RailRiders Ride Big Inning to 7-2 Win
Moosic, Pa. – For the second straight night, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) used a five-run inning to top the Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves) 7-2 Friday night at PNC Field. This time, the RailRiders used some fireworks. The five-run frame included back-to-back home runs by Adonis Garcia and Kyle Roller, while starter Bryan Mitchell fired five innings of one-run ball en route to the win. The second straight win over the G-Braves gave the RailRiders the series split and brought the club to 4-4 on the current homestand.
Before they even grabbed their bats, they already trailed. Gwinnett took the lead in the first, using a leadoff double by Jose Constanza and a run-scoring knock by Joey Terdoslavich to take the early 1-0 advantage. SWB threatened in the home half, loading the bases before John Ryan Murphy struck out swinging to end the frame.
From there, it was all RailRiders. Corban Joseph and Taylor Dugas opened up the home second with successive base knocks. A Dugas ground ball to short took an awkward hop passed a waving glove by G-Braves shortstop Elmer Reyes that allowed Joseph to go first-to-third on the play. A sacrifice fly by Antoan Richardson followed to tie the game at 1-1. The inning continued when Jose Pirela walked to setup Garcia’s three-run home run. Roller proceeded with a solo bomb to cap the five-run inning and put the RailRiders in the driver’s seat with the 5-1 advantage.
Gwinnett climbed to within three when a ground ball by Todd Cunningham plated Constanza from third. The RailRiders responded with single tallies in the fifth and sixth courtesy of run scoring knocks by Pirela and Murphy to push the lead to the final score, 7-2.
SWB starter Bryan Mitchell (3-1, 2.88) picked up the win, spinning five innings and scattering two runs on seven hits and six strikeouts. Cody Martin (6-7, 3.73) suffered the loss for Gwinnett, laboring through three innings and allowing five runs on seven hits and four walks in the loss.
The RailRiders continue the 10-game homestand when the club welcomes in the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) for the first of two games on Saturday, August 2 at 7:05 p.m. SWB will start right-hander Chris Leroux (3-2, 4.46) while the Chiefs counter with right-hander Josh Roenicke (4-5, 5.02). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame beginning 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:
Adonis Garcia’s home run in the second inning extended the team’s best active hitting streak to 14 games. Since the All-Star break, Garcia has reached safely in every game played, going 22-for-59 (.373) with two home runs and six extra-base hits.
Adonis Garcia and Kyle Roller’s back-to-back jacks in the home second marked the second time the RailRiders have hit successive home runs in an inning the season. The last such occurrence came when Austin Romine and Corban Joseph turned the trick of July 23 against the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox).