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One Each: SWB and SYR split twin bill

Sears and Boyle shine, Florial goes deep twice in doubleheader
Estevan Florial went 3-for-4 with two home runs and three runs scored in game two of Saturday's doubleheader with Syracuse. (Tim Dougherty)
September 25, 2021

MOOSIC, Pa. (September 25, 2021) – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders split a doubleheader with the Syracuse Mets on Saturday at PNC Field. The RailRiders won game one 4-0, while they fell in the second game 6-3. RailRiders left-hander JP Sears led the team to victory with a tremendous performance in the

MOOSIC, Pa. (September 25, 2021) – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders split a doubleheader with the Syracuse Mets on Saturday at PNC Field. The RailRiders won game one 4-0, while they fell in the second game 6-3.

RailRiders left-hander JP Sears led the team to victory with a tremendous performance in the opener, tying a career-high with 10 strikeouts in 6.1 innings of work. Sears (6-0) scattered four hits in the outing and did not walk a batter. He now leads the team in wins, and has struck out 35 and walked only one in 24.1 innings across his last four games.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre gave him some support in the bottom of the second when Andrew Velazquez banged a two-run double off the right field wall against MLB rehabber Robert Gsellman. Oswaldo Cabrera added a solo home run in the fourth and Greg Allen contributed an RBI single in the sixth to pad the lead to 4-0.

After Sears, Nick Nelson retired the final two batters of the game to close out the win. The RailRiders stole four bases in the game to run their season total to 140 in 120 games. That mark set a new franchise record for stolen bases in a single season, surpassing the 2000 Red Barons who stole 139 over 145 games.

Estevan Florial hit a home run off Vance Worley in the bottom of the third in the night cap to take a 1-0 lead. It was the first of two home runs in the game for Florial, his second two-homer game of the year.

Meanwhile, Sean Boyle retired the first 11 batters he faced before allowing a single to Khalil Lee in the top of the fourth. Syracuse broke through in the fifth, when Drew Jackson connected for a two-run home run off Boyle to give the Mets a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the fifth Florial launched his second home run against Worley to tie the game at 2-2. Oswaldo Cabrera followed with a triple, but reliever Eric Orze was able to strand him on third to keep the score even.

The Mets rallied for four runs on four hits against Adam Warren in the top of the sixth to take a 6-2 lead. In the bottom of the seventh the RailRiders brought in a run when Ryan LaMarre walked with the bases loaded to bring the winning run to the plate with one out. However, Tom Hackimer was able to get the final two outs and earn his fifth save of the season.

POSTGAME NOTES: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s shut out in the opening game was the eighth shutout of the season for the club, after they recorded six in the 2019 season.

The RailRiders complete their series with the Mets on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field at 1:05 p.m. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is scheduled to start RHP Hayden Wesneski (1-0, 0.00), while Syracuse counters with RHP Jerad Eickoff (8-2, 5.06). The contest is the final regular season game at PNC Field this season. For tickets and more information, call (570) 969-BALL or slide to www.swbrailriders.com/tickets.