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By Dave Rosengrant drosengrant@civitasmedia.com



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MOOSIC – On a night when the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchise was celebrating the 25 years of baseball in Northeast Pennsylvania, the RailRiders looked like a combination of the 11 playoff teams in history.


SWB used a combination of solid pitching, good defense and timely hitting to knock off Toledo, 3-1 on Saturday night at PNC Field.


The RailRiders, sporting special jerseys that combined the Red Barons, Yankees and RailRiders era of baseball in the area that will be auctioned off, got a strong start from right-hander Brian Gordon, who went the first six innings allowing just one run on three hits and at times looked like former SWB Yankee pitching stars Ian Kennedy and Phil Hughes.


After giving up a walk to the first batter of the game, Ezequiel Carrera, Gordon retired the next 14 batters before he gave up Toledo’s first hit. That was when Trevor Crowe lined a single to left field. But Crowe was erased on the next pitch when he tried stealing second and Austin Romine gunned him down.


On the offensive side, the RailRiders scored the first run of the game when Zoilo Almonte clubbed a monstrous solo homer in the bottom of the first for a 1-0 lead. Almonte’s eighth homer this season sailed over everything and out of the stadium in right field and was reminiscent of blasts that were hit by former Red Baron slugger Ryan Howard.


In the next inning, the RailRiders got another run as Corban Joseph singled with one out then scored on a double by Carmen Angelini.


After getting the 2-0 lead, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre defense stepped up. Corban Joseph made a nice diving stab on a play at second base to save a hit in the fifth. It was a play that reminded some of the many stellar plays that former Red Baron Chase Utley made while manning the position in the last decade. In the sixth, centerfielder Antoan Richardson made a leaping catch against the wall to save extra bases. It was a play that fans of the franchise have seen many times before, including by past SWB Yankee Brett Gardner or former International League MVP Shane Victorino, who played for the Barons.


In the sixth, the Mud Hens cut the lead in half in the sixth inning as they strung together three straight singles. The third one, by Tyler Collins, scored Carrera for the squad’s first run and a 2-1 RailRiders lead.


Like a good playoff team of the past, the RailRiders added an insurance run in the eighth on Adonis Garcia’s fifth homer of the season for a 3-1 lead.


After Jim Miller tossed a pair of scoreless frames in relief of Gordon, Preston Claiborne finished off the victory only allowing a leadoff single in the ninth and at looked like SWB Yankee great close Jonathan Albaladejo, who saved a league-record 43 games in 2010.


RailRiders 3, Toledo 1

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


Carrera cf`3`1`1`0`0`0`0


Perez ss`4`0`2`0`0`0`0


Collins lf`4`0`1`1`0`0`0


Guez rf`4`0`1`0`0`0`0


Gaynor 3b`4`0`0`0`0`0`0


Lennerton 1b`4`0`1`0`0`0`0


Crowe dh`4`0`1`0`0`0`0


Exposito c`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Douglas 2b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Totals`32`1`7`1`0`0`0


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


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


Garcia rf`4`1`1`1`0`0`1


Almonte lf`4`1`1`1`0`0`1


Roller dh`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Wheeler 3b`4`0`0`0`0`0`0


Joseph 2b`3`1`1`0`0`0`0


Romine c`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Angelini ss`3`0`1`1`1`0`0


Richardson cf`3`0`1`1`1`0`0


Totals`30`3`5`3`2`0`2


Toledo`000`001`000`—`1


RailRiders`110`000`01x`—`3


Toledo`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Hankins (L, 2-7)`6.0`4`2`2`2`3


Hardy`2.0`1`1`1`0`2


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


Gordon (W, 4-5)`6.0`4`1`1`1`3


Miller (H)`2.0`2`0`0`1`3


Claiborne (S)`1.0`1`0`0`0`1


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