RailRiders bounce back vs. Red Wings in Rochester

By DJ Eberle - [email protected]
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders first baseman Ryan McBroom fields a ball during Thursday’s game against the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field in Rochester. - Joe Territo | Rochester Red Wings
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders reliever David Sosebee delivers a pitch during Thursday’s game against the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field in Rochester. - Joe Territo | Rochester Red Wings
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders southpaw Justus Sheffield delievers a pitch during Thursday’s game against the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field in Rochester. - Joe Territo | Rochester Red Wings
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders southpaw Justus Sheffield delievers a pitch during Thursday’s game against the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field in Rochester. - - Joe Territo | Rochester Red Wings
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders second baseman Ronald Torreyes runs the bases during Thursday’s game against the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field in Rochester. - - Joe Territo | Rochester Red Wings
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders southpaw Justus Sheffield delievers a pitch during Thursday’s game against the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field in Rochester. - - Joe Territo | Rochester Red Wings

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Allowing opponents to score runs with two outs has plagued the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders all season.

Conversely, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has had trouble scoring with two outs as well.

But the RailRiders were able to buck the trend Thursday against the Rochester Red Wings.

Led by a strong effort from Justus Sheffield and SWB bats that finally coming alive, the RailRiders (57-51) were able to avoid their first four-game losing streak since May 21 with a 6-2 win over the Red Wings (49-59).

“I thought they came out, a day game after a night game, with energy from the start,” RailRiders manager Bobby Mitchell said. “You figure, if you get a few runs here and there that with Sheff pitching you’re looking pretty good.”

Rochester scored six of their seven runs in Tuesday’s victory over the RailRiders with two outs. Then on Wednesday, two of their six runs came when the RailRiders pitching staff was one out away from heading back into the dugout.

Thursday looked like more of the same when Willians Astudillo knocked home Taylor Motter with a two-out double in the first inning. Just one frame later, the Red Wings were threatening again after getting two runners on with just one out.

But instead of letting the pressure get to Sheffield, he retired the next two batters he faced, with a strikeout of the No. 9 hitter, Jeremy Hazelbaker, and forcing Taylor Motter into a groundout to third to end the inning.

Sheffield found himself in a similar situation in the sixth inning, when he walked Andy Wilkins and Kennys Vargas with two outs, before being pulled in favor of reliever David Sosebee, who was up from Double-A. The right-handed reliever bailed Sheffield out by inducing Edgar Corcino into a groundout to first to end the threat and frame.

“It was impressive what he did — both of them, really,” Mitchell said. “Sheff, obviously Sheff’s Sheff. But (Sosebee), him doing that. We seriously threw him in the fire right off the bat. But you know what? I’ve had him in Double-A. He’s very even-keeled and he just doesn’t get excited, and you can tell by his throwing. He didn’t look nervous or anything and he just went right after them.”

Despite not pitching out of the sixth inning and walking four batters, Sheffield felt he had some of his best stuff while he registered a no-decision.

The southpaw struck out seven batters and retired 11 straight at one point. But it will be the four walks and the fact he loaded the bases before he was pulled that will leave a sour taste in his mouth.

Sheffield gave up one run on three hits and four walks in 5.2 innings.

“That’s what makes you mad about those games,” Sheffield said. “I think I get more (angry) about those game just because you get a groove and you’re going, you’re going. You know you have one more inning, maybe squeeze two, but probably not — one more inning left. It’s just frustrating. Got the groundball I wanted (against Astudillo) for the double play and then the guy beat it out. Then I had to face those couple extra hitters and that’s where I need to lock it in. Stay focused.”

After failing to make much noise offensively in any of the first four games of the five-game series, the RailRiders made the most of their 10 hits, scoring six runs for the first time since July 28 against Gwinnett.

Mike Ford broke out of his 2-for-13 slump with a two-run homer to deep right center to give the RailRiders a 2-1 lead in the first inning.

Only sporting a one-run lead heading into the fourth inning, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre put the game away for good with a three-run frame.

Abiatal Avelinos started the fourth off with a triple and was knocked in by a Devyn Bolasky single to left. Ronald Torreyes added his own RBI single to left three batters later and Ryan McBroom followed up the run-scoring single with a five-pitch walk to load the bases for Ford. Like McBroom, the RailRiders designated hitter also worked a walk to give Scranton/Wilkes-Barre a 5-1 lead.

The RailRiders tacked on another insurance run in the eighth inning with an RBI double from Mark Payton.

“They came up big. Two-out hits, two-out RBI are always huge,” Ford said. “I just think we’re going to keep going. We have a bunch of new faces and everything — new, but old because we all know each other — and we just have to mesh and get it.”

Sosebee makes debut

David Sosebee relieved Sheffield in the sixth inning, making his Triple-A debut. The reliever pitched gave up one run on one hit, a eighth-inning Astudillo home run, and a walk in 2.1 innings. He struck out a pair.

However, his stint with the RailRiders was short-lived. Mitchell told Sosebee he would be heading back to Trenton after to the game.

