MOOSIC, Pa. (April 7, 2018) - The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders fell to the Syracuse Chiefs 4-3 on Saturday evening at PNC Field. Syracuse plated the winning run without the benefit of a base hit in the top of the ninth to even the opening series at one win apiece.
The Chiefs struck for two runs against Josh Rogers in the top of the first on a Jose Marmolejos single and a Chris Dominguez sacrifice fly. The lefty was able to limit the damage by stranding the bases loaded in the frame.
Rogers settled down after the rocky start to keep Syracuse off the scoreboard for the remainder of his 5.0 innings of work. He allowed just the two runs on six hits, walking three and striking out four.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre answered with a run in the bottom of the second when Billy Fleming drove home Mike Ford with an RBI double to left field to cut the Syracuse lead to 2-1.
Brady Lail retired the first two batters he faced in the sixth, but after a walk and a stolen base Victor Robles drove home Bengie Gonzalez to open a 3-1 advantage.
Shane Robinson led off the bottom of the sixth with a single against Tommy Milone and scored on a two-run home run by Gleyber Torres to tie the game at three. The first home run of the season for the Yankees No. 1 prospect reached the back of the bullpen in left field.
In the top of the ninth Robles singled, stole second and came home to score on after the throw ricocheted off his knee into the outfield for a two-base error.
With Syracuse leading 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth, Zack Zehner led off with a single off Austin Adams. Abiatal Avelino drew a walk and a Shane Robinson sacrifice bunt pushed the tying and winning runs into scoring position with one out. However, the RailRiders were unable to push across a run as Adams shut the door for his first save of the season.
Anyelo Gomez (0-1) took the loss in relief for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, while John Simms (1-0) was credited with the victory for Syracuse. Ryan McBroom went 2-for-4 with a double, and Kyle Higashioka reached base three times on a hit and two walks.
The RailRiders complete their series with the Chiefs on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 pm. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre sends RHP David Hale (first start) to the mound, while Syracuse counters with RHP Erick Fedde (first start). For tickets and more information, call (570) 969-2255 or slide to www.swbrailriders.com/tickets.
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