Moosic, Pa. – A pair of rain delays surrounded the SWB RailRiders’ (Triple-A/New York Yankees) 2016 season opener, ultimately suspending play at PNC Field on Thursday night. Home-plate umpire Chris Segal called for the tarp for the final time after four innings of play with the visiting Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) leading, 1-0.
The lone run came across in the opening inning. Jorge Polanco tripled to right-center and scored on a groundout by Max Kepler off of starter Chad Green. In his Triple-A debut Green struck out four over his four frames.
The RailRiders put their leadoff man on in the third and fourth, but failed to score. Their only two hits against right-hander Tyler Duffey came off the bat of Slade Heathcott. That included an inning-opening double in the fourth.
The two clubs will pick the game up at the start of the fifth inning at 5:05 p.m. on Friday. A seven-inning game will follow. In the nightcap, SWB right-hander Kyle Haynes will face southpaw Pat Dean.
The first 5,000 fans through the gates will receive a RailRiders magnet schedule courtesy of Highmark. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS:
The game got underway after a 76-minute rain delay and was suspended after an additional 44-minute rain delay.
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