Norfolk rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth to come from behind and deal the RailRiders a 5-4 loss on Friday night at PNC Field.
RailRiders at the plate: Newcomers Corey Patterson and Fernando Martinez each had two hits in their home debut as Martinez also had a pair of RBI. Dan Johnson also drove in a pair with a double and a sacrifice fly. Cody Grice and Dan Fiorito chipped in two hits apiece.
RailRiders on the mound: Zach Nuding, making his Triple-A debut, tossed 5 2-3 innings allowing three runs on seven hits, striking out five and walking three. Left-handed reliever Fred Lewis followed Nuding in also making his Triple-A debut. Lewis went 1 1-3 with two Ks and a walk. Matt Daley pitched a perfect eighth with two strikeouts. Mike Zagurski, pitching in his first game as a RailRider, allowed two runs in the top of the ninth to be hit with the blown save and the loss.
Attendance: 9,147 (season-high)
Time of Game: 2:48
Riding the Rails: There were a total of 10 roster moves for the RailRiders on Friday as the starting lineup looked completely different. Beginning with starting pitcher Ivan Nova, who was scratched from the start because reports are that the righty will pitch for New York on Sunday. That meant Friday’s starter Zach Nuding needed to be called up from Trenton along with right-hander Fred Lewis. To make room for the duo, starters Caleb Cotham and Jose Ramirez were sent to Trenton. Infielder Alberto Gonzalez was called up to New York as Reid Brignac was designated for assignment. Outfielder Corey Patterson was signed by New York and assigned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Right-hander Yoshinori Tatyama was acquired from Texas and also assigned to SWB. Left-handed reliever Mike Zagurski was signed by the Yankees and assigned to the RailRiders. In disabled list moves, outfielder Josh Bell and reliever Mark Montgomery were placed on the seven-day D.L.
Canzler Can: Hazleton native Russ Canzler went 0-for-4 in his first game in his home county since 2011.
Equipment drive at PNC Field: Prior to today’s split doubleheader, the RailRiders will hold a drive for gently-used baseball equipment. SWB hosts Norfolk at 12:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. Bins will be set up at PNC Field’s front gates prior to the each game and will be available until the third inning of each contest. Adult equipment received will be shipped to soldiers in Afghanistan, while the youth equipment will be donated throughout Northeast Pennsylvania.
Today’s Game: Games two and three of the four-game series with Norfolk will be held today in split doubleheader fashion. The first game starts at 12:05 p.m. The stadium will then clear out and re-seated for the second game, which is slated to start at 7:05 p.m.
Today’s Probables: Game 1, SWB RHP Caleb Cotham (2-4, 8.44) vs. Norfolk TBA; Game 2, SWB RHP Graham Stoneburner (2-3, 4.46) vs. Tides’ RHP Jake Arrieta (3-3, 5.50)
On Deck: Once the current set wraps up, the RailRiders head out on an eight-game road trip to Syracuse and Pawtucket. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s next home game after the road trip is July 4.
Today at PNC Field: For the afternoon game, there is a bat giveaway for the first 2,500 and it’s also youth baseball night. For the night game, one of the best promotions in all of Minor League Baseball, Cowboy Monkey Rodeo will be appearing during the game, which also youth baseball night.
On The Radio: All games can be heard on WYCK 1340-AM, 1400-AM, 100.7-FM
On TV: Tonight’s game will be televised live by WQMY (My Network TV).
How They Scored
RAILRIDERS FIRST: Corey Patterson popped out. Cody Grice singled and stole second. Fernando Martinez singled to drive in Grice and moved to second on an error by right fielder L.J. Hoes. Randy Ruiz grounded out advancing Martinez to third. Dan Johnson doubled to score Martinez. Addison Maruszak grounded out. RAILRIDERS 2-0
RAILRIDERS THIRD: Corey Patterson singled. Cody Grice singled; Patterson to second. Fernando Martinez singled to score Patterson and advanced to second on the throw. Randy Ruiz was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Dan Johnson hit a sac fly to score Grice and advance Martinez to third. Addison Maruszak grounded into a doubleplay. RAILRIDERS 4-0
NORFOLK FOURTH: Buck Britton grounded out. Russ Canzler flied out. Zelous Wheeler singled. Brandon Waring homered. Brandon Wood struck out. RAILRIDERS 4-2
NORFOLK FIFTH: Chris Snyder singled. Xavier Avery grounded out; Snyder to second. L.J. Hoes reached on an infield single. Jason Pridie walked to load the bases. Buck Britton hit an infield single to score Snyder. Russ Canzler fouled out. Zelous Wheeler grounded into a fielder’s choice, Britton out at second. RAILRIDERS 4-3
NORFOLK NINTH: Chris Snyder singled and was pinch-run for by Louis Exposito. Xavier Avery grounded into a fielder’s choice with Exposito out at second. L.J. Hoes doubled. When a throwing error was committed going to third base, Avery and Hoes scored. Jason Pridie struck out. Buck Britton fouled out. TIDES 5-4