The T.L. Express
The RailRiders strung together their first winning streak of the season with a 7-1 win over Syracuse, following a win in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.
RailRiders at the plate: The team banged out a season-high 15 hits and tied a season-high in runs scored as the first three batters in the game – Ramon Flores, Scott Sizemore and Zoilo Almonte – combined to go 9 for 14 with four runs scored and four RBI. Flores was the recipient of scoring all those runs and reached base five times finishing a homer short of the cycle. Sizemore accounted for three RBI.
RailRiders on the mound: Bruce Billings had a great outing for SWB allowing just one hit – a two-out double in the top of the second when left fielder Zoilo Almonte lost the ball in the sun – in seven innings and retired the last 10 batters he faced. Danny Burawa threw a perfect eighth, while Mark Montgomery pitched a scoreless ninth only giving up one hit.
Miley’s Milestone watch: Following Sunday’s win, SWB Hall of Fame Manager Dave Miley is just three wins short of tying the franchise’s mark for managerial wins of 574 set by Marc Bombard in 2004.
Saturday night’s recap: Russ Canzler won the second game of Saturday’s twinbill in the bottom of the eighth with a walk-off single scoring Zoilo Almonte, giving the RailRiders a 2-1 win and a split.
Time of Game: 2:28
Today’s Game: The RailRiders head to Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo to start a four-game set with the Bisons.
Today’s Probables: SWB righty Chase Whitley (0-0, 7.71) vs. Buffalo’s RHP Marcus Stroman (0-1, 1.80)
On Deck: Following the series at Buffalo, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre returns home on Friday to host Lehigh Valley for the beginning of an eight-game homestand.
On The Radio: All games can be heard on NEPA Sports Radio WYCK 1340-AM, 1400-AM, 100.7-FM
HOW THEY SCORED
RAILRIDERS FIRST: Ramon Flores doubled. Scott Sizemore grounded out. Zoilo Almonte singled, Flores to third. Russ Canzler singled to score Flores. Corban Joseph hit into a doubleplay, Canzler out at second. RAILRIDERS 1-0
RAILRIDERS SECOND: John Ryan Murphy doubled. Austin Romine walked. Antoan Richardson sacrificed the runners to second and third. Carmen Angelini struck out. Ramon Flores walked to load the bases. Scott Sizemore singled to score Murphy and Romine. Zoilo Almonte singled knocking in Flores. Russ Canzler flied out. RAILRIDERS 4-0
RAILRIDERS THIRD: Corban Joseph flied out. John Ryan Murphy struck out. Austin Romine singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Antoan Richardson, who was thrown out at second. RAILRIDERS 5-0
CHIEFS FOURTH: Will Rhymes reached on an error, advanced to second on a groundout by Brock Peterson and reached third on a wild pitch. Jhonatan Solano grounded out to score Rhymes. Brian Goodwin walked. Brandon Laird grounded out. RAILRIDERS 5-1
RAILRIDERS FOURTH: Carmen Angelini struck out. Ramon Flores tripled. Scott Sizemore tripled to drive in Flores. Zoilo Almonte grounded out. Russ Canzler struck out. RAILRIDERS 6-1
RAILRIDERS SIXTH: Ramon Flores singled. Scott Sizemore struck out. Zoilo Almonte singled, Flores to third. Russ Canzler hit a sacrifice fly. Corban Joseph struck out. RAILRIDERS 7-1