Moosic, Pa. - Three players enjoyed multi-hit games, and Vidal Nuno struck out six batters while allowing just one run as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) defeated the Syracuse Chiefs (Nationals) 5-1 on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. The RailRiders have now won six of their last eight contests.
Nuno (2-0) kept Syracuse hitters off balance with his mixed bag of pitches, and went on to pitch five and two-thirds innings. He conceded just three hits, allowing the one earned run while striking out six batters to help Scranton/Wilkes-Barre improve to 7-8 on the season.
Syracuse starter Danny Rosenbaum matched Nuno until the fifth when the RailRiders scored the first runs of the ballgame. Addison Maruszak led the inning off with a single, and came around to score when Corban Joseph followed with a double to right field. Melky Mesa then flew out to center, and Joseph tagged and advanced to third. Joseph was plated when Zoilo Almonte hit a sacrifice fly to center field. The RailRiders led 2-0 after five innings.
The Chiefs answered with a run in the sixth. Jerad Head led off with a walk, and Jeff Howell followed with a groundout that retired Head, but Howell reached on the fielder's choice. Chris Rahl reached on an error by third baseman David Adams, moving Howell to second. Jeff Kobernus then sent the only Syracuse run of the game home with a single to left field.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre gave itself some breathing room with a three-run eighth. Austin Romine led off with a single, and came around to score when Adams followed with a double to deep center field. Thomas Neal then singled to right field, driving home Adams. After an error moved Neal to second, he advanced to third on a fly-ball out by Luke Murton. Neal scored when Maruszak grounded out to short. That gave the game its final margin of 5-1 in favor of the RailRiders.
Rosenbaum (1-1) picked up the loss after allowing two runs over five and two-thirds innings. The Chiefs now fall behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and lie in fifth place in the International League standings with a record of 7-9.
Sam Demel pitched two and one-third innings of quality relief for the RailRiders, and Cody Eppley tossed a scoreless ninth to help complete the victory.
The RailRiders will go for the series win against the Chiefs on Monday evening, first pitch at PNC Field is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Fans' wallets will get a break at the concession stand, as hot dogs will be just one dollar all night long. Gates at PNC Field will open up at 5:30 p.m.
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