Moosic, Pa- The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) saw their comeback, which would have tied the largest in franchise history, washed away by the Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) in a 13-9 loss at PNC Field. The bullpen faltered for the second time in the series as the Tides (26-35) posted a four-run ninth inning against Pat Venditte (1-1). The blown lead overshadowed the RailRiders (29-30) comeback where they scored nine unanswered runs on six run-scoring hits in the middle innings.
The comeback was highlighted by a Zoilo Almonte three-run homer and an Antoan Richardson two-run single that scored the tying and go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth. The Tides jumped to an early lead for the second straight game as they tagged RailRiders starter Shane Greene for eight runs in the first two innings. Tides starter Suk-min Yoon kept the bats of SWB silent until the third. Almonte bashed his team-leading seventh home run after an error and a walk put two runners on. From there, the RailRiders bats came alive.
SWB scored nine unanswered runs in the middle innings where six different RailRiders had RBI hits in that span. Richardson drove in Russ Canzler and Francisco Arcia to tie and give his club the lead after both knocked in a run of their own.
Francisco Rondon and Preston Claiborne kept the Tides off the board in five innings of relief. Yet, the bullpen woes continued as Venditte yielded the late comeback as Norfolk whisked away the victory.
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