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LEHIGH VALLEY — After giving up eight runs a day earlier, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre pitching staff cooled Lehigh Valley’s bats, allowing no extra-base hits as the RailRiders defeated the IronPigs 3-1 on Tuesday at Coca-Cola Park.

The IronPigs’ only run came on an error in the bottom of the second when Ronnier Mustelier misfired on a throw to third off a single to right field. The error allowed the advancing Cesar Hernandez to score and give Lehigh Valley a 1-0 advantage.

Scranton/Wilkes starting pitcher Chase Whitley settled in after the unearned run, allowing just one hit over the next three innings. Whitley earned the win striking out four in five innings of work.

In the top of the fifth, the RailRiders’ offense started to click. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre compiled four hits, including run-scoring singles by Mustelier and Alberto Gonzalez to give the RailRiders a 2-1 lead.

The RailRiders added an insurance run in the top of the sixth when Randy Ruiz laced an RBI-double to left field to increase the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lead to 3-1.

Dellin Betances replaced Whitley in the bottom of the sixth, allowing just one hit and no runs while striking out four in three innings of work.

Jim Miller shut the door on the IronPigs, allowing no hits and securing his fifth save of the season.

The RailRiders will return home today to face Pawtucket at 7:05 p.m.

Fan with ALS wins funeral

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs announced the winner of its funeral giveaway during Tuesday night’s game.

Steve Paul of Freemansburg got a standing ovation as he was wheeled onto the field and announced as the recipient of a funeral package valued at nearly $10,000.

Fans had to submit a 200-word essay describing their ideal funeral, and explain why they deserved a free one. More than 50 essays were submitted.

Paul wrote an essay explaining that he was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in June.

The team came up with the unusual promotion for one of its sponsors, a nearby funeral home.

RailRiders 3, IronPigs 1


RailRiders““`Lehigh Valley


Patterson lf`4`0`1`0`Orr 2b`4`0`0`0

Adams 2b`5`0`1`0`Galvis ss`4`0`1`0

Mesa cf`3`0`0`0`Susdorf dh`4`0`1`0

Johnson 1b`4`1`2`0`Overbeck 1b`4`0`0`0

Ruiz dh`3`0`1`1`Henson 3b`4`0`1`0

Murphy c`4`1`2`0`Hernandez cf`3`1`2`0

Mustelier rf`4`0`3`1`Castro rf`3`0`1`0

Lillibridge 3b`4`1`1`0`Lerud c`3`0`0`0

Gonzalez ss`4`0`1`0`Gillies lf`3`0`0`0




Lehigh Valley`010`000`000`—`1

E — SWB Mustelier (6); LEH Henson (3), Lerud (7). LOB — SWB 8, LEH 6. TEAM RISP — SWB 3-for-11, LEH 0-for-6. 2B — SWB Murphy (17), Ruiz (14), Lillibridge (8). SB — SWB Lillibridge (9); LEH Hernandez (31).



Whitley (W, 3-2)`5`5`1`0`0`4


Miller (S, 5)`1`0`0`0`0`2

Lehigh Valley

Pettibone (L, 0-2)`6`10`3`3`0`1




HBP — SWB Patterson; LEH Hernandez

Umpires — HP: Jeff Gosney; 1B: Carlos Torres; 3B: Ben May.

T — 2:39. A — 10,100.

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