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RailRiders rally against Toledo, then go into rain delay

June 18. 2014 11:37PM
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TOLEDO, Ohio —For the second straight night, the RailRiders put together a late rally against Toledo.

Unlike Tuesday evening, heavy rain dampened Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s attempt on Wednesday at Fifth Third Field.

After the game was delayed 40 minutes prior to the start, the inclement weather came again at an inopportune time for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as the RailRiders loaded the bases in the top of the eighth inning with two outs and Zoilo Almonte at the plate. At press time, the game was still in a delay with the Mud Hens clinging to a 4-3 lead.

On Tuesday night, the RailRiders got to former SWB closer Kevin Whelan for two runs in the ninth to pull out the victory.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre opened a 3-0 lead heading to the bottom of the third as Francisco Arcia hit a sacrifice fly in the second inning and Kyle Roller singled in a pair of runs in the third.

Toledo cut into the deficit in the home third on an RBI-single from Ezequiel Carrera, then took a 4-3 lead in the next frame when Manny Pina clubbed a three-run homer. It was his first blast of the season with the Mud Hens in just his second game with the club.

Right-hander Bruce Billings got the start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, pitching all seven innings that were played until the delay. After Pina’s homer, Billings retired the last 10 Mud Hens and 12 out of 13 batters with the only one reaching on an error with two outs in the fourth.

The teams are scheduled to wrap up their four-game series — and eight-game season series — this afternoon at 12 p.m. with SWB righty Alfredo Aceves (0-0, 1.72) taking the hill against Toledo lefty Duane Below (5-1, 3.93).

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