Angelini’s Three-RBI lead RailRiders to Victory, 5-0
Syracuse, N.Y. – Brian Gordon (1-0) tossed five shutout innings and combined with four other RailRiders pitchers Sunday afternoon to blank the Syracuse Chiefs (1-2) 5-0 at NBT Bank Stadium. The win earned the RailRiders their first shutout of the season, allowing the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (2-1) to salvage the final game of the doubleheader and earning the series win.
SWB faltered in the first game of the day, giving up two early runs in the first inning, which eventually proved to be too much to overcome as the RailRiders dropped the opening tilt, 3-0. First baseman Brock Peterson provided the early thump in the order after second baseman Jeff Kobernus and Steven Souza Jr. each drew consecutive walks to open the frame. Peterson followed with a two-run double over the head of centerfielder Adonis Garcia, to plate Kobernus and Souza. SWB combined for just three hits throughout the game, including a two-hit afternoon from Scott Sizemore. Chase Whitley (0-1) earned the loss, while right-hander Taylor Hill (1-0) claimed his first win of the season.
The RailRiders refused to go quietly in game two, as the club responded with a five-run effort, combining for seven hits, including two doubles off the bat of Carmen Angelini, who earned his first start of the season at shortstop. Right-hander Ryan Tatusko, puzzled the RailRiders for the first third of the game before first baseman, Corban Joseph, broke through with an infield single in the fourth.
The first runs of the day for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre came in the fifth inning when third baseman, Zelous Wheeler, opened the frame with an extra-base hit. The first four batters of the inning all reached, including a hit batsman that was followed with a single by Antoan Richardson to load the bases. Angelini stepped to the plate and doubled on a line-drive to centerfield that went just beyond the out-stretched glove of Eury Perez. The double by Angelini drove in two runs, giving SWB their first lead of the day, 2-0. The RailRiders would add two more in the frame on a sacrifice fly by Ramon Flores and an RBI single by Zoilo Almonte.
Gordon helped steady the tide, after pitching through a rough first inning that included a walk and a hit batsman, before working around a throwing error by Wheeler in the first. Gordon would go on to retire nine of his next ten batters faced.
SWB added one final tally in the sixth inning after Angelini ripped his second double of the day to left field to plate Wheeler. Angelini’s double was part of a two-hit day for the back-up shortstop and a three RBI night. Wheeler added a two-hit day to help pace the RailRiders attack, adding doubles in fifth and sixth.
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The RailRiders bullpen picked up their fellow comrade as the ‘pen continued its dominance with Cesar Cabral, Yoshinori Tateyama, Fred Lewis and Jim Miller combining to finish off the final two innings to complete the game.
The RailRiders will continue their six-game series Monday evening at 7:05 p.m when the club visits the Rochester Red Wings for the first of a three-game set. The RailRiders starter is yet to be announced, while the Red Wings (0-2) will toss left-hander, Kris Johnson (N/A). John Sadak will have the call on radio with pregame coverage starting at 6:30 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. The RailRiders’ home slate begins on Thursday, April 10 when the Chiefs visit PNC Field for a four-game series and homestand. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS:
Scott Sizemore was 5-for-6 in the first two games of the series
Brian Gordon retired 13-of-14 to finish the game
The RailRiders bullpen has not allowed a run in 11 innings pitched
Zelous Wheelers’ run-scored in the fifth ended a RailRiders innings-scoreless streak of 15
Adonis Garcia’s outfield assist gave the RailRiders’ outfield two in the three-game set
Wheeler and Angelini combined for four extra-base hits
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