Rochester’s Offense Lights Up RailRiders in Loss
Moosic, Pa. – After shutting out Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) potent attack Saturday night, the Red Wings’ offense pounded out 10 base hits in a 6-2 loss Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. Three different Rochester batters added extra base hits, including two doubles by Dan Rohlfing, while the former Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) farm hand Doug Bernier went 3-for-4 with two RBI in the loss.
SWB tagged Rochester starter Kris Johnson for two early runs. Jose Pirela and Ramon Flores each hit singles in the first inning before Pedro Florimon’s errant throw on a double play ball allowed Pirela to score for the early 1-0 lead.
SWB added another tally in the second after Russ Canzler doubled for the second time in as many days and scored on an RBI base knock by Francisco Arcia. The run by Canzler pushed the RailRiders lead to 2-0 before Rochester’s bats heated up.
From there, Johnson settled in. The 2006 first-round selection retired his next 17 batters faced, scattering five strikeouts before issuing a walk to Pirela in the seventh.
With SWB leading 2-0, Rochester plated six unanswered runs to end the game. Rochester’s three through seven batters carried the load offensively, as all four batters either doubled or scored a run in the game. The big turning point occurred in the fifth and sixth as the Red Wings plated five runs against RailRiders starter, Joel De La Cruz.
Four-straight batters added productive at-bats to begin the fifth, including a double by Dan Rohfling that gave Rochester runners at second and third. Bernier drove in his first run on a base hit before a sacrifice fly and a throwing error led to two more runs that pushed the lead to 4-2 for Rochester.
Two more runs crossed in the visiting sixth after Wilkin Ramirez doubled and scored on an extra base hit by Rohfling before Bernier brought the final tally across on his second RBI of the day for the 6-2 lead.
De La Cruz (1-2) was tagged for the loss, while Kris Johnson (1-2) tossed eight complete innings, scattering four hits in the win.
The RailRiders will hit the road for an eight-game road trip, beginning a four-game series against the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) Monday, May 26 at 4:05 p.m. SWB sends righty Shane Green (1-2, 4.56) to the hill while the Bats will counter with left-hander Matt Maloney (2-1, 2.79). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame beginning at 3:35 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:
Dean Anna went 0-for-3 in Sunday’s game and is now just 1-for-33 in games played at PNC Field.
Adonis Garcia went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in Sunday’s game. Since his 17-game hitting streak came to close, Garcia finished off the RailRiders homestand 0-for-16 with four strikeouts.
Ramon Flores’ outfield assist in the assist in the third was his team-leading seventh of the year.
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