RailRiders Hold Lead to Top Syracuse
MOOSIC, Pa. - The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders never trailed as they defeated the Syracuse Mets 4-2 on Thursday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders played the game in their alternate "Vejigantes" identity, part of the club's participation in the Copa de la Diversión.
The RailRiders got on the board three batters into the bottom of the first when Socrates Brito cracked a two-run home run to right field. The blast was Brito's fifth of the season, and part of a 2-for-3 night at the plate.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tacked on another against Syracuse starter Cory Oswalt in the bottom of the second, with Kellin Deglan launching his first home run of the season.
Handed a 3-0 lead, RailRiders starter Brody Koerner turned in a strong start against the Mets. He allowed a two-run home run to Cheslor Cuthbert in the top of the fourth, but that was the only damage against him in 4.0 innings of work.
In the bottom of the fifth, the RailRiders tallied an insurance run on an Armando Alvarez fielder's choice groundout to extend the lead to 4-2.
After Koerner exited, the SWB bullpen combined for five shutout innings of work. Trevor Lane tossed 1.1 innings, while Greg Weissert recorded two outs in his 2021 RailRiders debut. Sal Romano worked around three hits in 2.0 innings, bridging the gap to closer Luis Garcia, who notched his 11th save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth.
POSTGAME NOTES: The RailRiders are now 15 games above the .500 mark, setting a new high-water mark for the season... Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has won eight straight games against Syracuse since a 5-2 loss on May 4... Sal Romano has turned in a scoreless outing in eight of his nine appearances with the RailRiders.
The RailRiders continue their series with the Mets on Thursday night at PNC Field. RHP Nick Nelson (0-0, 1.96) for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, while Syracuse counters with RHP Tylor Megill (0-0, 2.89). For tickets and more information, call (570) 969-BALL or slide to www.swbrailriders.com/tickets.
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