Moosic, Pa- A chilly summer night didn’t stop the long balls from flying out of PNC Field. Scott Sizemore and Austin Romine blasted home runs while big-league rehabber Shawn Kelley tossed a scoreless first inning as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/Yankees) power past the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers) 7-4 at PNC Field.
The RailRiders (32-31) jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the first as Jose Pirela led the inning off with a walk. Adonis Garcia singled and Pirela advanced aggressively first to third while Garcia followed to second on the throw setting the table. Zoilo Almonte grounded out and Zelous Wheeler singled driving in.
Toledo (30-35) added a tally in the third inning against scheduled starter Joel De La Cruz (2-2) making it 2-1. SWB answered sending seven batters to the plate scoring four runs highlighted by Sizemore’s three run blast widening the gap 6-1.
De La Cruz who earned his second win scuffled in the fifth as his own error jump started a three-run third inning. Lead-off hitter Jordan Lennerton reached on the error and Wade Gaynor followed with a two-run shot cutting the deficit 6-3. With two outs, Hernan Perez doubled and came around to score on Tyler Collins’ RBI single making it 6-4. The RailRiders would get a run back in the sixth with Romine’s solo home run giving the game it’s final score 7-4.
Kelley allowed one hit in his scoreless inning while second big-league rehabber Francisco Cervelli caught the entire game and went hitless in four trips. Zelous Wheeler had his second multi-hit game in as many days driving in a pair of runs.