ALLENTOWN — Who says the RailRiders don’t have anything to play for the rest of the season?
There are just three games remaining in the regular season and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has been eliminated from playoff contention, but the team is now looking for some hardware.
Even though SWB lost to Lehigh Valley 5-4 on Friday night on a walk-off hit by Michael Martinez and now trails the IronPigs 8-7 in the season series, the winner of tonight’s game claims the inaugural IronRail Trophy in the battle between the two closest teams in the International League.
The RailRiders jumped out to a 4-0 lead on Friday night highlighted by a two-run homer from Randy Ruiz and a solo shot by David Adams and looked like they were about the take the lead in the season series. But the IronPigs, who are still in contention for the league’s Wild Card, being 2.5 games behind Norfolk for the final playoff spot, were not giving up.
Martinez tripled in a pair of runs in a three-run seventh inning. The IronPigs continued their rally in the ninth.
Steve Susdorf led off with a single and advanced to third on a double by Josh Field. A sac fly by Tyler Henson tied the game at 4-4 to set up the game-ending hit by Martinez. Chase Whitley, who started for the RailRiders pitched six scoreless innings only allowing one hit and a walk but took the no-decision. Matt Daley (2-3) was hit with the loss.
The teams conclude their season series tonight at 6:35 at Coca-Cola Park with Brett Marshall (7-10, 5.13) taking the mound for SWB. He will be opposed byIronPigs lefty Raul Valdes (4-4, 2.89).