FORT MILL, S.C. -- For the second-straight day, the Charlotte Knights dropped a doubleheader to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at Knights Stadium.
On Monday, the RailRiders outscored the Knights 10-4, on Tuesday it was 8-4. With the two losses, the Knights have now lost a season-high six-straight games.
In game one, the RailRiders got past the Knights 3-1 and did so with impressive pitching from former New York Yankees hurler Chien-Ming Wang.
Wang (2-1, 0.95 ERA) tossed a complete game to earn the win in game one for the RailRiders. The Taiwanese right-hander allowed just one run on six hits over seven innings for the game one victory. Third baseman David Adams hit the go-ahead two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to lead the RailRiders to the win.
Jason Berken (1-2, 3.77) started for Charlotte in game one and was saddled with the loss. Berken allowed all three runs and pitched all seven innings for the Knights.
In game two, the Knights fell to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre by a score of 5-3. The RailRiders jumped out to an early 1-0 first inning lead when Kevin Mahoney scored on a ground out to first base by former Knight Dan Johnson.
Charlotte (7-20) came back to push across two runs in the bottom of the second inning against SWB starter Graham Stoneburner.
Seth Loman launched his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot, which put the Knights on the scoreboard. Three batters later, Bryan Anderson scored from third base on a Brandon Short groundout, which gave Charlotte their first lead of the day 2-1. It didn't last very long however.
In the top of the third inning, Zoilo Almonte tied the game with a solo home run off of Knights starter Tony Pena Jr. (0-3, 6.60), who was charged with the game two loss. The RailRiders added three more runs along the way, including a solo home run from Johnson, who went 1-3 against his former team.
Before the second game, PGA golfer Erik Compton threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
The Knights will now have a scheduled off day on Wednesday before facing the Toledo Mud Hens in Toledo, OH beginning on Thursday. RHP Zach Stewart will take the mound for Charlotte in game one. LHP Casey Crosby gets the nod for the Mud Hens.
The Knights will return home to Knights Stadium on Friday, May 10 to open an eight-game homestand. The Knights 8th Annual Pink Knights celebration is set for Saturday, May 11 and a special Mother’s Day celebration is on tap for Sunday, May 12.