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By Dave Rosengrant drosengrant@civitasmedia.com

Francisco Arcia of the Railriders gets the bat on the ball for a base hit in the 2nd inning of Monday's baseball game against the Louisville Bats.
Francisco Arcia of the Railriders gets the bat on the ball for a base hit in the 2nd inning of Monday's baseball game against the Louisville Bats.
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MOOSIC — Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is probably glad it won’t have to face Dylan Axelrod anymore this season.

Facing the right-hander for the second time this season, the RailRiders couldn’t sustain one inning of success and fell to Louisville, 8-4 Monday night at PNC Field.

Axelrod, the reigning International League Pitcher of the Week after recording his first career nine-inning shutout last week against Rochester, lasted 7 2/3 innings allowing four runs on seven hits to pick up his second win over SWB in Moosic in 2014. Not stellar numbers, but after allowing three runs in the second inning, he only gave up one more run and three more hits the rest of the way. At one point, he also retired 12 in a row. Last month, Axelrod pitched against the RailRiders while with Charlotte and picked up the win allowing one run in five innings. The right-hander was then acquired by Cincinnati from the Chicago White Sox on July 17.

“I think he was just locating his pitches well,” Kyle Roller said. “He was getting ahead earlier and was using his fastball a lot more. He just kept us off-balance all night and couldn’t pick up any sequence or tendencies from him.”

Louisville got Axelrod an early lead in the top of the second when the team scored three runs off RailRiders starter Matt Tracy. After Tracy needed just six pitches to get through the top of the first, the Bats struck for three runs in the top of the second as Tracy threw 32 pitches in the frame. The Bats had three doubles in the inning with the biggest blow being a two-run two-bagger from Juan Silverio.

The RailRiders answered right back in the bottom of the second to tie the game by sending seven batters to the plate. The highlight of the scoring was a two-run, opposite-field home run by Roller bringing SWB within one. It was Roller’s third home run on the current homestand with all three of them being to left field. Carmen Angelini’s sacrifice fly plating Zelous Wheeler equaled the score at 3-3.

“We got three and made it a ballgame then,” Roller said.

After that inning, Axelrod was nearly unhittable for the Bats retiring 12 in a row at one stretch from the third to the seventh inning before Francisco Arcia singled with one out in the seventh.

Tracy meanwhile settled down after allowing the three-spot in the second inning allowing just one more run to score in his five innings of work. In the fifth, he gave up a run-scoring double to Neftali Soto putting the Bats back in front at 4-3 and ended Tracy’s night, who finished the game allowing four runs on six hits, while fanning two and walking one. The 24-year-old lefty threw 85 pitches with 54 of them going for strikes.

“I felt like it was an OK day, a few pitches just kinda hurt me,” Tracy said. “I got behind in a couple counts and left a few balls us and they made me pay for it.”

The Bats put the game out of reach in the top of the eighth scoring four runs off Matt Daley, who was making his first appearance for the RailRiders since Aug. 2 after a brief stint with the Yankees.

Donald Lutz hit a towering homer to center in the eighth extending Louisville’s lead to start the eighth before the Bats added three more in the frame to put the game out of reach at 8-3.

Rob Refsnyder’s eighth homer of the season brought SWB within 8-4 in the bottom of the eighth. The RailRiders loaded the bases in the eighth after Axelrod exited and brought the tying run to the plate with two outs, but Francisco Arcia struck out to end the inning.

In the ninth inning, SWB had the potential tying run on deck with two outs after Angelini and Refsnyder walked and Louisville’s Curtis Partch struggled to find the strike zone, but Zoilo Almonte flied out to end the game.

“Showed we got a little fight in us,” Roller said. “We got two outs and got the bases loaded with an opportunity to do some damage. We just came up a little short tonight that’s all.”

Bats 8, RailRiders 4


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