Red Wings Use Big Inning to Post Series Win

Rochester, N.Y. – For the second straight day, the big inning proved to be the difference in a 4-2 loss to the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) Monday night at Frontier Field. Rochester erased a one-run deficit with a three-run sixth inning off reliever Preston Claiborne to post the series win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees), 3-1. The two clubs concluded the season series with Rochester claiming wins in 11 of the 16 meetings.

Alex Meyer, making his 26th appearance of the season, pitched into the six and claimed the win, while reliever Preston Claiborne took the loss, allowing three runs in the decisive sixth frame.

The RailRiders followed a similar script from the day before, plating a first-inning run off right-hander Alex Meyer. Rob Refsnyder reached base on a full-count walk and scored when Kyle Roller smashed his 22nd double of the season for the 1-0 lead. The Red Wings answered with a first-inning run of its own when Pedro Florimon tripled home a hustling James Beresford.

The two teams exchanged zeros until the RailRiders took a one-run lead in the fifth. Meyer issued a leadoff walk to Carmen Angelini. With Angelini at first, Ramon Flores brought around the RailRiders’ second run of night on a one-out triple in the fifth for the 2-1 lead.

Starter Bryan Mitchell did not factor into the decision, spinning five innings and allowing one run on five hits while striking out four on 91 pitches, 54 for strikes. Mitchell departed after five complete in favor of reliever Preston Claiborne. Claiborne, making his first appearance since June 24, allowed three runs on three hits in the sixth, including extra-base hits to Chris Herrmann and Daniel Ortiz in part of the three-run frame that saw Rochester take the 4-2 lead.

Claiborne (0-1) took the loss in relief, his first loss of the season. Meyer (7-6), in his 26th start of the campaign, spun six innings and scattered seven hits while walking three and striking out four to notch the win. A.J. Achter (6) bridged the gap from the seventh inning on, firing three scoreless innings and allowing one hit to earn the save.

The RailRiders will have on off-day on Tuesday, but will return to action with a doubleheader against the Buffalo Bisons(Toronto Blue Jays) Wednesday, August 27 at 5:35 p.m. The RailRiders will toss the left-handed pitcher Matt Tracy (1-6, 5.06) while the Bisons spin the left-handed Raul Valdes (4-5, 3.89). Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 5:05 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

The RailRiders finished the season 5-11 against the Rochester Red Wings, including going 1-7 at Rochester’s Frontier Field.

With the loss, the RailRiders need to finish the season 7-0 to finish with a .500 record.

The five-day six-game road trip saw the RailRiders go 1-5 on the six-game swing.

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! -

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