FORT MILL, S.C. – A day after rain halted a Sunday doubleheader, the Charlotte Knights and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders began their four-game series with another doubleheader at Knights Stadium on Monday.
The RailRiders held on for a 5-4 victory in game one and then came back to shut out the Knights in game two by a score of 5-0 to win both games on Monday. With the two losses, the Knights fell to 7-18 on the season. The Knights were outscored 10-4 in the doubleheader.
RHP Sam Demel (1-0, 1.42) tossed 2.2 scoreless innings to earn the victory in game one. Demel struck-out three batters and was solid in relief of starter Dellin Betances, who allowed two runs on five hits over 3.1 innings pitched.
Corban Joseph’s third inning home run off of RHP Simon Castro (0-4, 5.93) proved to be the difference in game one, as the Knights late-inning rally fell short. Charlotte scored two runs in the final inning of game one and lost by just one run. Brent Morel had two hits and two RBIs in the first game.
In game two, the Knights failed to score through the seven-inning contest. RHP Chris Bootcheck threw six scoreless innings to improve to 3-0 with a 0.38 ERA on the season. The Knights had just three hits in the second game.
RHP Matt Zaleski (1-2, 5.74) allowed five runs on six hits over 5.2 innings and was saddled with the loss in game two.
On Tuesday, the two teams will play one more doubleheader and first pitch of game one is set for 5:15 p.m. Gates will once again open at 5:00 p.m. and PGA Golfer Erik Compton will be on hand to meet and greet fans. Compton will throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
In Tuesday’s twin bill, the Knights will send RHP Jason Berken to the mound, while the RailRiders will go with RHP Chien-Ming Wang.
In game two, the Knights will have RHP Tony Pena Jr. on the hill, while Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will go with RHP Graham Stoneburner.