Moosic, Pa- A day that provided optimism was capped with a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A New York Yankees) 3-1 victory over the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals). Michael Pineda made his first rehab start this season for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) tossing three plus innings of scoreless ball allowing three hits and striking out four. Jose Pirela drove in a run and Kyle Roller hit a two-run home run to give SWB (57-58) just enough run support.
Pineda, who was on a limited pitch count, had a long first inning as the Chiefs (63-51) battled with the righty in the first inning. Pineda stranded two runners on first and second to get out of the inning unscathed. In the second inning, he allowed a double to Jeff Howell but left him stranded at third base getting Jeff Kobernus to pop out to end the threat. The third inning was perhaps his most dominant striking out the first two batters he faced then retired Eury Perez on a slow ground ball to third.
Pirela would push the game’s first run across in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI double to score Antoan Richardson, who singled before with one out, to make it 1-0 in favor of SWB. In the sixth, Adonis Garcia led the frame off with a single and Roller followed smacking a two-run home run to extend the RailRider lead 3-0.
The Chiefs scored a run in the eighth on a Zach Nuding wild pitch allowing Kobernus to score making it 3-1. Syracuse threatened in the ninth sending the go-ahead run to the plate before Branden Pinder ended the threat and game in relief of Nuding who tossed four plus innings of relief.