Chance Adams has dominated this season thus far and Friday night against the Rochester RedWings was no different. However, the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders’ bats couldn’t pick him up as they fell 2-1 at PNC Field.
Adams, making his second career start in Triple-A, started from where he left off in his last start. He had excellent command with his fastball and was able to mix in breaking pitches to keep the RedWings off balance. He finished the day giving up 2 earned runs over seven innings and struck out five.
“I was really impressed,” RailRiders’ catcher Eddy Rodriguez said. “I mentioned it to (Pitching Coach Tommy) Phelps-ie, he’s got a real chance at being special.”
Despite Adams throwing three hit-less innings to start the game, the RedWings drew first blood in the fourth inning. Rochester’s center fielder Zack Granite led off the top of the inning with a solo home run to right field putting them up 1-0.
“He threw the ball a lot better compared to the last two outings,” RailRiders’ manager Al Pedrique said. “He had a good feel tonight had a good rhythm going. It’s too bad our offense didn’t support him but overall I’m very pleased with how he pitched tonight.”
The RailRiders attempted to even it up in the bottom of the fourth inning. A single by Dustin Fowler gave the RailRiders their first hit of the night. Two ground balls would move him to third base but a third ground ball, this time by Clint Frazier, wasn’t able to drive him in.
Rochester would get to Adams again in the top of the seventh. Daniel Palka led it off with a single in the first base hole and that was quickly followed up with a double from Byung Ho Park. Matt Hague would then hit a deep fly ball to left field driving in the run and putting the RedWings up 2-0. Adams would be able to limit the damage and get out of the inning with only one run surrendered.
“From being with the Twins in spring training the one guy I didn’t want with second and third up to bat was Matt Hague,” Rodriguez said. “He is as professional of a hitter as you’re going to run into and he’s hitting .280, which is a really good number, but he’s not going to end up there. He’ll end up higher and he’s just really really good.”
The RailRiders’ threatened to score again in the bottom of the 8th inning. The scorching Eddy Rodriguez crushed a ball to right center field for a two out double but Tyler Wade stranded him with a ground ball to second.
The SWB bats were off-balance all night. They were out in front on most pitches which resulted in 17 of their 27 outs coming via the groundball.
The RailRiders finally showed some life in the bottom of the ninth inning. Fowler led the inning off with a double that was crushed off the center field fence. After a Refsnyder strikeout, Mike Ford laced a single to Right field put SWB on the board. Pinch runner Mason Williams got to second after a wild pitch setting up the tying run but Mark Payton struck out to end the game.
The RailRiders look to start a new win streak in the second game against Rochester. A 4:05pm start time at PNC Field, Nick Tepesch (1-2, 2.29 ERA) is on the mound for the RedWings and Caleb Smith (2-0, 2.88 ERA) is pitching for the RailRiders.