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Series Secured: RailRiders take set on Sunday

Tim Locastro drove in the winner with a homer.
Tim Locastro went 3-for-4 with a solo home run on Sunday as the RailRiders captured their second straight story. (Cheryl Pursell)
June 19, 2022

MOOSIC, PA (June 19, 2022) –The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders defeated the Rochester Red Wings 5-4 on Sunday afternoon. Tim Locastro went 3-for-4 with three runs batted in and the game-winning solo home run in the bottom of the eighth. Rochester got the scoring started early in the top of the first

MOOSIC, PA (June 19, 2022) –The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders defeated the Rochester Red Wings 5-4 on Sunday afternoon. Tim Locastro went 3-for-4 with three runs batted in and the game-winning solo home run in the bottom of the eighth.

Rochester got the scoring started early in the top of the first against RailRiders’ starter Hayden Wesneski. Cole Freeman reached with a single and was eventually brought home on a sacrifice fly by MLB rehabber Alcides Escobar to give the Red Wings a 1-0 advantage. Wesneski gave up four runs (three earned) over five innings in his second outing of the series.

The RailRiders struck for four in the bottom of the frame against Rochester starter Sterling Sharp. Oswald Peraza homered to left in his return to the lineup to put Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on the board. That was followed by four more consecutive hits, including run-scoring doubles from Derek Dietrich and Tim Locastro to make it 4-1. Sharp allowed those four runs over five innings of work with five strikeouts.

The Red Wings knotted things up with a three-spot in the third. Joey Meneses and Ildemaro Vargas had the RBI hits. The next four frames came and went without a tally before Tim Locastro broke the 4-4 tie with his second home run of the season in the eighth. Locastro went 3-for-4 with three RBI and fell a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.

Zach Greene, Shane Greene and David McKay combined to pitch four scoreless innings out of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre bullpen in the 5-4 final. McKay (3-0) earned his third win for the RailRiders. Patrick Murphy (2-1) suffered the loss for Rochester.

With the win, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre won its second consecutive series and first at home this season. The RailRiders now head on the road for a six-game series in Toledo starting on Tuesday night. All the action can be heard on swbrailriders.com.