Big Sixth Inning Dooms SWB in Loss to Lehigh Valley
Moosic, Pa. – A six-run sixth inning helped propel the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Triple-A/Philadelphia Phillies) to a 7-3 victory over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees) on Sunday afternoon. The IronPigs now hold a 5-3 lead in the IronRail series with eight more games to be played between the two squads.
A run in the top of the first helped Lehigh Valley grab an early lead. Freddy Galvis doubled to center field with one out, and would later score on a single by cleanup man Josh Fields.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre leveled the game with a run in the bottom of the first. Adonis Garcia started the rally with a single, and moved to second when Dan Johnson drew a walk. Randy Ruiz then sent a single to left field to drive home Garcia and knot the game at one.
A mammoth home run gave the RailRiders the lead in the bottom of the second. Ronnier Mustelier led off the frame with a home run to straightaway center field. It was Mustelier’s fifth home run of the season and it gave SWB the 2-1 advantage.
That lead lasted until the sixth, when it was erased by the six-run sixth inning for the IronPigs. Steve Susdorf led off with a single, and then scored when Fields doubled him home. Cody Overbeck followed with a two-run home run to right field. Tyler Henson then singled, stole second base, and moved to third on a throwing error. With the infield in, Cameron Rupp hit a hard single through the left side to plate Henson. After Tyson Gillies doubled, Leandro Castro capped the inning with a two-run double to push the Lehigh Valley lead to 7-2.
SWB would add a run in the eighth to trim the deficit. David Adams reached on an infield single with one out, and moved up to second on a walk to Garcia. Johnson then hit a single to right field to score Adams, but that was the game’s final score.
David Buchanan (1-0) made his first Triple-A start for Lehigh Valley and got the win. He allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings of work.
SWB starter Brett Marshall (5-9) looked impressive in his first five innings before struggling in the sixth. He ended up conceding seven runs in five and one-third frames in the loss.
The RailRiders will take the day off on Monday before returning to action on the road on Tuesday. They’ll make the trip to Syracuse, N.Y., and will resume a suspended game from July 12 at 6 p.m. Following the conclusion of that contest, the RailRiders and Chiefs (Washington Nationals) will play the regularly schedule nine-inning contest. SWB returns home to PNC Field on Saturday, August 10 to face the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays).
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