Game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader did not go as planned for the RailRiders. Their 10-2 defeat against Norfolk is tied for their most lopsided loss of the year.
Some sloppy play doomed SWB early. In the third inning, Logan Shafer bunted to Miguel Andujar who’s throw was on time but not caught by Cito Culver. Culver, a natural shortstop, has played a decent amount of games at first base season this year. His error eventually opened the door for sacrifice flies by Chris Dickerson and Chris Johnson off of RailRiders starter Brady Lail to give the Tides an early 2-0 lead.
Lail went 4.1 while allowing five runs on seven hits. He struck out five and walked two. With the loss, Lail falls to 5-3 and his ERA jumped to 7.14
The Tides tacked on four more runs in the fifth inning on the backs of Pedro Alvarez and Chance Sisco who both his doubled in runs. Sisco’s night consisted of him going 3-4 with three hard hit doubles.
Jake Cave and Miguel Andujar both hit solo home runs to account for the RailRiders only two runs in game one.
Norfolk starter Gabriel Ynoa went five strong innings giving up one run on just four hits. With the victory he improved his record to 2-8.
It took an extra frame but Miguel Andujar’s walk off single sent the RailRiders home with a 3-2 victory and a split of the double header.
“A win like that we will take at any time. It was a great battle after losing a tough first game.”, said manager Al Pedrique. “I am glad that we came out for the second game and played with more energy.”
Mike Ford lead off the bottom of the eighth with a double down the left field line and then on the next pitch Andujar smoked one the other way for the game winner.
He finished with six innings, three hits and two earned runs. He struck out three and walked one.
“He is very aggressive. he showed confidence in all of his pitches. Today was an emergency start that we needed and he came through again. I told him great job.”, said Pedrique. “We wanted to get most of the innings out of him. Overall he did a great job.
Nick Rumbelow pitched two solid innings and earned his third win of the season.
“I am feeling really well. I am always happy to go out there and gets out to help the team win.”, said Rumbelow. “For me it’s good to come out of the pen like the rest of our bullpen guys.”
The RailRiders pounded out 10 hits, with the star Miguel Andujar having three of them, one of which was a double. Jake Cave also contribute d with two hits.