Chris Bootcheck’s strong outing was ruined by a late Charlotte rally as the RailRiders fell to the Knights 4-2 on Wednesday at PNC Field to fall to 59-66 this season. The Knights scored all four runs in the ninth and 10th innings to overcome a 2-0 deficit.
RailRiders at the plate: They piled up eight hits with the big hit coming from Alberto Gonzalez, who hit a solo home run. Melky Mesa and Dan Johnson each had a pair of singles; Johnson’s first single scored Adonis Garcia in the bottom of the first.
RailRiders on the mound: Starter Chris Bootcheck tied a season-high going seven shutout innings but took a no-decision. Matt Daley threw a scoreless eighth, but Mike Zagurski had problems in the ninth and 10th, allowing all four Charlotte runs in getting hit with the blown save and the loss.
Riding the Rails: With the loss, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will have to win 15 of its last 19 games to avoid finishing at .500 or worse for the first time since becoming an affiliate of the Yankees in 2007. The last time the franchise was at the even mark or worse for the season was the 2005 Red Barons, who went 69-75.
Time of Game: 2:57
Today’s Game: Game three of the four-game series against the Knights is tonight at 7:05 at PNC Field.
Today’s Probables: Charlotte LHP Charlie Leesman (3-1, 3.47) vs. RailRiders RHP Chase Whitley (2-2, 3.70)
On Deck: The series with Charlotte wraps up Friday, then SWB welcomes Lehigh Valley to town for a brief two-game set at PNC Field to close out the six-game homestand. But don’t worry. After just two games in Lehigh Valley, the RailRiders are back home on August 21.
Today at PNC Field: It’s Thursday so that means it’s thirsty Thursday with beers and Pepsi products just $1 for the first two hours after the gates open. Dress in green at today’s game because tonight is the almost halfway to St. Patrick’s Day theme.
On The Radio: All games can be heard on WYCK 1340-AM, 1400-AM, 100.7-FM
On TV: The next televised game by WQMY (My Network TV) will be Saturday at 7 p.m.
HOW THEY SCORED
RAILRIDERS FIRST: Adonis Garcia reached on a fielding error. J.R. Murphy flied out. Melky Mesa singled to third base. Dan Johnson singled to score Garcia. Randy Ruiz grounded into a double play to end the inning. RAILRIDERS 1-0
RAILRIDERS FIFTH: David Adams reached on an error, but was erased when the next batter, Ronnier Mustelier grounded into a double play. Alberto Gonzalez hit a solo home run. Brendan Harris grounded out. RAILRIDERS 2-0
CHARLOTTE NINTH: Travis Ishikawa singled. Andy Wilkins flied out. Steve Tolleson walked. Jim Gallagher singled to load the bases. Michael Earley hit a bloop single to knock in Ishikawa. Miguel Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly to score Tolleson. Leury Garcia struck out. TIED 2-2
CHARLOTTE TENTH: Marcus Semien homered. Brent Morel walked. Travis Ishikawa struck out. On the play, Morel stole second and moved to third on a throwing error. Andy Wilkins hit a sacrifice fly. Steve Tolleson grounded out. KNIGHTS 4-2