Buffalo, N.Y. –On a chilly night in Buffalo, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (5-6) offense went cold. Buffalo Bisons (7-3) starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (1-1) struck out nine batters, and the Bisons offense pounded out four five extra-base hits, in a 8-2 thumping of the RailRiders Wednesday evening at Coca-Cola Field.
With Chris Leroux (0-1) making his first start of the season, Buffalo took advantage. Bisons second baseman Chris Gets led the first off with a walk and took second on a stolen base. Getz advanced to third on a Steve Tolleson single to left, before coming around to score on a passed by Austin Romine. Leroux induced a double play ball to end the inning.
Buffalo’s lead swelled to five after the Bisons batted around in the third. Buffalo sent ten men to the plate in the inning, with book-end plate appearance by Getz. The second baseman led the frame off with a single and came around to score on a Tolleson triple. With the score 2-0,third baseman Juan Francisco doubled and scored on a Matt Tuiasosopo line drive to left. Before the inning was over, centerfielder Kevin Pillar brought the final run around on a double off the outfield wall and moved to third on the relay throw.
Leroux, after facing six batters in the third inning, gave way to right-hander Yoshinori Tateyama. Tateyama walked his first batter before retiring Erik Kratz and Getz via the strikeout to end the frame. Tateyama was one of four RailRider relievers to appear in the game.
After Stroman departed in the sixth, the offense for Buffalo added some more insurance. Tolleson reached on a one-out walk and the proceeded to steal second. Francisco’s second hit of night brought Tolleson around from second to score. A strikeout by Dan Johnson and Matt Tuiasosopo ended the Buffalo threat.
Two more runs crossed for Buffalo in the home half of the seventh. After a lead-off walk by Kevin Pillar, Jared Goedert reached on a fielder’s choice. Erik Kratz provided a double to center and scored on a single to right by Brett Carrol.
After eight base hits, the RailRiders offense broke through in the eighth. Russ Canzler led the inning off with a walk and advanced to third after a Corban Joseph double to right. With runners at second and third, Adonis Garcia singled plate Canzler from third. A double play ball by Ronnier Mustelier scored SWB’s final run, plating Joseph from third.
SWB’s offense combined for 12 strikeouts, including two apiece by Ramon Flores, Canzler, Joseph, and Carmen Angelini.
The RailRiders and Bisons will conclude their three-game series Thursday with the first game of a doubleheader at 12:05 p.m. Both contests are slated for seven innings. SWB will toss right-hander Brian Gordon (1-1, 3.60) opposite Buffalo left-hander Ricky Romero (0-0, 6.75). Right-hander Chase Whitley (0-1, 7.71) will go in game No. 2 against Kyle Drabek (1-0, 5.40) John Sadak will have the call on radio with Aaron Berlin’s pregame coverage starting at 11:35 a.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. The RailRiders return home on Friday, April 18 when the Lehigh Valley IronPigs visit PNC Field for a four-game series and eight-game homestand. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS:
- Ronnier Mustelier earned his first start of the year after being activated from the disabled list earlier in the day
- Six of the RailRiders first nine hitters struck out
- Marcus Stroman struck out back-to-back batters to conclude three different innings
- The RailRiders were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position