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By Dave Rosengrant

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MOOSIC – Prior to Thursday night’s game at PNC Field, the RailRiders were on a high after winning consecutive games against Buffalo.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre entered trying to gain a share of first place in the I.L. North Division for the first time since the season was two days old.

Although they brought the potential tying and winning runs to the plate in the bottom of the ninth thanks to a late four-run rally, the RailRiders still fell short, losing to Buffalo, 6-5 on a chilly night at the ballpark.

SWB sent eight batters to the plate in the bottom of the ninth as the first four batters all scored, three on a blast by Zoilo Almonte, his third of the season that sailed deep into the seats in right field. Almonte, who missed Wednesday’s game due the birth of his child, made a big return to the lineup going 2-for-5 after getting the game-winning hit on Tuesday.

The next two batters – Adonis Garcia and Corban Joseph – were retired before Ramon Flores reached on an infield single. But Jose Pirela popped out to end the game. Garcia and Pirela each saw their hitting streak end on the night.

“It was a big home run for us, made it a one-run game with three outs to go,” RailRiders manager Dave Miley said. “We didn’t do anything with the three outs we had left but we had opportunities.”

The game didn’t start good for the squad as Michael Pineda’s suspension with New York for illegally using pine tar affected the team early. Thursday’s probable starter Shane Greene was called up to the Yankees, while today’s RailRiders starter Bruce Billings was also called up.

It didn’t get much better from there for the RailRiders. With a bullpen day on the mound for SWB, David Herndon (0-2) was the first member of the pen to take the hill. After a scoreless first, the Bisons got to the righty for four runs in the top of the second. They loaded the bases with one out and the big blow came from former Phillies prospect Anthony Gose (2-for-4). The speedy outfielder cleared the bases with a triple after Jared Gordert singled in a run to give Buffalo a 4-0 lead.

Things went from bad to worse when Fred Lewis relieved Herndon to pitch the third. But the lefty had to leave early with what looked like an injury after allowing one run in his time. Yoshinori Tateyama also allowed a run during his outing, but he threw 2 1/3 innings. He retired the first three batters he faced before Gose got a two-out infield single in the fourth. After Tateyama allowed a walk, Gose scored on a single from Chris Getz to put the Bisons ahead 6-0.

“After the second inning, we probably outplayed those guys,” RailRiders outfielder Antoan Richardson said. “I think it was a combination of good pitching and a little better defense and we started to put together good at-bats. If we can do that for nine innings, it gives us a better chance.”

While the Bisons offense was clicking, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre offense was stagnant against Buffalo starter Liam Hendricks, who entered the game with a 1.13 ERA. The RailRiders scattered five hits against the righty in the first five innings. The only inning SWB had a threat going was the third when the first two batters – Francisco Arcia and Carmen Angelini – reached, but Hendricks got the last three batters of the inning out to end the threat.

“We have to play a complete game,” said Richardson, who finished 2 for 5. “But we had a little lapse there early and we were starting to come around each game.”

Hendricks (3-0) got two outs in the sixth, but in between, he gave up a hustle double to Scott Sizemore. Reliever Mickey Storey walked the bases loaded before Ramon Flores drew a bases-loaded walk against Ryan Tepera to account for the RailRiders first run and cut the deficit to 6-1.

But on the night, the RailRiders went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base and made a costly error in the third inning that led to a Bisons run.

“When you make mistakes it stands out a lot in a one-run game,” Miley added. “We made a defensive mistake early that ended up costing us a run and ended up being the ballgame.”

Buffalo 6, RailRiders 5


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