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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders designated hitter Luke Murton tosses his bat into the air after striking out against Columbus at PNC Field in Moosic on Friday night.  BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders designated hitter Luke Murton tosses his bat into the air after striking out against Columbus at PNC Field in Moosic on Friday night. BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER
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The RailRiders lost their third straight to the Columbus Clippers on Friday night losing 3-2. SWB lost three out of four in the series and its record fell to 9-11 on the season.

RailRiders at the plate: Zoilo Almonte and Addison Maruszak each had two hits in the loss. Maruszak and Luke Murton each had run-scoring doubles.

RailRiders on the mound: Brett Marshall had his best outing of the season lasting 5 1/3 innings with a season-high seven strikeouts. He also allowed a season-high five walks. He gave up two runs, but just one was earned. Jim Miller (0-2) was hit with the loss pitching two innings allowing one run, while fanning six. Preston Claiborne tossed the last 1 2/3 innings of perfect ball striking out two.

Play of the Game: With two outs and runners on second and third in the bottom of the sixth, Cody Johnson hit a flyball to center. Columbus centerfielder Tim Fedroff came charging in and made a diving catch. The initial call by the second base umpire Andy Dudones was a trap. But the call was overturned by home plate ump Toby Basner to end the inning. The play resulted in the second ejection of the season for RailRiders’ manager Dave Miley.

Attendance: 5,895

Time of Game: 2:49

Riding the Rails: The RailRiders enter the weekend with starting pitchers with an ERA under 2.00 in Vidal Nuno (1.54), Chris Bootcheck (0.50) and Chien-Ming Wang (0.75) but also have two starters with earned run averages over 8.00 in Dellin Betances (8.04) and Friday’s starter Brett Marshall entered the start with a mark of 9.69…When Columbus pitcher Carlos Carrasco left Thursday’s game after being hit with a line drive to his pitching elbow, it looked like a devastating injury. However, MLB.com reported on Friday that the pitcher just suffered a deep contusion to his right elbow/forearm and is considered day-to-day.

Today’s Game: The RailRiders begin an eight-game and nine-day road trip today when they play in Charlotte.

Today’s Probables: SWB LHP Vidal Nuno (2-0, 1.54) vs. Charlotte RHP Simon Castro (0-3, 5.48)

On Deck: The series with the Knights continues through Tuesday. The next game at PNC Field is Monday, May 6.

On The Radio: All games can be heard on WYCK 1340-AM, 1400-AM, 100.7-FM

How They Scored

COLUMBUS THIRD: Tim Fedroff struck out. Matt Lawson singled. Jeremy Hermida walked. Yan Gomes doubled driving in Lawson. Cord Phelps struck out. Matt Carson grounded out. CLIPPERS 1-0

RAILRIDERSFIFTH: Bobby Wilson struck out. Luke Murton struck out. Cody Johnson hit an infield single. Addison Maruszak doubled knocking in Johnson. Kevin Mahoney walked. The runners advanced on a wild pitch. Corban Joseph struck out. TIED 1-1

COLUMBUS SIXTH: Matt Carson walked and moved to second on a wild pitch. Adam Abraham grounded out. Juan Diaz struck out. Ryan Rohlinger reached on a two-base error by right fielder Zoilo Almonte and Carson scored. Tim Fedroff struck out. CLIPPERS 2-1

RAILRIDERS SIXTH: Melky Mesa singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. Zoilo Almonte flied out. Dan Johnson walked. Bobby Wilson struck out. Luke Murton doubled driving in Mesa. Cody Johnson flied out. TIED 2-2

COLUMBUS EIGHTH: Cord Phelps struck out. Matt Carson hit a home run. Adam Abraham singled. Juan Diaz grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. CLIPPERS 3-2

MOOSIC — A lot went right for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday night.

On the other hand, plenty of things didn’t go the way the RailRiders would have liked during a 3-2 loss to Columbus.

For positives, right-hander Brett Marshall had his best outing of the season lasting 5 1/3 innings and set a season-high with seven strikeouts. But he also walked a season-high five batters. Marshall got ahead of hitters 13 times with first-pitch strikes out of the 25 batters he faced. He reached the 100-pitch mark, consisting of 56 strikes and 44 balls.

“I wasn’t too happy with the walks. Walks will kill ya,” Marshall said. “Fortunately they didn’t kill me too bad tonight, but it could’ve been worse. I would get to 2-0, 3-0 and just lose it. I don’t know what happened. It’s like I would forget how to do it, and then I would find it.”

The RailRiders also showed fight tying the score twice after the Clippers took one-run leads. But RailRiders’ miscues led to a big run for Columbus in the top of the sixth. That’s when a ball was skied to left field and SWB outfielder Zoilo Almonte appeared to have the ball tracked down, but it brushed off his glove allowing a run to score to put the Clippers in front 2-1.

After Columbus regained the lead at 2-1 in the top of the sixth, Luke Murton got jammed but fought off the inside pitch, pulling it down the right field for a run-scoring double to even the score at 2-2. Cody Johnson followed with a shallow fly to center. At first umpire Andy Dudones called the ball a trap, but the ruling was overturned by the home plate umpire to end the inning.

“It is what it is, and yeah that would’ve put us up by two, but we still got to go out and get them the next inning and not let that get to us. And we didn’t,” said RailRiders shortstop Addison Marsuzak, who finished the game 2-for-3.

Once Marshall exited the game in the sixth, Jim Miller took over and looked unhittable striking out six of the first seven hitters he faced. While he excelled with the strikeouts, he may have thrown too many pitches. The eighth batter he faced, Matt Carson, hit a home run to left just clearing the wall to give Columbus a 3-2 advantage.

Again the RailRiders fought back in the bottom of the frame. Almonte led off with a single and moved to second and third on wild pitches. Then with one out, Bobby Wilson popped a foul down the right field line that was caught. Almonte tagged up, but was doubled up when he couldn’t get back to third safely.

“In a game like this, one pitch or one swing can get you a win,” Maruszak said. “But it’s early in the season and this is baseball. We didn’t play bad, but we didn’t pull through.”

SWB catcher Austin Romine left the game in the top of the third inning and Wilson replaced him. Romine was called up to New York because Yankees’ catcher Francisco Cervelli reportedly suffered a broken hand in Friday night’s game against the Blue Jays and left early after being hit by a foul tip while catching.

“I was confused. I was like, ‘Did they just pull Romine?’ ” Marshall said about the strange timing on the switch. “I didn’t know what happened. But then Bobby came out and it clicked that they were sending (Romine) up to New York.”

Columbus lefty T.J. House made his first Triple-A start for the Clippers. He made a great debut for the team lasting six innings giving up five hits and two runs. He struck out seven and walked two.

The RailRiders didn’t have a baserunner until Almonte hit an infield single with two outs in the bottom of the fourth.

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