The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders opened up their season on the road today with a day game aganst the Syracuse Chiefs. SWB looked as if they were in mid-season mode as they defeated the hosting Chiefs 4-1.
The RailRiders were the first to get on board in the game, plating the opening run of the 2014 season in the first inning. Jose Pirela singled to center in his first at bat of the year and went first-to-third on a fly ball single to left by Scott Sizemore. Sizemore was erased on the base paths after Zolio Almonte hit into a double-play but Pirela scored on the play and SWB got the early lead in the game.
Scranton struck again plating another run in the top of the fourth inning. Russ Canzler doubled to lead off the inning and went to third on a throwing error. After two quick outs Ramon Florez lined a triple to right field to bring him, giving the RailRiders a 2-0 lead.
The SWB RailRiders firmly cemented their lead in the top of the fifth inning when they plated two more runs. Zelous Wheeler singled to right to start it off and then moved to second on a one-out double by Scott Sizemore. Wheeler would come in to score when Zolio Almonte reached on a missed catch error by the Chiefs first baseman. Sizemore went to third on the play. He would then score on a Russ Canzler double. That would complete all the RailRider scoring in the game.
Bruce Billings earned the win for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre throwing five innings allowing one run on seven hits and a walk while striking out three. Billings threw 82 pitches in his first game as a member of the Yankees organization, 53 of them for strikes. He was followed by Preston Claiborne, Danny Burawa and Mark Montgomery who each earned a hold and pitching an inning a piece. Matt Daley came in to pitch the ninth inning to earn his first save of the year.
The big story of the night was Scott Sizemore who went 3-for-3 in the game with a walk. Russ Canzler, Ramon Flores, and Zelous Wheeler each went 2-for-4 in the game. Jose Pirela had the only other RailRider base hit in the game.