Moosic, PA. – A four-run first inning proved too much to overcome Monday night as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (8-9) dropped the final game of a four-game set to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 4-2 at PNC Field. The IronPigs sent all nine men to the plate and Chris Leroux (0-2) needed 36 pitches to work his way through the first inning in the loss. The loss moved the RailRiders to 1-3 on the current eight-game homestand and in the race for the 2014 IronRail trophy.
Leroux struggled through the first frame, yielding way to five base hits and all four scores. Clete Thomas began the attack with an infield single and came around to score on a base knock by Reid Brignac. The next five batters then reached before Sebastian Valle plated the final run with a sacrifice fly.
Making his second start of the season, Leroux retired his final 11 batters faced before giving way to left-hander Fred Lewis in the fifth.
The RailRiders made it interesting in the home half of the fifth. After a groundout by Francisco Arcia, Adonis Garcia and Jose Pirela added back-to-back base hits. A throwing error by Lehigh Valley starter David Buchanan on Pirela’s infield hit allowed Garcia to score from first. Corban Joseph brought the contest’s final run across with a single to center to plate Pirela.
RailRiders pitchers combined to toss 12 strikeouts, holding the IronPigs offense to four base hits in the final eight frames. Leroux suffered his second loss of the season and Buchanan (2-0) received the win. Louis Garcia pitched 1.1 scoreless innings to clinch the save.
The RailRiders continue their eight-game homestand on Tuesday, April 22 at 6:35 p.m. when the club welcomes in the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays). SWB sends right-hander Brian Gordon (1-1, 2.30) to the hill, while the Bisons toss left-hander Ricky Romero (0-0, 3.60). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show starting at 6:05 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:
- Adonis Garcia extended a team-best nine-game hitting streak with a single in the fifth.
- The RailRiders manager Dave Miley (2007-Present; 573-445) remains one win shy of tying SWB Red Barons skipper Marc Bombard (1997-2004; 574-502) for the all-time wins lead in franchise history.
- The RailRiders offense combined for two extra-base hits in the four game series with Lehigh Valley.
- SWB went a combined 6-for-30 with runners in scoring position
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