SWB Combines for 15 Hits En Route To Series Win
Moosic, Pa. – Ramon Flores provided four hits and four runs scored, and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (5-5) offence pounded out a season-high 15 hits en route to a 7-1 series-clinching win over the Syracuse Chiefs (3-6) Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. Four different RailRiders provided multi-hit afternoons, including a three RBI day by SWB third baseman, Scott Sizemore, while three RailRiders pitchers combined on the afternoon to hold the Syracuse offense to just two base knocks.
Flores set the tone early, leading the RailRiders first frame off with a double down the right-field line. After a Sizemore groundout, Zoilo Almonte singled through the hole in center to advance Flores to third, giving SWB runners at first and third and one out. After ending Saturday night’s twin bill with a walk-off RBI, Russ Canzler, came through for SWB again, knocking a groundball through the left side of the infield to score Flores to give the RailRiders the early advantage, 1-0.
The RailRiders would add to the lead in the second after John Ryan Murphy doubled on a deep fly to centerfield. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre catcher, Austin Romine, followed with a walk and Antoan Richardson dropped a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher Omar Poveda that moved Romine and Murphy to second and third. After a Carmen Angelini struck out for the second out of the inning, Flores walked on three straight pitches to load the bases. With Sizemore stepping to the plate, the big right-handed hitter delivered on a two-out RBI single up the middle to that plated Murphy and Romine. The final run of the frame would come in the form of another base hit by Almonte, a single to left that brought Flores around to score, marking the second of four runs scored by the RailRiders right-fielder.
The RailRiders plated runs in each of their first five at-bats, including single tallies in the fourth and fifth. The lone Chief run came in the fourth inning after Chiefs second baseman, Will Rhymes, bounced a ball to SWB first baseman Canzler. A throwing error by the NEPA product allowed Rhymes to reach safely to give the Chiefs their second base runner of the afternoon. A groundout by Brock Peterson moved Rhymes to second, before eventually taking third on a wild pitch. Jhonatan Solano would pick up his teammate, knocking a ground ball to the right side that brought around Rhymes for the only Chief score of the day.
Bruce Billings, after laboring through his previous start against the Rochester Red Wings, tossed seven complete frames, allowing just a single hit along the way. The seven inning appearance by Billings marked the first of the season for RailRiders pitchers. After retiring his first four batters face in order, Billings needed just 90 pitches, facing only 25 batters throughout the evening to work his way through the Chiefs lineup.
Danny Burawa and Mark Montgomery each tossed an inning apiece, combining for three strikeouts between the two.
The RailRiders will begin a four-game road trip Monday evening at 6:05 p.m. when the club visits the Buffalo Bisons. The RailRiders will summon upon right-hander Chase Whitley (0-0, 7.71), while Buffalo elects to send Marcus Earl Stroman (0-1, 1.80) to the bump. John Sadak will have the call on radio with pregame coverage starting at 5:35 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:
- Scott Sizemore’s three RBI day tied Carmen Angelini for the most in a game this year
- Ramon Flores’ triple in the fourth was his second of the season.
- Eight of the nine RailRiders hitters recorded at least one base hit
- The top three batters in the RailRiders order combined to go 9-for-14
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