Whitley’s Career Day Leads RailRiders to Victory
Moosic, Pa. – After claiming the first game of the four-game run against the IL West’s best, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (15-15) called upon the right of Chase Whitley to show them the way. The former Troy University standout tossed a season-high 6.2 innings and struck out a career-best 11 batters en route to a 2-1 RailRiders win Tuesday night at PNC Field. The win guarantees the RailRiders at least a split of the four-game series against the Tribe and also marks the first three-game winning streak of the season for SWB.
Whitley fanned four batters in his first two innings before the RailRiders plated its first run. Adonis Garcia reached on a single and scored on the base hit by Zelous Wheeler to give the RailRiders the early 1-0 advantage.
With the lead, Whitley shined striking out seven of the first 12 batters he faced, while not giving way to a base hit until the fifth. The biggest tilting point of the ballgame occurred in the same frame. After Whitley allowed a single to Nevin Ashley, Jaff Decker added a ground-rule double to left that halted Ashley at third. With runners in scoring position, Whitley induced a fly out to Michael Martinez that ended the threat.
The RailRiders added to the lead in the eighth as Scott Sizemore reached on a single and moved to third on a wild pitch, before Zoilo Almonte delivered a thunderous double to right-center that pushed the lead to a two run affair.
The Indians tried its best to supplant a rally, after reliever Robert Coello hit Robert Andino and allowed him to advance to second on a passed ball. The Indians first run crossed after Gregory Polanco singled to right drew the deficit to one. Coello carved up Brent Morel for the second out before inducing a fly out by Chris McGuinness to end the threat.
Whitley (3-2) tossed six shutout innings to earn the win while Vance Worley (0-1) was the tough luck loser, tossing six innings and allowing a single run. The save by Coello (1) was his first of the season.
The RailRiders will continue an eight-game homestand Wednesday, May 7 at 10:35 a.m. as the club hosts the Indianapolis Indians for the third of a four-game tilt. SWB will toss right-hander Brian Gordon (1-2, 4.88) while the Indians twirl righty Brian Cumpton (2-0, 1.43). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 10:05 a.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. 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:
SWB pitching staff totaled 11 strike outs in the game.
Adonis Garcia went 2-for-3 in the ballgame and now has multiple hit in three of his last four games.
Robert Coello has not allowed an earned run in his first 10.1 IP.
Zoilo Almonte’s RBI in the 8th marked his 17th RBI since April 17.
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