Five-Run Sixth Leads RailRiders to 8-4 Win
Moosic, Pa. – Behind six innings of one-run ball and a 3-for-5 night that saw Jose Pirela fall a home run shy of the cycle, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) polished off an 8-4 victory over the Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves) Thursday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders used a five-run sixth inning, highlighted by five base hits, which saw all nine men march to the plate to end a two-game losing streak to the G-Braves.
Trailing 1-0 after a walk, wild pitch and error led to a G-Braves run in the first, the RailRiders offense came alive with a pair of runs in the fifth. With one-out in the inning, Taylor Dugas reached base by a bruise. Pirela followed with his league-leading seventh triple of the season to plate Dugas from first to even the game at 1-1. SWB took its first lead with Rob Refsnyder’s second hit of the night, an RBI knock to left for the 2-1 advantage.
The crooked number in fifth chased G-Braves’ starter Hector-Daniel Rodriguez from the game in favor of reliever James Hoyt to setup the five-run sixth. A solo home run by catcher John Ryan Murphy ignited the frame, before the next two batters reached by way of singles. A walk to Dugas loaded the bases, proceeded by RBI knocks by Pirela, Adonis Garcia, and a fielder’s choice ground ball by Refsnyder to push the game to a 7-1 lead for SWB.
The Braves responded with three runs in the final three innings, and Carmen Angelini added an RBI double in the seventh to bring the game to its final resting point, 8-4. Right-handed relievers Matt Daley and Edgmer Escalona bridged the final three innings after Billings (5-5) departed after working a 1-2-3 sixth. Billings spun six innings and allowed one run while walking four and striking out three in the win. Rodriguez (6-12) was tagged for two runs and six hits in the loss.
The RailRiders conclude the four-game series against the Gwinnett Braves on Friday, August 1 at 7:05 p.m. SWB will start right-hander Bryan Mitchell (2-1, 2.70) while the Braves counter with right-hander Cody Martin (6-6, 3.45). John Sadak will have the call on MyNetwork TV while longtime area voice Jim Riley fills in on radio. The RailRiders pregame show will begin 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.
OFF THE RAILS:
Jose Pirela went 3-for-5 with two RBI in the RailRiders 8-4 win Thursday night. The multi-hit game marked his 10th of the season, and fifth tri-hit game with three of the five coming in the last four days. Since the All-Star break, Pirela is 16-for-61 (.262) with four multi-hit contests.
Adonis Garcia went 1-for-5 with an RBI. His base hit in the sixth-inning stretched the team’s top active hitting streak to 13 games. During the run of success since the All-Star break, Garcia has gone 19-for-55 (.345) with five extra-base hits and nine RBI. Only Zach Walters (Cleveland Indians) has a better active hit streak in the league at 14 games.
Bruce Billings got the start for SWB and fired six-innings of one-run ball en route to the win. The winning decision marked Billings’ first since a start against the Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) on June 6.
Pirela’s RBI single in the home fifth meant the end of Gwinnett’s Hector-Daniel Rodriguez’s 16.1 scoreless innings streak. The run was the first allowed by Rodriguez since a July 11 start against the Norfolk Tides.
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