With an 8-0 win over Louisville on Thursday night at PNC Field, the RailRiders got back to the .500 mark at 49-49 and moved within 2 games of wild-card leader Norfolk. The shutout was Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s ninth of the season.
RailRiders at the plate: Alex Rodriguez hit his second home run during his rehab stint, while Dan Johnson blasted his 15th longball of the season and Brent Lillibridge hit a three-run shot, his seventh with the RailRiders, as part of a three-hit night. David Adams (2 for 4) doubled and singled, while Melky Mesa had three singles and Adonis Garcia had a pair. SWB outhit the Bats 14-6.
RailRiders on the mound: Michael Pineda got the start only giving up three hits and no runs, while striking out a season-high eight, but he only lasted 4 2-3 innings and did not earn the win. Caleb Cotham relieved Pineda and notched the win going 1 1-3 perfect innings fanning two to improve to 3-5. Dellin Betances worked a scoreless seventh and eighth with three Ks, while Yoshinori Tateyama worked the ninth.
Riding the Rails: Outfielder/infielder Ronnier Mustelier was activated from the disabled list on Wednesday. He was in Thursday’s SWB lineup, batted eighth and played left field… RailRiders outfielder Thomas Neal, pitcher Chrs Bootcheck and manager Dave Miley, who were all in Reno for Wednesday’s Triple-A All-Star Game, did not make it to PNC Field prior to Thursday’s game. SWB hitting coach Butch Wynegar managed the club in Miley’s place until the skipper returned in time for the bottom of the first.
Alex The Great: Rehabbing Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez finished Thursday’s game 1 for 4 with a two-run homer while playing third base for the RailRiders. Rodriguez’ 20-day rehab assignment is set to conclude on Monday. That means he’s expected to be in Moosic for the next three games barring a day off.
Time of Game: 3:02
Today’s Game: Game two of the four-game series pitting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Louisville is tonight at 7:05.
Today’s Probables: RailRiders’ RHP Brett Marshall (4-7, 5.99) vs. Louisville RHP Chad Rogers (1-2, 7.56)
On Deck: The series with Louisville continues through Sunday afternoon.
Today at PNC Field: The fun continues tonight with the traditional Friday Fireworks show. It’s also family campout night and Moscow Community Night.
On The Radio: All games can be heard on WYCK 1340-AM, 1400-AM, 100.7-FM
On TV: Tonight’s game will be telecast live by My Network (WQMY). The next telecast is Saturday at 7 p.m.
HOW THEY SCORED
RAILRIDERS THIRD: Corey Patterson struck out. David Adams doubled. Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run home run. Brent Lillibridge popped out. Dan Johnson flied out. RAILRIDERS 2-0
RAILRIDERS FOURTH: J.R. Murphy reached on strikeout wild pitch. Melky Mesa singled. Adonis Garcia singled to load the bases. Ronnier Mustelier lined out. Corey Patterson lined out. David Adams was hit by a pitch to score Murphy. Alex Rodriguez struck out. RAILRIDERS 3-0
RAILRIDERS FIFTH: Brent Lillibridge grounded out. Dan Johnson homered. J.R. Murphy flied out. Melky Mesa singled. Adonis Garcia singled. Ronnier Mustelier flied out. RAILRIDERS 4-0
RAILRIDERS EIGHTH: Adonis Garcia walked. Ronnier Mustelier grounded into a fielder’s choice, Garcia out at second. Corey Patterson struck out. David Adams singled. Walter Ibarra singled to score Mustelier. Brent Lillibridge hit a three-run home run. Dan Johnson walked. J.R. Murphy doubled, Johnson to third. Melky Mesa flied out. RAILRIDERS 8-0