SWB RailRiders fall 10-3 to Syracuse for second straight game

By DJ Eberle - [email protected]
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders outfielder Billy McKinney watches his ball travel out the warning track only to have Syracuse center fielder Matt Reynolds make the catch against the wall Saturday at PNC Field. - Fred Adams | For Times Leader
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rails Clint Frazier hits a one-out triple during the first inning of Saturday’s game against the Syracuse Chiefs at PNC Field. - Fred Adams | For Times Leader
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders outfielder Billy McKinney dives back the first base. - Fred Adams | For Times Leader
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders right-hander Adam Warren wipes sweat from his face as he walks to the dugout after being pulled during the first inning of Saturday’s game against Syracuse Chiefs at PNC Field in Moosic. - - Fred Adams | For Times Leader

MOOSIC — A puzzled and frustrated Kyle Higashioka stood at his locker Saturday evening. He had no answers.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders just dropped their second straight game and seventh of their last nine, falling to the Syracuse Chiefs 10-3. Making matters worse, Syracuse scored 10 runs both Friday and Saturday while the RailRiders were only able to scratch across six. Over two games.

New York Yankees reliever Adam Warren, who is rehabbing a right back strain, gave up four runs in the first inning and things only deteriorated after he was pulled for the RailRiders (21-26).

“To be honest, I don’t really have an answer,” Higashioka said with an awkward chuckle. “We’ve just been running through a tough patch. Other teams are scoring a lot of runs. We’re not.”

RailRiders manager Bobby Mitchell echoed his catcher’s sentiments.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has the talent. Warren is a Yankee and Tyler Wade, Clint Frazier, Brandon Drury, Higashioka, Billy McKinney and Shane Robinson are all either on New York’s 40-man roster or played with the Yankees at some point this season or last. Even Mike Ford was selected in December’s Rule 5 Draft by the Seattle Mariners.

The RailRiders just need to put it together. Both on the mound and at the plate.

“Believe in each other and believe in the team,” Mitchell said. “It’s the old ‘potential’ thing, you know? You have to prove it, and we haven’t yet. You hope that you can get it going where you start feeling confident when you go up there. I don’t think we’re playing very confident, especially offensively we’re not.”

If there’s one thing Mitchell would like to immediately eliminate, it would be his team’s trend of falling behind early.

The Chiefs put up a four-spot on Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the first inning on Saturday. And while the RailRiders added a run in the first and third to make it 4-2, Syracuse quickly responded with two runs in the sixth and four more in the ninth.

Friday night was much of the same as the Chiefs scored two runs in the first, one in the third and four in the fifth before the RailRiders put together a three-run inning in the sixth.

“Well we can’t fall behind early like we did,” Mitchell said. “That makes it real difficult, especially when we’re not scoring many runs, really. Six runs in two games is not going to win too many games. We have to start putting together better at-bats as a whole, you know? Not just one or two guys.

“We got to get a lot of guys putting better at-bats up there.”

Warren’s first time out since he was put on the 10-day disabled list on April 21 didn’t go the way he had hoped.

The 30-year-old right-hander attributed much of his struggles to rust. He couldn’t find the plate as he threw 30 pitches in just 0.2 innings. Warren walked two batters, hit another two and gave up a three-run single before retiring the final two batters he faced.

Mitchell said the reliever will likely throw a side on Monday and then take his rehab to Double-A Trenton.

“Just out of rhythm. A little rusty,” Warren said. “The last two batters I felt much better. Ended on a positive note, at least. Really just getting back into real game action, getting back into that rhythm, I guess.

“The objective was to get through it healthy and throw some pitches, which I felt good — so that’s the main goal, but obviously you want to get some outs and pitch better. You know, coming out of it healthy and feeling good. I feel like I did find some things to work on and we’ll work on that between this and the next one, and get better.”

Torreyes joining RailRiders

The Yankees optioned utility man Ronald Torreyes to the RailRiders on Saturday, clearing room on the 25-man roster for Greg Bird. He’s expected to join the RailRiders in time for Monday’s series finale against the Chiefs.

Mitchell said he was unsure of what Torreyes’ role on the RailRiders will be once he joins the Triple-A club.

“The guy’s hitting .330-something in the big leagues. He’ll be a great addition,” Mitchell said. “He’s a great person and a great addition to our team. I’m sure it’s hard on him, but I’m sure whatever happens they have somebody here that can go up there and perform for them.”

Chiefs 10, RailRiders 3

Syracuse`AB`R`H`BI

Falu 2b`4`1`1`1

Reynolds cf`4`1`0`0

Marmolejos 1b`4`2`2`0

Sierra rf`4`2`1`1

Wilson 3b`5`0`2`3

Hernandez lf`4`1`1`1

Gosewisch c`5`0`0`1

Gonzalez ss`5`2`2`2

Jones dh`4`1`2`1

Totals`39`10`10`10

RailRiders`AB`R`H`BI

Wade 2b`5`0`1`1

Frazier lf`4`2`2`0

Drury 3b`4`0`2`1

Ford dh`4`0`1`0

Higashioka c`3`0`0`1

McKinney rf`2`0`0`0

Robinson cf`4`0`0`0

McBroom rf`4`0`0`1

Navarro ss`3`0`0`0

Totals`33`3`7`3

E: Wade (3); LOB: Chiefs 8, RailRiders 8; 2B: Jones (8), Falu (10), Hernandez (5); 3B: Frazier (3); SB: Gonzalez (4).

