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Big Boom: RailRiders rock Mets 12-4 Thursday

Florial drives in five and SWB drills four home runs in win at Syracuse.
Estevan Florial está prosperando en 2022. (Cheryl Pursell)
June 9, 2022

SYRACUSE, NY (June 9, 2022) – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders toppled the Syracuse Mets 12-4 on Thursday night at NBT Bank Stadium. Estevan Florial matched a career-high with five runs batted in and the RailRiders equaled a season-best with four home runs to snap a four-game slide. Syracuse jumped to an

SYRACUSE, NY (June 9, 2022) – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders toppled the Syracuse Mets 12-4 on Thursday night at NBT Bank Stadium. Estevan Florial matched a career-high with five runs batted in and the RailRiders equaled a season-best with four home runs to snap a four-game slide.

Syracuse jumped to an early lead in the bottom of the first against RailRiders starter Ryan Weber. Matt Rudick led off the inning with a double and scored on a two-out single by Daniel Palka.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre answered with six runs in the second inning, matching their single-best half inning of the season. Phillip Evans, Derek Dietrich and Jose Peraza hit consecutive doubles to start the frame off Mets starter Mike Montgomery to take a 2-1 lead. Florial drilled a two-run double to right, extending the advantage to 4-1. With two outs, Miguel Andujar blasted his fifth home run of the year to extend the edge to five runs.

In the third, Florial drove in Rob Brantly with a single to extend the lead to 7-1. One inning later, Greg Bird hit a two-run home run to left to give the RailRiders a 9-1 advantage. Evans added a solo blast to left in the sixth as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre hit double digits for the first time since April 28.

JT Riddle hit a two-run home run off Shane Greene in the sixth to cut the RailRiders lead to seven, but Floral blasted Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s fourth home run of the game in the seventh to drive the tally to 12-3. Syracuse plated the game’s final run with a bases loaded walk in the eighth.

Weber limited the Mets to just the one run on three hits over 4.2 innings of work, striking out three and walking none. Greene (1-0) followed with an inning and a third of relief, striking out one and walking one. Montgomery (1-7) was tagged for the first six runs on seven hits in the loss.

Florial went 3-4 with five runs batted in and a pair of walks to pace the RailRiders. It was the second five-RBI game is his career, matching his effort on July 2, 2019, while playing for Tampa against Daytona in the Florida State League.

Eight of nine RailRiders had at least one hit and scored at least one run.

The RailRiders and Mets play their second doubleheader of the week on Friday starting at 4:05 P.M. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is on the road at Syracuse until Sunday and returns to PNC Field on Tuesday, June 14, for a six-game set against the Rochester Red Wings. Tickets and promotional details for the upcoming homestand are available at www.swbrailriders.com.