RailRiders Walk-Off on Johnson’s Home Run

Moosic, Pa.Dan Johnson provided all the offense the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) would need on Sunday afternoon, as he powered a two-run, walk-off home run in the ninth inning to beat the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies), 2-0. Caleb Cotham started the game and was sensational for SWB.

The game had little offense to speak of until the bottom of the ninth. The inning began harmlessly for the IronPigs, as David Adams flew out to right field. Melky Mesa then hit a sinking liner to center field, which prompted an unsuccessful diving attempt from Cesar Hernandez. Mesa ended up at second on the play, which setup Johnson. On a 2-1 pitch, Johnson slammed his 21st home run of the season to right-center field to end the ballgame.

Cotham was stuck with the no-decision, but provided another outstanding start. He went six and two-thirds innings, and allowed just four hits. He struck out five while only issuing two walks. In his four starts in the month of August, Cotham is 2-0 with a 1.46 earned run average. He’s posted a 2.18 ERA since the Triple-A All-Star break.

Yoshinori Tateyama (2-1) relieved Cotham and inherited two base runners. He stranded them both, and pitched the final two and one-third innings to get the win. He allowed just one hit, and lowered his season ERA with the RailRiders to 1.95.

Jay Johnson (0-2) was brought into the game to start the ninth inning for Lehigh Valley, and he received the loss. He retired one batter, but allowed the double to Mesa and the walk-off homer to Johnson.

The win moves SWB back within two games in the IronRail series with Lehigh Valley, as they now trail, 6-4. The series shifts south to Allentown, Pa. on Monday night as the IronPigs and RailRiders will open a short two-game series at Coca-Cola Park. Chris Bootcheck (9-6, 3.67) threw seven shutout innings his last time out, but earned a no-decision. He’ll get the start on Monday as he searches for win number 10. He’ll be opposed by Tyler Cloyd (5-9, 4.89).

First pitch on Monday night is set for 7:05 p.m., which means pre-game coverage will get underway at 6:35 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. 

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