Syracuse`400`002`004 — 10

RailRiders`101`000`001 — 3

Syracuse`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Voth (W, 3-2)`6`5`2`2`3`4

Smith`1.1`0`0`0`0`1

Edgin`0.2`0`0`0`0`0

Cordero`1`2`1`1`1`1

RailRiders`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Warren (L, 0-1)`0.2`1`4`4`2`1

Coshow`1.1`0`0`0`1`1

Swanson`5`4`2`2`1`1

Gallegos`1.1`4`3`3`0`3

Perez`0.2`1`1`1`0`0

WP: Voth.

HBP: Reynolds (by Warren); Sierra (by Warren).

Umpires: Brennan Miller, HP; Blake Carnahan, 1B; Ryan Additon, 3B.

Time: 3:05; Attendance: 8,732.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders outfielder Billy McKinney watches his ball travel out the warning track only to have Syracuse center fielder Matt Reynolds make the catch against the wall Saturday at PNC Field.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_rr_sc4_faa.jpgScranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders outfielder Billy McKinney watches his ball travel out the warning track only to have Syracuse center fielder Matt Reynolds make the catch against the wall Saturday at PNC Field. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rails Clint Frazier hits a one-out triple during the first inning of Saturday’s game against the Syracuse Chiefs at PNC Field.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_rr_sc2_faa.jpgScranton/Wilkes-Barre Rails Clint Frazier hits a one-out triple during the first inning of Saturday’s game against the Syracuse Chiefs at PNC Field. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders outfielder Billy McKinney dives back the first base.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_rr_sc3_faa.jpgScranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders outfielder Billy McKinney dives back the first base. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders right-hander Adam Warren wipes sweat from his face as he walks to the dugout after being pulled during the first inning of Saturday’s game against Syracuse Chiefs at PNC Field in Moosic.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_rr_sc1_faa.jpgScranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders right-hander Adam Warren wipes sweat from his face as he walks to the dugout after being pulled during the first inning of Saturday’s game against Syracuse Chiefs at PNC Field in Moosic. Fred Adams | For Times Leader

By DJ Eberle

[email protected]

T.L. EXPRESS

Today’s Game: The RailRiders continue their four-game series against the Syracuse Chiefs at PNC Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

Probable Pitchers: SWB RHP Chance Adams (1-2, 5.40 ERA) vs. SYR LHP Tommy Milone (2-4, 6.18)

Today at PNC Field: Sun Safety Day; Sunscreen giveaway for fist 1,000 fans; Family FUNday — Kids run the bases after the game, CHAMP’s Kids Club members receive free admission and kids 12 years old and under receive a free meal voucher for Jersey Mike’s Subs; Military Discount — $2 off walk-up tickets with a military ID; Wendy’s Kids Club Day.

Riding the Rails: RHP Adam Warren starts MLB rehab at SWB.

On Radio: All RailRiders games can be heard live on NEPA Sports Radio – The Game.

HOW THEY SCORED

SYRACUSE FIRST: Adam Warren pitching. Irving Falu walks. Matt Reynolds hit by pitch, Falu to second. Jose Marmolejos walks, Falu to third, Reynolds to second. Moises Sierra hit by pitch, Falu scores, Reynolds to third, Marmolejos to second. Jacob Wilson triples to deep left, Reynolds, Marmolejos, Sierra score. SYRACUSE 4-0

RAILRIDERS FIRST: Austin Voth pitching. Clint Frazier triples to deep center. Brandon Drury singles to shallow center, Frazier scores. SYRACUSE 4-1

RAILRIDERS THIRD: Austin Voth pitching. Clint Frazier walks. Brandon Drury singles to right, Frazier to second. Mike Ford singles up the middle, Frazier to third, Drury to second. Kyle Higashioka out on a sacrifice fly to left, Frazier scores. SYRACUSE 4-2

RAILRIDERS SIXTH: Erik Swanson pitching. Bengie Gonzalez reaches on a fielding error by SS Rey Navarro. With Hunter Jones batting, Gonzalez steals second. Jones doubles to center, Gonzalez scores. Irving Falu doubles to center, Jones scores. SYRACUSE 6-2

SYRACUSE NINTH: Giovanny Gallegos pitching. Jose Marmolejos singles to right. Moises Sierra singles to shallow left, Marmolejos to second. Jacob Wilson flies out to right, Marmolejos to third. Yadiel Hernandez hits a ground-rule double to deep center, Marmolejos scores, Sierra to third. Oliver Perez replaces Gallegos. Tuffy Gosewisch grounds out to second, Sierra scores, Hernandez to third. Bengie Gonzalez homers to deep left, Hernandez scores. SYRACUSE 10-2

RAILRIDERS NINTH: Jimmy Cordero pitching. Ryan McBroom singles to left center. Rey Naverro walks, McBroom to second. Tyler Wade singles up the middle, McBroom scores, Navarro to second. SYRACUSE 10-3

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