A seventh-inning rally led the RailRiders to a 4-3 win over Norfolk on Sunday at PNC Field on a day before the team heads off on a 10-game road trip.
RailRiders at the plate: J.R. Murphy had two hits, including hit a go-ahead two-run single in the bottom of the seventh. Cody Grice notched an RBI-triple, while Addison Maruszak had a run-scoring single.
RailRiders on the mound: Brett Marshall tied his season-high for strikeouts with eight, finishing one shy of his career-high. He went six innings giving up three runs and took a no-decision. Mike Zagurski, who was hit the loss earlier in the series, earned the win pitching a scoreless seventh striking out the side. Chase Whitley threw a scoreless eighth, while Jim Miller and Josh Spence combined to pitch the ninth with Spence notching his first save..
Attendance: 5,016 (28,997 for the four games over the weekend against Norfolk)
Time of Game: 2:54
Riding the Rails: Just two roster moves were made prior to Sunday’s game with pitcher Ivan Nova getting recalled by New York to start Sunday for the Yankees and outfielder Thomas Neal being optioned back to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Neal was not available on Sunday. The RailRiders have made a transaction 10 of the last 11 days with a whopping total of 39 being made in that time.
Canzler Can: Hazleton native Russ Canzler went 1-for-3 with a run scored and when he attempted to score the tying run in the eighth, he collided with SWB catcher J.R. Murphy, but the catcher hung onto the ball. He finished the series near his hometown going 7-for-16 with a home run, two doubles, four RBI and four runs scored.
Today’s Game: There is no game today. The next contest is Tuesday when the RailRiders travel to Syracuse for a 7:05 p.m. game.
Upcoming Probables: Tuesday, SWB RHP Jose Ramirez (0-1, 7.11) vs. Syracuse RHP Caleb Clay (0-1, 2.70). Wednesday’s Game 1, SWB lefty David Huff (3-2, 3.60) vs. Chiefs’ righty Jeff Mandel (1-4, 5.85)
On Deck: The RailRiders begin a 10-game road trip to Syracuse and Pawtucket starting Tuesday with five games in four days against the Chiefs and then five games in five days at Pawtucket. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s next home game after the road trip is July 4.
Today at PNC Field:
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 SECOND: Brent Lillibridge doubled then scored on a triple by Cody Grice. Addison Maruszak singled to score Grice. Walter Ibarra grounded into a doubleplay. Corey Patterson walked. J.R. Murphy flied out. RAILRIDERS 2-0
NORFOLK THIRD: Xavier Avery grounded out. Luis Exposito struck out. L.J. Hoes walked. Jason Pridie hit a two-run home run. Buck Britton singled. Russ Canzler struck out. TIED 2-2
NORFOLK SIXTH: Buck Britton grounded out. Russ Canzler singled. Zelous Wheeler singled. Brandon Waring flied out. Brandon Wood singled scoring Canzler and moving Wheeler to third. Xavier Avery struck out. TIDES 3-2
RAILRIDERS SEVENTH: Walter Ibarra walked. Corey Patterson doubled; Ibarra to third. J.R. Murphy singled driving in Ibarra and Patterson. Fernando Martinez flied out. Randy Ruiz grounded out and Murphy moved to second. Dan Johnson was intentionally walked. Brent Lillibridge grounded into a fielder’s choice, Johnson out at second. RAILRIDERS 4-3