Friday, July 26, 2013

RailRiders, Randy Ruiz win record-breaking game: Notes & Report

MOOSIC  Thursday was Super Hero Night at PNC Field.

It took a franchise-record-breaking 20 innings to find one, but Randy Ruiz finally emerged as the super hero, ending the painstakingly long game with a walk-off home run.

Ruiz, dubbed (by me) as the Chris Davis of the International League, launched the game-winning home run minutes before the game reached five and a half hours.

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders won the game largely because of strong pitching, defeating the Toledo Mud Hens, 2-1.

Seven relief pitchers combined for 13 scoreless innings, highlighted by Josh Spence's 3.1 inning frame, however Jim Miller ultimately goes down as the game's winning pitcher, improving to 1-5.


  • The game ended at about 12:30 a.m. and the RailRiders will leave for Newark, NJ at 2:30 a.m. to travel by bus for a flight to tomorrow's game in Louisville.
  • Detroit Tigers' hot prospect Avisail Garcia ended the night 0-for-9 ... his average suffered greatly, but still sits at .385.
  • Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's catcher J.R. Murphy caught all 20 innings, throwing out two runners and went 2-for-5 with three walks at the plate.
  • The game could have easily ended in nine innings, with RailRiders starter David Huff getting the win, if not for Cody Grice losing a fly ball in the sky/lights and letting the Mud Hens getting on the board.
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