Eight-Run Fifth Sinks RailRiders

Indianapolis, Ind. – On a bullpen day for the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates), a 13-hit attack was not enough to overcome an eight-run fifth inning Friday night at Victory Field in an 11-6 drilling of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees). The loss marks the second-straight for the RailRiders and the first in five tries against the Tribe (33-21).

Trailing 3-0 to begin the fifth, the RailRiders (27-26) attempted to follow a trend of thunderous rallies from previous nights.  Eight batters walked to the plate in the RailRiders’ fifth, highlighted by two extra-base hits by Ramon Flores and Kyle RollerJose Pirela walked and took third on a double by Flores before Roller and Corban Joseph each delivered RBI base knocks that evened the game at 3-3.

An error by Roller on a ground ball by Robert Andino helped spark an eight-run home fifth. The first eight batters of the inning all came around to score before Diego Moreno recorded the first out on a groundball to first by Blake Davis.  A double by Jaff Decker and a base hit by Andino followed before a fly out and a ground out ended the backbreaking frame.

An SWB rally faltered late as the RailRiders plated runs in the visiting sixth, seventh and ninth on a throwing error by Davis, a run-scoring single by Antoan Richardson and a base hit with two outs in the ninth by Pirela that brought the game to its final tally of 11-6.

Joel De La Cruz (1-3) tossed four innings and faced two batters in the fifth before departing.  Jay Jackson received the spot start and spun four frames of one-run ball, while Cody Eppley (1-1) toss 1.2 innings to earn the win.

The RailRiders continue the second leg of an eight-game road trip against the tribe Saturday, May 31 at 7:05 p.m. The RailRiders will toss right-hander Shane Greene (2-2, 5.65) opposite Indianapolis left-hander Adam Wilk (3-4, 4.99). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame 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.


Friday night’s 3:40 minute contest marked the longest RailRider game since a June 9, 2012 loss to Louisville in Rochester (season they played without a home) took 3:40…Starter Dellin Betances took the loss in that 9-5 game…Corban Joseph and Doug Bernier knocked in two runs apiece.

The announced attendance of 11,744 patrons was the largest announced attendance to witness a RailRiders game this season.

With a 3-for-5 night, Jose Pirela has now hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games.

The loss for Joel De La Cruz was his third of the season. The right-hander has not received a winning decision since making his Triple-A debut on May 5 against the Norfolk Tides.

The eight-run bottom of the fifth is the most tallies allowed by the RailRiders in a single frame this year. The previous high was six when Norfolk accomplished the feat on May 3.

– SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –


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