Justus Sheffield worked four shutout innings in his return from the disabled list Wednesday, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre took an early lead and the bullpen made it stand up as the RailRiders rolled over Pawtucket, 7-1.
Brandon Drury singled home Tyler Wade in the first inning to provide Sheffield a lead before he threw a pitch.
Sheffield made his first appearance since being placed on the disabled list with shoulder tightness on May 12. He threw 70 pitches and scattered three hits through his four innings while striking out five batters and walking one.
Since allowing two runs to score in his first inning of work at the Triple-A level, the lefty has not allowed a run in 11.2 consecutive innings.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre added to its lead in the fourth when Billy Fleming, playing his first game for the RailRiders since being placed on the disabled list May 6, drilled an RBI double. The next batter, Rey Navarro, delivered a two-run single to extend the RailRiders lead to 4-0.
In a series littered with major league rehabbers, Tommy Kahnle was a fresh face for the RailRiders. Kahnle began his career as a New York Yankees prospect, before getting plucked from the system by the Colorado Rockies. The change of scenery followed a full season with the Double-A Trenton Thunder in 2013, so Wednesday marked the RailRiders debut for the right-handed reliever. He allowed a run in one inning on a pair of hits and a walk.
Other rehabbing players who appeared in the game for the RailRiders were Greg Bird and Billy McKinney. Bird finished 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in the top of the 9th inning that capped the RailRiders scoring. It was his second homer in three games on rehab with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Meanwhile, McKinney reached on a walk and finished 0-for-3 with a run scored and a strikeout.
Joe Harvey tossed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen to push the game into the eighth inning and Cody Carroll finished it off with two scoreless innings of his own for the RailRiders. The pair combined to strike out six over four scoreless innings of work.
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