ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The scoring woes normally suffered at home have shifted to the road as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) fell to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) in Monday night’s series opener, 8-1. SWB (43-35) has lost a season-high-tying four in a row.
Aaron Judge delivered the RailRiders’ only extra-base hit, their only knock with a man in scoring position and their only run in one fell ninth-inning swoop. The prospect outfielder lined a one-out double to right in the ninth that scored Ali Castillo from second base.
The game’s two starters enjoyed decidedly different days. The Phillies’ top pitching prospect, Aaron Nola (3-0), tossed five scoreless innings for his third win in as many career Triple-A starts. SWB southpaw Jose De Paula (2-1) gave up six runs on eight hits over just two innings.
Cord Phelps had the biggest day at the plate with two hits, three RBIs and a walk for the IronPigs (31-48).
The three-game series continues at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday night. Right-hander Joel De La Cruz (5-0, 2.55) will make his third start of the season and his first since May 26. Lehigh Valley will toss lefty Anthony Vasquez (3-3, 4.02).
The RailRiders return to PNC Field for a six-day, seven-game homestand starting on the Fourth of July with a 7:05 p.m. game against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays). Fans 18 and over will receive a voucher for a scratch-off ticket courtesy of the PA Lottery which will also present a post-game fireworks extravaganza. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS:
Austin Romine extended the team’s longest hitting streak of the season to 15 games with his second-inning single.
The RailRiders have not scored in 34 of their last 37 innings.
The IronPigs left seven men on base and went 6-for-15 with runners in scoring position. The RailRiders stranded 12 men on the bases and went 1-for-9 with men at second and/or third.
The RailRiders have been outscored 28-5 during their four-game slide. The team’s only other four-game losing streak this season came from April 13-16 when the RailRiders started the season 2-6.
Seven of the RailRiders’ eight hits were singles. Lehigh Valley smashed five doubles among its 12 hits.
Rob Refsnyder was hit by a pitch for the team-high sixth time. Since moving to the clean-up position, he is 3-for-6 with two walks.
The RailRiders lead the season-long IronRail series, 4-3.