Roman Quinn blasted a grand slam in the second inning and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs made the first start of the season for Nestor Cortes a short one by dropping the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 6-1 Friday at Coca-Cola Park.
Rehabbing New York Yankees third baseman Brandon Drury went 2-for-3 for the RailRiders and scored the team’s only run when Mike Ford drove him in.
Cortes surrendered five runs and lasted just two innings while wearing down against Lehigh Valley’s early onslaught.
A walk, single and walk loaded the bases with no outs in the second inning before Cortes struck out Joey Meneses and Nick Rickles consecutively. He lost the next batter on a 3-1 pitch to bring in a run and give the IronPigs a 1-0 lead.
Cortes was one pitch away from getting out of the jam, but Lehigh Valley leadoff hitter Quinn had other ideas.
The switch-hitting outfielder was batting from the right side against the lefty Cortes and went the other way with a high-and-away fastball — dropping it just over the right field wall for a grand slam. His first homer of the season put the RailRiders in a 5-0 hole.
For the second straight game, the RailRiders had Drury rehabbing at third base. He played all nine innings Friday after opening his rehab stint in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with a seven-inning performance Wednesday. Along with two singles, Drury reach base when he was hit by a pitch against Lehigh Valley and is now 4-for-7 ( a .571 batting average) with three runs scored and an RBI in his two games in Triple-A.
He scored the lone run of the night for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with one out in the eighth inning when Ford shot a ground ball up the middle past diving second baseman Dean Anna. Shane Robinson went to third base on the play and is now batting .333, after his 3-for-4 performance against Lehigh Valley. In his last six games he’s played, Robinson is 10-for-27 while raising his season average 125 points from .208.
Anyelo Gomez was activated off the disabled list prior to Friday’s game and entered out of the bullpen to toss a scoreless 8th inning while striking out a pair for the RailRiders. Brody Koerner was the first man out of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s bullpen, and the flex starter allowed one run over five innings on just 69 pitches.
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