Romine Leads Hot-Hitting RailRiders Past Tribe
Indianapolis, Ind. – In downtown Indianapolis, the hot-hitting journey for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) continued Saturday night at Victory Field in a 7-3 triumph over the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates). The league’s top offense hung crooked numbers in successive innings paced by an 11-hit attack. Austin Romine led the way with three base knocks and RailRiders’ (28-26) starter Shane Greene spun five shutout innings before departing in the seventh in a well-rounded win.
After a 1-2-3 first inning, the SWB bats tagged Indianapolis starter Adam Wilk for four hits in the visiting second. Zelous Wheeler reached on an infield hit and advanced to third on a double down the left-field line by Russ Canzler. Francisco Arcia and Romine put the RailRiders on the board with back-to-back RBI base hits for the 2-0 lead.
Indianapolis (33-22) added a tally in the home sixth before the RailRiders responded with two runs in the visiting seventh. Arcia and Romine connected on consecutive base knocks followed by an intentional walk to Jose Pirela that loaded the bases for Corban Joseph. A miscue by the Tribe’s Tony Sanchez cleared the bases and extended the RailRiders lead to 4-1.
Romine closed the book on Wilk with a thunderous three-run home run in the eighth off reliever Tyler Waldron that cemented Indianapolis’ fate. Greene (3-2) won his third-straight outing while Wilk (3-5) was tagged with the loss in the 116-pitch effort.
The RailRiders continue the second leg of an eight-game road trip against the Tribe Sunday, May 31 at 1:35 p.m. The RailRiders will send right-hander Bruce Billings (3-1, 3.86) to the hill opposite Indianapolis left-hander Jeff Locke (3-1, 3.60). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame beginning at 1:05 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:
SWB’s 7-3 victory over Indianapolis guaranteed a series win over the Indians. At 5-1 through the team’s first six contests, the RailRiders can do no worst than 5-3 against the Tribe.
Austin Romine went 3-for-4 including a three-run home run. His 4RBI night ties a team-high for most runs driven in
With 11 base hits Saturday night, the RailRiders’ offensive surge continued. During the club’s last six games the club has gone 88-for-241 (.365) with 25 extra-base hits.
SWB’s 7-3 win moved the RaiRiders to 17-13 in the month of May, marking the club’s best monthly total since the then Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees went 22-9 in August of 2012.
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