The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders dropped their second straight game in Allentown, with Sunday marking a 5-3 loss one day after the Lehigh Valley IronPigs secured the International League North Division title.
RailRiders spot starter Raynel Espinal stuck out six of the first seven batters he faced. By the end of the third inning, the right-hander had registered eight strikeouts.
Overall, RailRiders pitching struck out 15 batters with Stephen Tarpley retiring three in two innings, Chance Adams picking up a pair in two innings and Brady Lail adding two more in the eighth inning.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre plated the game’s first run in the top of the third when Tyler Wade singled in Devyn Bolasky, but it wouldn’t take long for the IronPigs to respond.
Lehigh Valley scored three runs on three hits and a walk in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Aaron Altherr doubled in Joey Meneses to tie the game before scoring on a double by Danny Ortiz. Zach Green’s RBI single capped off the three-run frame.
Matt McBride hit a solo home run off Adams in the home half of the seventh to make it a 4-1 game.
The RailRiders were able to bring the deficit back to one run after a Gio Urshela two-run homer, but Dylan Cozens put Scranton/Wilkes-Barre away for good with a eighth-inning solo shot.
Sunday was Adams’ first appearance as a reliever with the RailRiders. He gave up a run on two hits and a walk.
The RailRiders and IronPigs conclude their series Monday night with a 7:05 p.m. scheduled first pitch.
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is expected to join the RailRiders for Monday’s finale. He is rehabbing a groin injury.
“He’ll be ready physically with all that we’ve put him through to prepare for this,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said told reporters on Sunday. “We’re giving him a good amount of rehab games to make sure he’s right and hits the ground running. I think his conditioning right now is as good as it’s been all year so I feel like physically he’s in a really good place.”
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