TOLEDO, OHIO – A pair of two-run homers accounted for all of the hosts’ scoring as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) dropped a 4-2 decision to the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers) at Fifth Third Field on Saturday night. The RailRiders (63-52) lost to the Mud Hens (47-67) for the first time this season (4-1).
Daniel Fields blasted a two-run homer to right against starter Joel De La Cruz in the third inning for a 2-0 Toledo lead.
SWB tied it up the next inning. Ben Gamel sparked the frame with his MiLB-best 14th triple and Rob Refsnyder got him home with a sac fly to left. Later in the inning, Gary Sanchez reached on a two-out infield single before Aaron Judgeslugged a double to left-center that scored Sanchez.
After two scoreless innings of relief, Andury Acevedo (0-1) started the eighth and allowed a single to affiliated-MiLB home run king Mike Hessman. Dixon Machado came on to pinch run while Johnny Barbato swooped in to pitch. The hard-throwing right-hander struck out Marc Krauss and induced a fly-out from Manny Pina before Josh Wilson thundered a two-run homer to left for the 4-2 margin that would go final.
Guido Knudson worked around a Sanchez double to post a scoreless ninth for his ninth save. Fellow reliever Angel Nesbitt (1-4) got the win with two scoreless innings of work.
The three-game series concludes at 6 p.m. on Sunday night. The pitching match-up has SWB right-hander Brady Lail (0-1, 10.38) scheduled to face southpaw Mike Belfiore (5-10, 5.25).
The RailRiders return home to PNC Field for a short four-game run against the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) starting Monday night at 7:05 p.m. Below are the highlights each day:
Mon., Aug. 10 – Bark in the Bark 2 presented by Veterinary Referral and Emergency Clinic. Bring your dog to the park, free dog refuse bags/holder to the first 500 dogs through the gates. Lawn seating only available for guests choosing to bring their four-legged friends. All dogs will need to be leashed, with current shot records and license for entry.
Tue., Aug. 11 – National Call 811 Before You Dig Night presented by 811 Call Before You Dig, UGI, PPL, USIC and UGI Energy. It’s also Gildan National Tour Night. Gildan will be on hand with product sampling and giveaways.
Wed., Aug. 12 – The iconic Budweiser Clydesdales will be making their way to PNC Field courtesy of Budweiser and the RailRiders’ friends at Northeast Eagle Distributors. Fans will be treated to a pre-game on-field parade as well as access to the horses throughout the game for photo ops.
Thu., Aug. 13 – Join the fun with the RailRiders’ Thirsty Thursday. $1 Drafts and Pepsi products courtesy of Budweiser from 6-8 p.m. and live music from Dashboard Mary.