Cortes Shines In RailRiders’ Win

May 5, 2019

Nelson Cortes had everything working for him Saturday night in Syracuse.

The RailRiders starting pitcher took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before yielding a one-out single to Rene Rivera, who had previously been 7 for 45 on the season.

With Rivera’s line-drive single to left field, Cortes’ night was done.

However, the RailRiders would need extra-inning heroics to win this one.

Mandy Alvarez’s double off Paul Sewald scored Kyle Higashioka in the top of the 10th inning to help the RailRiders defeat the Mets, 4-2, for their fourth straight win.

Higashioka started the 10th inning on second base. Later in the inning, the RailRiders added an insurance run when Alvarez scored on a double by Matt Lipka, who had two hits in the game.

But the real story of the game was Cortes. He entered the game with a 5.82 ERA, but controlled the Mets with a dominant cutter, striking out nine and walking three.

J.P. Feyereisen replaced Cortes and worked out of the jam in the bottom of the eighth. However, he ran into trouble in the ninth.

Luis Guillorme worked a one-out walk and Carlos followed with a two-run home run to left field, tying the game, 2-2. Feyereisen rebounded and induced a pop out and a strike out to send the game to extra innings.

With the 4-2 lead in the 10th, Feyereisen got the first two outs on a ground out and a strike out, then Davis Sosebee relieved him and got Gregor Blanco looking on strikes to end the game.

Syracuse starting pitcher Zach Lee turned in a solid performance, going seven innings, allowing two runs and six hits. He also struck out four and walked two.

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