SWB RailRiders bats quiet in 4th straight loss; injury upates

By DJ Eberle - [email protected]
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders starter Daniel Camarena pitches with the bases loaded during Friday’s game against Toledo at PNC Field in Moosic. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leaders
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders second baseman Gleyber Torres catches a relay throw from right field after a Toledo base hit during the third inning of Friday’s game against Toledo at PNC Field in Moosic. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leaders
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders right fielder L.J. Mazzilli hustles down the first base line as Toledo Mud Hens first baseman Edwin Espinal awaits the throw during Friday’s game against Toledo at PNC Field in Moosic. - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leaders
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders first baseman Mike Ford tags Toledo Mud Hens left fielder Mikie Mahtook at PNC Field in Moosic on Friday. - - Bill Tarutis | For Times Leaders

MOOSIC — Friday quickly turned into what has been a frequent occurrence of late.

Tallying just three hits, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders bats were quiet once again. It was the fourth game in a row that the New York Yankees Triple-A affiliate failed to score more than three runs. In fact, they were shut out for the second time this season.

But despite the recent skid, the RailRiders aren’t starting to panic. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre got seven men on base, it’s just that six of them came with two outs.

Friday night’s impressive pitching effort from the Toledo Mud Hens (10-3) en route to a 3-0 victory was one that Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (7-7) will tip its hat to, but the RailRiders will be ready to battle back Saturday afternoon.

“It was just one of those days,” RailRiders right fielder L.J. Mazzilli said. “It was freezing cold out there and it was hard to get going. We didn’t really have one of those innings where something led on to another. It’s all right. We’ll just turn the page and tomorrow we’ll be back.”

Despite the lack of run production, the RailRiders had a good night on the mound.

Southpaw Daniel Camarena got things going with a five-inning appearance. He allowed two runs on eight hits and a walk.

J.P. Feyereisen took the mound in the sixth inning and pitched three impressive frames. After a rough start — allowing a run to score on a double play with the bases loaded in the sixth — the reliever settled down and retired the final eight batters he faced.

Raynel Espinal finished it off, tossing an inning of shutout baseball. The Mud Hens got a pair of hits off the right-hander, but didn’t do anything with them. Espinal struck out a batter in his inning of work.

“We’re battling,” RailRiders manager Bobby Mitchell said. “My guys are trying as hard as they can — sometimes too hard. Sometimes it works against you. On the bright side, I thought Cam did a good job limiting the damage and keep us in the game. Even though he was giving up hits, he was able to get out of the innings and battle and then Feyereisen did a good job and Espinal did, too.

“I thought that (Feyereisen) threw the ball well and it’s definitely a step in the right direction, a confidence builder, I think for him, which is good.”

Injury report

Relievers Giovanny Gallegos and Anyelo Gomez and infielder Thairo Estrada are working their way off of the disabled list.

Gallegos, who is on the 7-day disabled list with groin tightness, is down in Tampa and is expected to start “throwing pretty quick here,” according to Mitchell. The RailRiders manager expects the 40-man reliever to throw some simulation games or live batting practice in the near future.

Gomez suffered a shoulder injury in Tuesday’s game against Gwinnett, forcing him to leave early. The 25-year-old was placed on the 7-day disabled list on Wednesday.

“He’s feeling pretty good right now,” Mitchell said. “I don’t think it’s going to take any longer than the 7-day DL that he’s on.”

Estrada played in his third rehab game with High-A Tampa on Friday. He’s 4-for-13 in the three contests with two runs scored and two RBI. If his rehab goes well, Mitchell expects the infielder to join Scranton/Wilkes-Barre some time next week.

“The sooner he gets here the better because the kid can play. He’s a gamer,” Mitchell said. “I had him all year last year. He was our team MVP last year in Double-A. I know he’s anxious to get going and will be happy to get here.”

