Bisons Sweep RailRiders in Doubleheader

Buffalo, N.Y. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) dropped a doubleheader on Thursday night to the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays). Buffalo took game one, 5-2, and rallied to the victory in game two, 2-1. Despite the losses, the RailRiders hold a 12-4 record in doubleheaders this season.

Moises Sierra had a monster game in game one and put the Bisons in the lead early on. After Ryan Goins drew a two-out walk off of SWB starter Chris Bootcheck, Sierra homered to center field to give the Bisons an early 2-0 lead.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre would trim one run off the deficit in the fourth. J.R. Murphy led off with a double to left field, and then moved to third on a groundout by Adonis Garcia. Dan Johnson then hit a hard grounder up the middle, and it was mishandled by the shortstop Goins, and the play allowed Murphy to score from third base.

Corey Patterson snapped out of a slump and tied the game in the fifth when he led off the frame with a home run to right field. It was Patterson’s third as a RailRider.

Buffalo quickly untied it in the fifth, as Sierra led off with a single and would later come around to score on a double by Sean Ochinko.

Sierra capped his game one performance with another home run in the sixth. With Goins aboard at first base after a fielder’s choice, Sierra homered to left field for his eight of the season, and it gave game one its final margin of 5-2.

Thad Weber (6-4) went the distance for Buffalo, and tossed all seven innings while allowing just two runs. He also struck out seven and issued two walks.

Bootcheck (9-6) also went the complete game. He allowed five runs on seven hits in the loss.

Game two was a bullpen game for both clubs, but offense was hard to come by. Randy Ruiz got the RailRiders off to a fast start by slamming his 15th homer of the season to center field in the second. It was his first since July 28, and it gave SWB the 1-0 lead.

Buffalo erased the deficit and took the lead in the fourth. Kevin Pillar started the rally with a base hit, and he moved to second when Sierra was hit by a pitch. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third, and Andy LaRoche followed with a two-run single that scored both Buffalo runs.

John Stilson (4-2) worked an inning and one-third to get the win out of the bullpen for the Bisons. Starter Bobby Korecky went four and two-thirds, and allowed the Ruiz home run.

Mike Zagurski (5-2) allowed one run on four hits in two and two-thirds innings, and he picked up the loss. Chase Whitley started the game for SWB and pitched into the fourth.

The RailRiders will look to avoid the sweep on Friday night as they send Brett Marshall (5-9, 5.45) to the mound. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. and pre-game action on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME gets underway at 6:35 p.m. SWB returns to PNC Field on Saturday, when they welcome in these same Bisons to open up an eight-game homestand.

– SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

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