RailRiders Bash Bats to Win Fifth Straight

Louisville, Ky. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) used a three-run home run by Randy Ruiz to help beat the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) on Sunday night, 9-2. The win moves the RailRiders back to .500 at 54-54, and SWB has now won five consecutive games.

The offense got off to a quick start for SWB, and they led early for the first time in the series by scoring a run in the first. Adonis Garcia led off the game with a base hit to left field, and then moved to third on a double by Brendan Harris. One out later, Dan Johnson grounded out to second base to drive home Garcia.

The Bats gained the lead with a pair of runs in the third. With one out, Jason Donald doubled to left field. One out later, Billy Hamilton singled through the right side to drive Donald home. Hamilton then stole second base, his 61st stolen base of the season, and scored when Emmanuel Burriss hit a base hit up the middle.

A five-run sixth inning gave the RailRiders the lead for good. Ronnier Mustelier began the rally by reaching third base on an error by Hamilton in center field. After a walk to Johnson, Ruiz slammed his 14th home run of the season to left-center field. It bounced off the bottom of the video board that extends well beyond the wall. SWB was not done, as J.R. Murphy then doubled to left field, and scored on Corey Patterson’s double. Thomas Neal would later score on a wild pitch to give the RailRiders a 6-2 edge.

A three-run eighth provided padding for the SWB bullpen. Murphy singled, and moved to third on a base hit by Patterson. Jose Pirela then singled to drive home Murphy. Garcia then doubled to clear the bases, and give the game its final margin of 9-2.

Josh Spence (1-1) pitched two shutout innings in relief of starter Michael Pineda to earn the win. Pineda allowed two runs in four innings of work. The RailRider bullpen has tossed 32.2 innings over the last six games, and has conceded just two runs with 43 strikeouts. That accounts for an earned run average of just 0.55.

Louisville starter Chad Reineke (8-9) took the loss after allowing six runs, four earned, on seven hits in five and one-third innings.

SWB will go for the sweep and their sixth straight win on Monday night when they matchup with Louisville for the final time of the regular season. Chris Bootcheck (9-3, 3.50) will try for his 10th win of the season. First pitch at Louisville Slugger Field is set for 7:05 p.m. Pre-game coverage will begin at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM.

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! -

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