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Avenged: RailRiders split doubleheader Friday

The RailRiders rallied in game two to earn the split.
Jose Peraza plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth in game two to give the RailRiders a 2-1 win and split Friday's doubleheader. (Tim Dougherty)
June 3, 2022

MOOSIC, PA (June 3, 2022) –The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders split a doubleheader with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Friday evening.José Peraza went 2-for-3 with a sixth inning go-ahead two-run single to lift the RailRiders in the nightcap. Lehigh Valley got on the board early with five two-out runs in the first

MOOSIC, PA (June 3, 2022) –The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders split a doubleheader with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Friday evening.José Peraza went 2-for-3 with a sixth inning go-ahead two-run single to lift the RailRiders in the nightcap.

Lehigh Valley got on the board early with five two-out runs in the first inning against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter Ryan Weber in game one. Rafael Marchan delivered the big blow with a three-run home run. It was Marchan’s first Minor League home run in over 1,100 career plate appearances. Weber pitched two innings and allowed seven runs (two earned) on seven hits.

The IronPigs extended their lead to 9-0 on a Jorge Bonifacio grand slam in the third. Two frames later, Oliver Dunn picked up his first Triple-A hit on a two-run home run off Lehigh Valley starter Bailey Falter to cut the deficit to 9-2. Falter gave up those two tallies over six innings with nine strikeouts in his first quality start of the season.

Phillip Evans and Ronald Guzmán combined to go 4-for-6 from the four and five spots of the lineup, but the RailRiders couldn’t manage any other offense in the 9-2 final. Falter (2-0) earned his second win for Lehigh Valley. Weber (2-2) suffered the loss for SWB.

Johnny Brito made his Triple-A debut on the mound for the RailRiders in game two. The 24-year-old righty pitched five innings of one-run ball with two strikeouts. The lone run came in the fourth when Lehigh Valley executed a double steal of second and home to plate the first run of the contest.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rallied for two runs in the sixth. With runners on second and third, José Peraza delivered a two RBI knock to center to give SWB a 2-1 advantage heading into the final frame. Peraza is now the team leader with 19 runs driven in this season. Greg Weissert pitched a perfect seventh inning to pick up the save and close out a 2-1 victory.

David McKay (2-0) earned the win for the RailRiders with a scoreless inning of relief. Weisset (4) notched his team-high tying fourth save. Nick Duron (1-2) dropped the decision out of Lehigh Valley’s bullpen.

The two teams continue their six-game series on Saturday evening at 6:05 PM. It’s our first Copa de la Diversión game as the RailRiders will play as the Vejigantes. The first 2,500 fans through the gates will receive a Vejigantes’ Pint Glass, presented by La Tolteca. Tickets are available at swbrailriders.com.