Toledo 3, RailRiders 0

Toledo`AB`R`H`BI

Mahtook lf`4`0`1`1

Adduci cf`5`0`2`0

Lugo 2b`5`0`2`1

Stewart rf`4`0`1`0

Huffman dh`5`0`1`0

Rodriguez 3b`4`0`0`0

Espinal 1b`4`1`2`0

Greiner c`3`1`1`0

Kozma ss`4`1`2`0

Totals`38`3`12`2

RailRiders`AB`R`H`BI

Robinson cf`4`0`0`0

Torres 2b`3`0`1`0

Higashioka c`4`0`0`0

Ford 1b`3`0`0`0

Avelino ss`4`0`1`0

Fleming 3b`3`0`0`0

McBroom lf`4`0`1`0

Asche dh`3`0`0`0

Mazzilli rf`2`0`0`0

Totals`30`0`3`0

E: Torres (2); DP: Mud Hens 0, RailRiders 2; LOB: Mud Hens 11, RailRiders 7; 2B: Kozma 2 (3), Lugo (4), Adduci (3).

Toledo`001`101`000 — 3

RailRiders`000`000`000 — 0

Toledo`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO

Lewicki (W, 2-1)`6`3`0`0`3`7

Voelker (H, 1)`2`0`0`0`1`1

Coleman (S, 3)`1`0`0`0`0`1

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

Camarena (L, 0-1)`5`8`2`2`1`2

Feyereisen`3`2`1`1`1`2

Espinal`1`2`0`0`0`1

Umpires: Peterson, HP; Erich Bacchus, 1B; Dan Merzel, 3B.

Time: 2:31; Attendance: 3,369.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders starter Daniel Camarena pitches with the bases loaded during Friday’s game against Toledo at PNC Field in Moosic.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_TTL042118RailRiders_1.jpgScranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders starter Daniel Camarena pitches with the bases loaded during Friday’s game against Toledo at PNC Field in Moosic. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leaders

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders second baseman Gleyber Torres catches a relay throw from right field after a Toledo base hit during the third inning of Friday’s game against Toledo at PNC Field in Moosic.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_TTL042118RailRiders_2.jpgScranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders second baseman Gleyber Torres catches a relay throw from right field after a Toledo base hit during the third inning of Friday’s game against Toledo at PNC Field in Moosic. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leaders

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders right fielder L.J. Mazzilli hustles down the first base line as Toledo Mud Hens first baseman Edwin Espinal awaits the throw during Friday’s game against Toledo at PNC Field in Moosic.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_TTL042118RailRiders_3.jpgScranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders right fielder L.J. Mazzilli hustles down the first base line as Toledo Mud Hens first baseman Edwin Espinal awaits the throw during Friday’s game against Toledo at PNC Field in Moosic. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leaders

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders first baseman Mike Ford tags Toledo Mud Hens left fielder Mikie Mahtook at PNC Field in Moosic on Friday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_TTL042118RailRiders_4.jpgScranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders first baseman Mike Ford tags Toledo Mud Hens left fielder Mikie Mahtook at PNC Field in Moosic on Friday. Bill Tarutis | For Times Leaders
SWB suffers 4th straight loss

By DJ Eberle

[email protected]

T.L. EXPRESS

Today’s Game: The RailRiders continue their three-game set with the Toledo Mud Hens. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m.

Probable Pitchers: SWB RHP Brody Koerner (1-0, 5.00 ERA) vs. RHP AJ Ladwig (2-0, 0.77)

Today at PNC Field: Trenton Thunder Ticket Voucher Giveaway – First 1,500 fans receive a Trenton Thunder ticket voucher; 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.

Riding the Rails: LHP Nestor Cortes was promoted from Double-A Trenton.

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

HOW THEY SCORED

TOLEDO THIRD: Pete Kozma doubles to left. Mikie Mahtook lines out ot left. Jim Adduci Flies out to center, Kozma to third. Dawel Lugo doubles to right, Kozma scores. TOLEDO 1-0

TOLEDO FOURTH: Edwin Espinal singles to center. With Grayson Greiner batting, wild pitch by Daniel Camarena, Espinal to second. Greiner walks. Pete Kozma reaches on a fielding error by 2B Gleyber Torres, Espinal to third, Greiner to second. Mikie Mahtook grounds out to first, Espinal scores, Greiner to third, Kozma to second. TOLEDO 2-0

TOLEDO SIXTH: Grayson Greiner singles to left. Pete Kozma doubles to left, Greiner to third. Mikie Mahtook walks. Jim Aducci grounds out to second, Mahtook out at second, Greiner scores, Kozma to third. TOLEDO 3-0

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