Patterson Homers on Birthday in RailRiders Rout

Moosic, Pa.Corey Patterson celebrated his birthday in style as he helped lead the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) to a 7-1 rout of the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) on Tuesday night. Patterson recorded three hits, including his fourth home run of the season. He added two singles, a stolen base, and two runs scored on the day he turned 34.

It was Charlotte who took an early lead, as they scored one run in the first. Marcus Semien drew a walk to start the inning, and moved to third on a single by Steve Tolleson. Tolleson was thrown out at second base trying to steal, and SWB starter Caleb Cotham got Brent Morel to groundout. With two down, and Travis Ishikawa down to just one strike, Cotham was called for a balk which allowed Semien to score. Cotham struck out Ishikawa on the very next pitch to end the frame.

That would be it for Charlotte’s offense, and the RailRiders grabbed the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Patterson led off with a single to center field, and proceeded to steal second base. J.R. Murphy reached on an error that moved Patterson to third, and he scored when Melky Mesa legged out a fielder’s choice. After Dan Johnson reached on a fielder’s choice, Randy Ruiz doubled him home from first base.

SWB added another run in the fourth. With one out, Brent Lillibridge was hit by a pitch. Brendan Harris then knocked a base hit to move him to second, and he later scored on Murphy’s single to left field. Lillibridge would leave the game following the inning.

Two more runs were tacked on for the RailRiders in the seventh. Patterson hit a one-out home run, his fourth of the year, to start the scoring. Murphy followed with a home run of his own to make it 5-1 in favor of SWB. It was the fourth time SWB had gone back-to-back this season, and the first since July 7 when Patterson and Addison Maruszak combined for the feat.

The game’s scoring was capped in the eighth. Ruiz led off with a ground-rule double to left-center field, and scored when David Adams followed with a double down the right-field line. Adams scored on a single by Ronnier Mustelier, which gave the game its final margin of 7-1.

Cotham (5-5) worked five innings, and allowed just the one run that scored on the balk. It was Cotham’s sixth straight outing where he did not allow more than three runs. It also marks his second consecutive win, as the RailRiders improved to 7-6 when Cotham starts. Sam Demel recorded the final five outs to pick-up his third save of the season.

Charlotte starter Erik Johnson (2-1) started the game for Charlotte and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits in six innings. The bullpen allowed four runs over just two innings.

The RailRiders and Knights will play game two of their four-game set Wednesday night at PNC Field. Chris Bootcheck (9-6, 3.90) will go for win number 10, and will be opposed by right-hander Jason Berken (10-11, 4.04). As always on Wednesday night games, kids 12 and under eat free. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m., and gates will open at 6 p.m. at PNC Field.

– SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

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