Scranton/Wilkes-Barre won for the 13th time in its last 17 games, coming from behind for the fourth straight game to defeat Rochester 6-3 on Monday night at PNC Field.
It was the RailRiders’ fifth consecutive win as they improve to 45-46, moving within a game of the .500 mark for the first time since May 20. With first-place Pawtucket’s loss at Lehigh Valley, SWB is now just 7.5 games out of first in the I.L. North Division and is just 1.5 games behind the second place IronPigs.
RailRiders at the plate: Josh Bell plated three run on two hits – a double and a home run, while catcher J.R. Murphy went 3-for-4 with a double, two singles and a run. Thomas Neal also finished as a multiple hitter, going 2-for-3 with a double and a run.
RailRiders on the mound: Chris Bootcheck picked up his eighth win of the season, lasting just five innings and giving up three runs on nine hits. Matt Daley pitched a pair of perfect innings, striking out four in relief, while Chase Whitley tossed the final two frames, giving up just one hit and striking out three to pick up his second save of the season.
Riding the Rails: With New York’s addition of infielder Travis Ishikawa to the 25-man roster Monday, infielder David Adams was optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was not yet with the team or added to the roster. In other moves, pitcher Michael Pineda ended his rehab program and was optioned to SWB, while reliever Kelvin Perez was granted his release.
Attendance: 10,000 (the third time PNC Field has been sold out in the last five games)
Time of Game: 2:49
Today’s Game: Game 2 of the Rochester series at PNC Field is this afternoon, with a 12:05 start.
Today’s Probables: RailRiders RHP Brett Marshall (4-6, 5.83) vs. Red Wings’ LHP Pedro Hernandez (2-2, 3.60)
Captain RailRider: Yankees captain Derek Jeter played his third rehab game for the RailRiders and finished the contest 1-for-2, reaching on an error, walking, He said he will not play in this afternoon’s game but is scheduled to play Wednesday night for the RailRiders.
On Deck: The nine-game homestand for SWB continues through Friday. The Rochester series wraps up Wednesday before Syracuse comes to town for a two-game set.
Today at PNC Field: Today’s festivities include Camp Day, when many camps will be in attendance.
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 will be Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.
How They Scored
ROCHESTER FIRST: Antoan Richardson grounded out. Doug Bernier struck out. Chris Herrmann homered. Chris Colabello struck out. RED WINGS 1-0
ROCHESTER THIRD: Antoan Richardson singled, but was erased on a fielder’s choice by next batter Doug Bernier. Chris Herrmann fouled out. Chris Colabello singled. Deibinson Romero singled to score Bernier and move Colabello to third. Jermaine Mitchell struck out. RED WINGS 2-0
RAILRIDERS THIRD: Derek Jeter walked. J.R. Murphy singled. Brent Lillibridge flied out. Randy Ruiz singled scoring Jeter from second. Murphy was out trying to get to third. Dan Johnson lined out. RED WINGS 2-1
ROCHESTER FOURTH: Eric Farris doubled. Ray Olmedo grounded out, Farris moved to third. Drew Butera hit a sac fly. Antoan Richardson tripled. Doug Bernier flied out. RED WINGS 3-1
RAILRIDERS FIFTH: Derek Jeter grounded out. J.R. Murphy doubled. Brent Lillibridge singled Murphy to third. Randy Ruiz grounded out to score Murphy and advance Lillibridge to second. Dan Johnson singled driving in Lillibridge. Thomas Neal doubled as Johnson advanced to third. Josh Bell blooped a single to drive in Johnson and Neal. Corey Patterson grounded out. RAILRIDERS 5-3
RAILRIDERS SEVENTH: Dan Johnson flied out. Thomas Neal fouled out. Josh Bell hit a solo home run. Corey Patterson popped out. RAILRIDERS 6-3