The Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees have two of the most talked about farm systems in the entire MLB. Both teams had some of that talent on display Friday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders, taking on the Charlotte Knights, were the team to pull out the 2-1 victory thanks to a walk off single by Mike Ford.
The RailRiders sent out Chance Adams, the Yankees #6 prospect, and he would face off against the White Sox #7 prospect, Reynaldo Lopez. They wouldn’t disappoint as they both came out firing on all cylinders.
Both pitchers tossed scoreless frames in the first three innings of the game. It wasn’t until the fourth inning that the Charlotte would draw first blood.
With one out, Rob Brantly would single on a line drive to left field and he would be moved to second on a ground out by Willy Garcia. Then with two outs, Danny Hayes would lace a single to Billy McKinney in right field giving the Knights a 1-0 lead.
Scranton Wilkes-Barre would not hesitate to fight back.
The bottom of the fourth inning started with Tyler Wade grounding a slow roller to the short stop for an infield single. Wade would help to manufacture chaos by attempting to steal second. Knights’ catcher Brantly came up firing but threw his ball into center field which allowed Wade to go over to third. The tying run would come in thanks to a booming double to the opposite field by the outfielder Jake Cave.
That was all both Adams and Lopez would give on the day. Adams would finish pitching with 6IP, 5 hits, 1 R/ER, with 1 walk and no strike outs on the night. Lopez was equally as dominant. He threw 6 innings, giving up 1 R/ER, with 1 walk and 6 strikeouts. Neither pitcher would factor in to the decision.
Both teams were stagnant when it came to getting the bats going. No batter reached further than second and they could not get the big hit until the RailRiders stepped up in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Tyler Wade struck out to lead off the inning but Donovan Solano made up for it with a line drive passed the left fielder Rymer Liriano. With Jake Cave up, the Knights’ pitcher, Matt Purke, threw a wild pitch allowing Solano to go to third. That forced Charlotte to intentionally walk Cave. That set the table for Mike Ford to drive a single into center field and win the game for SWB 2-1.
The RailRiders continue their series with the Knights on Saturday at PNC Field for a 6:35pm. Bryan Mitchell (2-2, 3.60ERA) is on the hill for SWB and he will take on Chris Volstad (2-5, 5.97 ERA) for Charlotte.