The red-hot Jose Pirela flied out with runners on second and third in the bottom of the ninth inning as the RailRiders fell a run short of completing a comeback, and lost to Toledo, 5-4 on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field.
RailRiders at the plate: Zelous Wheeler and Carmen Angelini each finished with three hits for the squad, with Wheeler hitting his sixth home run of the season. Russ Canzler finished 0 for 3 and was pinch-hit for in the ninth as his 10-game hitting streak closed.
RailRiders on the mound: It was decent start for Zach Nuding as he tossed four innings, and in the fourth he allowed all three runs and was pulled after throwing 86 pitches. Jairo Heredia was the first in from the bullpen and pitched two innings while allowing two runs, but it could’ve been worse as he gave up four hits and walked four. Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte worked a scoreless seventh, eighth and ninth.
Riding the Rails: Reliever Shawn Kelly threw 19 pitches in a rehab assignment Saturday with Double-A Trenton. He’s expected to throw again today for the RailRiders. Kelly has been out with a strained lumbar spine since May 7. …Francisco Cervelli was received by the RailRiders to continue his rehab assignment on Sunday. …Alfredo Aceves, designated for assignment by New York last week, officially cleared waivers and was outrighted to SWB on Sunday.
Time of Game: 2:56
Today’s Game: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre entertains Toledo once again at PNC Field for a 7:05 p.m. contest.
Today’s Probables: SWB righty Joel De La Cruz (1-4, 3.47) vs. Toledo lefty Kyle Lobstein (4-5, 3.2)
On Deck: Once the series and homestand concludes on Tuesday, the RailRiders head on the road to Columbus on Thursday after a day off on Wednesday.
Today at PNC Field: Come hungry, because it’s dollar hot dog night, a theme fans can enjoy every Monday the RailRiders are home. It’s also youth softball night as area softball teams will be celebrated.
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: Zelous Wheeler hit a solo home run. Scott Sizemore flied out. Kyle Roller struck out. Russ Canzler popped out. RAILRIDERS 1-0
TOLEDO FOURTH: Ben Guez flied out. James McCann homered. Trevor Crowe doubled. Jordan Lennerton doubled to score Crowe. Wade Gaynor doubled driving in Lennerton. Brandon Douglas flied out. Ezequiel Carrera walked. Hernan Perez grounded out. MUD HENS 3-1
TOLEDO FIFTH: Tyler Collins walked. Ben Guez walked. McCann singled to bring home Collins. Crowe walked to load the bases. Lennerton struck out. Gaynor struck out. Douglas grounded out. MUD HENS 4-1
TOLEDO SIXTH: Ezequiel Carrera singled and moved to second on a single by Hernan Perez. Collins grounded into a doubleplay, Carrera to third, Perez out at second. Guez walked. McCann singled to score Carrera. The runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch. Crowe grounded out. MUD HENS 5-1
RAILRIDERS SIXTH: Francisco Cervelli singled. Adonis Garcia reached on a fielder’s choice, Cervelli out at second. Zoilo Almonte singled. Wheeler doubled scoring Garcia and Almonte. Sizemore flied out. Roller grounded out. MUD HENS 5-3
RAILRIDERS NINTH: Wheeler singled. Sizemore popped out. Roller singled and was pinch-ran for by Antoan Richardson. Corban Joseph pinch-hit for Canzler and flied out. Carmen Angelini doubled to score Wheeler. Jose Pirela flied out. MUD HENS 5-4