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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Dean Anna had been struggling mightily this season for the RailRiders since being sent to Triple-A after starting the season in New York.


He entered Tuesday’s game at Louisville Slugger Field hitless in his previous six games, going 0-for-20 in that span.


The shortstop broke out of the slump in a big way on Tuesday going 3-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored in leading Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s red-hot offense to an 11-4 win over the Bats.


One night after SWB pounded out 24 hits, the most the franchise has ever piled up since becoming the Yankees affiliate in 2007, the team had 16 more Tuesday night. The RailRiders will enter today’s 6:35 p.m. game against Louisville having at least one hit in 17 of 18 innings during the series.


Bruce Billings, making his first start for the RailRiders since April 19 after spending time in New York and on the disabled list, struggled in his return, allowing all four Bats runs in just 2 2/3 innings.


After the RailRiders opened a 3-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI-single by Scott Sizemore (3-for-6) and a two-run shot by Kyle Roller (2-for-5), the Bats answered for two runs in the bottom of the first off Billings then took a 4-3 lead in the third when Chris Nelson singled in a pair.


But the SWB bullpen kept the RailRiders in the game tossing 6 1/3 scoreless frames. Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte continued his scoreless streak this season with three shutout frames and now has not allowed a run in 5 2/3 innings since getting promoted to Triple-A. Jose Ramirez (2-0) went two innings and Mark Montgomery threw the final 1 1/3.


Meanwhile, once Bats starter Josh Smith left the game, Louisville’s bullpen was the opposite of SWB’s giving up eight runs in the seventh and eighth.


In the seventh, the RailRiders had runners on first and second with one out when Anna plated a run with a single to score Roller. After Austin Romine (2-for-3) was walked to load the bases, Louisville reliever Ryan Dennick balked in a run giving SWB a 5-4 advantage. SWB wasn’t done yet. Corban Joseph (2-for-5, 4 RBI) followed Romine with a triple to score Anna and Romine.


Antoan Richardson then put down the squeeze bunt for an RBI to bring in Joseph and extend the RailRiders’ lead to 8-4.


Anna added an RBI-triple in the eighth and Joseph followed with a two-run double pushing the SWB lead to 11-4.


RailRiders 11, Bats 4

RailRiders`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR


Pirela 2b`5`0`1`0`0`0`0


Flores cf`6`1`1`0`1`0`0


Sizemore 3b`6`1`3`1`1`1`0


Roller 1b`5`2`2`2`0`0`1


Wheeler rf`6`2`2`0`0`0`0


Anna ss`5`2`3`2`0`1`0


Romine c`3`2`2`0`1`0`0


Joseph dh`5`1`2`4`0`1`0


Richardson lf`2`0`0`1`0`0`0


Totals`43`11`16`10`0`0`0


Louisville`AB`R`H`BI`2B`3B`HR


Bourgeois lf`3`2`1`0`0`0`0


Gotay 2b`4`1`1`0`0`0`0


Soto 1b`5`1`2`0`0`0`0


Perez rf`4`0`0`1`0`0`0


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


Barnhart c`3`0`1`2`0`0`0


Duncan dh`4`0`0`0`0`0`0


Diaz ss`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


LaMarre cf`2`0`1`0`1`0`0


Iribarren ss-cf`1`0`0`0`0`0`0


Negron ss-cf-p`3`0`1`0`0`0`0


Totals`32`4`8`4`1`0`0


LOB — SWB 12, LOU 9; RISP — SWB 6 for 21, LOU 2 for 12; 2B — Flores (15), Sizemore (6), Romine (4), Joseph (4), LaMarre (2); 3B — Joseph (1), Sizemore (2), HR — Roller (3), SAC — Richardson, Negron; SF — Perez; Outfield Assists — Wheeler (Soto at home); SB — Richardson 2 (15), Wheeler (1)


RailRiders`300`000`530`—`11


Louisville`202`000`000`—`4


RailRiders`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Billings`2.2`4`4`4`2`0


Venditte`3.0`3`0`0`1`0


Ramirez (W, 2-0)`2.0`1`0`0`1`1


Montgomery`1.1`0`0`0`2`1


Louisville`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Smith`6.0`9`3`3`2`4


Villareal (H, 6; L, 1-1)`0.1`1`2`2`0`1


Dennick (BS, 1)`0.2`2`3`3`1`0


Russell`1.0`3`3`3`1`1


Negron`1.0`1`0`0`0`1


Balk: Venditte, Dennick


HBP: Roller (by Villareal), Richardson (by Russell)


Time: 3:24


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