(MOOSIC, PA) -- RHP Tyler Danish tossed six solid innings, Rymer Liriano added three hits, and the Charlotte Knights beat the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders by a score of 5-3 on Sunday in the finale of their four-game series from PNC Field in Moosic, PA. The win was Charlotte’s second straight. The two teams split the four-game set.
Danish (3-9, 4.42) was sharp on the afternoon en route to his second career win over the RailRiders. The 22-year-old gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits over six innings for the win. He struck out two batters and threw 89 pitches. He was also helped out by a big five-run third inning from the Charlotte offense.
With the Knights down by a score of 1-0, the team’s offense ignited in the top of the third inning against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter Brady Lail (5-4, 5.12). Liriano led the top of the third inning off with his ninth home run of the season. Three batters later, after Jacob May and Ronald Bueno each singled, Jake Peter continued his hot hitting. Peter, who hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning of Saturday’sgame, singled home May to give the Knights a 2-1 lead in the third on Sunday. The hits kept coming for the Knights in the inning and the team tacked on three more runs along the way.
Ahead by a score of 2-1 with runners on first and second base, Nicky Delmonico drew a walk to load the bases. Cody Asche then followed with a two-run single to give Charlotte a 4-1 lead at that point. Rob Brantly added one more run with a sacrifice-fly RBI to give the Knights a 5-1 lead. That was all the Knights needed to get past the RailRiders for a second consecutive day.
Liriano finished the game with three hits, while May and Asche had two hits apiece. May also stole two bases to push his season total to 19. The Charlotte bullpen combined to hold the RailRiders scoreless over the final three innings. Matt Purke, Aaron Bummer, and Brandon Brennan all threw a scoreless innings each. Brennan notched his first save of the season.
The Knights will now return home to open a seven-game homestand on Monday at BB&T Ballpark. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. for game one of a four-game series against the Columbus Clippers. First pitch is on tap for 7:05 p.m. game from Uptown Charlotte. RHP Carson Fulmer (6-6, 5.42) will get the start for the Knights against LHP Shawn Morimando (10-5, 3.56) for Columbus. Pre-game radio coverage will begin at 6:50 p.m. on ESPN Charlotte (730 AM) and CharlotteKnights.com. The “Voice of the Charlotte Knights” Matt Swierad and long-time Knights broadcaster Mike Pacheco will have the call for all of the action.
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