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Teeing Off: Volpe homers twice, RailRiders hit four in 7-2 victory

SWB is just two and a half games back of first place with 20 days to go.
Anthony Volpe has hits in his first six games at Triple-A. (Kirsten Peters)
September 8, 2022

DURHAM, NC (September 8, 2022) –The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (71-60) defeated the Durham Bulls 7-2 on Thursday night. SWB busted out four home runs including two from Yankees’ top prospect Anthony Volpe, his first at Triple-A. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre took the early lead on an Armando Alvarez solo home run in the second

DURHAM, NC (September 8, 2022) –The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (71-60) defeated the Durham Bulls 7-2 on Thursday night. SWB busted out four home runs including two from Yankees’ top prospect Anthony Volpe, his first at Triple-A.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre took the early lead on an Armando Alvarez solo home run in the second inning off starter Josh Fleming. Alvarez’s 15 home runs currently lead the active roster.

Volpe would launch his first Triple-A home run in the fifth with two outs. The solo blast doubled the lead to 2-0.

The Bulls tied the game in their half of the fifth inning with a pair of runs off RailRiders’ starter Mitch Spence. Those were the only two runs he allowed in six innings of work. Spence struck out seven batters, matching a career-high at the Triple-A level. He surrendered just four hits.

Alvarez would give SWB the lead back in the top of the sixth with a sacrifice fly. He went 2-for-4 with the aforementioned homer and two RBI. Volpe would leave the yard again with a solo shot to left center in the seventh.

The RailRiders would score another on a double from Ben Rortvedt in the seventh as well. Ryan LaMarre would cap the scoring in the ninth with a two-run shot to push the lead to five.

Chris Owings tallied four hits in the contest out of the two-spot for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He becomes just the seventh RailRider this season to tally four hits in a game. SWB put up fifteen hits in the contest and won 7-2.

Spence (2-2) earned the victory with Angel Pedromo (2-1) suffering the loss for Durham. With the win, the RailRiders are just two and a half games back in the International League East standings, currently in second place chasing these very Bulls. They are now eleven games over .500, a season-best.

Game four of the series is Friday night. Matt Krook will take the ball as the RailRiders look to guarantee at least a series split with a victory. Pre-game coverage starts at 6:15 PM on the RailRiders Baseball Network and swbrailriders.com.