MOOSIC, Pa. – The Lehigh Valley IronPigs evened the “IronRail Series” Tuesday night with a 6-1 victory over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at PNC Field. The loss dropped the RailRiders to 6-7 overall and snapped their winning streak at four games. The IronPigs halted a five-game slide of their own and improved to 4-9.
Severino Gonzalez (1-1) weaved six innings for the IronPigs and used an up-tempo style to frustrate the RailRiders’ hitters. Gonzalez limited SWB to a run on six hits across six innings without a walk. He struck out three. Eric Wooten (0-2) suffered the loss after surrendering three runs on seven hits over five innings for the RailRiders.
The IronPigs initiated the scoring by plating two in the second inning. Maikel Franco and Russ Canzler collected consecutive hits to open the frame and Chris Nelson mashed a double to right-center that scored Franco. One out later, Rene Garcia brought in Canzler from third on a grounder to second for a 2-0 lead.
Lehigh Valley made it 3-0 in the third when Canzler doubled and scored on a hit by Chase d’Arnaud.
Rob Segedin led off the sixth inning with a triple to the left-center alley and scored on a groundout by Rob Refsnyder for the RailRiders’ only tally.
The IronPigs earned their fourth run in the seventh when Darin Mastroianni doubled and came home on a hit by Tyler Henson. Franco and Nelson provided the final tallies in the ninth for the 6-1 margin.
Slade Heathcott and Segedin finished the night with two hits apiece for SWB. Joel De La Cruz tossed three innings in relief, surrendering a run on three hits.
The RailRiders go for the series win against the IronPigs on Wednesday night at PNC Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. RHP Chase Whitley (1-0, 2.45) throws for SWB against Lehigh Valley’s LHP Adam Morgan (0-1, 5.00). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.