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Grand Ol' Time: Breaux's slam paces fifth straight win

SWB looks for a six-game series sweep on Sunday afternoon.
Josh Breaux hit Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's first grand slam of 2022 as the RailRiders bested the Rochester Red Wings 7-4 Saturday. (Cheryl Pursell)
July 30, 2022

ROCHESTER, NY (July 30, 2022) –The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (50-48) won their fifth straight with a 7-4 win over the Rochester Red Wings on Saturday night. SWB had three hits in the game, all of which were home runs including a grand slam from Josh Breaux. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre wasted no time thanks

ROCHESTER, NY (July 30, 2022) –The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (50-48) won their fifth straight with a 7-4 win over the Rochester Red Wings on Saturday night. SWB had three hits in the game, all of which were home runs including a grand slam from Josh Breaux.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre wasted no time thanks to an Estevan Florial leadoff solo homer against Nationals’ rehabber Will Harris. It was the third time this season that Florial had hit a leadoff homer in the first inning, all of which have come in the month of July.

The RailRiders blew the game open thanks to a big third inning. After a fielder’s choice made it a 2-0 game, Breaux launched a grand slam to left field, giving the RailRiders a 6-0 advantage. It was the first grand slam of the season for the team, the first since Oswaldo Cabrera hit one in the final game of 2021 on October 3. That slam also occurred at Frontier Field.

Cabrera would add another to the tally with a solo homer to left field in the fifth to make it 7-0. Cabrera entered the game slugging .622 in the month of July at the Triple-A level. The solo shot was his fifth homer with SWB since returning from a shoulder injury on July 12.

Jhony Brito backed the solid offensive performance with a Triple-A career-high six strikeouts across five-plus innings pitched. The only run charged to him came across after Brito exited the game. He surrendered just three hits.

Zach Greene was solid out of the bullpen for SWB, going two innings without being charged with a run while striking out two. Richard Rodríguez made his RailRiders debut, surrendering three runs in the ninth. Greg Weissert recorded the final two outs. Brito (5-2) picked up the victory. Harris (0-1) pitched the first inning and took the loss.

The RailRiders send lefty Ken Waldichuk (2-3, 3.48) to the mound on Sunday for the finale against the Red Wings at 1:05 PM. All the action can be heard on the RailRiders Baseball Network.