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Rain Hits Late In Game 1

September 12, 2018
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Rain Hits Late In Game 1

MOOSIC — Bruce Caldwell added another big hit to his postseason, but rain sent Game 1 of the Governors’ Cup Championship series late into Tuesday night. After hitting a 10th-inning grand slam in the clinching game against Lehigh Valley, Caldwell’s two-run double in the fifth quickly erased Durham’s only lead of the night, and the RailRiders led the Bulls, 3-2, before the game was delayed in the bottom of the eighth inning at presstime at a rainy PNC Field. It spoiled the homecoming of Scranton native Joe McCarthy. Durham’s left fielder was 1 for 3 with a walk and a single off RailRiders southpaw Justus Sheffield. Durham loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the fifth against Sheffield. Nate Lowe led off with a double, former RailRider Rob Refsnyder singled and Jason Coats walked. Sheffield limited the damage, however, with Durham getting its only run on Jake Cronenworth’s double play ball. Durham starter Ryan Weber scattered four singles over the first four innings, with the RailRiders only getting one of the base runners into scoring position. Back-to-back hits by Wilkin Castillo and Mark Payton gave the RailRiders first and third with one out in the fifth, then Caldwell’s drive split center fielder Austin Meadows and the right fielder Refsnyder, easily scoring both runners. With two outs, Ryan McBroom stretched it to 3-1 with a line drive single to McCarthy in left. With Durham Bulls apparel and No. 31 shirts dotting the crowd, McCarthy struck out in his first two at-bats, drawing a tough, lefty-on-lefty matchup against Sheffield in the fourth. Sheffield finished him off on three pitches. McCarthy would get the better of the matchup two innings later, stroking a grounder through the overshift for a one-out single. Refsnyder cut into the lead with a homer in the seventh inning off David Sosebee and the Bulls threatened again the next inning against Cale Coshow. Kean Wong singled up the middle with one out and McCarthy followed with a walk — he took a big swing at a 3-0 pitch, but was just a bit late and fouled it off. The RailRiders brought in closer Joe Harvey, and Harvey got Meadows to fly out before painting the outside corner with a fastball to strike out Brandon Snyder and end the inning. Domingo German started for the RailRiders and, even though he hadn’t pitched since Aug. 30 and was on a pitch count, dominated Durham for three innings. He struck out the side in the first, working around Meadows’ two-out double. He got Refsnyder looking at a 93-mph fastball in a perfect second and rolled two groundouts in a three-up, three-down third. German struck out five, walked none and threw 31 of his 43 pitches for strikes. Contact the writer: cfoley@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9125; @RailRidersTT on Twitter

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