Wave of Home Runs Help Wash Away Dirty Birds

Moosic, Pa. –Armed with a battery of big league rehabbers, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) rode the wave of home runs and solid relief to a 7-4 win over the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers) Monday night at PNC Field.

Shawn Kelley received the start and by design spun a single frame. Kelley was tagged for an infield hit in the first and did not allow a run before giving way to originally scheduled starter Joel De La Cruz in the second.

Zoilo Almonte put the RailRiders (32-31) ahead with a ground ball RBI, before Zelous Wheeler hung a crooked number in the first with a run-scoring base hit of his own.

A one-run game in the third after Toledo’s Hernan Perez tripled home Ezequiel Carrera, Scott Sizemore changed the ominous tone swiftly with an opposite-way three-run shot that made the game 6-1 in favor of the local nine. The Mud Hens climbed to within two, plating three runs against De La Cruz after a botched-ground ball led to a two-run home run by Wade Gaynor in the fifth.

Much like the recent tale of days past, the resolute RailRiders had an answer of their own, a solo homer by Austin Romine that pushed the lead to the final line of 7-4. De La Cruz (2-4) picked up the win, his first since his Triple-A debut on May 4 against the Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) while SWB marched out three relievers to finish the game. Francisco Rondon, Danny Burawa and Robert Coello combined on four scoreless frames and tallied four strikeouts, while Coello (3) picked up the save. Kyle Lobsteain twirled six tough innings, allowing two home runs in the loss.

The RailRiders conclude the eight-game homestand with the final game of the series against the Toledo Mud Hens Tuesday, June 10 at 7:05 p.m.  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will send right-hander Shane Greene (3-2, 6.57) to the hill while Toledo counters with righty Drew Verhagen (3-6, 4.04) 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 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 swbrailirders.com.


Adonis Garcia collected two base hits in his only two plate appearances. Through the first seven games of the homestand Garcia is 8-for-21 (.380) with five extra-base hits. The two-hit evening helped push his season-long average to .312, just behind teammate Jose Pirela.

Zoilo Almonte drove in his team-leading 31st RBI of the season with a groundball in the first. Almonte, who missed three-weeks of the season due to a Major League promotion, leads Adonis Garcia (27) for the most on the team.

– SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –


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