Scranton/Wilkes-Barre ended a season-worst five-game losing streak with a 5-0 win over Columbus on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. The RailRiders also broke a 14-game losing streak to the Clippers dating back to April of last season.
RailRiders at the plate: Antoan Richardson hit a leadoff homer in the first inning as part of a two-hit, two-RBI afternoon. Kyle Roller also knocked in two runs with home run No. 14 of the season; he also added a single. Rob Refsnyder added a pair of singles and drove in a run with a sac fly.
RailRiders on the mound: Nik Turley had his best start as a RailRider pitching 5 1/3 shutout innings allowing just two hits, both coming in the sixth inning; he also walked four, but improved his record to 2-2. Nick Rumbelow followed Turley by tossing 1 2/3 scoreless frames and not allowing any hits, but walked a pair. Tyler Webb turned in a scoreless eighth, while Edgmer Escalona pitched the ninth allowing one run on two hits.
Riding the Rails: Catcher John Ryan Murphy was placed on the disabled list on Sunday, while fellow backstop Francisco Arcia was promoted from Trenton.
Avoiding historic loss: With the win the RailRiders avoided being the just second team in the 25-year history of the franchise to lose every game to one opponent during the whole season. The only time it occurred was in the franchise’s inaugural year, 1989 when the Red Barons lost every game to Buffalo.
Time of Game: 2:40
Today’s Game: The RailRiders begin a four-game set with Louisville tonight at 7:05 at PNC Field.
Today’s Probables: RailRiders lefty Matt Tracy (1-5, 3.99) vs. Louisville right-hander Dylan Axelrod (7-8, 4.05)
On Deck: The four-game series with the Bats continues through Thursday.
Today at PNC Field: It’s the last Monday night home contest at PNC Field, which means it’s the last time to get your hot dogs for just one dollar.
On The Radio: All games can be heard on NEPA Sports Radio WYCK 1340-AM, 1400-AM, 1440-AM, 100.7-FM, 106.7-FM,
On TV: The next live broadcast on WQMY (My Network TV) will be on Thursday vs. Louisville at 7:05 p.m.
HOW THEY SCORED
RAILRIDERS FIRST: Antoan Richardson homered. Jose Pirela grounded out. Rob Refsnyder struck out. Zoilo Almonte flied out. RAILRIDERS 1-0
RAILRIDERS FOURTH: Rob Refsnyder singled. Zoilo Almonte lined out. Kyle Roller homered. Corban Joseph flied out. Francisco Arcia lined out. RAILRIDERS 3-0
RAILRIDERS SEVENTH: Francisco Arcia was hit by a pitch. Taylor Dugas singled, Arcia to third on a throwing error. Rob Segedin fouled out. Antoan Richardson singled to score Arcia. Jose Pirela walked to load the bases. Rob Refsnyder hit a sac fly to score Dugas; Richardson out trying to advance to third. RAILRIDERS 5-0
COLUMBUS NINTH: James Ramsey singled. Matt Carson struck out. Luke Carlin doubled to score Ramsey. Francisco Lindor struck out. Elliot Johnson flied out. RAILRIDERS 5-1