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FRED ADAMS/FOR THE TIMES LEADERRailRiders centerfielder Cody Grice tracks down a catch in the third inning of Tuesday's loss to Rochester at PNC Field in Moosic.
FRED ADAMS/FOR THE TIMES LEADERRailRiders centerfielder Cody Grice tracks down a catch in the third inning of Tuesday's loss to Rochester at PNC Field in Moosic.
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MOOSIC — Since the Yankees organization took over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchise, the team has won and times have been good.

After the RailRiders’4-3 loss to Rochester on Tuesday night at PNC Field, the team fell eight games under the .500 mark for the first time the Triple-A franchise has belonged to New York. In fact, the 31-39 record is the first time since 2005 that SWB is that far under the even mark.

The game was similar to Monday’s doubleheader, as the start couldn’t get much worse for the RailRiders and the rebound happened late. Unfortunately for the RailRiders, they couldn’t finish on Tuesday like when they split Monday’s twinbill.

SWB starter Brett Marshall got into trouble in the first inning allowing two runs as the first three batters of the game all reached via hard-hit balls. Chris Colabello’s single scored Antoan Richardson for a 1-0 lead. Marshall got the next three batters out, but another run came around on a sacrifice fly.

He didn’t show his best stuff early on allowing two more runs in the second to put Rochester ahead 4-0. He danced in and out of trouble in the third allowing two walks and an infield single, but he stranded the bases loaded.

“After that I was like, ‘You’re not getting first-pitch fastballs anymore,’ because it seemed like they were sitting on it, ambushing it,” Marshall said. “So we mixed it up speeds after the first inning.”

The 23-year-old got in a groove after the first three frames, retiring the last nine hitters he faced after a leadoff walk in the fourth. He was changing speeds with his fastball while the changeup and slider had a bite to keep batters off-balance. During the stretch he whiffed four of those nine batters.

After having to throw 61 pitches through the first three innings, he only needed to throw 41 in the final three frames.

“I sped up my tempo a little,” Marshall said. “Once I did that, I just got in a good groove. The arm felt really good tonight. The last few innings everything was coming out good.”

While Marshall (2-6) was keeping the RailRiders in the game, the offense did its best to get back in it against Rochester lefty Andrew Albers. But the team didn’t notch its first hit of the game until the fourth on a single by Addison Maruszak, who has hit safely in 19 of his last 20 games.

Albers (6-2) lasted 6 1-3 innings allowing two runs on four hits. His only mistakes of the outing were a pair of home run balls. The first one was when Randy Ruiz slammed a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth to trim Rochester’s lead to 4-1. It was Ruiz’ first home run with the team, a lined blast to right, after joining the squad on Monday.

Two innings later in the seventh, J.R. Murphy hit his first Triple-A home run, which also went to right field to trim the Red Wings’ lead in half to 4-2.

Later in the frame, the RailRiders had a chance to get even or possibly take the lead loading the bases with two outs against former teammate Cody Eppley, who latched on with the Red Wings after being released earlier this month. But when Aaron Thompson relieved Eppley, he got Walter Ibarra to fly out to end the threat.

After a scoreless eighth, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre put a rally together in the ninth starting with Dan Johnson’s one-out double. He scored on a two-out single by Cody Grice to make it 4-3. But Alberto Gonzalez grounded out to end the game.

“It’ll get frustrating like any sport when you’re trying and come up short,” Grice said. “But that’s the game of baseball. I think we’ve all been around the game enough to know that. We just can’t let our attitudes be dictated by the outcome of the game.”

Red Wings 4, RailRiders 3



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

Hermann c`5`1`2`1`Murphy c`4`1`1`1

Colabello dh`5`0`1`1`Bell 3b`3`0`0`0

Clement 1b`3`0`0`0`Johnson 1b`4`1`1`0

Dnklman rf`3`0`0`1`Ruiz dh`4`1`1`1

Farris lf`4`0`1`0`Grice cf`3`0`1`1

Bernier ss`4`1`2`0`Gonzalez 2b`2`0`0`0

Beresford 2b`3`0`0`0`Ibarra lf`3`0`1`0

Olmedo 3b`3`1`0`0`Fiorito ss`3`0`0`0




LOB—ROC 9, SWB 4. TEAM RISP – ROC 3-for-15, SWB 1-for-3. 2B— Richardson (6), Bernier (10), Johnson (10). 3B – Bernier (2). HR – Ruiz (1), Murphy (1). SB – Richardson (13). SF – Dinkelman. GIDP – ROC 0 , SWB 2.




Albers (W, 6-2) `6.1`4`2`2`2`4

Eppley (H,4)`.1`0`0`0`2`0

Thompson (H,3)`1.2`1`1`1`0`2

Tonkin (S,3)`.2`1`0`0`0`0


Marshall (L, 2-6)`6`6`4`4`4`6


WP – Marshall

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

T— 2:49. A— 4,345 (10,000)

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