RailRiders split with Rochester; Austin traded to Twins

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The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders defeated Rochester 4-3 Monday in the completion of a game suspended June 24 in the third inning.

Now, part of the reason for the victory is gone. Tyler Austin, who hit a three-run homer in the third inning, was pulled from the game Monday and subsequently traded to the Minnesota Twins for veteran right-hander Lance Lynn.

Rochester won the regularly scheduled game 1-0 in eight innings following the completion of the suspended game.

Austin, who plays outfield and first base, hit .253 with six homers and 14 RBI in 26 games with the RailRiders. He also appeared in 34 games with the New York Yankees, hitting .223 with eight homer and 23 RBI. Lynn posted a 7-8 record with a 5.10 ERA for the Twins.

Raynel Espinal pitched three innings of relief, striking out four to pick up the victory. Tommy Kahnle recorded the final out for the save after Rochester pulled within 4-3 on a two-out double by Edgar Corcino.

The second game was a pitchers’ duel between SWB’s Chance Adams and Rochester’s Kohl Stewart before the Red Wings snapped the 0-0 deadlock in the extra frame.

Taylor Motter started the eighth on second base as the tiebreaker rule was in effect. He moved to third on a groundout before Adams walked two batters intentionally to load the bases. Pinch hitter Jeremy Hazelbaker then singled to center to score Motter.

Adams pitched well in defeat, striking out eight and allowing two hits in 7.1 innings. The RailRiders’ offense, though, produced just three hits.

Zach Zehner had a one-out triple in the third inning for the RailRiders, but was cut down at the plate on Francisco Diaz’s fielder’s choice to Rochester first baseman Andy Wilkins.


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