Moosic, PA (August 29, 2018) - The Syracuse Chiefs came back to tie the game against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in the seventh inning, but the RailRiders scored a run in the bottom of the ninth for a 2-1 walk-off win against the Chiefs on Wednesday night at PNC Field. José Marmolejos had two hits and an RBI for Syracuse in the game.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (69-64) won the game in the bottom of the ninth inning. With the game tied, 1-1, Syracuse relief pitcher Carlos Torres came into the game. Giovanny Urshela worked a walk to begin the frame. Mike Ford followed with a single to right field that moved Urshela up to third base. The Chiefs proceeded to intentionally walk Abiatal Avelino to load the bases and set up a force out at every base. Ryan McBroom then worked a full count and took the next pitch that just missed the strike zone, resulting in a bases-loaded walk that brought home Urshela to give Scranton/Wilkes-Barre a 2-1 win.
The RailRiders scored first in the game in the bottom of the second inning against Syracuse starting pitcher Kyle McGowin. With one out, Avelino singled. McBroom followed with a single, placing runners at first and second base. Zack Zehner then blooped a ball into right field for a single that scored Avelino for a 1-0 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lead.
Syracuse (60-75) tied the game in the bottom of the seventh against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre reliever Luis Cessa. RailRiders starter Michael King was perfect through six innings, but Scranton/Wilkes-Barre brought in Cessa, who is on the Yankees' 40-man roster and has appeared in ten MLB games with the Yankees this season. Against Cessa, Victor Robles led off the seventh with a double down the left-field line. Robles moved to third base on a Jacob Wilson groundout to second base. Marmolejos followed with a hard-hit single into right field that brought home Robles, knotting the game up, 1-1.
Kyle McGowin was once again magnificent on the mound for the Chiefs. The 26-year-old pitched seven innings with six strikeouts, no walks, and six hits allowed. McGowin retired the last seven batters he faced and 15 of the last 18. The right-hander now has a 1.32 ERA through his seven starts with Syracuse this season.
The Chiefs and the RailRiders conclude their three-game series on Thursday night. RHP Erick Fedde is scheduled to pitch for Syracuse in his second Major League rehab start with the Chiefs. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
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