Garcia Leads RailRiders to Series Win
Pawtucket, R. I. –Shane Greene pitched six shutout innings and combined with two other RailRiders relievers to shutout the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) 3-0 Tuesday at McCoy Stadium. Adonis Garcia added tallied four-hits for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A/New York Yankees), including a double and a home run. The win is the third-straight for SWB and finished the road trip at an even 4-4.
Garcia led off the RailRiders (23-21) third with a first-pitch home run that snuck over the right field wall for the early 1-0 lead. The home run by Garcia was his second of the season.
Scoreless middle frames followed as Pawtucket starter Anthony Ranaudo settled in, retiring six-straight hitters before issuing a walk and a single in the fifth. Greene was equally as impressive, retiring seven of his first eight before allowing his a base hit to Mike McCoy in the third.
One of the few Pawtucket scoring opportunities took place in the fourth. With Daniel Nava standing at first base, Brandon Snyder doubled down the left-field line. Nava hustled around third, but a relayed throw from Garcia cut down Nava sliding into home to preserve the 1-0 the SWB lead.
The lead swelled with a two-run seventh that sent six RailRiders o the plate. Antoan Richardson reached on a walk and moved to second on a single by Jose Gil. A ground ball by Jose Pirela cut down Gil advancing to second for the first out before Garcia added insurance with a run-scoring single to left. Flores followed with an RBI of his own that pushed the lead to 3-0.
Greene (1-2) had his longest outing of the season, twirling six scoreless inning of four-hit ball in the win while Ranaudo (4-3) tossed 5.1 innings, needing 106 pitches to work his way through the RailRiders line up in the loss. Robert Coello pitched the final 1.2 innings to pick up his second save of the season, striking out four batters in the process.
The RailRiders will take a break from the road when the club returns home to PNC Field Wednesday, May 22 for a 6:35 p.m. tilt against the Rochester Red Wings. SWB tossed left-hander Matt Tracy (0-0, 5.40) while the Red Wings call upon righty Alex Meyer (2-1, 3.79). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on MyNetwork TV as Jim Riley fills in on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:05 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:
The combined shutout is the third of the seasons for the RailRiders and first since a 5-0 win over Buffalo on April 23.
Adonis Garcia collected his fourth outfield assist of the season, trailing only Ramon Flores (5) on the RailRiders active roster in the category.
With his base hit in the first, Adonis Garcia extended his team-best 17-game winning streak with a four-for-five day. During the 17-game run Garcia is 32-for-70 (.457).