Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders pulled out a 6-4 win over the Louisville Bats on Tuesday night at PNC Field. The Bats (35-37) rallied from a four-run deficit only to see the RailRiders (42-31) plate the deciding runs on an Ali Castillo double in the eighth.
Despite allowing four runs, including a home run to Yorman Rodriguez, in his only inning of work, Jose Ramirez (2-0) got the win in relief. Tyler Webb hurled his seventh straight scoreless appearance to notch his second save. The loss went to Joe Paterson (1-0) after the right-hander allowed two runs on three hits.
Catcher Austin Romine led the RailRiders’ attack with four hits, including two key doubles. His first came in the sixth inning to setup Nick Noonan. SWB’s designated hitter laced a two-baser inside first to score Romine for a 4-0 lead.
Romine’s second double followed a hit by Cole Figueroa in the eighth to set the table for Castillo’s heroics. Following a walk to Noonan, Castillo bashed a fly ball to into left-center that scored Figueroa and Romine for a 6-4 lead.
The RailRiders opened an early 2-0 advantage on the Bats and their starter Donovan Hand. Gregorio Petit raced to third on a throwing error by backstop Ramon Cabrera. Rob Refsnyder then reached on a fielder’s choice. Kyle Roller singled home Petit and Aaron Judge tallied his first Triple-A RBI on a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Refsnyder.
Roller pushed SWB head 3-0 in the third on a solo home run to right field. The blast was Roller’s third in as many days and his team-leading 12th of the year.
Starter Esmil Rogers pitched five scoreless innings for the RailRiders. He yielded two hits, two walks and struck out four.
The Bats rallied off Ramirez in the eighth. Irving Falu walked and scored on a double by Brennan Boesch. Rodriguez tied the score on three-run blast to right.
The boys of SWB continue their seven-game homestand on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds). Right-hander Jordan Foley is expected to make his Triple-A debut for SWB against right-hander Keyvius Sampson (1-0, 4.09). The first 2,500 fans in attendance for the RaiRiders game on Saturday, June 27, against the Buffalo Bisons will receive a Rob Refsnyder bobblehead, presented by Keystone Sanitary Landfill. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.