A split doubleheader on Saturday at PNC Field was a split for the RailRiders and Norfolk Tides. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre won the opener 6-4 in 11 innings during the afternoon, while Norfolk took the night game via 5-2 score.
RailRiders at the plate: Just called up from Trenton, infielder Casey Stevenson was the hero in Game 1 with a pair of home runs, including a walk-off, two-run shot in the 11th as part of a 3-for-5 game with three RBI. Corey Patterson, Dan Johnson and Cody Grice also had two hits apiece as did J.R. Murphy, who reached base five out of six times with three walks also. Brent Lillibridge homered in his first AB with the RailRiders in the second game to highlight the SWB offense at night, while Johnson had two hits and Addison Maruszak netted three.
RailRiders on the mound: Caleb Cotham bounced back from a rough start his last time out to go six innings, allowing just one run, but took a no-decision in the first game. Yoshinori Tateyama, who made his RailRider debut, earned the win in the opener, pitching 1 1-3 perfect frames with a pair of Ks.
In the nightcap, Graham Stoneburner got the start. He went five innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on nine hits with four strikeouts and no walks. Chris Bootcheck, who started the season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and had one appearance with New York, rejoined the RailRiders, taking over for Stoneburner in the sixth. He went two innings, allowing a run on four hits. Dellin Betances pitched the last two scoreless innings allowing one hit, a walk and fanned two.
Attendance: Game 1: 5,829; Game 2: 9,005
Time of Game: Game 1, 3:31; Game 2, 2:58
Riding the Rails: Prior to Game 1, the RailRiders transferred a pair of pitchers who worked in Friday’s game – starter Zach Nuding and lefty reliever Fred Lewis – to Double-A Trenton and received Game 1 starter Caleb Cotham and infielder Casey Stevenson from the Thunder. Prior to the second game, a few more moves were made with catcher Ryan Baker hitting the disabled list and infielder Dan Fiorito being assigned to Tampa. Pitcher Chris Bootcheck, designated for assignment by New York last week, was signed and assigned to SWB. Infielder Brent Lillibridge, acquired in a trade from the Chicago Cubs, was also assigned to the RailRiders.
Canzler Can: Hazleton native Russ Canzler had a huge day for Norfolk during the twinbill. He clubbed a three-run home run – his 11th of the season – in the top of the seventh of Game 1 to tie the game 4-4. He finished the opener 2-for-5 with three RBI and capped that with a 4-for-4 performance in the second game with a pair of doubles, an RBI and two runs scored.
Today’s Game: The final game of the four-gamer against Norfolk is this afternoon at 1:05 at PNC Field.
Today’s Probables: RailRiders RHP Brett Marshall (2-6, 6.94) vs. Norfolk LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (1-4, 6.68)
On Deck: The RailRiders begin a 10-game road trip to Syracuse and Pawtucket, starting Monday with five games against each division opponent. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s next home game after the road trip is July 4.
Today at PNC Field: Like every Sunday at the ballpark, it’s a Family FUNday with select autographs available prior to the game and kids can run the bases following the final out.
On The Radio: All games can be heard on WYCK 1340-AM, 1400-AM, 100.7-FM
On TV: The next televised game by WQMY (My Network TV) will be on July 4 from PNC Field.
How They Scored
RAILRIDERS FIRST: Corey Patterson doubled. J.R. Murphy walked. Fernando Martinez doubled to score Patterson. Randy Ruiz grounded out, but Murphy scored from third. Dan Johnson walked. Cody Grice struck out. Casey Stevenson struck out. RAILRIDERS 2-0
RAILRIDERS THIRD: Dan Johnson struck out. Cody Grice flied out. Casey Stevenson homered. Walter Ibarra struck out. RAILRIDERS 3-0
NORFOLK SIXTH: Russ Canzler singled. Zelous Wheeler popped into a fielder’s choice, Canzler out at second. Brandon Waring doubled, Wheeler to third. Brandon Wood hit a sacrifice fly to score Wheeler. Luis Exposito grounded out. RAILRIDERS 3-1
RAILRIDERS SIXTH: Dan Fiorito grounded out. Corey Patterson reached on a bunt single then stole second. J.R. Murphy singled to drive in Patterson. Fernando Martinez walked. Randy Ruiz grounded into a doubleplay. RAILRIDERS 4-1
NORFOLK SEVENTH: Xavier Avery grounded out. L.J. Hoes singled. Trayvon Robinson grounded into a fielder’s choice, Hoes out at second. Buck Britton singled. Russ Canzler hit a three-run home run. Zelous Wheeler walked. Brandon Waring struck out. TIED 4-4
RAILRIDERS ELEVENTH: Dan Johnson flied out. Cody Grice singled. Casey Stevenson hit a two-run home run. RAILRIDERS 6-4
NORFOLK FIRST: L.J. Hoes flied out. Jason Pridie singled and stole second. Buck Britton singled to score Pridie and advanced to third on a fielding error by left fielder Cody Grice. Russ Canzler singled, driving in Britton. Zelous Wheeler flied out. Brandon Waring struck out. TIDES 2-0
RAILRIDERS FIRST: Corey Patterson struck out. Brent Lillibridge homered. Fernando Martinez reached safely on an error. Randy Ruiz grounded into a doubleplay. TIDES 2-1
NORFOLK SECOND: Brandon Wood grounded out. Chris Snyder struck out. Xavier Avery hit a solo home run. L.J. Hoes hit an infield single. Jason Pridie flied out. TIDES 3-1
RAILRIDERS SECOND: Dan Johnson doubled. Cody Grice grounded out; Johnson to third. Casey Stevenson struck out. Addison Maruszak singled knocking in Johnson. Bobby Wilson grounded into a fielder’s choice; Maruszak out at second. TIDES 3-2
NORFOLK THIRD: Buck Britton grounded out. Russ Canzler singled. Zelous Wheeler popped out. Brandon Waring singled and Canzler hustled to third. Brandon Wood singled driving in Canzler. Chris Snyder struck out. TIDES 4-2
NORFOLK SEVENTH: Buck Britton flied out. Russ Canzler doubled. Zelous Wheeler singled, knocking in Canzler. Brandon Waring struck out. Brandon Wood struck out. TIDES 5-2