Coke Spins Gem as RailRiders Roll to Game Two Win
SWB Grabs 2-0 Advantage in Best-of-Five Series
Allentown, Pa. – Phil Coke and the bullpen picked up where Jordan Montgomery and Dietrich Enns left off on Wednesday as the SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) romped the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) 7-0 in Game Two of the International League Division Series. The RailRiders held the IronPigs scoreless in both games at Coca-Cola Park.
Coke (1-0) limited the IronPigs to three hits across seven scoreless innings and struck out seven. He finished his outing by retiring 13 straight hitters. Anthony Vasquez (0-1) allowed four runs to SWB on six hits in four innings. Matt Wotherspoon and Johnny Barbato closed out the game with an inning apiece, surrendering one hit.
For the second straight night, the RailRiders were aided by amazing play in center field from Mason Williams. He robbed Jesmuel Valentin and Taylor Featherston of hits by grabbing back-to-back deep flies on the warning track in center. At the plate, Williams finished 2-for-5 with an RBI.
Donovan Solano set the tone in the first inning for the RailRiders. With two on, Solano launched a double into the right-center gap, scoring Williams for a 1-0 lead. Chris Parmelee followed with a sacrifice fly to left that drove in Clint Frazier.
Pete Kozma and Williams used consecutive, two-out hits in the fourth inning to bring in two runs for a 4-0 lead. Kyle Higashioka made it 6-0 in the fifth on a two-run double to center off reliever James Russell. Frazier doubled with two away in the sixth and came around for the game’s final tally on a single to right by Solano.
The RailRiders will host Game Three on Friday, September 9 at 6:35 p.m. seeking a series-clinching victory. Right-hander Brady Lail (7-6, 5.07) will match up with right-hander Phil Klein (5-1, 1.52).
If necessary, SWB will host the IronPigs for Game Four on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 6:35 p.m. and Game Five on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1:05 p.m. Come cheer on your RailRiders as they seek the franchise’s second Governor ‘s Cup! Purchase playoff tickets by calling 570-969-BALL (2255) or online at swbrailriders.com!
OFF THE RAILS:
The RailRiders led the minors with a franchise-record 24 shutouts in the regular season. Two of those blankings came at Lehigh Valley's expense. Each time, Dietrich Enns was the victorious starter in those affairs.
Mason Williams has gone 5-for-9 (.556) with a home run and three RBI.
The RailRiders finished 6-for-15 with men in scoring position and are 6-for-20 in the series. The IronPigs are 0-for-11 in runners in prime real estate for the series. Lehigh Valley got a leadoff triple in the first and double to open the third inning, but did not score.
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