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071718 Ddays vs Scrappers 3

The Doubledays' Jacob Rhinesmith bats against the Scrappers at Falcon Park July 17. 

The Auburn Doubledays walked away from their doubleheader against Tri-City the same way they entered it: one game over .500.

The Doubledays split their twin bill against the ValleyCats Thursday, earning a dramatic 4-3 comeback win in Game 1 before dropping Game 2, 3-2.

Game 2 was a makeup game for Wednesday's rain out. 

In Game 1, Auburn trailed 3-1 entering its final at-bats but rallied for three runs to take the lead in the seventh.

Cody Wilson hit a two-run double with none out in the seventh that tied the game 3-3, and Jacob Rhinesmith followed with the go-ahead RBI single to put the Doubledays in front for the first time all game.

Chandler Day, who pitched the final three innings, allowed the tying run to reach second with one out but forced a line out and pop up to close out the game. Day (1-1) was charged with four hits, one earned run and two walks.

Wilson finished 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs, while Nic Perkins added two hits, including a double, with one RBI. Israel Pineda and Ricardo Mendez (run) also picked up hits.

Auburn was doomed by a three-run third inning from Tri-City in Game 2, with all three of those runs coming against starter Tim Cate. The Doubledays were set up for another comeback in the seventh as Victor Robles, down on a rehab assignment from Triple-A Syracuse, singled in a pair of runs to cut the deficit to 3-2 with two outs. The tying run, however, was left at second base as Carson Shaddy struck out swinging to end the game.

Auburn was held to four hits in the second half of the doubleheader, with Robles, Jonathan Pryor (run), Perkins (run, walk) and Cole Daily (walk) all securing singles. Gilberto Chu went the final 2 2/3 innings after Cate and held the ValleyCats to no runs and one hit.

The Doubledays (19-18) return home Friday to begin a three-game series against the Connecticut Tigers and former manager Gary Cathcart.

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