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COLUMBUS, Ohio — When the RailRiders started an eight-game road trip on May 14 they had high hopes entering games away from PNC Field as the best away team in all of the minor leagues.


Nine days later, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre probably can’t wait to get back home as two horrific road series concluded on Tuesday morning with another loss to Columbus, 5-1. The RailRiders finished the road trip 1-7 and saw their away record fall to 13-9 in the process. Overall they have lost four in a row and nine of their last 10. The Clippers meanwhile have won a season-high seven straight and took the season series against SWB winning seven of the eight games. For the season, SWB is now two games under .500 at 21-23. It’s the first time the team is that far under .500 since April 26 after a loss to Columbus.


Tuesday morning saw the RailRiders pound out 11 hits and work six walks, but they left 15 runners on base and had just three hits in 16 at-bats with runners in scoring position.


Chien-Ming Wang had another good outing for the RailRiders lasting 5 2/3 innings only allowing one run on seven hits. He didn’t give up that run until the bottom of the sixth when Ryan Rohlinger doubled to score Matt Lawson for a 1-0 Columbus lead.


But once again on the road trip the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre bullpen couldn’t hold down the opposition. For the fifth time in the last eight games, relievers gave up runs with the previous four resulting in losses for the ‘pen.


After Columbus tacked on a run in the seventh, SWB cut the lead in half in the top of the eighth as Bobby Wilson (1-for-4) drove in Ronnier Mustelier (3-for-5) with one out. But with runners on second and third, the next two batters — Addison Maruszak and pinch-hitter Corban Joseph — were retired to end the threat.


Cody Eppley came in to pitch the eighth for the RailRiders and didn’t fare well giving up three runs on three straight run-scoring singles to push the lead to 5-1.


The RailRiders threatened again in the top of the ninth getting the tying run up to bat as Thomas Neal batted with the bases loaded. But he struck out to end the game.


Melky Mesa and Zoilo Almonte were each 2-for-5 for the the visitors.


After an off-day today, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre returns to PNC Field for a short four-game homestand on Thursday at 6:35 p.m. hosting Durham. Brett Marshall, who last appeared in a game for New York on May 15, will take the mound sporting a 2-2 record with a 4.60 ERA.


Clippers 5, RailRiders 1


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Mesa cf`5`0`2`0`Chen 1b`4`1`3`0


Almonte lf`5`0`2`0`Hermida rf`3`0`1`0


Johnson 1b`4`0`0`0`Chisnhll 3b`4`0`1`0


Mustelier 3b`5`1`3`0`Lawson 2b`3`2`2`0


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LOB—SWB 15, COL 9. TEAM RISP – SWB 3-for-16, COL 4-for-9. 2B—Wilson (4), Rohlinger (9), Chen (1). GIDP – SWB 2, COL 1. SB – Mustelier (4), Almonte (4), Lawson (3). CS – Carrera (4). SAC – Carson. Outfield Assists – Carson (Johnson at third).


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Eppley`1`4`3`3`0`1


Columbus


Carrasco(W, 2-0)`6`6`0`0`2`6


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WP: Whitley 2


Umpires— Home: Doug Vines; First: Jon Byrne; Third: Adam Hamari


T—3:06. A—9,703.


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