RailRiders open early 10-run lead, hold off Mets for fourth straight win
SYRACUSE, NY - The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders and Syracuse Mets played through driving rains and a 99-minute delay, but completed all nine innings into the early Sunday morning hours with SWB claiming a 17-12 victory.
The game began with a bang, as the RailRiders had their first five men reached, with four of them scoring as part of a four-run frame. Syracuse went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 1st inning and the RailRiders bats got back to work quickly in the 2nd inning. They sent nine men to the plate again in the 2nd and scored five times- including a two-run homer by Mike Ford- to build a 9-0 lead.
Syracuse went to work against RailRiders pitching in the 2nd inning, as RHP Shawn Semple worked through his first Triple-A start. He was summoned from High-A Tampa prior to the game, and allowed a pair of runs in his second inning of work, a run in the 3rd inning and then was lifted before completing the 4th inning.
Entering that 4th inning, Syracuse had fallen behind 13-3. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre used its bats to grow its lead with a solo home run from Breyvic Valera in the 3rd inning, plus a solo homer from Kyle Higashioka and two-run homer from Brad Miller in the 4th inning. Despite that, Syracuse whittled away the lead with five runs in the frame- all charged to Semple. Over 3.1 innings he was tagged for eight earned runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out a pair.
As the game moved into the bottom of the 5th inning with the RailRiders holding a 13-8 lead, the RailRiders were three outs away from making it an official game with five complete innings. Instead the Mets sent six men to plate, scored four runs, had five men reach and forced a pitching change while drawing 24 total pitches to extend the game before the game went into a delay.
Coming out of the delay, the RailRiders turned to J.P. Feyereisen to set the tone in shutting down the Mets. He struck out seven in a row at one point and lowered his season ERA to 2.31 with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief. In that time the RailRiders were able to add two more runs on Miller's second two-run homer of the game (2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 R, 5 RBI) plus single runs in the 8th and 9th innings for the win.
With the win, the RailRiders are now a season-best six games above .500 at 25-19 (.568) and they maintain a 0.5 game lead over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs for first place in the IL North Division standings.
The RailRiders and Mets continue their four-game series Sunday at NBT Bank Stadium with a 6:35 p.m first pitch. RHP Drew Hutchison (3-3, 5.72) takes the ball for the RailRiders and goes up against RHP Corey Oswalt (4-1, 3.14). Pregame coverage with Adam Giardino begins at 6:05 p.m. on the RailRiders Radio Network.
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