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By Dave Rosengrant drosengrant@civitasmedia.com



Bob Smith of Dallas enjoys a hot dog under his umbrella just as the rain began during a delay at the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders game against Rochester at PNC Field in Moosic on Wednesday night.
Bob Smith of Dallas enjoys a hot dog under his umbrella just as the rain began during a delay at the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders game against Rochester at PNC Field in Moosic on Wednesday night.
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MOOSIC —Losing a game due to rain might turn out to be a good thing for the RailRiders.


After 40 minutes past the expected start time, the game was officially postponed and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday, July 10, beginning at 5:35 p.m. at PNC Field.


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has struggled of late.


Since being just one game out of first place after a win on May 28 at Louisville, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has lost 17 of 26 games to plummet in the International League North division standings. SWB has dropped to last place and is currently 11.5 games behind first-place Syracuse.


The RailRiders will try to cut into the deficit to the Chiefs as the teams start a three-game series starting with a doubleheader today at 6:05 at NBT Bank Stadium. Wednesday’s probable RailRiders starter Alfredo Aceves gets the start in Game 1 tonight. The right-hander is 0-0 with a 2.89 ERA. The 31-year-old last pitched on June 19 and took a no-decision in a 7-4 loss to Toledo. He pitched just three innings in the game and gave up three runs.


Bryan Mitchell was slated to pitch one of the games, but later Wednesday night it turned into a TBA. Mitchell, a right-hander, has a clean sheet for the club this season. The 23-year-old has just one start under his belt for SWB and pitched four innings, allowing three hits and four walks while striking out three in a RailRiders 4-0 win over Pawtucket on June 21. In 11 starts for Double-A Trenton, Mitchell was 1-5 with a 5.44 ERA.


Slated to pitch for the Chiefs today are a pair of righties in Manny Delcarmen (3-2, 2.78 ERA) and Josh Roenicke (3-3, 4.24). Syracuse was scheduled to play a twinbill against Lehigh Valley on Wednesday, and those games were also rained out.


The RailRiders were also spared from seeing Rochester starter Kris Johnson, who was scheduled to pitch on Wednesday and has defeated SWB twice this season giving up just two runs in 13 innings pitched against the club.


After the three-game series in Syracuse, the RailRiders head to Lehigh Valley to face the IronPigs for a brief two-game series at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown starting on Saturday.


The next home game at PNC Field is Monday, June 30, capping off a home-and-home series with the IronPigs.


Notes: The RailRiders lead the I.L. in hitting with a .270 batting average and slugging percentage (.406). However, on the pitching side, the club has a 4.42 ERA, which is 11 out of 14 teams. They also have the worst fielding percentage in the league boasting just a .975 making 61 errors; shortstop Dean Anna has made the most on the team with nine miscues.


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