Allentown, Pa. - Kyle Roller blasted his second home run in three days, but the Lehigh Valley IronPigs' (Philadelphia Phillies) offense pounded out 14 base hits, including five extra-base hits to sink the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (19-20) Thursday night at Coca-Cola Park. The loss marks the fourth-straight for SWB and puts them below the .500 mark for the first time since May 5.
The story began to take shape in fourth. Tyler Henson led the frame off with a single, SWB starter Shane Greene followed by inducing consecutive fly outs to Darin Ruf and Jim Murphy before allowing a run-scoring double to Cameron Rupp. Steve Susdorf brought the games second run around on a single to left that plated Rupp for the 2-0 lead.
Kyle Roller cut the deficit in half with a solo home run to lead off the fifth. The home run by Roller marked his second of the series against Lehigh Valey.
The IronPigs chased Greene in the sixth after Ruf singled to open the inning and Jim Murphy followed with a double to left. After Greene exited, Danny Burawa walked Rupp and allowed both inherited runners to score on an extra-base hit by Steve Susdorf. Burawa retired the next three batters in order to end the sixth with the deficit standing at 4-1.
Six-straight batters reached in the eighth, three coming around to score on five hits. Murphy highlighted the inning with a home run to left. The lead sat at a staggering 7-1 upon the conclusion of the frame.
Barry Enright (1-2) tossed a complete game, retiring his final nine batters in order to earn the win while Greene (0-2) was slated with the loss, his second-straight.
The RailRiders will conclude a four-game swing against Lehigh Valley Friday, May 16 at 7:05 p.m. SWB starting pitcher is still TBA while the IronPigs send right-hander Sean O'Sullivan (1-3, 3.64) to the hill. 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:
Adonis Garcia extended a season-best 12-game hitting streak with a double in the fourth.
Kyle Roller added his 12th home run of the season between Double-A and Triple-A, placing him second on the Yankees farm in home runs hit.
SWB has now lost its last four games, it's longest such streak of the season.
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