RailRiders 6, Red Wings 2

RailRiders`AB`R`H`BI

Payton cf`4`0`1`1

Torreyes 2b`4`1`2`1

McBroom 1b`4`0`0`0

Ford dh`4`1`1`3

Caldwell 3b`5`0`0`0

Zavelno ss`5`1`2`0

Zehner lf`5`0`0`0

Bolasky rf`4`2`2`1

Diaz c`3`1`2`0

Totals`38`6`10`6

Rochester`AB`R`H`BI

Motter ss`4`1`1`0

Gordon 2b`4`0`0`0

Austin dh`4`0`1`0

Astudillo 3b`4`1`2`2

Wade lf`1`0`0`0

Kemmer lf`1`0`0`0

Wilkins ph-rf`1`0`0`0

Vargas 1b`2`0`0`0

Corcino rf-lf`3`0`0`0

Pacheco c`3`0`0`0

Hazelbaker cf`2`0`0`0

Totals`30`2`4`2

E: Astudillo (4); PB: Diaz (3); Pickoffs: Sosebee (Hazelbaker at 1st); LOB: RailRiders 10, Red Wings 6; 2B: Payton (3), Motter (6), Astudillo (15); 3B: Avelino (5); HR: Ford (13), Astudillo (10); SB: Avelino (7).

RailRiders`200`300`010 — 6

Rochester`100`000`010 — 2

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

Sheffield (W, 5-3)`5.2`3`1`1`4`7

Sosebee (H, 1)`2.1`1`1`1`1`2

Harvey`1`0`0`0`0`0

Rochester`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

De Jong (L, 0-1)`3.2`6`5`5`4

Baxendale`2.1`0`0`0`2`0

Bard`2`3`1`1`0`1

Curtiss`1`1`0`0`0`0

Umpires: Rich Riley, HP; Matt Arcovio, 1B; John Bacon, 3B.

Time: 3:14; Attendance: 7,187.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders first baseman Ryan McBroom fields a ball during Thursday’s game against the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field in Rochester.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_Ryan-McBroom.jpgScranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders first baseman Ryan McBroom fields a ball during Thursday’s game against the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field in Rochester. Joe Territo | Rochester Red Wings

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders reliever David Sosebee delivers a pitch during Thursday’s game against the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field in Rochester.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_David-Sosebee.jpgScranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders reliever David Sosebee delivers a pitch during Thursday’s game against the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field in Rochester. Joe Territo | Rochester Red Wings

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders southpaw Justus Sheffield delievers a pitch during Thursday’s game against the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field in Rochester.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_Justus-Sheffield-2.jpgScranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders southpaw Justus Sheffield delievers a pitch during Thursday’s game against the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field in Rochester. Joe Territo | Rochester Red Wings

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders southpaw Justus Sheffield delievers a pitch during Thursday’s game against the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field in Rochester.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_Justus-Sheffield-3.jpgScranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders southpaw Justus Sheffield delievers a pitch during Thursday’s game against the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field in Rochester. Joe Territo | Rochester Red Wings

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders second baseman Ronald Torreyes runs the bases during Thursday’s game against the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field in Rochester.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_Ronald-Torreyes.jpgScranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders second baseman Ronald Torreyes runs the bases during Thursday’s game against the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field in Rochester. Joe Territo | Rochester Red Wings

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders southpaw Justus Sheffield delievers a pitch during Thursday’s game against the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field in Rochester.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_Justus-Sheffield-1.jpgScranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders southpaw Justus Sheffield delievers a pitch during Thursday’s game against the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field in Rochester. Joe Territo | Rochester Red Wings
SWB offense comes alive against Red Wings

By DJ Eberle

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T.L. EXPRESS

Today’s Game: The RailRiders open up their three-game series with the Buffalo Bisons at PNC Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Probable Pitchers: SWB LHP Nestor Cortes (4-5, 3.89 ERA) vs. BUF LHP Matt Tracy (0-0, 2.20)

Today at PNC Field: Hazleton & Pierogi Night; Faith & Family Night — Bring the youth group, singles group, Sunday school class or any other church-or faith-based group to a fun-filled family environment; Legends Series – John Flaherty — The RailRiders welcome YES Network personality John Flaherty to PNC Field as the fourth Legends Series appearance of 2018; Post-game fireworks.

Riding the Rails: RHP Luis Cessa recalled by N.Y. Yankees; INF Luke Voit recalled by N.Y. Yankees; INF Ryan McBroom promoted from Double-A Trenton; RHP David Sosebee promoted from Double-A Trenton.

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

HOW THEY SCORED

RAILRIDERS FIRST: Chase De Jong pitching. Ronald Torreyes walked. Mike Ford homerd to deep right center, Torreyes scored. RAILRIDERS 2-0

ROCHESTER FIRST: Justus Sheffield pitching. Taylor Motter doubled to deep left. Willians Astudillo doubled to deep left center, Motter scored. RAILRIDERS 2-1

RAILRIDERS FOURTH: Chase De Jong pitching. Abiatal Avelino triples to left center. Devyn Bolasky singles to left, Avelino scores. Francisco Diaz singles to left, Bolasky to second. Mark Payton flies out to right, Bolasky to third. Ronlad Torreyes singles to left, Bolasky scores, Diaz to second. Ryan McBroom walks, Diaz to third, Torreyes to second. D.J. Baxendale replaces De Jong. Mike Ford walks, Diaz scores, Torreys to third, McBroom to second. RAILRIDERS 5-1

RAILRIDERS EIGHTH: Luke Bard pitching. Devyn Bolasky singles to left, Diaz singles to right, Bolasky to second. Mark Payton doubles to deep right, Bolasky scores, Diaz to third. RAILRIDERS 6-1

ROCHESTER EIGHTH: David Sosebee pitching. Willians Astudillo homered to deep left. RAILRIDERS 6-2

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