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Louisville's Josh Fellhauer is cought in a rundown between first and second bases as RailRiders infielder David Adams chases him Sunday at PNC Field. Adams applied the tag in the third inning for an out.
Louisville's Josh Fellhauer is cought in a rundown between first and second bases as RailRiders infielder David Adams chases him Sunday at PNC Field. Adams applied the tag in the third inning for an out.
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MOOSIC – For most of the last month, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre had been one of the hottest teams in the International League.

The RailRiders cut their deficit in the International League North Division more than in half. But most streaks come to an end at some point.

That was the story for the RailRiders during a weekend series against Louisville that was capped by a 4-1 loss to the Bats Sunday afternoon. The loss was the third straight for the RailRiders against the Bats to fall in a series for the first time since June 17-18, when they lost two out of three to Rochester. After winning the first game of the series, 8-0, the RailRiders scored just three in the last three games.

“I think a lot of the hitters came back to the dugout saying ‘golly, I should’ve got that one,’” RailRiders second baseman David Adams said. “It’s unfortunate we couldn’t put anything together because our staff did pretty well.”

It didn’t take long for the Bats to get on the board as speedster Billy Hamilton got things started again. The top prospect in the Reds organization walked to lead off the game. Although SWB starter Jose Ramirez threw over to first five times to try to keep him close, Hamilton still stole second then came around to score on a single by Felix Perez.

Hamilton and Perez were at it again their next times up in the third. Hamilton singled and immediately stole second. Then with one out Perez walloped a two-run home run on to the roof of the Railhouse in right field putting Louisville ahead 3-0.

Louisville starter Daniel Corcino, who is the fourth-best prospect for Cincinnati according to Baseball America, had struggled so far in Triple-A, entering Sunday’s game with the worst ERA in the International League at 6.40 and the second-most losses in the league with 11 — and having allowed 47 walks in 90 innings.

But he was cruising along and gave the RailRiders a boatload of problems. SWB didn’t get anything going against the 22-year-old right-hander until Adams drew a one-out walk in the third. He scored when the next hitter J.R. Murphy doubled to get the team on the board and trim the deficit to 3-1. Corcino only gave up two hits and the SWB offense only picked up four on the afternoon.

“He kept his sinkers in, sliders away and he got us to chase a lot of pitches,” Adams said about Corcino. “It didn’t seem like we were too patient. It seemed like if we got anything to hit we were swinging. Maybe that’s why we didn’t have the best approach today. But you know what, he did a pretty good job.”

Ramirez, who struggled in the first inning, rebounded nicely from that rough patch. The rest of the time he was on the mound he threw 15 in the second, 20 in the third, nine in the fourth and six in the fifth, ending his afternoon with 80 pitches. He gave up three runs on six hits and two walks, and only fanned two. But he threw a first-pitch strike to 14 of the 20 batters he faced.

“He was good as usual once we got through the first couple innings and then he settled down,” Murphy said. “I was doing everything I could to get him through that first inning. He didn’t make any adjustments until late in the first inning then carried it over throughout the rest of his outing.”

With Josh Spence on the mound in the seventh, the Bats scratched out another run with Hamilton doubling in a baserunner for a 4-1 lead.

Bats 4, RailRiders 1



Hamilton cf`3`2`2`1`Adams2b`3`1`0`0

Rodriguez 3b`4`0`0`0`Murphy c`3`0`1`1

Burriss ss`0`0`0`0`Garcia rf`3`0`1`0

Perez lf`4`1`2`3`Johnson 1b`3`0`0`0

Hessman 1b`3`0`1`0`Ruiz dh`3`0`0`0

Fellhauer rf`4`0`2`0`Mustelier 3b`4`0`1`0

Phipps dh`4`0`1`0`Grice cf`4`0`1`0

Ashley c`4`0`0`0`Patterson lf`4`0`0`0

Donald 2b`3`1`1`0`Ibarra ss`3`0`0`0

Negron ss/3b`3`0`1`0




LOB —LOU 5, SWB 7. TEAM RISP – LOU 3-for-8, SWB 0-for-8. 2B – Mustelier (9), Murphy (9), Garcia (3), Hamilton (12). HR – Perez (8). SB – Hamilton 2 (56), Garcia (1). CS – Perez (5), Fellhaur (2), Donald (1). GIDP – LOU 2 , SWB 1. Pick Off – Fellhauer (first base by Ramirez).




Corcino (W, 5-11) `5.2`2`1`1`3`5

Texeira (H,1) `.2`1`0`0`1`0

Duke (H,6)`1.2`1`0`0`0`1

Villareal (S,2)`1`1`0`0`0`1


Ramirez (L, 1-3) `5`6`3`3`2`2

Spence `2`3`1`1`1`4


WP – Ramirez

HBP – Negrom (by Ramirez), Garcia (by Corcino)

Umpires— Home, Max Guyll; First, Dave Soucy; Third, Tom Honec

T— 2:56 A— 7,294 (10,000)

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