MOOSIC, Pa. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) earned the series win against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs with a 10-inning, 4-3 win on Tuesday night at PNC Field. With the victory, the RailRiders (10-9) pulled into a second-place tie with the IronPigs (10-9) in the International League North Division.
Conor Mullee (2-0) received the winning decision thanks to the team’s heroics in the 10th. The right-hander fired a scoreless stanza, striking out one. Bobby LaFromboise (1-1) shouldered the loss, allowing an unearned run on two hits.
Donovan Solano proved instrumental in SWB’s victory. His third hit of the night came with one out in the decisive inning and set the table. Pete Kozma worked a two-out walk and Lane Adams managed an infield single off the glove of third baseman Angelys Nina. Ben Gamel stepped in and swung at the first pitch. The miss caromed off catcher Andrew Knapp’s glove and into foul territory. Solano broke from third and slid into home without a throw to seal the triumph.
Luis Cessa started for SWB and tossed 4.1 innings. The right-hander allowed two runs, including a solo homer to Knapp, on four hits. However, the RailRiders built him a 3-2 advantage.
Chris Parmelee scored the game’s first run in the second when Kozma hit into a 6-4-3 double play, but Darnell Sweeney tied the game for Lehigh Valley with a two-out single in the third. Knapp’s solo shot off Cessa in the fourth gave the IronPigs’ only lead at 2-1.
Parmelee and Solano combined to reach on a walk and a single in the bottom of the fourth. Adams’ bases-loaded single to left scored Parmelee with one away to square the game 2-2. Gamel followed with a sacrifice fly to left, plating Solano for a 3-2 advantage.
Taylor Featherston led off the ninth with a solo home run to left off reliever Diego Moreno to tie the game 3-3.
The RailRiders go for the series sweep of the IronPigs on Wednesday night at PNC Field. It’s “Belly Buster Wednesday” with a first pitch of 6:35 p.m.. Right-hander Chad Green (0-2, 1.96) is scheduled to oppose right-hander Zach Eflin (2-0, 2.70). For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.