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By Dave Rosengrant drosengrant@civitasmedia.com

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's Jose Pirela, left, is safe at third base on an errant throw to Syracuse Chiefs' Will Rhymes in the home opener at PNC Field in Moosic on Thursday night.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's Jose Pirela, left, is safe at third base on an errant throw to Syracuse Chiefs' Will Rhymes in the home opener at PNC Field in Moosic on Thursday night.
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MOOSIC — The RailRiders looked sluggish for the first five innings of Thursday’s home opener.

They weren’t getting anything against Syracuse pitcher Ryan Tatusko. Then, as Tatusko appeared to tire in the sixth, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre woke up.

The RailRiders scored four in the frame, then held on for a 7-2 win over the Chiefs at PNC Field.

Sending eight batters to the plate in the sixth, the RailRiders had two walks, three hits and an error to plate the four runs – all with two outs. Catcher John Ryan Murphy laced a run-scoring single to tie the game at 2-2, and after another run scored on an error, Corban Joseph roped a double to deep right to bring home two more and put SWB in front 5-2.

Carmen Angelini added a single in the inning, but Joseph was nailed at the plate to end the rally.

“That was a big inning for us,” SWB manager Dave Miley said. “We had good at-bats.”

SWB capped the scoring as Adonis Garcia hit the first home run of the season for the squad, a two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth.

“That’s gotta be a good feeling for him,” Russ Canzler said. “We had that goose egg with no team home runs so it was nice to get that first one.”

There was another first in the game as Canzler, a Hazleton native, got to play his first game in a home uniform near his hometown. He played at PNC Field previously as a visitor, but it was definitely more special being a home player.

“It was awesome. Any opening day, no matter where you’re at, there’s nerves. But it was special for me just coming here finally being on the home side,” Canzler said. “It was special. It was a real good night. I had some family here, had some fans cheering me on so it was pretty cool.”

The RailRiders opened a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, scoring a run on an RBI groundout by Zoilo Almonte.

In the top of the third, Syracuse took a 2-1 lead when Steven Souza Jr. homered to straightaway center with a runner on base.

Meanwhile, the RailRiders were having trouble getting anything going against Syracuse starter Tatusko, who had his cutter moving all over to keep the RailRiders hitters guessing until the big sixth inning.

After getting the run in the first, they advanced a runner to third only once as Garcia reached via a two-base error to lead off the fifth and moved to third on a groundout by Joseph. But the next two batters, Carmen Angelini and Jose Pirela, popped out to end the threat.

The RailRiders bullpen was superb pitching four shutout innings as Danny Burawa (1-0) and Mark Montgomery (first save) kept the Chiefs bats at bay. Graham Stoneburner, who started the game for SWB, lasted five innings striking out five.

Burawa fanned four in his two innings, while allowing a hit and a walk. Montgomery whiffed a pair also giving up a hit and a walk.

“That’s a good attribute for our bullpen,” Canzler said. “They kept us in the game while we kept battling.”


RailRiders 7, Syracuse 2


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Burawa (W, 1-0)`2.0`1`0`0`1`4

Montgomery (S, 1)`2.0`1`0`0`1`2

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