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RailRiders designated hitter Randy Ruiz, left, high fives teammate Brent Lillibridge after hitting a two-run homer in the first inning against Rochester at PNC Field in Moosic on Tuesday afternoon.
RailRiders designated hitter Randy Ruiz, left, high fives teammate Brent Lillibridge after hitting a two-run homer in the first inning against Rochester at PNC Field in Moosic on Tuesday afternoon.
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MOOSIC – Whatever has been thrown at the RailRiders recently hasn’t stopped the team from bouncing back.

On Tuesday afternoon at PNC Field, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre overcame a rough start by Brett Marshall, two errors and a comeback by Rochester to win for the sixth straight time and get back to the .500 mark for the first time since May 19 with an 8-7 walk-off victory over the Red Wings.

The victory was the RailRiders’ 14th in their last 19 games.

Brent Lillibridge, who has been exceptional for the RailRiders since joining the team on June 22 batting .315 in 16 games, belted his fifth home run of the season for SWB. He also rocketed a game-ending double to deep center that bounced off the glove of center fielder Antoan Richardson, scoring Thomas Neal in the bottom of the ninth for the victory.

“You just hope it gets over his head. This field plays pretty big up the middle so you’re hoping that he’s playing shallow enough that I could sneak it over there,” Lillibridge said. “We’re playing really well right now and the guys are enjoying it and it’s always fun for everyone to have success.”

In his previous start, Marshall had the best performance of any Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter all season. But that eight-inning outing seemed like an afterthought on Tuesday as he lasted just four innings, allowing five runs on six hits and made two errors – one throwing and one catching.

Marshall had problems early commanding his breaking ball, falling behind the first four hitters of the game all in the first inning. The first time resulted in a leadoff walk. That batter came around to score after the fourth straight time he fell behind when Chris Colabello laced a run-scoring single for a 1-0 lead.

The deficit marked the fifth straight game that the RailRiders fell behind entering the bottom of the first. That changed when SWB came to the plate for the first time.

Randy Ruiz crushed a first-pitch changeup from lefty Pedro Hernandez over the wall in left-center. The two-run shot, Ruiz’s ninth in 25 games as a RailRider, gave SWB a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first.

But the Red Wings got the lead right back the next inning, scoring three times off Marshall and then plated another in the fourth to go ahead 5-2. SWB had been coming back before from one- or two-run holes, but Tuesday down by three equaled its biggest comeback win this season.

“This team is great right now. We’re on fire. Everybody’s hitting the ball. We’re pitching well. Our defense has been good,” said Marshall, whose four innings was his shortest outing since June 2. “There’s not much you can’t ask us to do right now.”

While Marshall’s problems put the RailRiders in an early hole for the fifth straight game, he was taken off the hook as SWB tied the game with a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth. Known for relying on the longball recently, SWB manufactured two runs in the fifth, stringing together three infield hits and a pair of sacrifice flies to tie the game 5-5.

Bobby Wilson (2-for-4) doubled home a pair of runs in the sixth to put the RailRiders in front 7-5. Yet again, Rochester wasn’t going to go away quietly, scoring a run off Jim Miller in the seventh and another in the eighth to even the score 7-7.

But all that did for the RailRiders was set up their third walk-off win of the season, which incidentally was their third in the last 19 games.

“I’ll tell you one thing we never gave up. Marshall pitched hit butt off, but stuff happens. It’s part of the game. Sometimes you’re on, sometimes you’re not,” Ruiz said. “It’s all about lucky. This game is all about luck and doing something right.”

RailRiders 8, Red Wings 7



Richardson cf`4`1`0`0`Patterson cf`4`0`0`0

Farris lf`5`0`2`1`Neal rf`4`1`2`1

Hermann c`4`0`0`0`Lillibridge 2b`4`2`3`2

Colabello 1b`4`1`3`2`Ruiz dh`4`1`1`2

Clement dh`5`0`0`0`Johnson 1b`3`0`0`0

Romero 3b`4`0`1`0`Maruszak lf`4`1`2`0

Dinkelman rf`3`1`0`0`Bell 3b`3`1`2`0

Mitchell pr-rf`0`1`0`0`Wilson c`4`1`2`2

Beresford 2b`4`2`3`0`Ibarra ss`4`0`1`0





E – Marshall 2 (3). LOB—ROC 7, SWB 5. TEAM RISP – ROC 3-for-12, SWB 3-for-6. 2B— Olmedo (10), Wilson (11), Lillibridge (6). HR – Olmedo (1), Colabello (22), Ruiz (9), Lillibridge (6). SB – Richardson (20), Beresford (1). CS – Farris (3). SF – Patterson, Neal. GIDP – ROC 1 , SWB 1. Outfield Assists – Farris (Maruszak at second)




Hernandez `6`10`7`7`1`5

Tonkin `1`1`0`0`0`1

Martis (L, 1-3)`1.2`2`1`1`1`2


Marshall `4`6`5`4`2`1


Miller (BS,1)`2.1`2`2`2`1`0

Zagurski (W,5-1) `.2`0`0`0`1`1

WP – Martis, Marshall

Umpires— Home, A.J. Johnson; First, Chad Whitson; Second, Jon Saphire; Third, John Tumpane

T— 3:05. A— 5,751 (10,000)

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