Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders manager Bobby Mitchell calls Brandon Drury a big leaguer wearing a minor league uniform.
Saturday night, Drury showed exactly why.
Drury’s two-run home run in the sixth inning put the RailRiders ahead to stay and three relievers allowed just two hits over the final four innings as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre slipped past Rochester, 4-2 in an International League baseball game.
Drury’s fourth homer with the RailRiders also drove home Tyler Austin and gave Scranton/Wilkes-Barre a 2-1 lead while making a winner of starter Nestor Cortes.
The RailRiders boosted their lead to 4-1 when Tyler Wade’s sacrifice fly delivered Ronald Torreyes in the sixth inning and Bruce Caldwell’s single scored Billy McKinney in the eighth.
Raynel Espinal, Giovanny Gallegos and Cody Carroll combined to srtrike out nine batters over the last four innings while surrendering one run.
Cortes worked the first five innings on the mound and limited Rochester to Chris Carter’s RBI force out in the third inning.
The Red Wings didn’t score again until Willians Astudillo ripped a run-scoring double in the eighth.
Carroll earned the save by pitching a perfect ninth inning and striking out two of the three batters he faced.
Torreyes finished 2-for-4 and scored for the RailRiders, while Wade and Austin added doubles.
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