Rodriguez Blasts Grand Slam for Instant Victory
Eddy Rodriguez Belts Game-Winning Homer in 12th
Moosic, Pa. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) dealt the knockout punch in the last of the 12th on Monday night at PNC Field. Eddy Rodriguez tattooed a grand slam over the left-center wall to vault the RailRiders (19-16) past the Pawtucket Red Sox 8-4. The PawSox (15-18) have lost five straight.
Ernesto Frieri (2-0) took home the win thanks to Rodriguez’s heroics. The right-hander fired three scoreless innings, allowing one hit, a walk and he struck out three. Tyler Jones tossed three perfect frames and whiffed five.
The RailRiders loaded the bases in the 12th against Chandler Shepherd (0-2). Cito Culver worked a one-out walk and moved to third on consecutive hits by Mason Williams and Mark Payton. Right-hander Brandon Workman relieved Shepherd and yielded the game-winner to Rodriguez on a 2-1 pitch.
Trailing 4-3, a bloop double by Dustin Fowler into shallow left allowed Tyler Wade to score the tying run in the ninth and forced extras. Fowler finished 4-for-5 and a home run shy of the cycle. His seventh-inning triple was his Minor League-leading seventh of the year.
Wade went 2-for-4 with his second home run of the year. With two walks, he reached four times and scored thrice. He also stole his 12th base of the year to lead all of Triple-A.
Mason Williams finished the night 3-for-5 and drove in a run as well.
The 2016 Gildan Triple-A National Champion RailRiders continue their series with the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) at 6:35 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, inside PNC Field. Right-hander Bryan Mitchell (0-1, 5.06) gets the ball for SWB against left-hander Henry Owens (3-1, 2.27). Every Tuesday home game at PNC Field is Two Dollar Tuesdays, presented by La Tolteca. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.