MOOSIC, PA – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) dropped a 3-2 decision to the Charlotte Knights on Thursday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders (33-28) settle for a split of the four-game series with the Knights (31-31).
Brady Lail (2-2) shouldered a tough loss despite striking out a Triple-A career-high eight batters. He allowed three runs, all in the third inning, on six hits across six innings. It was his fifth quality start in seven outings with SWB. Chris Volstad (5-4) limited the RailRiders to two runs on six hits through seven innings.
The Knights grabbed the advantage in the third on a two-run double to left-center by Danny Haynes. Nicky Delmonico lifted a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Hayes from third.
Donovan Solano provided the only runs for SWB In the home half of the third. Kyle Higashioka led off with a double and Ben Gamel worked a walk. Solano slammed a two-out double to the right field corner, trimming the deficit to one.
The RailRiders had chances late, but stranded the tying run in scoring position twice over the final four innings.
Solano finished the night with three hits. Aaron Judge extended his hitting streak to seven with a sixth-inning single.
The RailRiders open a series against the Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park on Friday night at 7:15 p.m. Right-hander Luis Cessa (0-1, 4.18) starts for SWB against left-hander Ryan Merritt (4-4, 2.64). The RailRiders return home to host the Gwinnett Braves for “Glow in the Park Night” on Friday, June 17, at 7:05 p.m. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.