The RailRiders won for the seventh time in their last eight games with a 2-1 win over Durham on Sunday. With the win, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre improves to 19-16 this season and has won six of the seven games on the current eight-game homestand.
RailRiders at the plate: Zelous Wheeler hit a solo homer to account for the first run and Zoilo Almonte’s (2 for 5) bases-loaded single in the 11th won it for SWB, which totaled seven hits.
RailRiders on the mound: Eric Ruth made his Triple-A debut, lasting five innings only allowing two hits, but one was a solo home run and took a no-decision. He also walked three and fanned three. Diego Moreno relieved Ruth and went 2 2/3 innings, allowing three hits. Mark Montgomery finished off the eighth and went a scoreless ninth. The only baserunners he allowed were a pair of walks. Branden Pinder tossed the 10th and 11th to pick up his first Triple-A victory.
Riding the Rails: Sunday’s starter Eric Ruth was just promoted from Charleston on Sunday to replace Chase Whitley, who was a late scratch. Ruth was demoted from Tampa to Charleston on Saturday before getting the call to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday. Matt Daley, who had given up just one run in his last 5 1/3 innings, was called up to New York as CC Sabathia was placed on the disabled list. … Durham third baseman Cole Figueroa hit a solo home run in the fifth and was the only batter in the game using a pink bat in honor of Mother’s Day. … The RailRiders had just one at-bat with runners in scoring in position during the game, but it was Almonte’s walk-off single.
Time of Game: 3:03
Today’s Game: The series between the RailRiders and the Bulls, and the homestand, wraps up this afternoon with a 12:05 contest.
Today’s Probables: RailRiders RHP Brian Gordon (2-2, 4.23) vs. Durham LHP Emny Romero (2-4, 5.02)
On Deck: SWB starts a four-game series at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown on Tuesday night.
RailRiders vs. IronPigs Probables: Tuesday, SWB RHP Zach Nuding (1-1, 10.13) vs. IronPigs’ RHP David Buchanan (4-0, 3.12); Wednesday, SWB RHP Joel De La Cruz (2-0, 1.64) vs. LV LHP Greg Smith (3-0, 3.19); Thursday, SWB RHP Shane Greene (0-1, 5.68) vs. LV RHP Barry Enright (0-2, 4.71);
Today at PNC Field: On a nice day for baseball, Monday is Senior Skip Day at the ballpark with discounted packages for senior citizens, seniors in college or seniors in high school.
On The Radio: All games can be heard on NEPA Sports Radio WYCK 1340-AM, 1400-AM, 1440-AM, 100.7-FM, 106.7-FM,
HOW THEY SCORED
RAILRIDERS SECOND: Zoilo Almonte popped out. Zelous Wheeler homered. Kyle Roller struck out. Jose Pirela singled, then was caught stealing. RAILRIDERS 1-0
DURHAM FIFTH: Cole Figueroa homered. Curt Casali grounded out. Hak-Ju Lee flied out. Mike Fontenot struck out. TIED 1-1
RAILRIDERS ELEVENTH: Antoan Richardson popped out. Ramon Flores singled. Scott Sizemore singled, Flores to second. Dean Anna walked to load the bases. Zoilo Almonte singled to score Flores. RAILRIDERS 2-1