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Bisons and RailRiders split doubleheader clash as Pearson picks up first win
June 11, 2021

(Trenton, NJ) – Needing a win to stay above the .500 mark and avoid an 0-3 start to their series against the RailRiders, the Bisons offense scored 10 runs for the second time this season to get Nate Pearson his first win on Thursday night. The Blue Jays top pitching

(Trenton, NJ) – Needing a win to stay above the .500 mark and avoid an 0-3 start to their series against the RailRiders, the Bisons offense scored 10 runs for the second time this season to get Nate Pearson his first win on Thursday night. The Blue Jays top pitching prospect fired a season-high five shutout innings in a 10-0 rout, evening the score after the RailRiders escaped with a 3-2 win in the opener. With three games remaining in the series, the Herd were able to end a personal five-game slide against the division leaders before a crowd of 2,716 at Trenton Thunder Ballpark.

Game One Recap: The first game of the twin bill featured Wednesday night’s originally scheduled starters, Jacob Waguespack and Brian Keller. Both righthanders came out strong, with Waguespack retiring the first seven and Keller going six up and six down. The scoreless tie held until the top of the fifth, which was started by a Derek Dietrich leadoff single. With two outs, shortstop Andrew Velazquez continued his impressive run against Herd pitching with a run-scoring double into right. Waguespack (1-2) allowed just four hits while striking out five over five innings, but didn’t get any run support until it was too late.

The RailRiders got back-to-back one out hits from Mike Ford and Socrates Brito in the sixth, and the first of two wild pitches from Dany Jimenez brought home a run to make it 2-0. Armando Alvarez later led off the final inning in the seventh with a double off Jackson McClelland, and Greg Allen’s single brought in his first run of the year.

In the home half, Jared Hoying led off with an infield single against RailRiders closer Luis Garcia. Following back-to-back strikeouts, Cullen Large cranked his first homer to right to avoid the shutout and get the Herd within a run. Unfortunately, Garcia got the last out for his second straight save and league-leading 10th as the RailRiders prevailed 3-2. Bisons newcomer Rodrigo Vigil got the start behind the plate and finished 2-for-3 with a pair of singles in his debut.

Game Two Recap: Pearson’s first trip through Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s lineup got him four strikeouts over two scoreless innings. His help then arrived immediately as Dilson Herrera drilled his first homer off the batter’s eye against Yankees top pitching prospect Deivi Garcia.

Tensions started simmering between the sides in the third as Ford and Brito were ejected alongside RailRiders manager Doug Davis. When things finally settled down, the Bisons got a leadoff single from Large and an RBI double from Kevin Smith for a 2-0 lead. Tyler White was then plunked on the hand with an 0-2 pitch, and Hoying cleared the deck in right with his second homer in three days for a 5-0 advantage.

The momentum carried into the fourth as the Herd batted around for the third time this season, sending 10 batters to the plate and leaving with five runs on five hits. Logan Warmoth and Christian Colon opened the inning with infield singles and Large’s second straight hit pushed the lead to 6-0. Smith worked a walk and White singled home two more, with a wild pitch and a Juan Graterol single getting the Bisons into double-digits for the third time.

When the dust settled, eight of the nine Herd in the lineup finished with base hits. Colon, Large, and Smith combined to reach base in nine of their 12 plate appearances, accounting for five hits and five runs. Graterol’s single gives him hits in 14 of his first 15 games while Patrick Murphy and Hobie Harris worked scoreless innings with a strikeout each to preserve the shutout. Pearson (1-2) fanned six while scattering three hits and three walks across a season-high five innings.

The series winds into the weekend on Friday, June 11 at 7:00 PM when the Bisons and RailRiders start the second half of their six-game series. Pregame coverage with Gregg Caserta starts at 6:30 with the Thunder/Bisons Pregame Show on the Thunder/Bisons Radio Network. It’s Bat Dog Celebration Night with an ARM & HAMMER Rookie Pillow Giveaway, as well as Case’s Pork Roll Friday. To purchase tickets, call (609)-394-3300, Opt 4 or visit


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