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Kyle Roller's key double broke open the game for the RailRiders Thursday night. (Robert M Pimpsner)

RailRiders on Wrong Side of Slugfest, Fall 14-7

Moosic, Pa- Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/Yankees) saw themselves on the short end of a slugfest that produced 35 hits and 21 runs in a 14-7 loss to the Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) at PNC Field.

RailRiders (29-29) starter Joel De La Cruz (1-4) struggled early on and was a victim of an error by Jose Pirela that yielded four runs for the Tides in the first inning. SWB would cut the deficit to one in their first at-bats as Kyle Roller hit a three-run home run to make it 4-3. SWB tacked on the tying run in the third with a Pirela single.

The Tides (25-35) then scored runs in three consecutive innings from the third to the fifth inning to open up the game 12-4. A barrage of 11 hits, four being for extra bases, helped widen the gap as the Tides put a crooked five spot up in the fifth which saw 10 batters come to the plate.

SWB scored single tallies in three consecutive innings spanning from the fifth to the seventh after Norfolk added a pair in the top of the seventh giving the game its final score of 14-7.

It was the second game the bull pen faltered as the RailRiders used four different relief pitchers to try and stop the Tides from rolling but it was too tall of a task. Jairo Heredia allowed five runs on seven hits in just two-thirds of an inning. The combination of Mark Montgomery, Danny Burawa, and Jim Miller held the Tides to just two runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings of work.

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