MOOSIC – The last time the RailRiders were at PNC Field, they left with a game postponed to rain.
The same thing happened when Scranton/Wilkes-Barre returned home on Friday after an eight-day road trip.
Friday’s game scheduled to pit the RailRiders against Syracuse was called early due to strong thunderstorms to mark the fifth postponement of the young season for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In addition to losing the last game of the first homestand, SWB also lost three games in Buffalo last weekend. The teams will make up the game as part of a twi-night doubleheader today beginning at 5:35.
Chien-Ming Wang, who was slated to pitch for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday, will start the first game of the twinbill. It will be Wang’s first start since last year when he got the nod for Washington. Last year for the Nationals he went 2-3 with a 6.68 ERA in 10 appearances, consisting of five starts.
Wang was signed on March 23 to a minor league deal by the Yankees, the team he first started his career with and finished as runner-up for the Cy Young Award in 2006. He will face his former organization and face Syracuse righty Yunesky Maya, who enters with a 0-1 record and a 5.25 earned run average.
In the second seven-inning game to be played tonight, RailRiders righty Brett Marshall will take the hill against Chiefs’ right-hander Ryan Perry. Marshall (0-1) has struggled in his first two starts of the season entering with an ERA of 11.25 allowing 10 runs and 12 hits in just eight innings pitched. Perry has fared a little better giving up seven runs and 13 hits in 10 innings, but still has an ERA of 6.30 with no record.
The RailRiders are coming off a successful first road trip of the season, despite three postponements. They won four of the six games against the Bisons and Rochester to up their record on the season to 5-7. Syracuse enters today’s games with a 6-7 mark and is coming off a 27-9 loss to Buffalo on Thursday afternoon.
SWB third baseman David Adams has been tearing the cover off the ball since he started the season 2-for-12. He’s hitting .474 (9-for-19) during a current five-game hitting streak to raise his average from .167 to .355 for the season.