Pounding out 16 hits, one shy a season-high, the RailRiders put together a well-played game to knock off Lehigh Valley 7-0 on Saturday night at Coca-Cola Park.
RailRiders at the plate: The offense finally got things going after scoring just 22 runs in its previous seven games. Zoilo Almonte paced the offense with four hits, while catcher J.R. Murphy had three. Josh Bell and Dan Johnson chipped in two hits apiece, while Johnson also netted two RBI. Walter Ibarra chipped in a pair of RBI doubles and Addison Maruszak reached base four times in six plate appearances.
RailRiders on the mound: David Huff retired the first 13 batters of the game before allowing consecutive hits in the bottom of the fifth while working on three-days rest. He was lifted after that only allowing the two hits and no runs. Mark Montgomery finished off the fifth. Chase Whitley tossed the sixth and seventh allowing three hits and whiffing two to pick up the win improving to 1-0. Sam Demel pitched a scoreless eighth giving up a double and a walk. Matt Daley tossed a perfect ninth with two Ks.
Riding the Rails: Another day, more moves for the RailRiders as right-handed reliever Mark Montgomery was activated from the disabled list and catcher Ryan Baker was assigned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre from Staten Island.
The IronRail Series: The RailRiders will have some making up to do in the season series against the IronPigs after dropping the first two. They trail in the season series 2-1 after Saturday’s win.
Today’s Game: The RailRiders and ‘Pigs conclude the series at Coca-Cola Park this afternoon at 1:35.
Today’s Probables: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RHP Ivan Nova (2-0, 2.45) vs. IronPigs’ LHP Tom Cochran (2-2, 5.08)
On Deck: The RailRiders head back home to open a three-game set with Rochester at PNC Field beginning with a doubleheader on Monday.
Today at PNC Field: There’s no ballgame in Moosic today, but when the team returns home on Monday for a twinbill fans can enjoy hot dogs for just $1.
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
RAILRIDERS FIRST: Addison Maruszak was hit by a pitch. J.R. Murphy singled. Zoilo Almonte singled to load the bases. Dan Johnson singled to score Maruszak and Murphy. Josh Bell hit a sacrifice fly to score Almonte. Bobby Wilson popped out. Cody Grice walked. Alberto Gonzalez flied out. RAILRIDERS 3-0
RAILRIDERS SECOND: Walter Ibarra popped out. Addison Maruszak doubled. J.R. Murphy singled to score Maruszak. Zoilo Almonte singled moving Murphy to second. Dan Johnson struck out. Josh Bell flied out on a diving catch in center by Leandro Castro. RAILRIDERS 4-0
RAILRIDERS EIGHTH: Cody Grice walked. Alberto Gonzalez flied out. Grice stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Lehigh Valley catcher John Suomi. Walter Ibarra doubled to score Grice then stole third. Addison Maruszak hit a sacrifice fly to score Ibarra. J.R. Murphy singled. Zoilo Almonte singled. Dan Johnson flied out. RAILRIDERS 6-0
RAILRIDERS NINTH: Josh Bell singled. Bobby Wilson walked. Cody Grice singled to center; Bell out at home trying to score. Alberto Gonzalez flied out. Walter Ibarra hit a ground-rule double to score Wilson. Addison Maruszak walked to load the bases. J.R. Murphy flied out. RAILRIDERS 7-0.