Despite a stellar outing by the RailRiders’ bullpen, the IronPigs defeated Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 4-2 on Monday night at PNC Field.
RailRiders at the plate: SWB only managed five hits, all singles by five different players. Corban Joseph accounted for the lone RBI hit on the night.
RailRiders on the mound: Chris Leroux got the start and had a shaky first inning when he gave up four runs on five hits. After that, he retired the last 11 batters he faced. The bullpen threw five scoreless frames between Fred Lewis, Mark Montgomery and Yoshinori Tateyama.
Riding the Rails: Right-hander Matt Daley and infielder Scott Sizemore were both optioned from New York on Monday, but as of Monday’s game neither had reported to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre yet.
Miley’s Milestone watch: SWB Hall of Fame Manager Dave Miley remains just one win short of tying the franchise mark of managerial wins of 574 set by Marc Bombard in 2004.
The IronRail: After the first four games – of 16 – in the battle for the IronRail Trophy between the two closest rivals in the International League, the IronPigs lead the series 3-1. The next time the clubs meet is May 13-16 in Allentown.
Time of Game: 2:40
Today’s Game: The RailRiders welcome former RailRider Dan Johnson back to PNC Field when he comes to town to begin a four-game series with his Buffalo teammates tonight at 6:35.
Today’s Probables: SWB right-hander Brian Gordon (1-1, 2.30) vs. Buffalo left-hander Ricky Romero (0-0, 3.60)
Upcoming probables: Wednesday, SWB Alfredo Aceves (0-0, 0.00) vs. Bisons RHP Kyle Drabek (1-1, 7.07); Thursday, SWB RHP Shane Greene (0-0, 6.75) vs. Bisons’ RHP Liam Hendricks (2-0, 1.13); Friday, SWB RHP Bruce Billings (3-1, 2.74) vs. Bisons’ LHP Sean Nolin (1-0, 2.70)
On Deck: The homestand continues through Friday with a school-day special on Wednesday morning.
Today at PNC Field: It’s the first T-shirt Tuesday of the season when the first 1,500 fans receive a free shirt. This week’s shirt reads “This fan loves the RailRiders”
On The Radio: All games can be heard on NEPA Sports Radio WYCK 1340-AM, 1400-AM, 100.7-FM
On TV: There are no televised games this week. The next telecast by WQMY (My Network) is Thursday, May 8.
HOW THEY SCORED
IRONPIGS FIRST: Tyson Gillies struck out. Clete Thomas singled and advanced to second on a walk by Maikel Franco. Reid Brignac singled to score Thomas and move Franco to second. Jim Murphy singled to load the bases. Steve Susdorf singled to score Franco. Leandro Castro singled to score Brignac and the bases remained loaded. Sebastian Valle hit a sac fly to score Murphy. Tyler Henson struck out. IRONPIGS 4-0
RAILRIDERS FIFTH: Francisco Arcia grounded out. Adonis Garcia singled. Jose Pirela singled to the pitcher, but IronPigs pitcher David Buchanan made a throwing error allowing Pirela to reach second and Garcia to score. Austin Romine walked. Carmen Angelini struck out. Corban Joseph singled to score Pirela, a throwing error allowed Romine and Joseph to move up. Ramon Flores flied out. IRONPIGS 4-2