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Judge Sparkles, Martin Shelled as RailRiders Blow Big Lead

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Entering play on Tuesday night, the offense had been the issue. But an early outburst erased such concerns. Alas, pitching proved the problem as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders ) blew a six-run lead and lost to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) at Coca-Cola Park, 12-8. SWB (43-36) has lost a season-worst five in a row.

Four runs crossed in the opening inning for the visitors with Austin Romine’s two-run homer providing the highlight. Romine’s blow extended the International League’s best active hitting streak to 16 games.

Rob Refsnyder drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single up the middle in the second and Rob Segedin homered in the third for a 7-1 lead.

Then the Lehigh Valley offense awoke. The IronPigs (32-48) hung crooked numbers on the board in the third, fourth and fifth as they plated 10 unanswered tallies for an 11-7 lead. Five of those runs crossed in the fifth with Gabriel Lino’s two-run double giving the IronPigs the lead for good.

Reliever Chris Martin (0-1) took the loss. In his 1.2 innings, he was charged with six runs, five hits, three walks and recorded two strikeouts. Lehigh Valley starter Anthony Vasquez (4-3) earned the win despite an ugly line. He allowed seven runs on eight hits, three walks, two homers and a hit batter along with two strikeouts.

The three-game series concludes at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday night. Right-hander Jaron Long (5-5, 5.11) will face usual reliever Dustin McGowan (1-1, 6.00) in a bullpen game for the IronPigs.

The RailRiders return to PNC Field for a six-day, seven-game homestand starting on the Fourth of July against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) at 7:05 p.m. 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.


Aaron Judge started in center field and posted a career-best four hits. He went 4-for-4 with a double, a walk and three runs scored. All of his 201 career games played entering Tuesday saw him serve as the right fielder or designated hitter. 

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Cole Figueroa celebrated his 28th birthday with his fifth multi-hit showing in seven games. He went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and lifted his batting average to .291.

The RailRiders have been outscored 40-13 during their five-game slide.

SWB had not lost five in a row since a two-game sweep at Syracuse and three straight losses versus Columbus from Aug. 4-9, 2014.

Rob Refsnyder singled, walked and delivered three RBIs. Since moving to the clean-up position, he is 4-for-10 with three walks.

The season-long IronRail series stands tied, 4-4.

Lehigh Valley has sewn up the series and will bid for a sweep on Wednesday. SWB has not been swept by Lehigh Valley in a series longer than two games since losing all three in a rain-shortened set versus the IronPigs from May 17-20, 2011.

The six-run lead lost tied as the largest advantage blow in a RailRiders’ loss this season. The team led 6-0 but lost 8-7 at Charlotte on April 30.


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This post is a press release courtesy of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Media Relations Department.

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