Adams’ Single Lifts RailRiders in Extras

Indianapolis, Ind. – A dominant start from Caleb Cotham wasn’t enough to keep the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) from going into extra innings on Thursday night, but they did prevail with a 2-1 win over the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates) in 12 innings. Cotham pitched into the seventh as David Adams drove home the go-ahead run.

The 12th inning began when Alberto Gonzalez hit a slow groundball up the middle. Second baseman Chase d’Arnaud got to it, but wasn’t able to make a throw to first base. Adonis Garcia laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Gonzalez to second base, and Adams followed with a base hit to right field that scored Gonzalez and put the RailRiders in front, 2-1.

Cotham needed just 57 pitches to work into the seventh, as he completed six innings but allowed to base hits to start the seventh, and then was taken out. He conceded just one run on four hits, and struck out three without issuing a free pass. His lone run scored after he exited the ballgame.

Indianapolis scored that single run off Cotham in the seventh. The inning began with singles by d’Arnaud and Matt Hague. Cotham was relieved in favor of Josh Spence, who then struck out Andrew Lambo. Dellin Betances was brought into the ballgame with runners on the corners, and Russ Canzler hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score d’Arnaud and put the Indians in front, 1-0.

The RailRiders would tie the game in the top of the ninth. J.R. Murphy led off with a fly ball to right field. Lambo sprinted after it, and crashed through the wall. The play resulted in Murphy being awarded second base on the ground-rule double. He advanced to third base when Thomas Neal laid down a bunt single, and then scored on a wild pitch from Duke Welker.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre bullpen did allow an inherited runner to score, but they were solid over six frames in support of Cotham. Jim Miller (2-5) entered the game in the 11th and earned the win. He struck out Canzler to end the game.

Indianapolis starter Kris Johnson entered Thursday with the best earned run average in the International League, and did not allow a run over seven frames. Atahualpa Severino (0-3) tossed three innings out of the Indians bullpen, but was handed the loss.

The RailRiders will go for a winning road trip when they wrap-up the journey and their series with Indianapolis on Friday night. A unique first pitch time of 7:15 p.m. awaits them, as Michael Pineda (1-1, 4.22) will take the mound for SWB. Pre-game coverage gets underway at 6:45 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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