Two Late Homers Sink RailRiders in DH Sweep
Moosic, Pa. – The Toledo Mud Hens (Triple-A/Detroit Tigers) received two late home runs to help sweep the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees) in a doubleheader on Tuesday night at PNC Field. Avisail Garcia hit a three-run home run the 10th inning in game one, and Nick Castellanos hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning in game two.
Michael Pineda got the start in game one, and was dominant for the RailRiders. With the Yankees trying to limit his innings, Pineda only worked three frames, but he breezed through the Toledo order. He conceded just three hits and struck out three.
The Mud Hens plated the first run of game one in the fourth. Castellanos reached on a fielder’s choice, moved to third on a base hit by Danny Dorn, and then scored when Ben Guez reached on an error by SWB shortstop Hector Crespo.
The RailRiders leveled the score in the sixth. David Adams led off with a walk, and later moved to third base. Dan Johnson hit a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Williams, but SWB stranded two runners as Toledo kept the game tied at one.
The game was scheduled for just seven innings, but the two teams played 10 frames. In the top of the 10th, with Bryan Holaday and Argenis Diaz aboard, Garcia homered to left field to put the Mud Hens ahead, 4-1.
Robbie Weinhardt (3-0) worked the ninth inning and got the win for Toledo as Jose Valverde saved his fifth game at the Triple-A level this season.
Yoshinori Tateyama (1-1) conceded the Garcia home run and was handed the loss.
Offense was hard to come by for both teams again in game two. SWB’s Chris Bootcheck and Toledo’s Blaine Hardy were locked in a tight matchup when the RailRiders went in front in the fifth. With two outs and nobody aboard, Bobby Wilson slammed his fifth home run of the season to left field.
The lead did not last long thanks to Castellanos’ homer in the sixth. Former SWB infielder Kevin Russo began the rally with a single, and it was followed by a walk to Jordan Lennerton. That setup the home run by Castellanos, his 13th of the year.
Hardy (3-0) allowed just one run over five innings, and he earned the win. Bootcheck (9-3) made just one mistake on the night, but picked up the loss. He allowed three runs in five and one-third innings of work, and struck out three.
The RailRiders and Mud Hens will play day baseball on Wednesday afternoon, with a special first pitch time of 12:05 p.m. scheduled at PNC Field. Prospect right-hander Brett Marshall (4-8, 5.70) will get the starting nod for SWB, and he’ll be opposed by fellow righty, Jon Link (0-1, 2.57). Tickets are available, and can be purchased by calling (570)969-BALL, by visiting swbrailriders.com, or by visiting the box office at PNC Field. Gates will open at 11 a.m.
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