J.P. Feyereisen (8-2) who allowed the deciding two runs over 1.0+ innings after entering in the ninth inning, but not recording an out against any of the three batters faced in the tenth. 

The RailRiders continue the series against the Charlotte Knights Wednesday evening with Gary Sanchez reportedly heading to Scranton to play during the homestand. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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