With the All Star festivities right around the corner, the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders put on a show of their own against the Pawtucket Red Sox. Led by two Ji-Man Choi shots, the RailRiders clubbed six home runs in the game which helped to lead them to a 14-7 victory in Pawtucket.
Scranton Wilkes-Barre didn’t waste any time getting on the board. In the first inning with two outs, Ji-Man Choi launched his first of two bombs to right-center field which gave the RailRiders a 1-0 lead.
Pawtucket struck right back in the bottom of the inning. A Cito Culver miscue allowed Pablo Sandoval to reach base on an error and he was shortly driven in by a double to right field off the bat of Bryce Brentz which tied the score at one.
The top of the second inning saw more fireworks off the RailRiders’ bats. Leading off the inning, newly promoted outfielder Billy McKinney hit a home run to right field on a line drive. Two batters later Mark Payton would also drive one to right field to give the RailRiders a 3-1 lead to finish off the second.
The fourth inning is where SWB broke the game open against the Red Sox. Up 4-3, the RailRiders had a leadoff single and walk followed by a Jake Cave single to right field to score a run. Ji-Man Choi then took matters into his hands once again with a three-run home run, his second of the game, to put SWB up 8-3.
Scranton Wilkes-Barre would go on to score six more runs in the game which was highlighted by an Eddy Rodriguez blast and a second home run of the game from outfielder, Mark Payton.
Hitting wasn’t the only thing to watch in the SWB victory. Chance Adams was on the hill and once again, he dazzled.
Adams pitched five innings and surrendered five hits. He gave up three runs but only two were earned. He also gave up only one walk with six strikeouts in his outing. He collected the win in his efforts.
The RailRiders finish up their series with Pawtucket. Ronald Herrera (First AAA start) will throw for SWB against the left-handed Edgar Olmos (5-2, 1.93 ERA). The RailRiders will come home on Tuesday to start a series against the Buffalo Bisons on the 4th of July.