Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 3 - Chihuahuas 1
Key Statistics: SS Jose Rondon 1-3, 2B; C Austin Hedges 1-4, RBI; CF Manuel Margot 1-4, R; 2B Carlos Asuaje 1-4; RF Hunter Renfroe 0-4; RHP Walker Lockett (L, 1-3) 5.0 IP 7 H 3 R 3 ER 2 K HR; RHP Dinelson Lamet 1.2 IP 2 K; LHP Kyle McGrath 1.0 IP H BB.
Prospect Watch: It’s an old baseball adage that good pitching beats good hitting and the RailRiders proved it winning the Triple-A Championship in a one game playoff in Memphis for their 92nd victory of the season; the most in minor league baseball for the season…the RailRiders scored all of their runs in the first inning when Walker Locket gave up back-to-back singles followed by a three-run home run, and that was all of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s scoring. Lockett, who Rod Barajas said during the game may have tried to throw his sinker a little too hard which caused it to flatten out, blanked the RailRiders for the rest of the game. The six-foot-five Floridian began the year at Fort Wayne and like many pitchers in the Padres’ system has experienced a remarkable rise for a player that was better known as a first baseman than a pitcher coming out of high school in 2012. He should begin 2017 in El Paso’s rotation and could have a shot at the big leagues by mid-season…El Paso had chances in the third and sixth inning to put up some runs but was only able to squeeze Austin Hedges’ RBI single in the sixth inning…Hedges, Hunter Renfroe and Carlos Asuaje all probably played their last games in the minors tonight.
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