MOOSIC, Pa. – Dustin Fowler could not be stopped on Sunday.
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders center fielder went 5-for-6, hit for the cycle and blasted an eleventh inning walk-off home run as the home team rallied to defeat the Indianapolis Indians by a final score of 7-6.
The teams trade three-run innings early, with Scranton putting up three in the first and Indianapolis answering in the second.
Four RailRiders reached against Tribe starting pitcher Drew Hutchison in the bottom of the first, with three consecutive at-bats resulting in runs to make it 3-0. The Indians would respond quickly, though, with Anderson Feliz crushing his first homer of the season to even the score at 3-3.
Scranton reclaimed the lead on a Clint Frazier solo shot in the third, but another three-run outburst allowed Indy to go in front in the fourth.
The Tribe struck quickly, with Austin Meadows leading off with a bunt single and coming all the way around to score a batter later on a Jacob Stallings double. Four more Indians got on base in the inning, with Eury Perez and Max Moroff picking up RBIs to make it 6-4.
Fowler made it an one-run game with a two-out RBI double in the fifth and Hutchison would exit an inning later. Indy’s right-hander turned in 5 2/3 big innings after the team’s bullpen went 8 innings on Saturday, giving up five runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks.
Indianapolis would hold on to their 6-5 advantage until the ninth, where Scranton took Sunday’s contest to extra innings. The RailRiders loaded the bases with two walks and a double versus Tribe reliever Angel Sanchez. Scranton then evened the score at six runs each on a wild pitch from Sanchez.
The game would remained locked up until the bottom of the eleventh, when Fowler put an exclamation mark on his huge afternoon. Fowler, who tripled in the first and singled in the seventh, completed the cycle and gave the RailRiders the victory with a walk-off solo homer with one gone in the frame.
Indianapolis, who now owns a record of just 7-15, will have another much-needed day off on Monday. The team will return home to Victory Field on Tuesday, when they will open a three-game series against the Toledo Mud Hens. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. with Tyler Eppler (2-1, 2.45 ERA) expected to climb the mound for the Indians.