The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders earned their league-leading 14th shutout win tonight against the Buffalo Bisons at PNC Field.
Scranton hit Bisons starter, John Anderson, hard, early and often. The southpaw took his third loss of the season as he could only last 2.1 innings. Anderson gave up nine hits, three walks and seven earned runs in the contest.
The scoring started in the bottom of the first when Aaron Judge ripped at 2-0 fastball into center field for an RBI double.
After back-to-back one-out singles by Jonathan Diaz and Ben Gamel in the top of the second inning, the pair combined to double steal on the first pitch to Donovan Solano. Solano then shot a third straight RailRiders single up the middle for an RBI base knock, giving Scranton a 2-0 advantage.
Tyler Austin led off the bottom of the third with his 8th Triple-A home run in 29 games. He ripped a 2-0 fastball, opposite field, over the right field wall. In the next at-bat, Cesar Puello went back-to-back as he smashed a 2-1 offering from Anderson deep to left-center field. The distance of the home run was well over 400 feet. Jake Cave reached on a hit-by-pitch and stole second base on the first pitch to Pete Kozma. Kozma had a productive at-bat as he advanced Cave to third base on a ground out to second base. After a Jonathan Diaz five-pitch walk, Ben Gamel plated Cave on an RBI single to left. Diaz advanced to third on the hit, while Gamel took second on the throw to third. Donovan Solano sent a first-pitch fastball over the head of Melky Mesa to deep center field for a two-run double. Bobby Korecky replaced Anderson after the fifth run of the inning scored.
Jake Cave extended the RailRiders lead to nine in the bottom of the fourth when he crushed a 0-1 hanging fastball from Korecky into the seats for a two-run home run.
Donovan Solano collected his fourth hit and fourth RBI of the game in the bottom of the 8th as he plated the RailRiders 10th and final run of the contest on a ground ball single to right field.
Scranton starter Dietrich Enns was spectacular tonight as he turned in his best start as a RailRider. He pitched seven innings of two-hit, shutout baseball. Enns struck out five, walked two, and generated soft contact on balls in play. Enns improves to 3-1 on the year and has an outstanding 0.70 ERA. He was recently ranked by Pinstriped Prospects as a Yankee Top 50 Prospect.
Mark Montgomery relieved Enns in the eighth and went on to pitch two scoreless, no-hit innings. Montgomery struck out two and lowered his ERA to 2.75.
Scranton took the first of a two-game series against Buffalo. Tonight’s victory is the team’s seventh straight win against the Toronto Blue Jays Triple-A affiliate. Over that span, the RailRiders have outscored the Bisons 28 to 5. The series concludes tomorrow night at 7:05 pm with Diego Moreno (4-1, 5.20 ERA) facing off against Chris Leroux (6-5, 3.29 ERA).