The IronPigs took the second straight game of the four-game series versus the RailRiders on Friday, 4-1. The RailRiders’ record fell under .500 on the road moving to 16-17. The teams meet again today and SWB will have to deal with Phillies rehabbing catcher Carlos Ruiz in Lehigh Valley’s lineup.
RailRiders at the plate: Josh Bell hit a solo home run to account for the team’s lone run and one of SWB’s four hits. Cody Grice doubled, while Addison Maruszak and Zoilo Almonte chipped in singles.
RailRiders on the mound: Jose Ramirez got the call-up to make his Triple-A debut. The 23-year-old did OK in the outing, despite walking four. He gave up two runs on three hits and fanned five in four innings. Graham Stoneburner lasted just 1-plus innings in relief of Ramirez giving up two runs on three hits. Dellin Betances pitched hitless sixth and seventh innings with the only baserunner allowed coming via error. He fanned four in his outing. Matt Daley tossed a perfect ninth.
Riding the Rails: In moves made on Friday, outfielder Thomas Neal and Friday’s supposed starter Chris Bootcheck were promoted to New York, while right-hander Adam Warren was optioned to Triple-A. Friday’s starter Jose Ramirez was promoted from Trenton to get the start for the RailRiders.
The IronRail Series: Prior to Thursday’s series beginning, the RailRiders and IronPigs announced the beginning of the IronRail Trophy. The winner of the 16-game season series will be the recipient of a trophy that is currently being constructed of reconditioned railroad track iron. In addition to receiving the trophy, the general manager who is on the receiving end of the loss will have to sing a song dressed in a fat lady suit. That song will be played on the video board after every home team victory in the series in 2014 and beyond.
Today’s Game: The RailRiders and IronPigs meet for the third time of the four-game series tonight at 6:35 at Coca-Cola Park.
Today’s Probables: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre LHP David Huff (3-1, 3.73) vs. IronPigs’ LHP Raul Valdes (0-1, 4.26)
On Deck: The teams wrap up their series on Sunday. From there, the RailRiders head back home to open a three-game set with Rochester at PNC Field beginning with a doubleheader on Monday.
On The Radio: All games can be heard on WYCK 1340-AM, 1400-AM, 100.7-FM
On TV: The next telecast by WQMY (My Network TV) will be for the second game of a day/night doubleheader on Saturday, June 22 from PNC Field.
How They Scored
IRONPIGS FOURTH: Darin Ruf singled. Cody Overbeck doubled, Ruf to third. Cody Overbeck grounded out to score Ruf. Leandro Castro grounded out. Cameron Rupp doubled driving in Overbeck. Rupp to second on a wild pitch. Pete Orr flied out. IRONPIGS 2-0
RAILRIDERS FIFTH: Cody Grice struck out. Josh Bell homered. Alberto Gonzalez struck out. Walter Ibarra flied out. IRONPIGS 2-1
IRONPIGS FIFTH: Jermaine Mitchell grounded out. Cesar Hernandez grounded out. Cody Asche homered. Darin Ruf walked. Cody Overbeck flied out. IRONPIGS 3-1
RAILRIDERS SIXTH: Josh Fields singled. Leandro Castro tripled. Dellin Betances relieved Graham Stoneburner. Cameron Rupp struck out. Pete Orr reached on catching error by third baseman Dan Johnson. Jermaine Mitchell popped out. Cesar Hernandez struck out. IRONPIGS 4-1