Syracuse, N.Y. – Brandon Laird doubled, homered and drove in three runs as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) fell to his Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) on Tuesday night, 4-1. The former SWB and New York Yankee posted five hits, two of them homers, and six RBIs on the two-game set. The RailRiders (57-60) dropped both of the games at Syracuse (65-51) in a four-game home-and-home after winning the first two at PNC Field.
The RailRiders trailed in the opening inning thanks to Laird’s RBI double. Austin Romine doubled home Kyle Roller from first base the next frame to force a deadlock, but Josh Johnson’s single up the middle plated Jeff Kobernus to put the Chiefs ahead to stay in the third.
Laird bashed a two-run homer to left in the sixth off starter Matt Tracy (1-5) to round out the scoring. Tracy lost for the fifth time in six starts with SWB. He allowed all four runs on eight hits, one walk and struck out one. He has received just six runs of support in those losses. Nick Rumbelow, a 2013 draftee, tossed two scoreless innings in his Triple-A debut behind Tracy.
Syracuse starter Taylor Hill (10-5) became the IL’s fifth starter with double-digit wins. In 6.2 innings he surrendered just the one run on five hits, one walk and struck out five. He has gone 3-0 in three starts against the RailRiders with a 0.92 ERA and a .145 batting average against. Xavier Cedeno notched his fourth save.
The RailRiders enjoy a scheduled day of rest on Wednesday, but return home to kick off an eight-game homestand on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. It starts with the first of four against the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians). SWB’s Bryan Mitchell (3-1, 2.88) faces fellow righty Gabriel Arias (5-2, 4.10). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin have the call on MyNet TV starting at 7 p.m. Jim Riley fills in on radio with pregame coverage starting at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio —The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season/single-game tickets, or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailirders.com.
OFF THE RAILS:
The RailRiders went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
Other than Austin Romine’s run-scoring double in the second, all of the RailRiders’ other four hits went for singles.
Syracuse manager Billy Gardner, Jr. was ejected by third-base umpire Ben May in the opening inning.
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