RailRiders use eight-run inning to rally; Charlotte walks off in 10 innings
CHARLOTTE, NC - The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders used their largest inning of the season to come from behind against the Charlotte Knights Wednesday night, but were unable to hold on in the late innings as they lost 13-12 in extras at BB&T Ballpark.
The RailRiders trailed 8-4 entering the top of the 7th inning, but scored a season-high eight runs in the inning to turn a four-run deficit into a four-run lead. The inning featured a home run by Trey Amburgey (21) to get the scoring started. However, the big swing in frame came from Ryan McBroom who singled off Thyago Vieira with the bases loaded to give the RailRiders a 9-8 lead. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre plated three more runs from there to eventually lead 12-8. The RailRiders struck for eight runs on six hits and four walks in the frame as they sent 13 men to the plate in an inning for the first time this season.
Following that, the SWB offense mustered just one more baserunner- a walk- over the final three innings. This allowed Charlotte to rally off the bullpen, beginning in the eighth inning. After the first two men were retired, the Knights belted back-to-back home runs to cut the deficit in half at 12-10. Zack Collins and Yermin Mercedes doing the honors, with Collins adding to his career night at the plate, finishing 4-for-5 with two homers and 6 RBI.
David Sosebee entered for the ninth inning, but walked off the field with two outs with Athletic Trainer Darren London after the game could have already been over. The Knights scored a run to draw back to within a run at 12-11, but a groundball to third base was thrown away and extended the inning long enough for the Knights to tie it.
Sosebee passed the baseball off David Hernandez, who had just been signed by the New York Yankees earlier in the day. Ultimately, Hernandez struck out Mercedes with the bases loaded to force extra innings at 12-12. With two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, Charlie Tilson slapped a single to left field to plate pinch-runner Paulo Orlando who just narrowly beat a strong throw from Clint Frazier to score the winning run.
The RailRiders conclude their three-game set in Charlotte as they look to avoid a sweep with a scheduled 7:04 p.m. first pitch. RHP Nick Nelson (Triple-A Debut) takes the ball for the RailRiders against Charlotte's LHP Justin Nicolino (6-6, 6.08). Pregame coverage with Adam Giardino begins at 6:34 p.m. on the RailRiders Radio Network.
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