Charlotte, N.C. — Solid pitching coupled with powerful hitting helped the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders solve the riddle of the Charlotte Knights in a 16-5 victory over 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 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 shot 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. 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.
The RailRiders put together a five-run fifth inning that chased starter Daniel McCutchen. A two-run shot 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 threw 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 continue the eight-game road trip today when the club opens a four-game series with the Gwinnett 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).