MOOSIC — Zach Nuding had a stint with the RailRiders earlier this season and didn’t perform exceptionally well posting an ERA of 6.25 in eight starts and was sent back to Double-A Trenton.
In five of his last six starts with the Thunder, Nuding allowed one run or less and earned a promotion back to Triple-A. Since his return to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he’s shown why he’s highly-regarded in the organization.
His second start since being back with the RailRiders came Saturday night at PNC Field and he dazzled once again. Nuding pitched five innings and allowed just one earned run on six hits, while fanning five.
Unfortunately for Nuding and the RailRiders, Columbus spoiled the outing hitting a pair of homers in the top of the eighth inning en route to continuing its dominance against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with a 5-3 win. With the victory, the RailRiders lost No. 14 in a row against the Clippers dating back to last season and have lost seven in a row to Columbus this season. The teams finish off their season series this afternoon at 1:05.
Nuding left the game after five innings and switch-pitching Pat Venditte entered for the next three innings. After tossing a pair of perfect frames to start, Venditte allowed a leadoff double to Elliot Johnson in the eighth. He then got the next two outs, but allowed back-to-back homers to Carlos Moncreif and Audy Ciriaco as the Clippers opened a 5-3 advantage.
The RailRiders picked up their first lead since Monday night when they took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first and also scored runs in consecutive innings for the first time since that night as well continuing a streak from Friday night’s ninth inning. On Saturday, Zoilo Almonte singled home Antoan Richardson for the lead.
But Columbus answered right back.
Former Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankee Matt Carson, who was part of the only Governors’ Cup winning team in franchise history when he helped the Yankees win the title in 2008, tied the game at 1-1 with a single to left in the top of the second. Carson was a late addition to the Columbus lineup and finished 1 for 4.
SWB regained the lead in the bottom of the second on a sac fly by Rob Segedin, but again Columbus tied it up at 2-2. The RailRiders continued the see-saw by taking a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third on a run-scoring single by Rob Refsnyder after Richardson started the frame with a triple.