Moosic, Pa. - Wilson Betemit homered and drove in both of the Durham Bulls' (Tampa Bay Rays) runs against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (19-17) reliever Brian Gordon Monday afternoon in a 2-1 loss at PNC Field. The loss to the Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) allowed Durham to salvage a series split, ending the RailRiders run at PNC Field with a 6-2 mark.
The Bulls first run came courtesy of a Wilson Betemit home run to right in the fourth. A double by Mike Mahtook followed before Gordon ended the threat by retiring Ray Olmedo on a groundball.
The second Durham run crossed in the visiting fifth after Cole Figueroa singled and advanced to second on an error by Antoan Richardson. Betemit followed with his second hit on a run-scoring single to right that pushed the lead to 2-0.
The RailRiders responded with a run of their own in the fifth when Austin Romine reached on an infield single to third. Romine advanced on a walk to second before scoring on a single by Scott Sizemore that drew the RailRiders to within one at 2-1.
Good fortune was not on SWB's side as the club combined to go two-for-11 with runners in scoring position, including two different frames where three-straight batters struck out to end the inning.
Gordon (2-3) suffered the loss for the RailRiders, tossing six innings in relief of Chase Whitley. Jake Thompson (1-0) earned received the win and earning the Bulls the series split, throwing two scoreless innings.
The RailRiders will begin eight-game road trip through the IL North with a four-game run against the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs (Philadelphia Phillies). Game one of the series begins Tuesday, May 13 at 7:05 p.m. at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa. SWB sends righty Zach Nuding (1-1, 10.13) to the hill while the Ironpigs toss right-hander David Buchanan (4-0, 3.12). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio - The GAME, Northeast PA's largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS:
The loss to Durham ended the season series with the Bulls winning the eight-game set 5-3.
Antoan Richardson snagged his league-leading 11th stolen base of the season.
Brett Gerritse made his Triple-A debut, tossing two scoreless inning facing seven batters.
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