On the heels of a big night from Clint Frazier and Billy McKinney at the plate and Nestor Cortes on the mound, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders were able to split their four-game series in Allentown Thursday night.
Both Frazier and McKinney doubled, and McKinney added a home run, while Cortes pitched a seven innings of one-run baseball to power the RailRiders past the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 6-3.
The RailRiders quickly opened up a 4-0 lead thanks to McKinney’s second-inning solo shot and a three-run third inning.
Leading 1-0 at the time, Tyler Wade opened up the frame with a lead-off single to center and quickly scored when Frazier doubled him home in the next at-bat. With Frazier standing on third after advancing on Brandon Drury’s groundout to short, Tyler Austin knocked Frazier home with an RBI double of his own. Zack Zehner finished off the scoring with a two-out RBI single to left, scoring Austin.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre added a pair of runs in the sixth inning thanks to RBI singles from both Frazier and Drury.
Cortes spun his best start of the season, picking up his second victory.
While three runs crossed the plate while the southpaw was on the mound, two were unearned after a Joey Meneses capitalized on a second-inning fielding error by Bruce Caldwell with his 14th home run of the season, a two-run shot.
Cortes struck out five, gave up three hits and walked a pair.
Tommy Kahnle entered in relief in the eighth inning, pitching a no-hit frame while striking out a pair.
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