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FRED ADAMS/FOR THE TIMES LEADERAlberto Gonzalez looks up at a high pop out in the first game Monday night.
FRED ADAMS/FOR THE TIMES LEADERAlberto Gonzalez looks up at a high pop out in the first game Monday night.
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MOOSIC – With the torrid pace Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was on during doubleheaders this season, the success wasn’t going to last forever.

After a horrid start to Monday’s twinbill, the RailRiders managed to earn a split with Rochester at PNC Field, losing the opener 10-1 before rebounding to take the nightcap 5-3. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre ran its record to 11-3 in doubleheaders this season and has a day/night contest on Saturday against Norfolk.

The RailRiders offense, which has struggled at times this season, got a jolt from Randy Ruiz, who was signed out of the Mexican League prior to the twinbill after hitting .370 with 6 home runs and 20 RBI in 37 games.

Ruiz, who played in the Yankees organization in the 2006 season when he slugged 26 longballs for Trenton, got a good start to his RailRiders season. He went 4-for-6 over the two games and added much-needed protection for cleanup hitter Dan Johnson, who went 3-for-5 on the day.

Graham Stoneburner, who just pitched on Friday in relief against Lehigh Valley, had one of the best outings he’s had for the RailRiders this season, going four innings in the second game allowing just two hits and one run. He got a boost from catcher Bobby Wilson, who drilled a three-run home run in the bottom of the second for a 3-0 lead.

Addison Maruszak (3-for-7) added an RBI-double in the fifth then scored on a passed ball to put SWB ahead 5-1.

The first game couldn’t have gone much worse for the RailRiders as Rochester piled up 10 runs on 12 hits, scoring in all but two innings of the seven-frame contest. The Red Wings took a 6-0 lead entering the bottom of the fourth as SWB starter Caleb Cotham was wild in his first appearance since June 9.

Cotham (2-4), who lasted just 2 1-3 innings, gave up five of those six runs. He walked eight in the time he was on the mound to set a new season-high for a RailRiders pitcher. The righty, who won his previous three decisions prior to Monday, threw 83 pitches but just 34 of them were for strikes. The previous high for walks in a game by one RailRiders hurler was six set by Brett Marshall.

Circumstances got so bad for SWB in the opener that Ryan Baker, who is listed on the roster as a catcher, saw his first action of the season for the team on Monday, taking to the mound to get the final four outs. Baker, who had pitched previously in his career, was actually the highlight of the game for fans and teammates in the blowout loss as he was getting Rochester hitters out with a knuckleball that hovered around 48-51 mph.

Those in attendance enjoyed Baker’s pitches and hurlers in the bullpen stood by the fence to watch the outing. While he did allow two runs, he changed speeds throwing a fastball in the upper 60s.

Even though the RailRiders sprayed nine hits, they only scored one run on a sacrifice fly by Josh Bell. Maruszak, Zoilo Almonte, Johnson and Ruiz all had two hits. But they couldn’t get anything going against Rochester starter Vance Worley, who was Minnesota’s Opening Day starter but was optioned to Triple-A after struggling to a 1-5 record and a 7.21 ERA in 10 starts with the Twins.

Game One

Red Wings 10, RailRiders 1



Richardson cf`2`2`2`1`Maruszak rf`4`0`2`0

Hermann lf`4`2`2`2`Murphy c`3`0`0`0

Colabello 1b`4`0`2`2`Almonte lf`3`0`2`0

Romero 3b`4`1`2`0`Johnson 1b`3`1`2`0

Clement dh`3`1`1`0`Ruiz dh`3`0`2`0

Rohlfing rf`4`1`1`1`Bell 3b`2`0`0`1

Farris 2b`3`1`1`0`Grice cf`3`0`0`0

Bernier ss`3`2`0`1`Gonzalez ss`3`0`0`0

Fryer c`3`0`1`1`Ibarra 2b`3`0`1`0




LOB—ROC 11, SWB 6. TEAM RISP – ROC 6-for-18, SWB 0-for-3. 2B— Farris (8), Romero (4), Richardson (5), Ruiz (1). 3B – Hermann (2). SF – Hermann, Bell. GIDP – ROC 2 , SWB 0.




Worley (W, 2-3) `7`9`1`1`0`2


Cotham (L, 2-4)`2.1`4`5`5`8`1


Spence `1.2`4`2`2`0`3


WP – Montgomery 2

HBP – Bernier (by Cotham)

Umpires— Home, Ryan Blakney; First, Kelvin Bultron; Second, Clint Fagan; Third, Travis Carlson

T— 2:29.

Game Two

RailRiders 5, Red Wings 3



Richardson cf`3`1`1`2`Maruszak rf`3`1`1`1

Hermann lf`4`0`1`1`Gonzalez 2b`3`0`0`0

Colabello 1b`2`0`0`0`Almonte lf`3`0`1`0

Romero 3b`3`0`0`0`Johnson 1b`2`1`1`0

Dnklman rf`2`0`0`0`Ruiz dh`3`1`2`0

Rohlfing dh`3`0`0`0`Bell 3b`2`0`0`0

Beresford 2b`3`1`2`0`Grice cf`3`0`1`0

Olmedo ss`3`0`1`0`Wilson c`3`1`1`3

Butera c`3`1`0`0`Ibarra ss`2`1`1`0




LOB—ROC 5, SWB 4. TEAM RISP – ROC 1-for-5, SWB 1-for-7. 2B— Hermann (7), Maruszak (16). 3B – Richardson (5). HR – Wilson (4). PB – Butera (2). PO – Ibarra (first by Vasquez). GIDP – ROC 0 , SWB 1.




Vasquez (L, 2-6) `4`6`3`3`1`1



Stoneburner `4`2`1`1`3`2

Whitley (W, 2-0)`2`0`0`0`0`2

Daley `1`3`2`2`0`0

WP – Stoneburner

Umpires— Home, Kelvin Butron; First, Clint Fagan; Second, Travis Carlson; third, Ryan Blakney

T— 1:56. A— 5,912 (10,000)

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