The T.L. Express
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre got down early on Tuesday night at PNC Field, but quickly came back to knock off Charlotte, 7-1 for its first win at home since July 25.
RailRiders at the plate: SWB piled up 11 hits, led by Corey Patterson’s three, including a solo homer. J.R. Murphy also went deep and had two hits, while Randy Ruiz netted a pair of doubles as part of his three-hit night.
RailRiders on the mound: Caleb Cotham posted another good outing, lasting five innings and allowing one run. It was the sixth time in his last seven appearances that he gave up less than three runs in an outing, including four starts to earn his fifth win of the season. Cesar Cabral pitched a scoreless sixth, while David Herndon went the next 1 1-3 innings without giving up a run. Sam Demel got the last five outs to earn his third save of the season.
Riding the Rails: A few transactions were made prior to Tuesday’s game, with right-hander Mark Montgomery being placed on the disabled list and right-hander David Herndon being added from Double-A Trenton.
Time of Game: 2:45
Today’s Game: Game 2 of the four-game series against the Knights is tonight at 7:05 at PNC Field.
Today’s Probables: Charlotte RHP Jason Berken (10-11, 4.04) vs. RailRiders RHP Chris Bootcheck (9-6, 3.90)
On Deck: The series with Charlotte continues through Friday before SWB welcomes Lehigh Valley to town for a brief two-game set at PNC Field.
Today at PNC Field: The normal Wednesday staple of kids eat free finally returns after three weeks of no home games on Wednesdays. The promotion is for children 12-and-under.
On The Radio: All games can be heard on WYCK 1340-AM, 1400-AM, 100.7-FM
On TV: The next televised game on WQMY will be Saturday at 7 p.m. against Lehigh Valley.
HOW THEY SCORED
CHARLOTTE FIRST: Marcus Semien walked and moved to third on a single by Steve Tolleson. Tolleson was caught stealing. Brent Morel grounded out. RailRider pitcher Caleb Cotham balked to force in Semien from third. Travis Ishikawa struck out. KNIGHTS 1-0
RAILRIDERS FIRST: Corey Patterson singled and stole second. J.R. Murphy reached on an error and Patterson moved to third on the play. Melky Mesa reached on a fielder’s choice, Murphy out at second and Patterson scored. Dan Johnson grounded into a fielder’s choice, Mesa out at second. Randy Ruiz doubled to score Johnson. David Adams was hit by a pitch. Ronnier Mustelier grounded into a fielder’s choice, Adams out at second. RAILRIDERS 2-1
RAILRIDERS FOURTH: Ronnier Mustelier grounded out. Brent Lillibridge was hit by a pitch. Brendan Harris singled, Lillibridge to second. Corey Patterson flied out. J.R. Murphy singled to drive in Lillibridge, but Harris was out trying to retrieve to second base. RAILRIDERS 3-1
RAILRIDERS SEVENTH: Brendan Harris grounded out. Corey Patterson homered. J.R. Murphy homered. Melky Mesa struck out. Dan Johnson struck out. RAILRIDERS 5-1
RAILRIDERS EIGHTH: Randy Ruiz doubled. David Adams doubled to score Ruiz. Ronnier Mustelier singled driving in Adams. Addison Maruszak struck out. Brendan Harris flied out. Corey Patterson singled moving Mustelier to third. J.R. Murphy walked to load the bases. Melky Mesa flied out. RAILRIDERS 7-1