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RailRiders starting pitcher Michael Pineda fires to home plate during the first game of a doubleheader against Toledo on Tuesday.
RailRiders starting pitcher Michael Pineda fires to home plate during the first game of a doubleheader against Toledo on Tuesday.
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MOOSIC – The RailRiders offense is in a funk – and not a good one.

For the fourth straight game, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s bats scored just one run during the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday at PNC Field in a 4-1 loss in 10 innings to Toledo. It also marked the fourth straight setback for the team. SWB was in position to score a single run for the fifth straight time and lose its fifth in a row in the second game. At press time, the Mud Hens were leading the RailRiders 3-1 entering the bottom of the seventh, the possible last inning of the twinbill.

In the opener, the RailRiders offense was stymied by Mud Hens starter Kyle Lobstein, who started the season at Double-A in the Tigers organization and was making just his sixth start in Triple-A. He allowed just one hit through the first five innings fanning five in that period of the opener as Toledo held a 1-0 lead.

But the RailRiders chased him in the sixth inning loading the bases on a double and a pair of walks. Lobstein got one out when Dan Johnson hit a sacrifice fly to score David Adams and tie the game at 1-1. That ended Lobstein’s night. Jose Ortega came in and got the last two outs as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre missed a good chance.

That opportunity came back to haunt SWB because its bullpen pitched well the next three innings not allowing any runs and just one hit. Then the Mud Hens got to RailRiders reliever Yoshinori Tateyama in the tenth capped by a three-run home run from Tigers’ No. 2 prospect Avisail Garcia.

Jose Valverde, a longtime Major Leaguer, who was sent down by Detroit and is trying to work out his problems, pitched a scoreless tenth to close out the first game.

Michael Pineda got the Game 1 start for the RailRiders and pitched well, but only lasted three innings giving up three hits and whiffing three and threw 27 of his 39 pitches for strikes. According to reports, New York general manager Brian Cashman said Pineda was removed from the starts for “innings management.”

In the nightcap, SWB International League All-Star right-hander Chris Bootcheck got the start against the team he was a 2012 All-Star with. He lasted longer than Pined. And despite having to throw 23 pitches in the first inning, including a 13-pitch at-bat by Garcia, Toledo’s leadoff hitter, he fared well up until the top of the sixth. That’s when he got Garcia for the first out but the next three batters all reached base. The rally was capped by a three-run homer from Nick Castellanos, the Tigers’ No. 2 prospect according to Baseball America. That blast put the Mud Hens up 3-1.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s Bobby Wilson hit a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth to put SWB ahead 1-0 in the second game.

Game One

Mud Hens 4, RailRiders 1



Garcia cf`5`1`2`3`Adams2b`3`1`1`0

Worth 2b`5`0`0`0`Murphy c`5`0`1`0

Lennerton 1b`5`0`2`0`Garcia rf`4`0`2`0

Castellanos lf`4`1`0`0`Johnson 1b`3`0`0`0

Dorn dh`4`0`1`0`Ruiz dh`3`0`1`0

Guez rf`4`0`1`1`Mustelier 3b`4`0`0`0

Holaday c`3`1`1`0`Grice lf`4`0`1`0

Russo 3b`3`0`1`0`Patterson cf`4`0`0`0

Diaz ss`3`1`1`0`Crespo ss`4`0`0`0




E – Worth (7), Crespo (1). LOB —TOL 5, SWB 8. TEAM RISP – TOL 2-for-8, SWB 0-for-6. 2B – Murphy (10). HR – Garcia (4). SB – Garcia (4). SAC – Holaday, Russo. GIDP – TOL 1 , SWB 1.




Lobstein `5.1`2`1`1`4`5

Ortega `.2`1`0`0`0`1

Todd `2`1`0`0`0`1

Weinhardt (W,3-0)`1`2`0`0`0`1

Valverde (S,5)`1`1`0`0`0`1


Pineda `3`3`0`0`0`3

Cotham `3`2`1`1`0`3



Tateyama (L,1-1)`1`3`3`3`0`0

HBP – Diaz (by Cotham)

Umpires— Home, Clint Fagan; First, Ben May; Second, Jeff Gosney; Third, Carlos Torres

T— 2:49

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