MOOSIC, PA (September 5, 2018) - The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders walked-off with a 3-2 win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in game one of the International League Governor's Cup semifinals at PNC Field on Wednesday night. Mark Payton broke a two-all deadlock with a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth to give the RailRiders a 1-0 series lead.
The RailRiders opened the scoring in the bottom of the third with a run against IronPigs starter Enyel de los Santos. With runners on the corners and one out, Mark Payton hit a ground ball to short. Dean Anna could not turn a double play and Payton reached on a fielder's choice, allowing L.J. Mazzilli to score for a 1-0 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre advantage.
Erik Swanson made the start for the RailRiders, working three innings of scoreless ball. The IronPigs loaded the bases against the right-hander in the second, but Swanson struck out a pair to end the inning. After a three-batter third, Brady Lail relieved Swanson and pitched two perfect frames of his own.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre added a run on two hits and an error in the bottom of the fifth for a 2-0 lead, but Lehigh Valley evened the score against Justus Sheffield in the top of the sixth. The IronPigs scored twice on four hits and an error in the inning with Andrew Knapp and Trevor Plouffe driving in runs.
Lehigh Valley left the go-ahead runner on in the seventh, eighth and ninth. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre left runners on in the sixth, one in the seventh and loaded the bases with one out in the eighth to no avail.
With two down in the ninth, Payton hit a 1-1 pitch from Tyler Gilbert to the Budweiser RailHouse in right for the win.
Joe Harvey (1-0) notched the win with a scoreless ninth, while Gilbert (0-1) suffered the loss.
Giovanny Urshela led Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with three hits while Francisco Diaz had two hits and a run scored. Joey Meneses and Plouffe had two hits apiece to pace the IronPigs.
Game two of this semifinal series is slated for Thursday evening at 6:35 p.m. LHP Nestor Cortes get the call for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against LHP Cole Irvin and Lehigh Valley. For tickets or more information, visit www.swbrailriders.com.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.