Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s first sweep of Indianapolis since 2010 — back when the home club was called the Yankees — didn’t come easy. But Austin Romine collected three hits, scored three runs and gunned down three baserunners to lead the RailRiders to the four-game sweep and their fifth straight victory.
RailRiders at the plate: Austin Romine raised his batting average nearly 40 points and scored every time he was on base. That came thanks, in part, to Ramon Flores, who roped a two-run triple in the fifth inning to break a 1-1 tie and finished the night with three RBI. Jose Pirela had two singles and scored twice, and Adonis Garcia also had a pair of hits, including a double.
RailRiders on the mound: Zach Nuding delivered a strong start for the RailRiders while evening his record at 1-1. Although working around four Indianapolis hits and two walks, Nuding surrendered just one run through his five innings of work — and that came on a softly-lined single. Nuding also finished with four strikeouts. Relief pitcher Cesar Cabral didn’t look real good, allowing a home run, a double and a walk to consecutive batters with two outs in the sixth inning. His replacement, Diego Moreno, looked much better, working out of a bases-loaded jam by recording a strikeout to finish the sixth and inducing a huge inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the seventh. Robert Coello was touched for a run in the eighth — the first he’s allowed in 11 innings with the RailRiders.
Time of Game: 3:21.
Today’s Game: The RailRiders welcome the Durham Bulls to PNC Field to begin a four-game series at 7:05 p.m.
Today’s Probables: RailRiders RHP Joel De La Cruz (1-0, 1.50) vs. Durham RHP Merrill Kelly (4-0, 1.67)
On Deck: Last season’s Yankees minor league pitcher of the year Shane Greene tries to pick up his first win of the year for the RailRiders in Saturday’s 7:05 p.m. game at PNC Field.
Today at PNC Field: It’s Fireworks Friday, but before the fireworks show following the game, the RailRiders will try to create a few sparks on the field.
On the Radio: All games can be heard on NEPA Sports Radio WYCK 1340-AM, 1400-AM, 1440-AM, 100.7-FM and 106.7-FM.
HOW THEY SCORED
INDIANAPOLIS FOURTH: Gregory Polanco walked and strolled to second base on Nevin Ashley’s single to left field. Two batters later, Jeff Decker punched a two-out single to left field as Polanco charged home. INDIANAPOLIS 1-0.
RAILRIDERS FOURTH: Antoan Richardson reached when Indianapolis first baseman Chris McGuiness bobbled a grounder, then moved up to second base when McGuiness tossed the ball wide of the pitcher covering and into the dugout for a double error. Richardson raced to third base on Dean Anna’s long fly out to right field, and beat the throw to the plate on Zoilo Almonte’s RBI fielder’s choice. TIED 1-1.
RAILRIDERS FIFTH: Russ Canzler began the inning with a sharp single to center field and coasted to third base on Austin Romine’s one-out double down the left-field line. They both came home when Ramon Flores went the other way and slammed a two-run triple down the right-field line. RAILRIDERS 3-1.
INDIANAPOLIS SIXTH: Nevin Ashley launched his first home run of the season, a drive that caused some confusion when the ball bounded off the fence just beyond the center field wall and landed back on the playing field. RAILRIDERS 3-2.
RAILRIDERS SEVENTH: Jose Pirela chopped a single over second base and into right field, then Romine made a slick move and a timely dive to beat out a bunt single. Flores drew a walk to fill the bases and Pirela scored when Richardson reached on an error. The bases remained filled, and Anna drew a walk to force home Romine. Following an unconventional doubleplay that erased two runners from scoring position, Anna scored on Adonis Garcia’s single to left field. RAILRIDERS 6-2.
INDIANAPOLIS EIGHTH: McGuiness walked and eventually scored on a two-out single to center field by Blake Davis. RAILRIDERS 6-3.
RAILRIDERS EIGHTH: Pirela lashed a single to left field and Romine followed with a hit-and-run single to right field, sending Pirela to third base. Flores chopped a fielder’s choice to shortstop and Pirela beat the throw home. Richardson then singled to fill the bases, and Romine rode home on Annay’s sacrifice fly. RAILRIDERS 8-3.
INDIANAPOLIS NINTH: Ashley drove his third hit of the game — a double — over the center field fence on a hop for a ground-rule double. He scored when McGuiness reached on an error. RAILRIDERS 8-4.