Columbus, Ohio – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders rode the hot hitting of Greg Bird to a 7-2 series-tying win in Columbus against the Clippers (Cleveland Indians) Wednesday night.
Bird crushed a pair of two-run homers and picked up his first Triple-A triple en route to a 3-for-5 showing with four RBIs. His first blast, which made it beyond the fence and onto Nationwide Boulevard, came in the first inning for a 2-0 lead. His third-inning triple was promptly followed by a Gary Sanchez sac fly that made it 3-0.
Columbus drew within a run in the fourth with back-to-back RBI doubles from Erik Gonzalez and Anthony Gallas off starter Kyle Davies. A former Clipper, Davies (8-6) picked up his team-best eighth win with five innings of two-run ball.
Bird took Columbus starter Josh Tomlin (1-2) out of the yard again in the fifth, this team hitting the top of the video board in right-center. Cole Figueroa singled in a sixth-inning insurance run while IL All-Star Austin Romine did the same in the eighth.
Tomlin struck out a season-best eight, but allowed six runs on 10 hits in six innings for the loss.
The RailRiders improved to 62-50 while Columbus fell to 61-50.
Right-hander Kyle Haynes (0-1, 9.00) is scheduled to face fellow righty Jarrett Grube (4-0, 2.75) in the rubber match at 7:05 p.m. Thursday night.
The RailRiders return home to PNC Field for a short four-game run against the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) starting Monday night at 7:05 p.m. Below are the highlights each day:
Mon., Aug. 10 – Bark in the Bark 2 presented by Veterinary Referral and Emergency Clinic. Bring your dog to the park, free dog refuse bags/holder to the first 500 dogs through the gates. Lawn seating only available for guests choosing to bring their four-legged friends. All dogs will need to be leashed, with current shot records and license for entry.
Tue., Aug. 11 – National Call 811 Before You Dig Night presented by 811 Call Before You Dig, UGI, PPL, USIC and UGI Energy. It’s also Gildan National Tour Night. Gildan will be on hand with product sampling and giveaways.
Wed., Aug. 12 – The iconic Budweiser Clydesdales will be making their way to PNC Field courtesy of Budweiser and the RailRiders’ friends at Northeast Eagle Distributors. Fans will be treated to a pre-game on-field parade as well as access to the horses throughout the game for photo ops.
Thu., Aug. 13 – Join the fun with the RailRiders’ Thirsty Thursday. $1 Drafts and Pepsi products courtesy of Budweiser from 6-8 p.m. and live music from Dashboard Mary.
For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.