Wings fall in Charlotte; Mendick collects hit, run

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Matt Skole hit two, two-run homers as the Charlotte Knights beat the Red Wings, 7-3, Wednesday night at BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte.

Jordany Valdespin hit a go-ahead sixth inning homer for the Wings that gave Rochester a brief 3-2 lead.

After the Valdespin homer, the Wings had a chance to pile on as they loaded the bases with one out. But, the Knights called on Matt Tomshaw who promptly came in and induced a 4-6-3 inning-ending double play off the bat of Jake Cave. Cave hit the ball hard, but sure-handed, veteran infielder Ryan Goins picked it smoothly to start the rally-ending twin killing.

With the momentum shifted, Skole cranked a Jake Reed offering way out to right for what turned out to be the game-winning two-run homer.

The Knights (20-17) would add three insurance runs off Gabriel Moya in the eighth.

Skole – who’s hit four home runs in the series – gave Charlotte a first inning lead with a two-run homer off opener Addison Reed.

The Wings (14-21) would answer right back in the top of the second. Wilin Rosario doubled home Randy Cesar on a drive to deep center and Valdespin followed with an infield single that would score Rosario from second to tie the game.

The knock extended Valdespin’s hit streak to 10 games. Since April 28, the Wings infielder is hitting .513 (20-for-39) with 13 RBI and has nine multi-hit nights over that span.

In a bullpen game, Ryan Eades was the best of the bunch pitching a scoreless second, third and fourth frame for Rochester.

Danny Mendick (Pittsford Mendon/ MCC) led off and played third base for the Knights and went 1-for-4 with a run scored.

Kohl Stewart (2-2, 4.50) gets the ball for the Wings in the series finale Thursday evening.

WINGS THINGS:  The Wings have combined for 28 hits in the first two games of the series…Luis Arraez has back-to-back two hit games in his first two games at Triple-A.

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