TOLEDO, OHIO – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders grabbed an early lead and held on for a 3-2 defeat of the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers) on Friday night at Fifth Third Field. The RailRiders (63-51) improved to 4-0 against a Mud Hens (46-67) club that has lost seven of eight. SWB has cemented the season series against Toledo for the first time since the IL North champion SWB Yankees went 6-2 against the Mud Hens in 2012.
Rob Refsnyder hammered a first-inning solo homer to left field, his eighth of the season, for a 1-0 lead. Aaron Judge then snapped an 0-for-14 slide with his own impressive line-drive pull job to left for a 2-0 margin in the second. An inning later, Greg Bird’s sac fly plated Austin Romine to make it 3-0.
SWB starter Chris Capuano spent that time overwhelming the Mud Hens. He was perfect through three and finished his night with four no-hit innings and a season-high eight strikeouts.
On the night he received formal congratulations with a gift-filled pregame ceremony, the recently-crowned minor league home run king Mike Hessman delivered his team’s first run with a sixth-inning single off James Pazos. A strikeout later, Pazos left with two on and one out. Nick Goody then induced a pop-out from Trayvon Robinson, walked Jeff McVaney to load the bases, and quelled the threat with a fly-out from Bryan Holaday.
Goody (1-1) allowed a leadoff single in the seventh, but retired the next six in a row to earn the win. Andrew Bailey surrendered a run in the ninth on a Casilla groundout before retiring Daniel Fields on a bouncer to first for his second save.
The three-game series continues at 7 p.m. on Saturday night. The pitching match-up has SWB right-hander Joel De La Cruz (7-0, 3.06) scheduled to face fellow right-hander Tim Melville (4-9, 5.29).
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.