Marshall Hurls a Gem in SWB’s 4-1 Win Over Toledo

Moosic, Pa.Brett Marshall matched his season and career-high by hurling eight innings as he helped lead the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) to a 4-1 victory over the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers) on Wednesday afternoon at PNC Field. The RailRider offense broke a string of five consecutive games of just scoring one run.

Marshall (5-8) allowed just five hits and one run en route to his fifth victory. Wednesday’s game marked the second time Marshall has gone eight frames this season, the only SWB hurler to do so. Marshall’s July earned run average stands at 3.38 in five starts, and he’s allowed just two earned runs in 14 innings since play resumed after the All-Star break.

All of the SWB offense was scored in the bottom of the first inning. Adonis Garcia led the ballgame off for the RailRiders with a hit by pitch. Ronnier Mustelier moved him to second with a base hit up the middle, and Dan Johnson followed with a hard single to right that plated Garcia. With Johnson and Mustelier aboard, Randy Ruiz clubbed his 12th home run as a RailRider to give his team the 4-0 advantage.

The lone Toledo run came across in the fifth inning. Mike Cervenak led off with a bloop single to left-center field. Bryan Holaday then flared a single to left to move him to second, and Cervenak scored when Avisail Garcia snuck a base hit in front of RailRider center fielder, Corey Patterson.

After Marshall hurled eight solid innings, Dellin Betances was called upon to close out the game. He did walk two batters, but otherwise had no troubles in the ninth as he recorded his fourth save of the season. Betances has not allowed a run since June 16.

Jon Link (0-2) started for Toledo, and looked like he would not hurl many frames. He settled down after the first, but was handed the loss after allowing four runs over seven innings of work.

On Thursday night, the RailRiders will wrap-up their eight-game homestand, and their series with Toledo. They can earn a split with the Mud Hens on a Budweiser Thirsty Thursday. Fans are also encouraged to dress up as their favorite crime-fighting hero on Superhero Night at PNC Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., and David Huff (4-4, 3.57) will get the starting nod for SWB. The game can be seen live on MyNetwork TV, and live on NEPA Sports Radio – The Game.

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