Breyvic Valera's go-ahead grand slam in the 8th inning puts RailRiders ahead late
SYRACUSE, NY - Breyvic Valera crushed a grand slam in the 8th inning with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders behind, as a sleepy offense came to life in the latter innings to complete a thrilling comeback win over the Syracuse Mets, 6-5.
Syracuse starting pitcher Chris Mazza dazzled over 7.0 innings and scattered only four baserunners, three hits and a walk. He was called up from Double-A Binghamton prior to the start and was consistently sitting 93-94 MPH with his fastball as he weaved his way through the SWB lineup time and again. The one blemish came in the 2nd inning when Ryan McBroom hit the first of his two home runs in the game in the 2nd inning.
Later in the game with the RailRiders behind 4-1, McBroom blasted an opposite-field shot off P.J. Conlon to spark the rally. Five batters later, Valera came through with the heroics. He now has five home runs in 10 games with the RailRiders and has reached safely in 9-of-10 games since being claimed off waivers from the San Francisco Giants.
Down the stretch, Joe Harvey entered for the final four outs and struck out the side in 9th inning to secure the win and notch his third save of the season. At 3:04 before a crowd of 6,310 fans, it was the fourth straight game that the RailRiders have played in over three hours.
The win marked the third straight for the RailRiders and they are now at their high-water mark five games above .500 on the season. It also is the first time that the RailRiders are in possession of first place in the IL North Division.
The RailRiders and Mets continue their four-game series Saturday at NBT Bank Stadium with a 6:35 p.m first pitch. Pregame coverage with Adam Giardino begins at 6:05 p.m. on the RailRiders Radio Network.
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