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Mathematically, the RailRiders remain alive for the playoffs. But their pulse has just about faded.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s elimination number dropped to one after splitting a doubleheader with Rochester on Saturday at Frontier Field.

Already eliminated from the I.L. North race with a loss on Friday, the RailRiders have the very slimmest of hopes to win the league’s wild card berth. Any loss by the RailRiders in their final nine games or any win by wild card leader Pawtucket this month will officially end their hopes.

The RailRiders (65-70) were pushed to the brink when they dropped Saturday’s opener to the Red Wings, 3-2. Only a 2-1 victory in the nightcap and a Pawtucket loss to Buffalo kept them alive.

A home run by Zoilo Almonte and an RBI groundout by Carmen Angelini gave Scranton/Wilkes-Barre a 2-0 lead in the second inning of the second game. Starter Chris Leroux made it stand up, allowing just one run and striking out six in six strong innings for the win. Tyler Webb pitched the seventh for the save.

The RailRiders’ only offense in the first game came courtesy of a two-run homer from Scott Sizemore in the top of the fourth.

His shot to left tied the game, but the RailRiders couldn’t bring home Almonte, who followed it up with a double.

That ended up costing them, as Rochester broke the tie in the bottom of the sixth on a James Beresford RBI single.

Jose Pirela continued his tear at the plate, collecting his second hit of the night in the seventh after Taylor Dugas drew a leadoff walk. Pirela stole second to give the RailRiders two runners in scoring position but Ramon Flores and Rob Refsnyder both struck out to end the game.

The series continues with another game in Rochester at 1:05 p.m. today.

Rochester 3, RailRiders 2 (Gm 1)


Pirela ss`4`0`2`0`0`0`0

Flores rf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Refsnyder 2b`1`1`0`0`0`0`0

Roller 1b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Sizemore 3b`2`1`1`2`0`0`1

Almonte dh`2`0`1`1`1`0`0

Murphy c`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Dugas lf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Richardson cf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0



Hicks lf`4`0`0`0`0`0`0

Florimon ss`3`1`1`1`0`0`1

Pinto c`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Colabello 1b`2`1`1`0`1`0`0

Herrmann rf`3`1`2`1`2`0`0

Ramirez dh`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Beresford 2b`2`0`1`1`0`0`0

Farris cf`2`0`1`0`0`0`0

Bernier 3b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


RailRiders`000`200`0 — 2

Rochester`101`001`x — 3



Venditte (L, 2-5)`3.0`2`1`1`1`2



Hamburger (W, 4-4)`1.2`0`0`0`2`0

Tonkin (S, 9)`1.0`1`0`0`1`2

RailRiders 2, Rochester 1 (Gm 2)


Pirela cf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Dugas lf`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Refsnyder 2b`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Roller 1b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Almonte rf`3`1`1`1`0`0`1

Sizemore 3b`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Joseph c`3`1`1`0`1`0`0

Romine dh`2`0`1`0`0`0`0

Angelini ss`3`0`0`1`0`0`0



Beresford 2b`3`1`1`0`0`0`0

Florimon ss`3`0`1`1`1`0`0

Pinto dh`3`0`1`0`0`0`0

Hicks pr-dh`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Colabello 1b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0

Herrmann rf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Ortiz lf`2`0`1`0`0`0`0

Ramirez ph`0`0`0`0`0`0`0

Romero 3b`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Farris cf`2`0`0`0`0`0`0

Rohlfing c`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


RailRiders`020`000`0 — 2

Rochester`001`000`x — 1


Leroux (W, 6-3)`6.0`4`1`1`0`6

Webb (S, 1)`1.0`0`0`0`0`0


Vasquez (L, 1-1)`7.0`6`2`2`1`11

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