Knights Drop Friday’s Slugfest 15-8 to RailRiders
Catcher Rob Brantly Launched His Second Career Grand Slam
(UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) –Rob Brantly launched his second career grand slam, and Jake Peter remained red-hot, but the Charlotte Knights fell to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders by a score of 15-8 on Friday in the opening game of their three-game series from BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte. The Knights welcomed 10,215 fans through the gates for their 17th sell-out crowd of the year.
The Knights belted out a total of eight runs on 10 hits, including two home runs in the game. Peter hit the team’s first in the bottom of the first inning. The home run was his fourth of the season in just nine games played with the Knights in 2017. He went 3-for-4 on the night and has now hit safely in nine-consecutive games with the Knights and 18 overall (final nine with Birmingham before his promotion to Charlotte).
Charlotte loaded the bases in the fifth inning and Brantly roped a grand slam down the right field line. It was his first grand slam since July 5, 2015 when he slugged one while playing for Double-A Birmingham. He finished Friday’s game 3-for-5 with two runs scored, the grand slam, and four RBIs. Nicky Delmonico chipped in with two hits.
RHP Tyler Danish (3-10, 5.04) was saddled with the loss. He gave up nine runs (10 earned) over four innings pitched for Charlotte in the opener.
The Knights will continue the three-game series against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on Saturday at BB&T Ballpark. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. 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. The game can also be seen on My 12 WMYT starting at 7:00 p.m.
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