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ALLENTOWN —If the RailRiders are going to win the IronRail Trophy this year, they will have to do so in dramatic fashion again, just like 2013.

After dropping a 3-2 decision to the IronPigs on Wednesday at Coca-Cola Park, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has now lost five of six games against its closest rival.

In 2013, the RailRiders won the IronRail Series, but had to do so by winning the final game of the season series. They’re in a similar situation now as they will have to win at leas seven of the last 10 games against the IronPigs this season to claim the trophy for the second straight season.

Joel De La Cruz pitched well enough to win for the RailRiders going seven innings only allowing two earned runs on six hits and no walks.

The only problems the right-hander ran into came in the bottom of the third and fourth innings. Ronny Cedeno and Tyson Gillies each had run-scoring singles in the third, while Steve Susdorf picked up a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the fourth to put the IronPigs in front, 3-2. From that point on, he faced just two batters over the minimum the rest of his outing.

Adonis Garcia (2 for 4) led off the second with a triple for the RailRiders before scoring on a single by Zelous Wheeler for a 1-0 lead. A Scott Sizemore sac fly in the third put SWB in front, 2-0.

The RailRiders threatened in the top of the ninth as Wheeler (3 for 4) and Russ Canzler singled with two outs, but Justin de Fratus retired Jose Pirela with runners on first and third to end the game.

Former SWB Yankee Greg Smith had a solid outing against his ex-team throwing 6 2/3 innings allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks, while whiffing three. Jeremy Horst and de Fratus tossed the final 2 1/3 frames for the IronPigs.

Notes: Austin Romine, who went 1 for 2 and had his average all the way up to .211 after getting hot over the last week, left the game in the bottom of the sixth with an apparent hand injury after Darin Ruf fouled a ball off Romine’s throwing hand. He was replaced by Francisco Arcia. … SWB right-hander Chase Whitley is set to start for the Yankees tonight at Citi Field in New York against the Mets. The roster move has not been made yet.


Lehigh Valley 3, RailRiders 2


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