RailRiders Cough Up Two-Run Lead, Fall in Extras
Allentown, PA. – A man the wasn’t in the original lineup provided the big hit Saturday night at Coca-Cola Park. Tyler Henson pinch-ran for Reid Brignac in the ninth inning and, after two innings of scoreless baseball, laced a two-out triple off the left-center field wall. A base hit by Cam Perkins followed to give the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) the 3-2 walk-off win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) in 11 innings Saturday night. The loss dropped the RailRiders to a seasons worst 10-games under .500 and finished the road portion of the RailRiders’ 144-game schedule.
The RailRiders jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage, plating tallies on Scott Sizemore’s run-scoring single in the second and Chris Young’s solo home run in the fifth provided a little cushion.
Zach Nuding spun six-innings of one-run ball, but did not factor into the decision. After a bruised batter and base hit in the seventh, Nuding departed in favor of reliever Bryan Mitchell. Mitchell, making his first relief outing with SWB, allowed a single to Reid Brignac that loaded the bases and produced a 6-4-3 double play that scored the IronPigs’ initial tally. With the score at 2-1, Mitchell provoked an infield fly to end the threat. The eighth inning saw Mitchell scuffle some more, as Nate Spears began the frame with a leadoff bunt single. A throwing miscue by Austin Romine pushed him to second and Mitchell’s throwing error on Maikel Franco’s grounded ball plated the tying run, 2-2.
A scoreless ninth and 10th followed before the RailRiders spun position player Taylor Dugas in the 11th. Dugas retired his first two batters faced before allowing the triple and single to end the game. Dugas (0-2), tossing for the third time this year, took the loss. Reliever Tyler Knigge (4-3) claimed the win, tossing a perfect 11th.
The RailRiders return to PNC Field for the final two games of the season against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) Sunday, August 31 at 1:05 p.m. The RailRiders will toss the right-handed pitcher Diego Moreno (2-3, 5.19) while the IronPIgs spin the right-handed Sean O’Sullivan (6-10, 4.45). Sunday’s contest will be televised on MyNet TV and Jim Riley will fill-in on radio with the pregame show beginning at 12:35 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 extended his team-best hitting streak to 21-games, the top active hit streak in the International League.
The RailRiders are now 4-10 against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and fell to 5-5 in extra-inning games.
Saturday’s contest four Lehigh Valley pitchers combine to strikeout 14 RailRider hitters.