The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders combined extra-base power and brilliant pitching in shutting out the Buffalo Bisons, 3-0 and 4-0, in a doubleheader before an announced 4,512 at Sahlen Field.
Yankees prospect Chance Adams, a 24-year-old right-hander, pitched a three-hit shutout in the opener as he went the seven-inning distance. The game was played in rain throughout. Adams struck out only two but walked only one. The Bisons played the first game as the Buffalo Wings.
Lefty Nestor Cortes Jr. thoroughly dominated the Buffalo batters in the second game. Jordan Patterson, who singled to center with one out in the third inning was the only Bisons baserunner in the near-perfect seven-inning game.
Cortes struck out eight and J.R. Feyereisen, who pitched the seventh, struck out two more. Only three of the 22 batters for the Bisons hit the ball out of the infield.
Didi Gregorius, in his sixth game with the RailRiders on his rehab from the Yankees, went 2 for 4 as the designated hitter in the opener. He was in the middle of Scranton’s two-run third inning.
Breyvic Valera doubled home Trey Amburgey with the first run of the inning, and Gregorius, who had singled, scored on a sacrifice fly.
Gregorius, who did not play in the second game, is now 4 for 25 with the RailRiders raising his average to .120. He is expected to join the Yankees on Friday in Cleveland.
Valera hit a two-run homer and Kyle Higashioka followed with a solo blast in the RailRiders’ three-run third inning of the nightcap. It was the seventh home run of the season for each.
Lefty Shawn Morimando (2-4) took the loss for Buffalo in the opener. Conor Fisk (1-3), making a spot start, was the second game loser after giving up three of the four RailRiders runs including the homers by Valera and Higashioka.
The teams will wrap up a six-game series with a single game Thursday night (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m.). Six games between the teams over four days had to be crammed in this week because this is the RailRiders’ final visit here this season. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre leads the North Division of the International League with a 33-23 mark. The RailRiders are 9-4 against Buffalo this season. The Bisons (24-33) fell to 9ø games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
The Bisons will open a three-game series against Lehigh Valley Friday night. Saturday will be Star Wars Night at Sahlen Field (6:05 p.m.). Sunday’s game is a 1:05 start.