IronPigs Top RailRiders in Extras Behind Rupp’s Homer

Moosic, Pa. – The Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Triple-A/Philadelphia Phillies) received an 11th inning home run from Cameron Rupp, and they held on to the 4-3 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees) on Saturday night. With the RailRider bullpen thin, manager Dave Miley was forced to call upon Corey Patterson to pitch the 11th inning.

The game got off to a good start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, as they scored the game’s first run in the third. With one out, Brendan Harris singled through the left side, and then moved to second on single by Adonis Garcia. He advanced to third on a fly out, and then scored when Melky Mesa reached on an infield single.

The lead was quickly erased with two runs by Lehigh Valley in the fourth. Steve Susdorf led off with a double to right-center field, and moved up to third on a single by Josh Fields. Tyler Henson then doubled to right field to drive home Susdorf. Fields scored when Cesar Hernandez hit a sacrifice fly to right field.

The RailRiders leveled the game in the fifth. With one out, Garcia drew a walk, and then moved to second on an infield single by J.R. Murphy. He followed with a steal of third base, and scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Mesa.

Lehigh Valley poked back in front with a run in the seventh. Hernandez reached on a bunt single to start the inning, moved to second on a walk to Rupp, advanced to third when Tyson Gillies was hit by a pitch, and then scored on Pete Orr’s infield single.

The RailRiders destined the game for extras with a run in the eighth. Mesa was hit by a pitch to start the inning, and proceeded to steal second base. He moved up to third on a wild pitch, and then scored on a base hit by Randy Ruiz. The game was tied at three after eight innings of play.

The game remained tied at three until the top of the 11th. Out of pitching, the RailRiders turned to Patterson. He conceded a lead-off home run to Rupp, who sent it over the left-field fence. Patterson did allow two more hits, but he stranded both base runners to keep it a one-run game.

SWB put the first two batters of the bottom of the 11th on base, and loaded the bases with one out, but could not score.

J.C Ramirez (4-2) threw two scoreless innings of relief with two strikeouts to earn the win. Mauricio Robles walked three men in the 11th, but he survived for his sixth save.

Patterson (0-1) allowed the Rupp homer in the 11th to pick-up the loss for SWB. It was his first professional pitching appearance.

With the loss, SWB now trails 6-3 in the IronRail series. The RailRiders and IronPigs will play the finale of a short two-game series at PNC Field on Sunday afternoon. It’s the final NEPA Honda Dealers Family FUNday, and gates open at Noon for a 1:05 p.m. first pitch. Caleb Cotham (5-5, 5.63) has been outstanding since the All-Star break, and he will take the mound for SWB. Following the game, kids will be able to run the bases just like the RailRiders.

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! -

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