LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – Mark Payton knocked in two runs and Daniel Camarena combined with three relievers to toss a five-hit shutout as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders earned a 3-0 shutout victory over the Gwinnett Braves Friday night at Coolray Field. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre won the Governors’ Cup Championship Series 3-1 and captured the Cup for the second time in team history.
The game was scoreless until the fifth inning, when series MVP Jake Cave started a two-run rally with a leadoff single. After G-Braves’ starter Rob Wooten (L, 0-2) struck out Pete Kozma and Jose Rosario, the right-hander walked Cito Culver to put runners at first and second. Payton followed with an RBI single and Clint Frazier beat out a ball deep in the hole at shortstop to put Scranton/Wilkes-Barre up 2-0.
Payton knocked in the game’s final run on a triple to right field in the seventh, which Mel Rojas Jr.nearly snagged at the wall.
Camarena made the runs stand up over 5.1 innings as he earned his first win at the Triple-A level. The G-Braves threatened against the lefty in the sixth, when Emilio Bonifacio and Rojas Jr. collected back-to-back singles, chasing Camarena. The RailRiders went to Johnny Barbato and he promptly struck out Ronnier Mustelier and got Sean Kazmar Jr. to ground out to shortstop, ending the inning.
Tyler Webb and Giovanny Gallegos worked 3.0 perfect innings the rest of the way for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, which won both Games 3 and 4 at Coolray Field after splitting the first two games at home.
Bonifacio reached base twice, on a walk and his sixth-inning single, and also stole a base for the G-Braves, who managed to score runs in just three of the 36 innings in the series. Wooten matched a career-high with eight strikeouts over 5.0 innings, allowing just two runs on five hits and a walk.
Jason Hursh yielded a run on one hit and two walks in 2.0 innings while striking out five for Gwinnett, and both Brian Moran and Madison Younginer posted scoreless outings out of the bullpen.
Payton finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs and Frazier had two hits for the RailRiders.
The Gwinnett Braves open their ninth season of play at Coolray Field on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:05 p.m. vs. the Durham Bulls. Season tickets for 2017 are on sale now, call the Coolray Field Ticket Office at 678-277-0340 for more information.