Thunderous Rallies Lead RailRiders to 8-7 Win
Toledo, Ohio –Former Mud Hen Scott Sizemore drove in two runs, and delivered the go-ahead base knock in the ninth inning to burn his former squad as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) claim an 8-7 win over the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers) Tuesday night at Fifth Third Field. SWB overcame three different deficits before notching its first lead in the ninth inning. The win marked the club’s third in 28 tries when trailing after eight innings.
Trailing 4-0, the RailRiders kicked-off the first of three roaring rallies with a run in the third as Carmen Anglini scored on a two-out double by Jose Pirela. Sizemore tripled and scored on a wild pitch that helped hang a crooked number in the fourth. A single and hit batsman followed before Russ Canzler and Austin Romine evened the tilt at 4-4 with a double and groundball RBI to center.
Toledo regained the advantage with a two-run double by James McCann that came against reliever Jim Miller, but the tenacious RailRiders’ offense had an answer, this time in the form of a majestic two-run home run by Romine that brought the spirited contest back to sea level at 6-6.
A Ben Guez home run helped Toledo recover the lead, but the clutch base hit by Sizemore in the ninth proved too much to overcome. Heath Bell (2) added theatrics to the home ninth, walking two batters before ending game with a ground ball to third to secure the win and the save.
Robert Coello (2-1) notched win, tossing two innings and allowing a home run while Kevin Whelan (2-1) was slated with the loss after the RailRiders tagged the former SWB closer for three hits and two runs in the ninth.
The RailRiders continue the series against Toledo Wednesday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m. for the third game of the four-game set. The RailRiders will toss the right-hander Bruce Billings (4-2, 4.89) while Toledo sends the right-hander Derek Hankins (2-7, 6.06). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:30 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.
OFF THE RAILS:
Before Tuesday night’s game the New York Yankees announced that catcher Francisco Cervelli was activated off the disabled list. The club’s corresponding move resulted in John Ryan Murphy being optioned down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Zoilo Almonte extended a season-best 15-game hitting streak with a base knock in seventh. During the 14-game run Almonte is 19-for-58 (.328) with four home runs and 13 RBI during the stretch. The 14-game run is the best active streak in the International League.
The RailRiders’ 8-7 win is the club’s first one-run win in its last six tries. SWB improved their mark in games decided by a single tally to 12-12 on the season.
The RailRiders’ two-runs in the ninth marked the first blown save on the season for Toledo’s Kevin Whelan. The result also marked Whelan’s first loss on the campaign.
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