Moosic, Pa. - Derek Jeter slammed a single through the left side in the third inning as he went 1-2 with a pair of walks in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) 6-2 win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) on Sunday afternoon. It was the first hit of Jeter's rehab, who led off for SWB and was the designated hitter.
The offense was fueled by the long ball, and the power began in the second inning. After falling behind 1-0 after the first, Addison Maruszak and Corey Patterson hit back-to-back home runs to give the RailRiders the 2-1 lead in the second. The RailRiders have gone back-to-back on three occasions in 2013, and Maruszak has been a part of all three.
Jeter's base hit came with Walter Ibarra aboard at first in the third inning. It moved Ibarra to second base, and two outs later, Randy Ruiz lined a home run just to the right of the left-field foul pole, and it extended the SWB lead to 5-1.
Jeter walked again in the seventh, and went first to third on an RBI single by Brent Lillibridge. The Lillibridge base hit drove home Ibarra who started the seventh inning rally with a single.
The IronPigs scored a run in the bottom of the ninth and sent the tying run to the plate, but fell short of extending the game. A single by Leandro Castro, a walk to Michael Martinez, and a base hit by Steve Lerud loaded the bases with nobody out. One out later Cesar Hernandez singled home Castro, but Josh Spence got Freddy Galvis to ground into a game-ending double play.
David Huff (1-3 w/SWB) earned the win after a strong pitching performance. He worked six innings, and did not allow a run after the first inning. He scattered seven hits, struck out six, all while not walking a batter. Dellin Betances struck out five batters in the sixth and seventh innings, both of them shutout frames.
Lehigh Valley starter Tom Cochran (3-4) allowed five runs in five innings, and picked up the loss for the IronPigs.
Jeter will be back in the RailRider lineup on Monday night, and will return to the field as he will play shortstop for SWB. Tickets can be purchased by calling 570-969-BALL (2255), by logging onto swbrailriders.com, or by visiting the box office at PNC Field. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. at PNC Field on Monday night, and Chris Bootcheck (7-2, 3.46) will take the mound. The RailRiders have now won four games in a row, and eight of their last ten. They've pulled themselves to within two games of the .500 mark, and now stand at 44-46.
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