RailRiders drop 3 of 4 at home to Syracuse after late-inning collapse

By DJ Eberle - [email protected]
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MOOSIC — The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders led the Syracuse Chiefs for much of the afternoon on Monday.

After a three-run first inning, the RailRiders were in control.

Until the Chiefs, which sport one of the best offenses in the International League, came alive.

Syracuse scored 12 runs from the sixth inning on as a RailRiders bullpen, often-dominant this season, collapsed. Brady Lail gave up a pair of runs in the sixth, Nestor Cortes allowed three runs in the eighth, and Cale Coshow surrendered seven more in the ninth inning as the RailRiders fell 14-4.

In the four-game series, Syracuse outscored the RailRiders 38-17 and out-hit them 52-38.

“I don’t know, man. That team just hit. It was almost like they knew what pitches were coming,” said RailRiders outfielder Clint Frazier, who was 4-for-5. “I think someone said the series before, they had a lot of hits coming in so the guys are hot right now.

“It’s not like as an offense we put up a ton of runs to back them up, so it’s a full-team effort on all of us. We just have to go out there and try to compete with those guys as much as they compete with us.”

Coshow was almost in disbelief standing at his locker after the game.

To give up seven runs on seven hits — including three two-run home runs — and record just one out, it was surprising to the 25-year-old right-hander. He felt like he was actually pitched pretty well. His fastball even topped 98 mph.

Coshow’s season-long ERA jumped from 2.08 to 4.91 after the 0.1-inning relief appearance.

“Baseball. That’s what it means,” Coshow said. “It just kind of sucks because, I mean, I thought I was making pretty good pitches, but apparently not and it’s just one of those games. It sucks, but at the end of the day, this is just one outing. I think I’ve been pitching pretty well this season. You know, take it with a grain of salt. Kind of sucks, got a butt-whooping, but tomorrow’s a new day.”

Things got off to a smooth start for the RailRiders thanks to a three-run first frame and a strong four-inning start by Justus Sheffield.

Mike Ford was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s first run before Ryan McBroom hit a sacrifice fly to center field and Rey Navarro added an RBI single, making it 3-1.

After giving up a run in a 34-pitch first inning, Sheffield was able to throw four frames of one-run ball, giving up the run on four hits and two walks. The southpaw struck out four batters and was pulled after 75 pitches due to a pitch-count limit of 80.

“Even in the first inning, I felt really good,” Sheffield said. “I felt like I was making good pitches. But I’m thinking I need to land a little more strikes, especially in the first inning. Not so much focusing on guys to swing and miss because I feel like I was throwing good swing-and-miss pitches. They were just taking it that inning. After that inning — glad we got out of that — and then after that I just told myself I was just going to attack the zone and I’ll get these guys off-balance with my changeup, and when I need to expand and get strikeouts then that’s what I’ll need to do.”

But with Sheffield out of the game, the Chiefs jumped on a taxed Scranton/Wilkes-Barre bullpen. Oliver Perez gave up a run in the fifth, and recorded just two outs, before Lail, Cortes and Coshow had their own struggles.

In the series, no Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter made it out of the fifth inning — David Hale’s 4.1-inning outing on Friday was the longest start — and the RailRiders used 20 pitchers in the four games.

“It was a close ball game, but then, you know, it’s just one of those games that sometimes happens where it all the sudden takes off on you. We gave up a few homers,” RailRiders manager Bobby Mitchell said.

Torreyes joins team

Ronald Torreyes wasn’t in the RailRiders’ lineup or roster in time for Monday’s game, but the recently ptioned infielder was in the clubhouse after the loss.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is optioning Navarro to Double-A Trenton to clear room for Torreyes.

“He’ll play tomorrow,” Mitchell said. “He’ll play all over the infield. It’ll help because we need to rest some guys. We only have two extra guys and one’s a catcher. His versatility will really help us.”

Chiefs 14, RailRiders 4

Syracuse`AB`R`H`BI

Decker cf`5`1`1`1

Falu 2b`5`3`3`2

Marmolejos 1b`5`1`2`1

Sierra rf`5`2`2`2

Wilson 3b`5`3`4`1

Hernandez lf`4`3`3`5

Gosewisch c`5`0`1`1

Gonzalez ss`5`1`1`0

Jones dh`5`0`2`0

Totals`44`14`19`13

RailRiders`AB`R`H`BI

Wade ss`4`1`0`0

Frazier cf`5`2`4`0

Drury 3b`4`1`1`0

Ford 1b`4`0`2`1

McKinney rf`5`0`0`0

McBroom lf`2`0`0`1

Navarro 2b`3`0`1`0

Mazzilli dh`4`0`1`0

Totals`34`4`10`3

PO: Castillo (Gosewisch at 2B); E: Castillo 2 (2); DP: Chiefs 2, RailRiders 0; LOB: Chiefs 7, RailRiders 10; 2B: Gosewisch (5), Wilson 2 (13), Jones (9), Castillo (2); HR: Hernandez 2 (3), Falu (1), Sierra (1); SB:

Syracuse`100`012`037 — 14

RailRiders`300`000`001 — 4

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

Fedde (W, 2-1)`5`6`3`3`2`4

Valdez (H, 1)`1.2`1`0`0`1`2

Edgin (H, 4)`0.1`1`0`0`0`1

Torres`1`0`0`0`2`0

Cordero`1`2`1`1`0`1

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

Sheffield`4`4`1`1`2`4

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

Lail (L, 4-3)`1.1`3`2`2`0`2

Cortes`2`3`3`3`0`2

Coshow`0.1`7`7`7`1`1

Gallegos`0.2`1`0`0`0`1

WP: Cordero

HBP: Ford (by Fedde)

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

Time: 3:22; Attendance: 5,317.

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By DJ Eberle

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