MOOSIC – It was just about a week ago when Steve Clevenger was optioned to Norfolk from Baltimore.
He entered Tuesday’s game against the RailRiders at PNC Field being hitless in his first 11 at-bats this season for the Tides.
The 28-year-old catcher had quite the game against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre going 4 for 4 with three doubles and five RBI to lead Norfolk to a 7-6 win over the RailRiders,
Clevenger’s biggest hit of the night came in the top of the ninth with two outs against right-hander Robert Coello when he clubbed a two-run double, handing Coello his first blown save of the season in three opportunities. Coello was one strike away from securing the win twice but Chris Marrero singled and Xavier Paul walked before Clevenger brought them home.
Back home after an impressive road trip where the RailRiders scored 64 runs and hit .356 (115 for 323) in eight games, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was hoping to continue the hot hitting to start an eight-game homestand.
It took some time, since the team spent 10 hours on a bus early Tuesday morning and didn’t get home until about 11 a.m. from Indianapolis, but after five scoreless innings and being held to just one hit, SWB busted out in the sixth.
In the sixth, the RailRiders scored six runs on two doubles and two triples and sent 11 batters to the plate as SWB took a 6-4 lead.
“I give everyone credit for what we went through last night. I thought we did a good job of responding to a 4-0 deficit and fighting back,” RailRider slugger Russ Canzler said. “It just wasn’t our night, but you can’t beat yourself up too much because I feel like we’ve been playing really good ball against good teams. And tonight was just another sign of us playing good ball.”
In the first five innings on Tuesday’s game, the RailRiders had just a double from Carmen Angelini with one out in the bottom of the first. After that, Adonis Garcia walked, and then Norfolk starter Josh Stinson retired the next 14 batters and the Tides held a 4-2 lead.
The stretch ended when Antoan Richardson led off the sixth with a walk. Richardson, who walked twice in the frame, scored the team’s first run when Jose Pirela, the reigning International League Batter of the Week, tripled him in. Garcia singled in Pirela to trim Norfolk’s lead to 4-2.
After Kyle Roller doubled, Zelous Wheeler doubled in two runs to tie the score at 4-4. Canzler, who extended his hitting streak to eight games, picked up the second triple of the inning for SWB, this time bringing in two more and giving the RailRiders their first lead of the game at 6-4.
“I think in the first few innings we were in a bit of a lull there, and I think that was expected,” Canzler added. “A good characteristic of a good team is battling back and we did a good job of that.
“I think we’re a dangerous club when we get runners on base. You see some positive momentum happening and taking advantage of that.”
Right-hander Zach Nuding had a good outing for the RailRiders getting the start. Even though he gave up 10 hits and four runs in six innings, he did just enough to keep his team in the game. His line could’ve been worse as he left runners on second and third in the first and was helped defensively by strong plays.
Norfolk 7, RailRiders 6
Julio Borbon cf`5`2`3`1`0`0`1
Quintin Berry lf`5`0`2 0 0 0 0
Chris Marrero 1b`5`2`3 0 0 0 0
Xavier Paul dh`4`2`2 0 0 0 0
Steve Clevenger c`4`1`4`5`3`0`0
Ivan De Jesus ss`4`0`0`0`0`0`0
Buck Britton 3b`4`0`0`0`0`0`0
Cord Phelps rf 4 0 1 0 0 0 1
Steve Lombardozzi 2b`4`0`0`0`0`0`0
Jose Pirela 2b`5`1`1`1`0`1`0
Carmen Angelini ss`3`0`1`0`1`0`0
Adonis Garcia rf`3`1`1`1`0`0`0
Kyle Roller 1b`4`1`1`0`1`0`0
Zelous Wheeler 3b`4`1`1`2`1`0`0
Corban Joseph dh`3`1`0`0`0`0`0
Russ Canzler lf`4`0`1`2`0`1`0
Austin Romine C`4`0`0`0`0`0`0
Antoan Richardson cf`2`1`0`0`0`0`0
Chris Jones (BS, 2)`0.0`3`3`3`1`0
Heath Bell (W, 1-0)`1.0`0`0`0`0`2
Evan Meek (S, 3)`1.0`0`0`0`0`0
Pat Venditte (H, 1)`2.0`3`1`1`0`3
Robert Coello (BS, 1)(L, 1-1)`1.0`2`2`2`1`0
After pulling ahead with a six-run sixth inning, the RailRiders fell 7-6 to Norfolk on Tuesday night at PNC Field when Steve Clevenger plated two with a two-out double in the top of the ninth.
With the loss, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre falls to 29-28 on the season.
RailRiders at the plate: Russ Canzler (1 for 4) and Adonis Garcia (1 for 3) each extended their hitting streaks to eight straight games. Jose Pirela had a triple, while Carmen Angelini, Kyle Roller and Zelous Wheeler all had doubles.
Riding the Rails: In the lone move of the day, the Yankees recalled Scott Sizemore and inserted him into the starting lineup for Tuesday night’s game. In a corresponding move, outfielder Zoilo Almonte was optioned back to the RailRiders to take Sizemore’s spot on the roster.
Time of Game: 2:56
Today’s Game: Game 2 of the four-game series against the Tides, and of the eight-game homestand is at 7:05 tonight at PNC Field.
Today’s Probables: RailRiders RHP Joel De La Cruz (1-3, 3.03) vs. Norfolk RHP Kevin Gausman (1-3, 2.40)
On Deck: The stretch at home continues through June 10.
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
NORFOLK FIRST: Julio Borbon fouled out. Quintin Berry grounded out. Chris Marrero singled. Xavier Paul singled, Marrero to third. Steve Clevenger doubled to score Marrero. Ivan DeJesus flied out. TIDES 1-0
NORFOLK THIRD: Julio Borbon homered. Quintin Berry grounded out. Chris Marrero grounded out. Xavier Paul grounded out. TIDES 2-0
NORFOLK SIXTH: Xavier Paul singled then scored on a double by Steve Clevenger. Ivan DeJesus sacrificed Clevenger to third. Buck Britton struck out. Cord Phelps singled to score Clevenger. Steve Lombardozzi grounded out. TIDES 4-0
RAILRIDERS SIXTH: Antoan Richardson walked. Jose Pirela tripled to score Richardson. Carmen Angelini struck out. Adonis Garcia singled, knocking in Pirela. Chris Jones in to pitch for Norfolk. Kyle Roller hit a ground-rule double, Garcia to third. Zelous Wheeler doubled driving in Garcia and Roller. Corban Joseph walked. Russ Canzler tripled driving in Wheeler and Joseph. Austin Romine grounded out. Richardson walked. Pirela popped out. RAILRIDERS 6-4
NORFOLK SEVENTH: Julio Borbon singled. Quintin Berry singled. Chris Marrero singled to load the bases. Xavier Paul struck out. Steve Clevenger hit a sacrifice fly to score Borbon and move Berry to third. Ivan DeJesus struck out. RAILRIDERS 6-5
NORFOLK NINTH: Julio Borbon grounded out. Quintin Berry grounded out. Chris Marrero singled. Xavier Paul walked. Berry to third on a wild pitch. Steve Clevenger doubled to score Marrero and Paul. Ivan DeJesus grounded out. TIDES 7-6