Josh Rogers was in familiar territory Tuesday night, pitching in front of family and friends. And it showed.
The Louisville alum pitched seven scoreless innings as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders shut out the Louisville Bats, 4-0. Rogers was backed by four solo home runs in as the RailRiders won the first game of their six-game road trip.
Billy McKinney and Ryan McBroom hit home runs off Bats starter Cody Reed in the second inning. McKinney’s opened the scoring when he hit his first home run of the season. McBroom’s two-out shot was his fifth of the year and his 14th run batted in, doubling the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lead for Rogers.
The RailRiders starter limited Louisville to five hits over seven shutout frames with three strikeouts and two walks. Rogers, a native of New Albany, Ind., grew up 10 minutes away from Louisville Slugger Field.
Clint Frazier and Mike Ford added solo home runs off Reed in the top half of the seventh inning to extend the lead to 4-0.
Cody Carroll worked the final two innings to complete the RailRiders’ third shutout this season.
Frazier, McKinney, McBroom had two hits apiece to pace Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Ronald Torreyes also had a pair of hits in what was his Scranton/Wilkes-Barre debut.
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