Passed Ball Gives RailRiders Walk-Off Win

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) walked off with a win in unique fashion on Wednesday night at PNC Field. They beat the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) 5-4 thanks to a passed ball in the bottom of the 12th inning.

The 12th began with a double by RailRider catcher, J.R. Murphy. He advanced to third base on a wild pitch from Justin Friend to move within 90-feet of a walk-off with no one out. Shortly after, a Friend pitch got away from Lehigh Valley catcher Steven Lerud, and Murphy scored from third to give SWB the victory. It moved the RailRiders to within one game in the IronRail series with three left to play.

It was the IronPigs who opened the scoring in the first inning. Cesar Hernandez reached on a bunt single, and then advanced to third base when a throw from SWB starter Caleb Cotham got away at first base on a pick-off attempt. That setup a sacrifice fly off the bat of Freddy Galvis to give the Pigs a 1-0 lead.

The score was evened in the bottom of the first. With Murphy aboard at first, Ronnier Mustelier doubled to left field that moved him up to third base. Later in the inning, Adonis Garcia hit a single up the middle to drive home Murphy and tie the game at one.

The RailRiders went in front with two runs in the third. Murphy led off the frame with a home run to left field, his fifth as a RailRider. Mustelier then doubled to right-center field, and later scored when Garcia delivered another RBI-single.

The IronPigs tied the game back up with two in the fifth. Derrick Mitchell led off with a double, and moved to third on a bunt single by Hernandez. Galvis then drove home Mitchell with another sacrifice fly, and Hernandez moved to third on another failed pick-off attempt. He would score on a sac-fly by Steve Susdorf.

SWB went back in front in the bottom of the fifth. Murphy led off with a double, moved to third base on a single by Mustelier, and then scored when Randy Ruiz bounced into a fielder’s choice. That put the RailRiders in front, 4-3.

The game was once again tied in the seventh. With one out, Galvis lined a double off the left-field fence. Following an infield single by Susdorf, he scored on a base hit by Tyler Henson through the left side. The game remained 4-4 until the passed ball in the 12th plated Murphy to end the game.

Cotham worked five innings, and allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits. He left in line to win, but received a no-decision. Yoshinori Tateyama worked three scoreless innings, and Matt Daley (2-2) followed him up with two perfect frames to earn the victory.

Friend (5-4) entered the game in the 11th, but allowed the run in the 12th to pick-up the loss.

The RailRiders close out the home portion of their schedule on Fan Appreciation Night on Thursday at PNC Field. It’s a Thirsty Thursday presented by Budweiser, which means Bud Light and Pepsi products will be just one dollar for the first two hours after gates open at 6 p.m. A post-game fireworks show presented by Jack Williams & Kumho Tires will follow the final out. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m., and Chris Bootcheck (9-7, 3.71) will take the mound for SWB.

– SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

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