LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders continued their exceptional play on the road, as they swept a doubleheader from the Gwinnett Braves on Sunday afternoon.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre took game one by a score of 5-1, and triumphed in game two, 2-1.
The wins extend the RailRiders’ win streak to eight games after the perfect road trip. The team has won 12 of its last 13 games away from PNC Field.
The RailRiders opened their scoring in game one in the second inning. With two outs, David Adams was hit by a pitch from Gwinnett starter Tim Corcoran. Zoilo Almonte followed with a home run to center field.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre added another run in the fifth. Corban Joseph led off with a walk and moved to second on a single by Almonte. Dan Johnson followed with a single through the right side to score Joseph and make it 3-0.
Adams had a triple to right-center in the sixth to score Bobby Wilson and Joseph (both reached on singles) to extend the lead to 5-0.
Starter Dellin Betances (2-2) tossed five hitless innings, walking four and fanning three.
The Braves ended the no-hit bid in the seventh with a one-out single by Joe Leonard off of reliever Sam Demel. Leonard scored the Braves’ lone run.
Chris Bootcheck (4-0) stifled Gwinnett batters in game two, limiting the Braves to just one run on four hits. Despite the solid effort, his International League best earned run average rose to 0.60.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre went out in front early in game two with a run in the second. With one out, Ronnier Mustelier walked, and moved to third on Melky Mesa’s double. Luke Murton then followed with a groundout that scored Mustelier.
The Braves evened the score off Bootcheck in the fifth. With one out, Matt Kennelly reached on a bunt single up the third base line. He advanced to second on a groundout by Todd Cunningham, and scored on a single by Carrithers.
The game did not remain tied for long, as Mustelier hit the go-ahead home run in the sixth inning. His first homer of the season cleared the left field wall, giving the RailRiders the 2-1 lead.
Jim Miller worked a scoreless seventh inning for the RailRiders to earn his second save of the season.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre now returns home to open up an eight-game home stand Monday at 6:35 p.m. against the Indianapolis Indians.