Romine Paces Offense as RailRiders Sweep Indians
Moosic, Pa. – Austin Romine added three hits, including a double and three runs-scored, and Zach Nuding tossed five innings and limited the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates) to a single run Thursday night at PNC Field as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (17-15) finished off a four-game sweep of Indianapolis with an 8-4 win. The win marks the fifth-straight for SWB and improves the clubs record to two games above .500.
For the second-straight evening SWB fell behind early as Indianapolis plated its first run in the visiting fourth. Gregory Polanco and Nevin Ashley both reached before Jaff Decker blasted an RBI to plate Polanco, giving the Tribe the early 1-0 lead.
SWB was quick to respond with a run of its own in the home half of the fourth. Antoan Richardson reached on an error and moved to second on a miscue by Chris McGuiness. Richardson moved to third on a fly out before Zoilo Almonte plated SWB’s first run with a ground ball to Robert Andino that scored Richardson, evening the game at 1-1.
The RailRiders plated two more runs with three hits in the fifth. Russ Canzler singled and moved to third on a double by Romine. With runners at second and third, Ramon Flores brought both runs around with a triple that extended the lead to 3-1.
Indianapolis got a run back on a home run by Nevin Ashley. The home run by Ashley was his first of the season and brought the Indians to within a single tally at 3-2.
SWB’s offense went silent in sixth before busting the game open with a three-run seventh. Jose Pirela and Romine each added singles that chased Cody Eppley from the game. Lefty Daniel Schlereth entered and promptly walked Flores to load the bases before a fielding error by Michael Martinez allowed the innings first run to score. Two more runs crossed in the frame before Zelous Wheeler grounded into a force out to end the inning with the RailRiders on top 6-2.
SWB would go on to plate two more runs in the eighth, before right-hander Jim Miller slammed the door in the ninth inning to secure the RailRiders win, 6-3.
Nuding (1-1) scattered five hits and allowed one run in five innings of work to secure the win, his first at the Triple-A level. Jake Brigham (1-2) was slated with the loss.
The RailRiders will begin the second leg of an eight-game run at PNC Field with the first of four games against the Durham Bulls Friday, May 9 at 7:05 p.m. SWB twirls right-hander Joel De La Cruz (1-0, 1.50),while the Bulls sending righty Merrill Kelly (4-0, 1.67) to the hill. John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning 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. 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 swept the Indianapolis Indians for the first time since 2010.
Zelous Wheeler ended a 10-game hitting streak with a 0-4 day.
Austin Romine went 3-for-3, his second multi-hit game of the season and second of the series.
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