Hot-Hitting RailRiders Journey Continues
Indianapolis, Ind. – A 2:25 rain delay wasn’t enough to calm the red-hot bats of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) Monday night at Victory Field. The RailRiders (29-27) collected 12 base-hits, including doubles by Carmen Angelini and Zelous Wheeler, while starting pitcher Brian Gordon delivered a second-straight quality start in the RailRiders’ 7-3 victory over the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates). The win by SWB secured the series split and ended the season-series between the two clubs with SWB claiming a 6-2 edge against the Tribe.
The offensive barrage started with four-runs in the visiting second. Kyle Roller and Wheeler delivered back-to-back base knocks before a walk to Russ Canzler put a RailRider at every bag. The next three hitters all followed with successive run-scoring at-bats before a strikeout to Antoan Richardson ended the frame with the RailRiders atop 4-0.
Matt Hague brought the Tribe to within three with a solo home run to lead-off the second inning, while Robert Andino cut the lead to two with a third-straight base hit in the third that plated Blake Davis.
The RailRiders responded with single tallies in the next three frames as the recently crowned IL batter of the week Jose Pirela extended the RailRiders advantage with an RBI single in the fourth that pushed the lead to 5-2. Canzler and Roller each added RBI base hits in the next two frames that put the game out of the reach at 7-3.
Gordon (3-5) spun six quality innings to pick up his first win since May 7, while Vance Worley (2-2) was tagged 10 hits and struck out nine batters in the loss.
The RailRiders begin an eight-game homestand against the Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) Tuesday, June 3 at 7:05 p.m. The RailRiders will send right-hander Zach Nuding (2-3, 6.23) to the hill opposite Norfolk right-hander Josh Stinson (0-3, 5.23). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on MyNetwork TV while Jim Riley fills in on radio with the pregame beginning at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS:
- The 2:25 minute rain delay was the RailRiders longest the season.
- Brian Gordon picked up his first win since May 7 against the Indianapolis Indians, the RailRiders’ right-hander had lost his last-three decisions.
– SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –