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Knights’ win streak ends with a thud

By Seth Lakso
Correspondent

Every winning streak comes to an end.

On Sunday, the Charlotte Knights snapped their five-game streak in style, leaving nothing to chance in a 16-5 loss to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at BB&T BallPark.

Daniel McCutchen got the start for Charlotte and allowed 11 runs over 41/3 innings, departing with the Knights trailing 9-1.

Shawn Hill, who was activated off the disabled list before the game, came on in relief and allowed two inherited runners to score and then five more over the next three innings.

“Those kinds of games are going to happen,” said Andy Wilkins, who homered twice in the loss. “You just need to limit the amount of times. It was a rough one, though.”

The two home runs extended Wilkins’ International League-leading total to 21 on the season. He finished the game 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs and is hitting .444 over his past 11 games with seven home runs (five this series).

The RailRiders (47-54), who avoided a four-game sweep, finished with 17 hits. The 16 runs allowed tied a season-high for Knights (43-59) and the 11-run loss was one less than a 14-2 drubbing at the hands of Columbus on June 10.

The game was, however, not without a silver lining.

With the knowledge that Justin Jirschele’s time with Charlotte was up (with the pending arrival of Carlos Sanchez from the Chicago White Sox), Knights manager Joel Skinner sent him to pinch hit in the eighth inning in search of his first Class AAA hit.

“I wanted him to get a base hit because I knew he was going down,” Skinner said. “The game was out of hand and that gave me a chance to get him an at-bat. He’d already had a sacrifice fly and he had a good game when he played here once earlier this season.”

Jirschele, who had been with the Knights since being called up from Class A+ Winston-Salem where he had been hitting .343 on Thursday, sliced a line drive to left center for his first hit and second RBI.

After signing with the White Sox as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and never playing above the Class A+ level before last week, the hit was special for Jirschele, who received the ball when he return to the dugout.

“It was a good feeling,” he said. “It’s always a bummer coming in when you’re down and the game’s kind of out of whack, but I was happy that Skinns (Skinner) got me in there for an AB and I just wanted to put the bat on the ball and see what would happen. This is a great team. They kind of took me under their wing and treated me really well.”

South Atlantic

Kannapolis 7, Lakewood 6: Reliever Brad Salgado retired the final 10 BlueClaws batters of the game as the Intimidators beat visiting Lakewood. Kannapolis (46-52, 17-14) has won three of its past four. Observer News Services

RAILRIDERS 16, KNIGHTS 5

Scranton/WBabrhbi
Pirela 2b6123
Refsnyder rf6110
Almonte lf6230
Garcia 3b6331
Roller dh5222
Romine 1b4210
Murphy c3123
Richardson cf2210
Angelini ss5224
Totals43161713

Charlotteabrhbi
Johnson 2b4000
Jirschele ph-2b1011
Semien ss5132
Danks cf5030
Davidson 3b5000
Wilkins dh5232
Tuiasosopo lf4000
Taylor rf4000
Black 1b3110
Gonzalez c3120
Totals395135

Scranton/WB04305022016170
Charlotte1000110115131

E — Davidson (8). DP–Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 1, Charlotte 1. LOB–Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 7, Charlotte 10. 2B–Romine (12), Almonte 2 (15), Murphy (8); Semien (11). 3B–Pirela (5). HR—Angelini (1), Roller (10), Garcia (8); Semien (8), Wilkins 2 (21). SF–Murphy.

Scranton/WBIPHRERBBSO
Tracy (W,1-2)51/383324
Miller12/320003
Burawa121101
Daley111101

CharlotteIPHRERBBSO
McCutchen (L,0-1)41/39111132
Hill32/375422
Kussmaul110002

WP-Burawa, McCutchen. HBP-Richardson (by McCutchen), Tuiasosopo (by Tracy). T-3:01. A-9,806.

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