Moosic, Pa. - A Wednesday night date with the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) meant the longest game of the season for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) in terms of innings and time of game. The 14 inning, 4:49 affair came to a close when Hernan Perez, who pinch-ran for Neftali Soto in the 12th inning, delivered the final blow, an RBI knock to right off position player Taylor Dugas for the game's final run Wednesday night at PNC Field.
The RailRiders out-hit the Bats 15-7, but failed to plate a run after the second inning. The Bats' first run crossed in the third frame after starter Pat Venditte loaded the bases with three-straight walks. SWB alumnus Thomas Neal brought about the game's first run with a sacrifice fly to center. Back-to-back extra-base hits by Rob Refsnyder and Zoilo Almonte in the home half of the third meant a 2-1 lead for the RailRiders. The advantage was short-lived, as left-hander Jeremy Bleich relieved Venditte and allowed an RBI single to Donald Lutz to even the contest at 2-2.
The two teams exchanged zeros for the next eight innings, with the RailRiders collecting seven base hits along the way. The two teams combined to go 3-for-22 with runners in scoring position while stranding a combined 37 runners through the 14-inning affair.
Each team used six pitchers, with all six SWB arms collectively walking 13 batters in the ballgame. David Holmberg fired 5.2 innings and scattered nine hits, but did not factor into the decision. Curtis Partch (3-1) took the win, firing the final two innings of the game while facing the minimum. Dugas (0-1), after walking his first two batters faced, took the loss.
The RailRiders conclude the homestand with the series finale against the Louisville Bats Thursday, August 14 at 7:05 p.m. The RailRiders will toss the right-pitcher Zach Nuding (3-4, 5.40) while Louisville sends the right-hander Josh Smith (9-4, 4.42) to the hill. Aaron Berlin and Donnie Collins with have the call on MyNet TV while Jim Riley fills in 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.co
OFF THE RAILS
13 walks allowed by the RailRiders pitching staff were the most of the season for the RailRiders
Taylor Dugas went 4-for-6 with a strikeout.
Each team turned three double plays in the contest, including the game ending line-drive double play to shortstop Zelous Wheeler
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