INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 15, 2019) - The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and Indianapolis Indians traded blows early in Wednesday's game, but the Indians got the last laugh with a go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning to take the lead for good in a 6-5 win.
The RailRiders got on the board in the 1st inning without the benefit of a hit, spotting David Hale a 1-0 lead. The right-hander lasted three innings on a beautiful morning for baseball at Victory Field. He surrendered two runs in the 2nd inning and three more runs in the 3rd inning as Indy jumped ahead 5-3.
Ultimately, the RailRiders connected for a Brad Miller home run in the 4th inning to cut into the deficit, 5-4. An inning later, newcomer Breyvic Valera launched a homer onto the berm in right field in the 5th inning to tie the game 5-5. The bottom of the 5th inning featured a go-ahead RBI single from Jose Osuna, who drove in Kevin Kramer. The Indians second baseman finished 3-for-4 and that was the third of the three runs he scored in the game.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre received positive offensive performances from Tyler Wade, who went 2-for-5 with a run-scoring triple. He also scored a run and stole his first bag of the seaon with the RailRiders. Wade was drive home by Ryan Lavarnway, which was one of his two RBI in the game.
The bullpen was strong in relief of Hale. Despite getting tagged with the loss, Rex Brothers fanned four batters over a season-high 3.0 innings, allowing just the one run in the 5th inning. David Sosebee tossed the final two innings, going 6-up and 6-down.
The RailRiders and Indians return to action Thursday morning with an 11:05 a.m. first pitch as SWB looks to avoid a series sweep at the hands of Indianapolis. RHP Drew Hutchison (2-2, 6.75) takes the ball against Indianapolis' RHP Dario Agrazal (2-0, 1.25). Pregame coverage with Adam Marco and Adam Giardino begins at 10:35 a.m. on the RailRiders Radio Network.
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