Zack Zehner’s fourth-inning solo shot seemed like icing on the cake at the time.
The blast to right provided the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders a four-run lead and Jonathan Holder and Brody Koerner were cruising through the first three frames. But after the Charlotte Knights tied the game up with a three-run third inning, Zehner’s home run came at just the right time.
The left fielder’s second blast of the season provided the RailRiders (7-3) with what would be the game-winning run in a 4-3 rain-shortened five-inning game in the series finale in Charlotte (4-6).
Both Kyle Higashioka and Gleyber Torres continued their tear while in Charlotte.
Higashioka went 2-for-3 with a doubel, RBI and run scored to raise his batting average to .348 while Torres went 1-for-3 with a run scored to raise his batting average to a team-high .385.
Seven RailRiders registered hits on Sunday, with Mike Ford, Ryan McBroom, Abiatal Avelino and Rashad Crawford joining in on the fun.
Avelino scored on a double play to start a three-run third inning. Higashioka hit an RBI double and then scored on a single by Ford to cap off the frame.
Zehner hit a solo home run off of House to lead off the fourth inning. It was Zehner’s second home run of the season, with both coming against the Knights.
The Knights scored three times in the bottom of the fourth off Koerner. Jose Rondon reached on an infield single and scored on a sacrifice fly from Patrick Leonard. Juan Perez hit a two-run home run to right off Koerner to cut the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lead to one.
In the top of the sixth, rain began to fall and the game went into a delay. After a 46-minute delay, the game was ruled official and completed early.
Koerner (1-0) earned the win, working four innings and allowing three runs on four hits. House (0-2) suffered the loss after giving up four runs on seven hits over five-plus innings.
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