Right-hander hurls eight shutout innings

Last updated: May 24. 2014 11:37PM - 2005 Views
By Dave Rosengrant drosengrant@civitasmedia.com

RailRiders pitcher Zach Nuding pitched a career-high eight shutout innings on Saturday leading Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to the 2-0 victory.
RailRiders pitcher Zach Nuding pitched a career-high eight shutout innings on Saturday leading Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to the 2-0 victory.
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MOOSIC –The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders were bound to end their losing streak to Rochester sooner or later.

The RailRiders called on big right-hander Zach Nuding to try to stop the streak eight on Saturday night.

And the 6-foot-4, 260-pounder responded with the best outing of his career.

In his fifth start with the RailRiders this season, Nuding went career-high eight innings, not allowing a runs and only giving up three hits as he lead Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to its first win over Rochester since July 9, 2013, with a 2-0 win at PNC Field.

After Nuding allowed a single to the first batter of the game, James Beresford, he got a strikeout-throw-him-out double play to erase the baserunner then retired the next 17 batters.

The 24-year-old mixed his pitches very well and pitched to contact, rarely missing the strike zone and making Rochester batters be aggressive at the plate. Because of that, he only threw 86 pitches with 62 going for strikes. In the third through sixth innings, Nuding threw 10 pitches or less.

The Red Wings got to Nuding a bit in the seventh with a leadoff double by Beresford (3 for 4) then a single from Oswaldo Arcia. But Nuding induced a flyout to shallow right then a 5-4-3 double-play to get out of the jam. Even though Nuding was in a jam in the frame, he only needed 14 pitches to get out of the seventh.

After the seventh, he rebounded for just a 10-pitch, 1-2-3 inning in the eighth. But he was pulled after the eighth and did not attempt to become the first SWB pitcher to toss a nine-inning, complete-game shutout since Daniel McCutchen threw two in 2008.

Jose Ramirez pitched the ninth for his first save of the season. The right-hander made things interesting as he allowed a pair of singles, putting runners on first and second with one out. After he fanned Arcia for the second out, he allowed a walk to load the bases before getting Pedro Florimon to fly out to end the game.

The RailRiders got on the board in the bottom of the third when Austin Romine walked to start the inning then scored on a one-out double by Jose Pirela for a 1-0 lead.

Scott Sizemore (2 for 3) hit a two-out solo homer in the sixth to extend the lead to 2-0. His first longball of the season sailed into the bullpen in left field.


RailRiders 2, Rochester 0


Beresford 2b`4`0`3`0`1`0`0

Arica rf`4`0`1`0`0`0`0

Romero 3b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Farris pr`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Willingham lf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Florimon ss`1`0`0`0`0`0`0

Nelson 1b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Ramirez dh`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Rahl cf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Bernier ss-lf`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Fryer c`3`0`0`0`0`0`0



Pirela 2b`4`0`1`1`1`0`0

Flores lf`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Garcia rf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Sizemore 1b`3`1`2`1`0`0`1

Wheeler 3b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Canzler dh`3`0`1`0`1`0`0

Anna ss`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Romine c`1`1`0`0`0`0`0

Richardson cf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0





Darnell (L, 1-2)`6.0`3`2`2`2`4



Nuding (W, 2-2)`8.0`3`0`0`0`6

Ramirez (S, 1)`1.0`2`0`0`1`1

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