RailRiders drop series finale to Bats
MOOSIC - The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) had a hard time getting the bats going in their series finale against the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) on Sunday afternoon, as they dropped their third consecutive game, 4-1. The RailRiders won 8-0 in the series opener, but scored just three times in the final three games against Louisville.
It was Louisville who set the tone early with an early run in the first inning. Billy Hamilton led off the game with a walk, and proceeded to steal his 55th base of the season. One out later, Felix Perez singled him home with a base hit to right field.
Perez entered the game with three runs batted in for the series, but doubled that total on Sunday. He hit a two-run home run in the top of the third inning of SWB starter Jose Ramirez to extend the Louisville lead to 3-0. It was Perez's eighth round tripper of the season.
The RailRiders put a run on the board in the bottom of the third. David Adams led the frame off with a walk. J.R. Murphy then sent a double down the left-field line, and Adams was able to score all the way from first base to cut the Louisville lead to 3-1.
The Bats added an insurance run in the seventh when Hamilton doubled home Jason Donald, who scored from second base to push the lead back to three, which turned out to be the winning margin.
Louisville starter Daniel Corcino (5-11) would not allow another run, as he set down eight men in a row following the double from Murphy. He worked five and two-thirds innings, allowing just the one run on two hits, and Corcino struck out five RailRider batters.
Ramirez (1-3) kept his team in the ballgame, but was handed the loss. He allowed three runs on six hits over his five innings of work. Dellin Betances struck out the side in the eighth, and worked around a single in the ninth to produce two scoreless frames.
The Bats leave town and the RailRiders will now welcome in the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers) to PNC Field for a four-game series beginning on Monday. The RailRiders will turn to International League All-Star Chris Bootcheck (9-2, 3.40) to end their streak as Toledo will send Blaine Hardy (2-0, 2.35) to the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.