It was a big night for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s offense, which rode two early home runs and a two-run single to victory. But perhaps the night was the pitching performance of Brett Marshall, who worked a season-high eight innings, limited to Buffalo to two runs and finished his sterling performance by striking out the side in order in his final inning of work.
RAILRIDERS AT THE PLATE: Brent Lillibridge homered for the second straight night, later drew a walk and scored two runs. Randy Ruiz blasted a monstrous solo homer in the first inning and hit another pitch just as far but way foul before drawing a walk in the fifth. Dan Johnson had a three-hit night, with a two run single perhaps the biggest blow of the game.
RAILRIDERS ON THE MOUND: It was a sterling outing for Marshall, who seems to have found some consistency and picked up his second straight victory after going seven weeks without one. The righthander allowed just seven hits and two runs over a season-high eight innings, striking out seven along the way while issuing only one walk.
ATTENDANCE: 10,000! A sellout crowd.
TIME OF GAME: 2:17
OFFENSIVE PLAY: Johnson’s two-out, two-run single in the third inning gave the RailRiders plenty of breathing room and came right in the middle of his three-hit night.
DEFENSIVE PLAY: Getting a great jump on the ball, RailRiders center fielder Adonis Garcis raced a long way and stretched far to snag a shot off the bat of Anthony Gose to prevent certain extra bases to start the seventh inning.
NEXT UP: The RailRiders close their two-game series with Buffalo at 7:05 p.m. today at PNC Field.
PROBABLE STARTERS: RHP Jose Ramierz (1-1, 3.71 ERA) goes for the RailRiders against Buffalo’s RHP Justin Germano.
ON DECK: Rival Lehigh Valley comes to PNC Field to open a two-game weekend series beginning at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.
ON THE RADIO: All games can be heard on WYCK 1340-AM, 1400-AM, 100.7-FM.
ON TV: The next televised game by WQMY will be on Saturday against Lehigh Valley beginning at 7 p.m.
HOW THEY SCORED
RAILRIDERS FIRST: Brent Lillibridge drove a home run just over the yellow line in center field. One out later, Randy Ruiz launched another solo blast over the catwalk in left field. RAILRIDERS 2-0.
RAILRIDERS THIRD: Adonis Garcis reached on an error to start the inning and Lillibridge followed by drawing a walk. Two outs later, Dan Johnson drove both home with a hard single to right. RAILRIDERS 4-0.
RAILRIDERS FOURTH: Addison Maruszak doubled, moved to third on a ground out, and scored on Lillibridge’s sacrifice fly. RAILRIDERS 5-0.
BUFFALO FIFTH: Anthony Gose singled and came home when Mike McCoy blasted a two-run homer. RAILRIDERS 5-2.