The RailRiders looked asleep for the first six innings but eventually stormed back twice to win Thursdays affair with Buffalo 4-3 on a Miguel Andujar walk-off two-RBI single.
With one out in the bottom of the eleventh Jonathon Diaz singled up the middle. Jake Cave then hit a hard ground ball to first baseman Jason Lebledijian and it went under his glove and into right field setting the RailRiders up with runners on second and third. After Mark Payton was intentionally walked, Miguel Andujar singled up the middle to win it for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
“Very impressive. I said it last night; this team does not quit. Our guy’s philosophy is that we play for 27 outs.”, said manager Al Pedrique. We came back twice and it was nice to win the game. It was a great team effort.”
In the bottom half of the ninth inning Jake Cave scorched a two-out double and scored on Mark Payton’s RBI single to keep the RailRiders breathing. Both batters were down to their last strike.
“I was lucky enough to get a pitch I could handle and put a good swing on it.”, said Payton.
Cesar Valdez pitched a great seven innings, allowing seven hits, and striking out three. He did not give up a run and lowered his ERA to 3.48.
The Bisons scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning off of Dietrich Enns on a Dalton Pompey double into the left field gap. Pompey has spent time with the Blue Jays in the past but is with Buffalo on a rehab assignment.
Buffalo scored their second run against Jonathon Holder in the seventh after two singles and a walk. The ladder of those singles came off the bat of Roemon Fields.
The RailRiders scored in the seventh on an error by Joe Berti off the bat of Billy McKinney. McKinney would definitely have an argument for a hit but nonetheless it proved to be the RailRiders lone run.
Dietrich Enns went six solid innings, allowing just five hits. He struck out four and gave up one run.
Ben Heller was also on top of his game, pitching two innings and striking out three.
Joe Mantiply got the win even after giving up the go-ahead run in the top of the eleventh. He pitched two innings and allowed one run on four hits.
Jonathon Diaz, who was traded to the RailRiders from the Bisons two days ago switched clubhouses and collected three hit.
“It was really funny how it happens. I am happy to be in this organization again and I am ready to go.”, said Diaz.
Mike Ford also had three hits but came up lame going into second base. Pedrique described it as a right hamstring injury and hopes that he can avoid the DL.