RailRiders Edge IronPigs on Late Home Run

A late inning rally by the RailRiders in front of a crowd of 2,670 carried them over the IronPigs to take the first two games of the Iron Rail Series.  A three-run home run by Ryan McBroom off of Tom Windle in the bottom of the seventh inning put the RailRiders on top.  Brady Lail (1-0) earned his first win of the season for the RailRiders while Tyler Viza (0-1) took the loss for the Pigs.   Cale Coshow pitched the final two innings of relief for the RailRiders and struck out four on his way to the save.

It was a debut to remember for 22-year-old Enyel De Los Santos who made his Triple-A and Phillies organizational debut against Scranton.   Lighting up the radar gun and silencing the RailRiders bats, De Los Santos struck out five in the first two innings and tossed five strong innings for the Pigs, striking out seven in his debut.   After surrendering a run in the bottom of the third, De Los Santos retired the next nine of eleven he would face including retiring the side in the order in the fifth.

Roman Quinn was back in the leadoff hole for the IronPigs and set the table for the Pigs offense against the RailRiders.  Quinn reached base four times in the ball game with a pair of singles and walks.  Quinn also scored a run and drove in a run for Lehigh Valley, giving him a three-game hitting streak to start the 2018 season.

With no score in the third inning, Quinn singled through the hole on the right side to score Logan Moore and put the Pigs up by one.  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre evened the score in the bottom of the third and the score remained tied until the sixth.  The Pigs retook the lead in the sixth, this time on the legs of Roman Quinn.  Quinn singled and moved up to third on a single by Dean Anna and Dylan Cozens lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Quinn and put the Pigs up 2-1.

After the RailRiders answered in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game at two, the Pigs had an opportunity to retake the lead and throw up a crooked number against the RailRiders pen.  With the bases loaded and one down in the inning, Lail got back-to-back punch-outs to keep the game tied at two.  The IronPigs finished the ball game 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left eight on base.

The RailRiders put up a three-spot in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a 5-2 lead.  With runners on first and second and two outs Ryan McBoom homered into the RailRiders bullpen to give Scranton/Wilkes-Barre their first lead of the ball game.

The Railriders have now taken the first two games of the IronRail Series from the Pigs.  

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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