August 10, 2017 - International League (IL) - Charlotte Knights
(PAWTUCKET, RI) - The Charlotte Knights tallied a total of three home runs, but fell just short to the Pawtucket Red Sox by a score of 6-5 on Wednesday in the finale of their three-game series from McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI.
A night after he launched his 12th home run of the season, Rymer Liriano homered again on Wednesday. The hard-hitting right fielder ripped a two-run home run in the fourth inning against Pawtucket starter Justin Haley (2-0, 2.92). Liriano now has 13 home runs and 41 RBIs on the season for the Knights.
Two innings later, the Knights got their second home run of the game when Cody Asche connected on his 10th long ball of the season. The solo shot gave the Knights a 3-2 lead at that point.
RHP Carson Fulmer (7-8, 5.62) started for the Knights and pitched into the sixth inning with a lead. With one out in the inning, Fulmer ran into trouble and walked three straight batters to load the bases. He was then replaced by reliever Al Alburquerque, who then walked two consecutive batters, which gave the PawSox a 4-3 lead at that point. Fulmer, who was charged with the loss, allowed four runs on four hits over 5.1 innings.
Pawtucket tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull away with a 6-3 lead. Brian Bogusevic hit a two-run home run off Alburquerque in the seventh.
In the top of the ninth inning, Casey Gillaspie hit his first home run of the season in a Knights uniform and his 10th overall in 2017. Gillaspie's two-run blast pulled the Knights to within one run, but that was as close as they would get. RHP Noe Ramirez got Eddy Alvarez to strike out swinging to end the game. Ramirez notched his fifth save of the season, while Haley earned the win.
The Knights will now head to Allentown, PA to open a four-game series against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Coca-Cola Park on Thursday night. Pre-game radio coverage of Thursday's 7:05 p.m. game will begin at 6:50 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.