The Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders survived a water-filled evening and an early assault of bats when they took on the Columbus Clippers Wednesday evening at PNC Field. The RailRiders, down 4-0, rallied for five runs in the third inning and never looked back in their 8-5 victory.
The scoring was underway almost immediately for the Clippers. They started the game with back-to-back-to-back doubles by Greg Allen, Yandy Diaz, and Giovanny Urshella against the RailRiders’ starter on the evening Daniel Camerena. Columbus would tack on another run on an infield single giving them a 3-0 lead to finish the top of the first.
The Clippers would add on another run the very next inning after Allen notched his second double of the game moving Jon Berti over to third base. Diaz then drove him in with a sacrifice fly to right field making it 4-0 Columbus.
The RailRiders didn’t wait to deflate that lead for Columbus. In the bottom of the third inning, SWB loaded the bases for Brandon Drury, who is rehabbing with the team after experiencing problems with his vision. He singled to center field to drive in the first run. The next batter, Shane Robinson, mashed a ball to deep center field over the head of the outfielder to clear the bases. An RBI groundout later gave the RailRiders a 5-4 lead.
“I’ve seen improvements for sure,” Drury said. “Something I’ve had for awhile is not going to get better in a week. I’ve seen improvements, and that’s the kind of mindset I’m in, I’m trying to get small improvements each day.”
Columbus answered the Scranton Wilkes-Barre five-spot with two outs in the fourth inning. The third hit by Allen, this time a single, and a Diaz walk brought up Urshella who drove in the run with a single to center field. That tied the game at five runs apiece.
More runs ensued for the RailRiders in the bottom of the fifth inning. Drury led the inning off with a single to left field, followed by a single by Robinson. Mike Ford then stepped up and roped a hard hit double into the left-center field gap. Two runs scored on the hit giving SWB a 7-5 lead.
“It was great to see, down 4-0, nobody panicked everybody did a good job to have good at bats,” RailRiders’ Manager Bobby Mitchell said. “Drury helped us too, and I’m glad to see that he’s swinging the bat well from being off. It’s not easy to do coming back like that.”
The player who stood out amongst them all on the evening was reliever Brady Lail. He came out and dominated for Scranton Wilkes-Barre. He pitched 2.2 innings giving up no hits, no runs, one walk, and he struck out four batters.
The game was delayed in the seventh inning for one hour but when play resumed, the RailRiders would tack on an 8th run and hang on to the victory. Cody Carroll notched a six out save to complete it.
- Brandon Drury was 2-4 with a RBI in his first rehab start since he went on the disabled list.
- Shane Robinson had a 2-4 night with 3 RBI.
- Mike Ford only had one hit, but he collected 3 RBI in his effort.
The RailRiders have an off day tomorrow but head out on the road after that. They will take on the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs at Coca-Cola Park. For SWB, Nester Cortes will make his first start on the season for them and for the Iron Pigs Cole Irving (0-1, 5.40 ERA).