The RailRiders picked up their third straight win to close out a nine-game homestand on Friday night at PNC Field by knocking off Rochester, 5-1 to sweep the three-game series and win for the fourth time in five games.
RailRiders at the plate: Austin Romine continued his hot streak going 3 for 4 and is now 11 for his last 20 spanning seven games. Jose Pirela also went 3 for 4 with a double, single, two runs scored and an RBI. Taylor Dugas added an RBI-double.
RailRiders on the mound: Jairo Heredia had his best outing as a RailRider getting the start and going five innings allowing just one run on six hits to earn his first career Triple-A victory. Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte relieved Heredia by pitching two-plus scoreless innings and worked out of a bases-loaded no out jam in the top of the seventh.
Riding the Rails: The RailRiders played on Friday with two less players as they lost a pair when right-hander Eric Ruth was reassigned to Low-A Charleston and fellow righty Matt Daley was recalled by the Yankees. To make room for Daley on New York’s roster, Jim Miller was designated for assignment.
Time of Game: 2:52
Today’s Game: The RailRiders close out the first half of the season on the road with a pair of games at Rochester on Saturday and Sunday.
Today’s Probables: RailRiders LHP Nik Turley (0-1, 7.94) vs. Red Wings’ LHP Sean Gilmartin (1-1, 4.44)
On Deck: Jose Pirela will represent the RailRiders at the Triple-A All-Star Game in Durham on Wednesday. The next game at PNC Field isn’t until July 25, but at that time you will see a lot of the team as it is home for 18 of 20 games starting on the 25th.
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: Kyle Roller struck out. Austin Romine singled. John Ryan Murphy struck out. Taylor Dugas doubled to score Romine. Dan Fiorito struck out. RAILRIDERS 1-0
ROCHESTER THIRD: Eric Farris grounded out. James Beresford singled. Deibinson Romero struck out. Wilkin Ramirez singled. Josmil Pinto singled to score Beresford. Daniel Ortiz grounded out. TIED 1-1
RAILRIDERS THIRD: Antoan Richardson hits an infield single. Jose Pirela singled. Rob Refsnyder flied out. Adonis Garcia struck out. Kyle Roller walked to load the bases. Austin Romine singled to drive in Richardson and Pirela. John Ryan Murphy walked to reload the bases. Taylor Dugas flied out. RAILRIDERS 3-1
RAILRIDERS FOURTH: Dan Fiorito grounded out. Antoan Richardson walked. Jose Pirela doubled to score Richardson. Rob Refsnyder singled driving in Pirela. Adonis Garcia grounded into a doubleplay. RAILRIDERS 5-1