Despite Dan Johnson’s home run, the RailRiders couldn’t manage much off Lehigh Valley ace Tyler Cloyd, who allowed just one run over seven solid innings to record his third straight victory over the last month. RailRiders starter Chris Bootcheck was hard-pressed to match him, allowing two homers over the first three innings.
RailRiders at the plate: Not many RailRiders were able to solve Cloyd, but Dan Johnson was one of them. Johnson provided the team’s lone run with a solo homer to right field, and also added two singles during his 3-for-3 night. Brendan Harris drew two walks, and Alberto Gonzalez also reached base twice, including on a single to left field.
RailRiders on the mound: It was a rough outing for starter Chris Bootcheck, who two home runs and four doubles. But the bullpen was brilliant, starting with Sam Demel — who retired all five hitters he faced and struck out the first four. Cesar Cabral then made his RailRiders debut with an inning-ending strikeout in the eighth, then fanned two more in the ninth while setting down all four men he faced.
Decisive defense: Freddy Galvis flashed the glove that got him into the Phillies lineup for a few stretches over the past couple of years. He made a nifty backhanded stop of a hot shot by Brendan Harris in the second inning, then from one knee fired to second base for a force out.
Riding the Rails: Cabral, who missed last season with a stress fracture in his elbow, was promoted from Double-A Trenton and made an immediate impact in the RailRiders bullpen after Josh Spence was released. Also, RailRiders All-Star outfielder Thomas Neal was designated for assignment.
Time of Game: 2:30.
Today’s Game: The RailRiders finish a short two-game series with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s former team with a 1:05 game today.
Today’s Probables: Righty Brett Marshall (5-8, 5.13 ERA) goes for the RailRiders against Lehigh Valley righty David Buchanan (6-11, 4.82 ERA).
On Deck: The RailRiders enjoy a rare off day Monday, then head to Syracuse on Tuesday to complete a game suspended when rain doused PNC Field last month before playing the regularly-scheduled game afterwards.
On the Radio: All games can be heard on WYCK 1340-AM, 1400-AM and 100.7-FM.
HOW THEY SCORED
LEHIGH VALLEY FIRST: Freddy Galvis pulled a long homer over the right field wall. LEHIGH VALLEY 1-0.
LEHIGH VALLEY THIRD: Tyson Gillies tagged another solo shot to right field. LEHIGH VALLEY 2-0.
LEHIGH VALLEY FOURTH: Josh Fields began the inning with a single to center field, then took third when Cody Overbeck bounced a ground-rule double over the left field fence. Pete Orr then flared a single into left field, scoring Fields. LEHIGH VALLEY 3-0.
LEHIGH VALLEY FIFTH: Derrick Mitchell drew a one-out walk and advanced to second base on a single by Galvis. Mitchell moved to third base on a fielder’s choice grounder and scored on a passed ball. LEHIGH VALLEY 4-0.
LEHIGH VALLEY SIXTH: Tyler Henson reached base on an error when the throw from third base pulled first baseman Dan Johnson off the bag — a play that was originally called an out but reversed after a discussion by the umpiring crew. RailRiders manager Dave Miley was tossed from the game while vehemently arguing the reversal, and for good reason. Henson scored when Steve Laird followed with a run-scoring double to left field. LEHIGH VALLEY 5-0.
RAILRIDERS SIXTH: Dan Johnson launched a two-out solo homer over the right field wall. LEHIGH VALLEY 5-1.