Moosic, Pa. – John Ryan Murphy added two base hits, including an RBI single in the sixth inning that was part of a four-run frame that helped pace the RailRiders to a 7-2 victory Thursday evening at PNC Field. The two hits by the RailRiders catcher helped lead a seven hit attack that included a two-run home run by centerfielder, Adonis Garcia– the RailRiders’ first of the campaign.
The RailRiders offense got off to a nice start after second baseman, Jose Pirela, opened the game with an infield single. With Scott Sizemore at the plate, Pirela stole second for his first swiped bag of the season. The first run of the game came after Zolio Almonte smacked a grounder to the right side to score Pirela from third, giving Scranton/Wilkes-Barre the early lead, 1-0.
RailRiders starter, Graham Stoneburner (0-0, 3.60), worked a clean first two innings before wobbling his way through the third. Chiefs left fielder Eury Perez, kick-started the Chiefs offense in the third after Emmanuel Burriss was caught trying to steal second with a double to left. With Perez on second, Steven Souza Jr. added his second home run of the season on a majestic bomb to centerfield. The home run gave the Chiefs their first lead of the day, 2-1.
The RailRiders would use barrage of hits and good fortune to help spark a four-run sixth inning. After Sizemore struck out to begin the frame, Almonte and Flores each reached on walks to give the RailRiders runners at first and second with two outs. Murphy stepped to the plate and proceeded to poke a soft line drive to centerfield, evening the game at 2-2.
From there, the RailRiders took control of the affair. With Murphy at second and Flores down the line at third, the Chiefs appeared to get out of the frame on a weakly hit ground ball by Garcia to the Syracuse shortstop, Zach Walters. A one-hop throw by Walters skipped under the glove of first baseman Brock Peterson, plating Flores and moving Murphy to third that allowed Garcia to take second on the play. RailRiders second baseman Corban Joseph joined in on the fun, slashing a double over the head of right fielder Souza Jr. to score Murphy and Garcia, pushing the RailRider lead, 5-2.
The RailRiders used duo of bullpen arms to finish off the game. Danny Burawa earned the win in relief of the starter Stoneburner, pitching two scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh and striking out four consecutive Chief hitters to earn the win. Burawa would eventually lead way to right-hander Mark Montgomery in the eighth to finish the contest.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre would add two more in the eighth after NEPA product, Russ Canzler, opened the inning with lead off walk. After a strikeout by Flores and a groundout by Murphy, Garcia brought Canzler around to score on a loud home run to left to finish off the scoring, 7-2.
The RailRiders will continue their four-game tilt Friday evening at 7:05 p.m. when the club hosts the Chiefs. Right-hander, Brian Gordon (1-0, 0.00) will toe the rubber for SWB, while the righty Taylor Hill (1-0, 0.00) gets the nod for the Chiefs. Aaron Berlin will have the call on T.V. as MY Network TV broadcasts the first of 20 regularly scheduled telecasts of the year while Jim Riley fills in on radio. Pregame coverage begins at 6:35 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:
- Shortstop Zelous Wheeler left the game in the top of the second inning with an injury
- RailRiders pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts on the night
- Adonis Garcia’s home run in the eighth inning was the first for the club on the year.
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