Bullpen Falters Late in 5-2 Loss
Rochester, N.Y. – It was going so well. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) had received its best outing of the season from starter Nik Turley, and Taylor Dugas delivered some timely base hits along the way. Unfortunately for SWB, Frontier Field continued to be a house of horrors, as A 2-1 lead faltered late by way of a four-run eighth inning in a 5-2 loss to the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) Saturday night at Frontier Field.
Nik Turley twirled 5.2 innings and scattered three hits in his longest outing of the season, but it wasn’t always easy. Turley labored in the home first, walking the first of his four batters to begin the inning. A ground ball by James Beresford gave Turley his first out, but a booming double by Deibinson Romero on a line drive over the head of Adonis Garcia plated Rochester’s initial run to make it 1-0.
The RailRiders struggled to solve the riddle that was Sean Gilmartin through the first three fames, failing to claim its first base hit until Rob Refsnyder’s single in the fourth. A handful a base running miscues cost the RailRiders early, but a run-scoring double by Taylor Dugas in the visiting fifth evened the tilt at 1-1.
The RailRiders offense broke through once again, this time in the visiting seventh. Austin Romine drew a leadoff and took second on a base hit to right by Dugas. A fielder’s choice erased Dugas trying to advance to second, which allowed Romine to take third. Carmen Angelini gave the RailRiders the one-run lead courtesy of a broken-bat flair over second for the 2-1 advantage.
With the lead in hand, the bullpen faltered down the stretch. Danny Burawa issued a leadoff walk that allowed the inning to spiral out of control. Burawa retired the next two batters in order before left-hander Francisco Rondon relieved him to face Brad Nelson. A wild pitch proceeded that allowed Pedro Florimon to score from third, evening the game at 2-2. A Run scoring double by Chris Rahl followed before Dan Rohfling put the game out of reach with a two-run home run that pushed the lead to its final resting point of 5-2.
Rondon was one of three RailRiders used on the night and was slated with the loss, while Ryan Pressley (1-3) spun 2.2 innings of relief in his first win of the campaign.
The RailRiders and Red Wings conclude the short two-game run Sunday, July 13 with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will toss right-hander Diego Moreno (2-2, 6.23) while Rochester has yet to announce a starting pitcher. John Sadak 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.
OFF THE RAILS:
The RailRiders, after claiming a series sweep at PNC Field, lost for the fourth time this season at Frontier Field. The RailRiders last win at Frontier Field came on June 19, 2012, a 10-7 win by former RailRider Dellin Betances.
SWB fell to 34-7 when leading after seven innings this season.
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