Marshall works into eighth inning, offense blasts balls into the night

Last updated: July 05. 2013 4:06AM - 1861 Views
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MOOSIC - In the spirit of Independence Day, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders began by launching a few bombs.

But it was the man on the mound for them who really gave everyone a mesmerizing display.

Starting pitcher Brett Marshall worked a season-high eight innings Thursday and Brent Lillibridge and Randy Ruiz both blasted first-inning homers as the RailRiders rode past Buffalo, 5-2 at PNC Field.

The performance came on a Fourth of July fireworks night, which drew a capacity crowd of 10,000 - the first sellout and largest crowd of the season at newly-revamped PNC Field.

“Just have fun,” Marshall said, noticing the packed stands. “It’s a kids’ game and I enjoy it. I know when we have big crowds, it kind of gets you amped up a little bit and gets you in the game.”

His response was working one of his best games of the season.

Marshall allowed just two runs - on Mike McCoy’s two-run homer in the fifth inning - and struck out seven while walking one while throwing an efficient 96 pitches. That gave Marshall, 4-6, his second straight victory after going seven weeks without one.

The guy who couldn’t win for awhile suddenly can’t lose.

“We’ve been working on mechanics, direction,” Marshall said. “I’ve been throwing across my body bad, and that’s been really good the past few games. I feel pretty good rhythm-wise and consistency-wise.

“I feel a lot better.”

The RailRiders felt so good, they were having a blast.

Lillibridge started the celebration by ripping a one-out drive off former Toronto Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero, a shot that hit just above the yellow line on the center field fence in the first inning - giving the former Cubs, White Sox and Red Sox player his fifth homer since he joined the RailRiders on June 22 and gave the team a quick 1-0 lead.

“I’m feeling good, squaring balls up, trying to do something with a pitch,” said Lillibridge, best known to Yankees fans for making two spectacular catches in center field for the White Sox two years ago while robbing both Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano of extra bases and saving a victory in the ninth inning. “It’s been good so far. We had some good at-bats against a good pitcher who’s had success in the big leagues.

“The run in the first inning’s always a good start.”

One out later, Ruiz gave them another, launching a rocket shot over the catwalk and just under the Burger King sign in left field for a 2-0 RailRiders lead.

“They’re instant runs,” Lillibridge said of the homers. “You don’t have to string three hits together when you hit a home run.”

The second of Dan Johnson’s three hits of the night was most timely. His two-out, two run single scored Adonis Garcis and Lillibrige to improve Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s lead to 4-0 in the third inning. Then Lillibridge delivered the team’s final run with a sacrifice fly that scored Addison Maruszak in the fourth.

That was more than enough for Marshall, who said he felt good enough to finish the game with one more inning, but instead gave way to Dellin Betances - who picked up the save.

“It’s huge,” Marshall said. “Definitely a big confidence-booster.”


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Pillar cf`4`0`1`0`1`0`0

Gomez dh`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

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Maruszak ss`4`1`1`0`1`0`0

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Buffalo`000`020`000 - 2

RailRiders`202`100`00x - 5

LOB - Buffalo 6, RailRiders 8. DP - Buffalo 1, RailRiders 1. E - Goins. SB - Gose, Martinez. SF - Lillibridge.


Romero, L (0-3)`6`9`5`3`2`3



Marshall, W (4-6)`8`7`2`2`1`7

Betances, S (3)`1`0`0`0`0`2

HBP - Negrych (by Betances). WP - Stilson.

Umpires - HP John Tumpane, 1B Toby Basner, 2B Andy Dudones, 3B Sean Barber.

Time: 2:17

Attendance: 10,000

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