NORFOLK, VA- Scranton/Wilkes-Barre pounded out a season-high 18 hits to cruise to a 16-2 win over the Tides Sunday afternoon at Harbor Park.
After Norfolk combined for 24 runs on 28 hits in wins on Friday and Saturday night, Scranton turned the tables on the Tides by belting 10 extra-base hits as they salvaged a series split. Every RailRider collected a hit and scored a run in the contest, while seven of the nine Scranton batters drove in a run.
The RailRiders jumped on Tides starter Suk-min Yoon (0-4) early, chasing the 27-year-old right-hander from the contest before he could record an out in the fourth inning. Yoon yielded eight runs on 11 hits in three-plus innings, with eight of the hits going for extra bases. Ramon Flores and Antoan Richardson both homered off of Yoon, who had posted a 1.80 ERA over his previous four starts.
The offense was more than enough for RailRiders starter Joel De La Cruz (1-0), who earned the victory in his first outing above the Double-A level. The only run he allowed in six innings of work was a solo home run by Cord Phelps, Phelps’ second home run in as many games.