Another strong start by Vidal Nuno and a three-run rally fueled by David Adams in the eighth inning powered the RailRiders to a 5-1 victory.
RailRiders at the plate: Corban Joseph, Thomas Neal and Austin Romine all had two hits while Addison Maruszak was in the middle of two rallies with a run scored and an RBI. Joseph, Adams and Zoilo Almonte all had doubles.
RailRiders on the mound: Nuno worked 5 2/3 innings, striking out six while allowing just one run. He was helped by some excellent bullpen work by Sam Demel, who went 2 1/3 one-hit shutout innings, and Cody Eppley, who pitched a scoreless ninth.
Play of the game: RailRiders first baseman Luke Murton ran down a Chris Marrero popup in foul territory to end the sixth inning, stranding two Syracuse baserunners while protecting a one-run Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lead and ultimately ensuring Nuno’s second victory.
Time of Game: 2:36
Today’s Game: The RailRiders conclude a four-game set with Syracuse at 6:35 p.m. today at PNC Field.
Today’s Probables: RailRiders RHP Chris Bootcheck, who’s 1-0 and hasn’t given up a run, opposes Syracuse RHP Ross Ohlendorf (2-1, 3.45 ERA).
On Deck: Columbus, which is where the Yankees polished their Triple-A players before moving the franchise to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 1997, visits PNC Field for a three-game series starting at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday.
Riding the Rails: Before Sunday’s game, the parent New York Yankees reinstated outfielder Cody Johnson from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s temporarily inactive list. In a corresponding move, catcher Jeff Farnham was moved to short-season Single-A Staten Island. Johnson, who didn’t play Sunday, is 3-for-23 with one RBI for the RailRiders this season. Farnham didn’t play in a game for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before he left.
How They Scored
RAILRIDERS FIFTH: Addison Maruszak led off with a sharp single to right field and rode home on Corban Joseph’s double to right field. Joseph moved to third on a fly out to center field, then scored on Zoilo Almonte’s sacrifice fly to center. RAILRIDERS 2-0.
SYRACUSE SIXTH: Jeff Howell reached on a fielders choice and moved to second base when third baseman David Adams misplayed an infield grounder for an error. Jeff Kobernuis singled home Howell. RAILRIDERS 2-1.
RAILRIDERS EIGHTH: Austin Romine ripped a sharp single to left field, then scored from first when David Adams lifted a fly over the outstretched glove of left fielder Jeff Kobernus for a double. Thomas Neal followed with a single to right field, scoring Adams. Neal advanced one base on an error and another on a fly out, then scored when Maruszak grounded out. RAILRIDERS 5-1.