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INDIANAPOLIS — Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will be glad when it returns home on Saturday.

Not only will that mean the team is back in its friendly confines, it also signals that it will no longer have to see Indianapolis.

The RailRiders were held in check once again by the Indians Wednesday afternoon falling 3-1 at Victory Field and losing for the fifth time in the six games the teams have played this season. The squads will close out their season series today and Friday which also wraps up the RailRiders eight-game road trip. With the loss on Wednesday, SWB also dropped its third straight game and fell three games under the .500 mark at 54-57 this season.

The Indians used a pair of home runs to win the contest. The first one came in the bottom of the second when Russ Canzler, a Hazleton native, got the rally started with a leadoff walk against SWB starter David Huff (4-5). Huff got the next two outs, but then served up a two-run shot to catcher Lucas May to put Indianapolis in front 2-0.

Andrew Lambo’s solo blast in the sixth increased the Indians lead to 3-0. Meanwhile, Indianapolis starter Graham Godfrey, who entered the game not lasting more than six innings since July 9 and holding an ERA of 7.29 at home, stifled the RailRiders tossing six scoreless frames and only letting an SWB baserunner get to second base twice in improving to 8-7.

The RailRiders put a rally together in the top of the ninth loading the bases with one out. They plated just one run on a RBI hit by Brendan Harris. But Alberto Gonzalez grounded into a doubleplay to end the game.

Tonight’s game is at 7:05 with SWB right-hander Caleb Cotham (3-5, 6.75) squaring off against Indianapolis International League All-Star Kris Johnson (9-4, 2.44).

Notes: Randy Ruiz extended his hitting streak to eight games with a ninth-inning single…The RailRiders’ elimination number in the division is now at 27 after the loss and they are six games behind I.L. North leader Rochester. In the race for the Wild Card, they are five games behind Pawtucket with an elimination number of 29.

Indians 3, RailRiders 1




Patterson cf`4`0`1`0`Ford cf`4`0`1`0

Adams 2b`4`0`1`0`d’Arnaud ss`4`0`1`0

Mustelier lf`3`0`0`0`Hague 1b`4`0`1`0

Johnson 1b`4`0`1`0`Lambo rf`4`1`1`1

Ruiz dh`4`1`1`0`Canzler dh`2`1`0`0

Murphy c`4`0`2`0`Sands lf`3`0`1`0

Neal rf`4`0`1`0`Goedert 3b`3`0`0`0

Harris ss`4`0`2`1`May c`3`1`1`2

Gonzalez 3b`4`0`0`0`DeJesus 2b`3`0`0`0





LOB—SWB 8, IND 4. TEAM RISP – SWB 2-for-8, IND 0-for-4. 2B—Adams (10), Hague (31), Sands (12), d’Arnaud (6). HR – May (2), Lambo (14). GIDP – SWB – 1, IND 0.



Huff`(L, 4-5) 7`6`3`3`1`4



Godfrey (W, 8-7)`6`4`0`0`1`1

Brown (H,2)`2`1`0`0`1`1

Reid (H,6)`.1`4`1`1`0`1

Welker (S,6).2`0`0`0`0`0

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

T—2:27. A—8,221.

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