RailRiders Return to Action with 4-2 Loss
Syracuse, NY - The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders dropped a 4-2 tally at NBT Bank Stadium against the Syracuse Mets on Thursday evening. Ryan Lavarnway and Tyler Wade hit solo home runs, but the RailRiders fell in their first game of the second half.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was forced to play with a makeshift lineup, placing pitcher Daniel Camarena in the ninth spot of the batting order. The RailRiders three All-Star position players had their flight from El Paso delayed, forcing manager Jay Bell to insert his pitcher in the lineup and lose his designated hitter.
With two down in the top of the second, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre took a 1-0 edge on Lavarnway's opposite field shot to right; his third of the season and first since May 23 due to a nearly month-long stint on the injured list.
In the bottom of the inning, the Mets took the lead. Travis Taijeron hit a 3-2 offering from Camarena over the left-center wall for a 2-1 lead. Syracuse added a run on an RBI single by Gregor Blanco in the third to add to their advantage.
Mets starter Drew Gagnon made that lead stick, retiring ten straight between the third and fifth innings.
Wade hit Gagnon's first pitch of the sixth inning out of the park to right to cut the deficit to one, but Syracuse countered with a run to recapture a two-run lead in the bottom of the seventh.
After Stephen Nogosek and Jacob Rhame held Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in check, the RailRiders put the tying run on in the ninth. Tim Peterson walked Lavarnway and gave up a two-out single to pinch hitter Ryan McBroom before inducing a pop out to close the game.
Camarena (3-4) allowed all four runs on nine hits over seven complete and went 0-3 at the plate. Gagnon (3-2) earned the win and Peterson notched his fifth save.
Despite the loss, the RailRiders lead the I-81 Series 10-4 with five games remaining.
The RailRiders continue their series against the Mets on Friday evening at 7:05 p.m. Randall Delgado gets the ball in game two against Anthony Kay. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre returns to PNC Field on Monday to open a seven-game homestand. For tickets or promotional information, visit swbrailriders.com.
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