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Canzler extends RailRiders’ skid with walk-off hit

First Posted: 10:37 pm - July 1st, 2015

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The local pro made sure the RailRiders’ woes continued.

Hazleton’s Russ Canzler came through with a one-out single in the bottom of the 10th to give Lehigh Valley a walk-off 3-2 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday in Allentown.

Canzler made the RailRiders pay after they squandered a bases-loaded opportunity in the top of the frame. It gave the IronPigs a sweep of the series and sent the RailRiders tumbling to their sixth straight loss.

Just like Tuesday night, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre saw an early lead evaporate. Though it wasn’t as dramatic as the previous game in which the IronPigs scored 10 straight to erase a six-run deficit, it still stung.

Ramon Flores’ sac fly in the top of the first and Cole Figueroa’s RBI single in the fourth gave the RailRiders and starting pitcher Jaron Long a 2-0 lead. But for the second straight night, the bullpen couldn’t make it stand up.

Lehigh Valley rallied to tie the game with two runs off of Diego Moreno in the seventh inning. Cord Phelps slapped a triple to drive in the first run and then scored on a Logan Moore fly ball to left.

James Pazos worked his way out of a jam in the eighth as the IronPigs put runners on the corners with two outs before getting a grounder to second to keep the game tied.

It stayed that way into extra innings, even after the RailRiders loaded the bases with one out in the 10th.

Juan Gutierrez struck out Ben Gamel and got Aaron Judge to pop up to second to end the big threat.

Tyler Henson immediately responded with a leadoff triple in the home half against Danny Burawa and Canzler ended the festivities two batters later.

Austin Romine continued his hot streak for the RailRiders, going 3 for 5 with a double while extending his hitting streak to 17 games. Gamel, Judge and Figueroa each had two hits apiece.

Long pitched six scoreless innings and struck out four in the no-decision.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre heads to Pawtucket today for a two-game series before returning to PNC Field Saturday to face Buffalo.

Lehigh Valley 3, RailRiders 2

RailRiders`AB`R`H`BI

Gamel cf`6`1`2`0

Judge rf`4`0`2`0

Flores lf`4`0`0`1

Refsnyder dh`3`1`1`0

Roller 1b`5`0`1`0

Romine c`5`0`3`0

Figueroa 3b`4`0`2`1

Petit 2b`4`0`0`0

Noonan ss`4`0`0`0

Totals`39`2`11`2

Lehigh Valley`AB`R`H`BI

dArnaud 3b`5`0`1`0

Henson lf`5`1`2`0

Bogusevic cf`5`0`1`0

Canzler 1b`5`0`2`1

Altherr rf`3`1`1`0

Phelps 2b`3`1`2`1

McGuiness dh`3`0`0`0

Moore c`3`0`1`1

Duran ss`3`0`0`0

Totals`35`3`10`3

RailRiders`100`100`000`0`—`2

Lehigh Valley`000`000`200`1`—`3

2B — Romine, Canzler; 3B — Phelps, Henson

RailRiders`IP`H`R`ER`BB`K`

Long`6.0`5`0`0`1`4

Moreno`1.0`2`2`2`2`1

Pazos`1.2`1`0`0`1`2

Burawa (L,1-2)`0.2`2`1`1`0`0

Leh. Valley`IP`H`R`ER`BB`K

McGowan`4.0`4`2`2`2`1

Rosin`2.0`3`0`0`1`0

Jimenez`3.0`3`0`0`2`4

Gutirrz (W,2-1)`1.0`1`0`0`1`1

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