Rehabbing Yankees help lift RailRiders over Rochester

Times Leader | August 21st, 2017 11:06 pm

The swings of two injured New York Yankees infielders just keep getting better in the minor leagues.

And because of it, the fortunes of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders never looked healthier.

Rehabbing Yankees Greg Bird and Starlin Castro accounted for all the team’s runs Monday, helping Chance Adams and the RailRiders hold off Rochester, 4-3 in an International League battle at Rochester’s Frontier Field.

First baseman Bird finished 2 for 3 with a pair of walks and scored twice in the victory, while second baseman Castro went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.

That helped Adams run his Triple-A record to 10-4 despite a somewhat shaky start.

Adams allowed four hits and surrendered two walks and three runs over 5 1/3 innings but picked up the victory thanks to some timely swings by the boys from New York.

They got started early, as Bird, Miguel Andujar and Billy McKinney drilled consecutive two-out singles in the first inning to produce the game’s first run.

After Rochester tied the game when Byung Ho Park blasted a solo home run off Adams in the second inning, Bird was back at it in the third. He drew a leadoff walk, moved to second base on a McKinney single and rode home when Donovan Solano drove an RBI double to center field for a 2-1 RailRiders lead.

Then it was Castro’s turn.

The former Chicago Cubs standout, who joined the Yankees for the 2016 season, roped a run-scoring single in the sixth inning to drive home Jake Cave, then later scored on Solano’s sacrifice fly for a 4-1 RailRiders lead.

Things got shaky for the RailRiders in the bottom of the sixth, when Park singled home Daniel Palka and Anthony Recker sent Matt Hague home with another single to chop Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s lead to a run.

But J.P. Feyereisen wriggled out of a bases-loaded jam by inducing an inning-ending popup from Engelb Vielma, and the RailRiders bullpen held things from there.

Nick Rumebelow earned his fourth save by working around a walk to Vielma in the ninth inning. He recorded two strikeouts in the frame, getting Nico Goodrum swinging to end the game.

RailRiders 4, Rochester 3

RailRiders`AB`R`H`BI

Cave lf`5`1`1`0

Castro 2b`4`1`2`1

Diaz ph-2b`1`0`0`0

Bird 1b`3`2`2`0

Andujar 3b`4`0`2`0

McKinney rf`5`0`3`1

Solano dh`4`0`1`2

Williams cf`4`0`0`0

Culver ss`3`0`1`0

Rodriguez c`3`0`0`0

Castillo c`2`0`0`0

Totals`38`4`12`3

Rochester`AB`R`H`BI

Shuck cf`5`0`1`0

Goodrum rf`5`0`0`0

Palka lf`3`1`1`0

Hague dh`4`1`1`0

Park 1b`4`1`2`1

Field 2b`4`0`1`0

Reginatto 3b`2`0`0`0

Recker c`4`0`1`1

Vielma ss`3`0`0`0

Totals`34`3`7`2

RailRiders`101`002`000`—`4

Rochester`010`002`000`—`3

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

Adams, W, 10-4`5.1`4`3`3`2`5

Feyereisen, H`0.2`2`0`0`1`1

Coshow, H`2.0`1`0`0`0`1

Rumbelow, S`1.0`0`0`0`1`2

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

Hurlbut, L, 8-8`5.0`8`2`2`4`4

Pino`3.0`4`2`2`1`1

Curtiss`1.0`0`0`0`1`2

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