TOLEDO, Ohio – Backed by an explosive effort from his offense, right-hander Brady Lail celebrated his 22nd birthday with his first Triple-A win as his Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees) crushed the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers) in a rain-shortened series finale on Sunday evening, 9-1. The RailRiders (64-52) recorded the SWB franchise’s best record against the Mud Hens (47-68) as a Yankees affiliate at 5-1.
Greg Bird put the visitors ahead with a first-inning sac fly that scored Ben Gamel, who began the game with a double. In the second, all nine RailRiders came to the plate in a five-run frame. Gamel and Gary Sanchez each delivered two-run doubles while Jose Pirela singled in a run off starter Mike Belfiore (5-11). Belfiore was done after two innings. He allowed six runs on five hits and two walks as he tied Durham’s Dylan Floro for the league lead in losses.
Toledo’s lone run came in the third when Daniel Fields tripled and Dixon Machado’s groundout to third base got him home. That was the lone run allowed by Lail (1-1) over six innings. He gave up four hits (three singles), walked a season-high-tying four and struck out four.
Bird singled Gamel and Rob Refsnyder home in the fourth while Sanchez doubled to drive Refsnyder across the plate in the seventh.
The later stage of play saw a driving rain pummel the playing surface before a delay without a tarp in the ninth. It came with Bird aboard at first base and two outs. The lake-like infield made the continuation of play impossible and the game was called after a 36-minute delay.
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. The pitching match-up for the opener has SWB right-hander Kyle Davies (8-6, 3.72) facing right-hander Matt Barnes (1-1, 4.50). 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.