Righty goes eight strong innings as slugger belts three-run homer in the victory

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MOOSIC – While the RailRiders’ offense has struggled over their previous five games entering Wednesday’s matinee, the pitching has been superb.

The staff had allowed just 17 runs in that apan while the offense had put up just five runs. Starter Brett Marshall didn’t need much support on the afternoon as he was excellent for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre going eight innings, allowing just one run on five hits, retiring 10 of the last 11 batters and helping SWB break a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over Toledo at PNC Field.

Marshall said he didn’t think he had his best stuff on the afternoon, but he didn’t have to as Mud Hens batters were kept off-balance. When Marshall wasn’t inducing one of the 12 groundball outs he had on the afternoon, he got a strikeout when he needed one.

“I felt like I was kind of lucky. I felt like I wasn’t commanding my fastball well, and my change-up I didn’t throw very well today,” said Marshall, whose eight innings tied for the most by a RailRider pitcher this season. He has done it both times.

For most of the last five weeks, since Randy Ruiz joined the RailRiders, the offensive tempo has performed much like the slugger. So when the 35-year-old struggled over the previous 14 days entering Wednesday with just one home run and a .206 batting average in that span, the RailRiders went just 3-8 in that period averaging just two runs a game.

The designated hitter/first baseman broke out of his slump early in the game clubbing a 1-0 pitch from Mud Hens starter Jon Link just over the left field fence and into the bullpen for a three-run home run giving Marshall and the RailRiders a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

Four of the first five batters of the game for SWB reached base. The first run scored when Dan Johnson singled in Adonis Garcia.

“It feels good. We’ve been struggling scoring runs maybe the last week and fortunately we did things right the first inning and we battled,” Ruiz said. “I know we all struggle a little bit, but hopefully we can bounce back. Today was a good win. Start today and take it onto the road trip (which starts Friday).”

Marshall ran into a tough-luck inning in the top of the fifth. There wasn’t a hard hit ball in the frame by Toledo, but the MudHens scratched out a run on three bloop singles. The last one, by Avisail Garcia, the top-ranked prospect according to Baseball America, trimmed the SWB lead to 4-1. But Marshall got former SWB Yankee Kevin Russo to bounce into a doubleplay to end the inning. After that, the 23-year-old faced the minimum number of batters until he came out after the eighth.

“It makes you a little frustrated, but you know what it’s a game,” Marshall said about the fifth inning. “It’s the game of baseball. That can happen 10 times in a row and you can’t do anything about it. I was able to get a good groundball and get out of it.”

RailRiders 4, Mud Hens 1



Garcia cf`4`0`1`1`Garcia lf`3`1`1`0

Russo 2b`3`0`0`0`Patterson cf`4`0`0`0

Lennerton dh`3`0`1`0`Mustelier 3b`4`1`1`0

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

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

Guez rf`3`0`0`0`Murphy c`3`0`0`0

Cervenak 3b`4`1`2`0`Pirela 2b`3`0`1`0

Holaday c`3`0`1`0`Grice rf`3`0`0`0

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




E – Crespo (2). LOB —TOL 6, SWB 2. TEAM RISP – TOL 1-for-4, SWB 2-for-4. HR – Ruiz (12). GIDP – TOL 2 , SWB 1.




Link (L, 0-2)`7`5`4`4`0`4

Bonderman `1`1`0`0`0`0


Marshall (W, 5-8)`8`5`1`1`1`2

Betances (S,4)`1`0`0`0`2`0

HBP – Garcia (by Link)

Umpires— Home, Jeff Gosney; First, Carlos Torrez; Second, Clint Fagam; Third, Ben May

T— 2:05 A— 5,751 (10,000)

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