ROCHESTER, N.Y. —The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders seem to have found their offense.
After struggling at the plate and scoring just 18 runs in the first seven games of the season, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has now scored 30 during a current four-game winning streak. That now includes a 7-0 win over Rochester on Wednesday at Frontier Field.
The RailRiders have also won five of their last seven since a season-opening sweep at the hands of Pawtucket to improve to 5-6 on the season.
They also picked up their first series win of the season and their first road series win since defeating Rochester last August. The Red Wings fell to an International League-worst 2-11 with their seventh straight loss. SWB can get to .500 for the first time during the 2013 campaign with a win and series sweep over Rochester tonight.
On Wednesday, the RailRiders not only hit the cover off the ball, they also got strong pitching. Right-handed starter Graham Stoneburner notched his first Triple-A victory tossing four-hit ball over six innings. He didn’t walk any and struck out two as he retired the last seven batters he faced.
Sam Demel and Juan Cedeno finished off the team’s second straight shutout as SWB pitchers extended its consecutive scoreless inning streaks to 20. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre also picked up back-to-back shutouts in nine inning games for the first time since April 20-21, 2011, at Lehigh Valley.
On offense, the RailRiders banged out 11 hits led by a 3-for-4 performance by David Adams. Melky Mesa and Thomas Neal each had two hits.
Backup catcher Bobby Wilson, who has played the last four games for a banged up Austin Romine, was the team’s biggest run-producer slamming a two-run home run in the top of the eighth as part of a four-RBI game. It was the second time this week Wilson drove in four runs in a game, accomplishing the feat in Game 2 of a doubleheader against Buffalo on Sunday. Romine is expected to play soon.
The RailRiders scored a run in each of the first three innings to open a 3-0 lead. Zoilo Almonte doubled home a run in the first and Wilson drove one in on a fielder’s choice in the second. Luke Murton hit a sacrifice fly in the third. Wilson added a sac fly in the two-run sixth inning and Corban Joseph drove in a run in the frame as well.