TOLEDO, Ohio — When the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders started their current road trip, they had just two losses away from PNC Field marking the top road record in the International League.
The team has surpassed that total of losses after Thursday’s 4-1 setback to Toledo at Fifth Third Field. The RailRiders lost for the third consecutive time to the Mud Hens — who have the worst record in the International League — and for the fifth straight time overall.
On Thursday, Toledo took advantage of SWB starter Chien-Ming Wang allowing a season-high 12 hits. The Mud Hens scored single runs off the right-hander in the second, third, fifth and seventh innings.
Wang, who has been told by the Yankees to throw more curveballs in addition to his sinker, only had one 1-2-3 inning on the night and only picked up nine groundball outs. When he’s been much more effective this season, he’s induced double-digit grounders.
The RailRiders, who fell to 20-19 on the season, had opportunities to get runs back but they stranded 12 runners on base and didn’t get a hit with runners in scoring position in 10 at-bats. Perhaps their best chance came in the top of the seventh after Melky Mesa hit his fifth home run of the season to begin the frame.
Jeff Farnham followed with a single. And after Reegie Corona was retired, Corban Joseph singled to put runners on first and second. Zolio Almonte walked to load the bases with two outs before Ronnier Mustelier grounded out to end the threat.
The RailRiders will try to keep from being swept in the four-game series today when SWB righty Graham Stoneburner (2-2, 2.86) goes against Luke Putkonen (1-0, 1.89) with first pitch set for 7 p.m.
Mud Hens 4, RailRiders 1
Joseph 2b4010Diaz ss3230Boesch rf5000Cabrera dh4021Almonte lf4000Lnnrtn 1b4022Mustelier 3b5020Cstllns lf4020Johnson 1b3020Dorn rf4000Neal dh2000Guez cf4110Mesa cf4111Russo 3b4020Farnham c3010Davis c3111Corona ss4000Nunez 2b3000
E – Russo (5). LOB—SWB 12, TOL 7. TEAM RISP – SWB 0-for-10, TOL 5-for-12. 2B—Johnson (5), Diaz (12), Cabrera (1), Russo (6). HR – Mesa (5). CS – Nunez (3), Lennerton (2). SF – Davis. GIDP – SWB – 1, TOL 1
Villareal (H,3)1.210031Rondon (S,8)100001WP – Wang. Balk – Wang
HBP – Neal (by Hankins), Joseph (by Rondon)
Umpires—HP: Mike Estabrook; 1B: Andy Dudones; 2B: Sean Barber; 3B: Toby Basner