Moosic, Pa- The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/Yankees) celebrated their 25th Anniversary in NEPA and manager Dave Miley was inducted as the franchise’s first member into the Minor League Baseball Hall of Fame. The RailRiders ended the celebratory packed day with a 3-1 win over the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers) at PNC Field.
Brian Gordon (4-5) pitched six solid innings of work to earn the win for the RailRiders (31-30). Gordon allowed a lead-off walk to Ezequiel Carerra to begin the game, but then cruised through the Mud Hens (29-34) lineup retiring 14 straight batters before Trevor Crowe got Toledo’s first hit in the fifth inning.
SWB didn’t need many runs behind Gordon’s quality start but did give him an early lead against Mud Hens starter Derek Hankins (2-7).
Zoilo Almonte crushed his team-leading eighth home run with two outs in the first giving SWB an early 1-0 lead. In the second inning, Corban Joseph smacked a one-out single to right field and scored on a Carmen Angelini double to make it 2-0 in. Adonis Garcia would make it 3-0 leading the eighth with his second homerun in as many days.
SWB summoned Jim Miller and Preston Claiborne to preserve the victory as they pitched shutout ball in the final three innings.
Miley is the second winningest manager in Minor League Baseball with over 1,700 wins and led Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to their only Governor’s Cup Championship in 2008 where they defeated the Durham Bulls.