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MOOSIC – The second rehab appearance in as many homestands for the RailRiders started in similar fashion as the previous.

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter left town a week ago after spending five days in Northeast Pennsylvania and third baseman Alex Rodriguez arrived for Thursday’s game at PNC Field.

During Jeter’s tenure with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the team won four games in a row. The current stretch of games at home with Rodriguez in the lineup started with an 8-0 win over Louisville. Rodriguez, who played seven innings in the field, was a big part of the team’s scoring hitting a two-run home run and nearly missing another finishing the night 1 for 4.

After flying out to deep right in his first at-bat, Rodriguez planted a 1-2 fastball from Chad Reineke onto the lawn in right-center in the bottom of the third giving the RailRiders a 2-0 lead. That set the tone for the rest of the game for the RailRiders.

“Anytime I can get the ball in the air, especially to center and right center that’s a good sign,” said Rodriguez, who is nearing the end of his 20-day rehab and is scheduled to return to the Yankees on Monday.

The RailRiders also got a big performance from right-handed starter Michael Pineda, who finished his rehab stretch while Jeter was playing for the RailRiders and is now a full-time part of the team. He used a wicked slider to punch out a season-high eight – all swinging – and only allowed three hits and no runs.

Throwing his slider in the dirt several times, he got Louisville batters to chase the pitch for strikeouts. Two times on the night he got a strikeout on a slider in the dirt and catcher J.R. Murphy had to throw to first to complete the out. Three other times, Murphy had to tag the batter out on a K in the dirt. Combine that pitch with a fastball that was topping out at 94 miles per hour and Pineda looked unhittable in the first four innings.

“They were swinging at it every time I put it down so when that’s the case you basically throw until they stop swinging at it,” Murphy said about Pineda’s slider. “He had some really bad swings on that pitch.”

The problem Pineda ran into was that his pitch count got high and he had to leave before getting the last out in the fifth inning for the second straight start. In the fifth, Denis Phipps led off with a double and Pineda then got the next two batters before issuing his first walk of the game to Louisville’s No. 9 hitter Jason Donald to end his night. Pineda nearly got a called third strike on Donald earlier in the at-bat but it wasn’t called. Pineda threw 82 pitches with 56 of them for strikes.

“I don’t have control for the situation but they are controlling my pitches and said just 80 pitches on the mound right now is good,” said Pineda, who lasted five innings in his first start for the RailRiders, but hasn’t gone past the five-inning mark since a June 25 rehab start for Double-A Trenton.

Dan Johnson blasted a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth, No. 15 of the season, that landed on the sidewalk behind the grass in right field to extend the RailRider lead to 4-0. SWB wasn’t done scoring after that as it put up four more in the bottom of the eighth highlighted by a three-run homer from Brent Lillibridge. It was Lillibridge’s seventh since joining the club on June 22.

RailRiders 8, Bats 0



Burriss dh`3`0`0`0`Adams2b`4`2`2`1

Rodriguez 3b`4`0`1`0`Rodriguez 3b`4`1`1`2

Perez lf`4`0`0`0`Ibara ss`1`1`1`1

Hessman 1b`4`0`2`0`Lillibridge ss/3b`5`1`3`3

Fellhauer rf`4`0`0`0`Johnson 1b`4`1`1`1

Phipps cf`4`0`2`0`Murphy c`5`1`1`0

Ashley c`3`0`0`0`Mesa cf`5`0`3`0

Negron ss`3`0`0`0`Garcia rf`3`0`2`0

Donald 2b`2`0`0`0`Mustelier lf`4`1`0`0

““`Patterson dh`4`0`0`0




E – Lillibridge (3). LOB —LOU 7, SWB 10. TEAM RISP – LOU 0-for-6, SWB 4-for-11. 2B— Hessman (18), Lillibridge (7), Adams (9), Murphy (8). HR – Rodriguez (1), Johnson (15), Lillibridge (7). SB – Phipps (12). GIDP – LOU 1 , SWB 0.




Reineke (L, 8-7) `6`9`4`4`0`3

Texeira `1`1`0`0`0`0




Pineda `4.2`3`0`0`1`8

Cotham (W, 3-5)`1.1`0`0`0`0`2


Tateyama `1`2`0`0`0`1

WP – Reineke

HBP – Adams (by Reineke).

Umpires— Home, Max Guyll; First, David Soucy; Third, Tom Honec

T— 3:02 A— 8,256 (10,000)

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