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Green Rolls Again As RailRiders Bash ’Cuse

May 4, 2019

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Chad Green picked up where he left off, and so did the RailRiders’ offense. Making his second appearance since being demoted to Triple-A, Green struck out six over three scoreless innings as the RailRiders’ opener, then SWB’s bats clobbered Syracuse for 14 hits in a 9-1 rout Friday at NBT Bank Stadium. Green allowed two hits, one a bunt single by Carlos Gómez, and walked none. He threw 41 pitches — RailRiders manager Jay Bell said before the game that the righty had a limit of 45 — with 30 going for strikes. “Overall, was able to locate my fastball well, put my breaking ball where I wanted it for the most part, so yeah, it was encouraging for sure,” said Green, who had a 16.43 ERA in 10 games with New York this year. In his first outing with the RailRiders, Green struck out five and walked one over two innings against Rochester, liking what he saw from a few mechanical adjustments. Friday offered more of the same results. He struck out two in the first inning, getting Danny Espionsa to swing through a 96-mph fastball, then freezing Luis Guillorme with 97 on the inside corner. Dilson Herrera went down on an 88-mph slider in the second, and Green pumped three fastballs past Tim Tebow for his fourth strikeout — 95, 95 and then got the Heisman Trophy winner trying to catch up to 96 mph. Rene Rivera made the only solid contact against Green, lining a single to left to begin the third, but Green struck out Grégor Blanco, got a flyout and then punched out Espinosa again to end his evening. “It all starts with fastball command for me,” Green said. “Right now, my fastball command’s good. My misses aren’t very bad. So, yeah, I’ll take it. For sure.” His fastball had more pop, too, topping out at 97 and sitting 95-96. “Just getting the velo back a little bit, too, obviously helps,” he said. “Makes your margin for error a little bit more. Just being able to locate down and away consistently, then being able to go up when I need to has been big for me last two outings.” Cale Coshow tossed a scoreless fourth for the RailRiders, then Drew Hutchison, a starting pitcher who was on turn to pitch Friday, allowed a run on two hits over the final five innings. The trio combined to strike out 14, allow four hits and walk just two. “I didn’t really feel very good until the last inning,” said Hutchison, who walked one and struck out seven. “I was just able to make a few pitches when I needed to. Wasn’t getting ahead, didn’t really throw well, I wouldn’t say, until the last two innings.” Hutchison only ran into trouble in the seventh, when Guillorme led off with a single and Gómez followed with a double. A run would score on a wild pitch, but Hutchison struck out the next three batters to limit the damage. “That little jam, I was able to bear down and make some pitches when I needed to,” he said. “Finally kind of felt like myself during the last inning.” On offense, the RailRiders, who knocked around Rochester for seven runs on 11 hits in a win Thursday, got things going early against Syracuse starter Casey Coleman. Gosuke Katoh singled in a run in the first, Billy Burns tripled home another in the third and Brad Miller launched a solo homer in the fifth. Ryan McBroom, who went 2 for 5 with a homer, doubled with one out in the sixth and Mandy Alvarez made it a 4-0 lead with a base hit. “I think we’re just sticking with our plan,” said Katoh, who is hitting .368 on the year. “We just kept going from how we ended (Thursday) night. We were really on his fastball today. That was kind of our plan going in. We put together some really good at-bats, especially at the end of the game.” Burns singled with the bases loaded in the eighth to bring home two more, and Katoh and McBroom launched back-to-back homers in the ninth inning for good measure. “It’s easier to hit when everyone else is hitting,” said Katoh, who set a career high with his seventh home run. “I think that has to do with our success as well. “It’s just all mental and you just feel like you’re in charge of, when you go up to the plate, you’re in charge of that at-bat. You just feel like the pitcher’s in trouble.” Contact the writer: cfoley@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9125; @RailRidersTT on Twitter