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RailRiders, Syracuse Post High-scoring Night

STAFF REPORTMay 26, 2019

The weather did something that neither pitching staff could do Saturday: Quiet the offense. The RailRiders and Syracuse combined for 25 runs on 26 hits before rains halted the game in the bottom of the fifth inning at NBT Bank Stadium with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre leading, 13-12. The game was scheduled to resume after press time. The RailRiders led, 13-3, after the top of fourth inning but Syracuse answered with five runs in the fourth and scored four in the fifth to cut the lead to one and had the tying run on second base when rain halted play. Scranton/Wilkes-Barres sent nine batters to the plate in each of the first two innings, scoring nine runs. Tyler Wade and Mike Ford hit back-to-back singles to lead off the game and Breyvic Valera doubled to left to score Wade and give the RailRiders a 1-0 lead. Mike Tauchman followed with a double to center that scored Ford and Valera. After a walk to Kyle Higashioka, Tauchman went to third on a Logan Morrison ground out and then scored on Ryan McBroom’s sacrifice fly. Wade led off the second inning with a single and Ford homered to right center to push the lead to 6-0. Valera then singled and Tauchman walked and, after Higashioka flied out, Morrison singled to right to score Valera. McBroom followed with a double to left to bring home Tauchman and Morrison later scored on Brad Miller’s ground out. After Syracuse pushed across two runs in the bottom of the second, the RailRiders got one back in the third on Valera’s sixth home run of the season. Travis Taijeron homered in the bottom of the third, but Higashioka hit a solo home run in the fourth and Miller added a two-run shot to give the RailRiders a 13-3 lead. Syracuse’s rally started with five runs in the fourth inning. Colton Plaia had an RBI single, Gregor Blanco hit a sacrifice fly, Tim Tebow scored on a wild pitch and then Taijeron hit a two-run single after RailRiders starter Shawn Semple was lifted for Cole Coshow. Semple, an 11th round draft pick in 2017, was making his first ever start at Triple-A after being called up from Single-A. The Syracuse push continued in the fifth. Arismendy Alcantara hit a three-run home run and Danny Espinosa and Taijeron hit back-to-back doubles to plate four runs before the delay. Contact the writer: sports@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9125; @sportsTT on Twitter

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