RailRiders Blow Six-Run Lead, Lose at Lehigh Valley

Judge Records Career-Best Four Hits, Plays Center Field for First Time 

Allentown, Pa. – Entering play on Tuesday night, the offense had been the issue. But an early outburst erased such concerns. Alas, pitching proved the problem as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) blew a six-run lead and lost to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) at Coca-Cola Park, 12-8. SWB (43-36) has lost a season-worst five in a row.

Four runs crossed in the opening inning for the visitors with Austin Romine’s two-run homer providing the highlight. Romine’s blow extended the International League’s best active hitting streak to 16 games.

Rob Refsnyder drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single up the middle in the second and Rob Segedin homered in the third for a 7-1 lead.

Then the Lehigh Valley offense awoke. The IronPigs (32-48) hung crooked numbers on the board in the third, fourth and fifth as they plated 10 unanswered tallies for an 11-7 lead. Five of those runs crossed in the fifth with Gabriel Lino’s two-run double giving the IronPigs the lead for good.

Reliever Chris Martin (0-1) took the loss. In his 1.2 innings, he was charged with six runs, five hits, three walks and recorded two strikeouts. Lehigh Valley starter Anthony Vasquez (4-3) earned the win despite an ugly line. He allowed seven runs on eight hits, three walks, two homers and a hit batter along with two strikeouts.

The three-game series concludes at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday night. Right-hander Jaron Long (5-5, 5.11) will face usual reliever Dustin McGowan (1-1, 6.00) in a bullpen game for the IronPigs.

The RailRiders return to PNC Field for a six-day, seven-game homestand starting on the Fourth of July against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) at 7:05 p.m. Fans 18 and over will receive a voucher for a scratch-off ticket courtesy of the PA Lottery which will also present a post-game fireworks extravaganza. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Aaron Judge started in center field and posted a career-best four hits. He went 4-for-4 with a double, a walk and three runs scored. All of his 201 career games played entering Tuesday saw him serve as the right fielder or designated hitter.

Cole Figueroa celebrated his 28th birthday with his fifth multi-hit showing in seven games. He went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and lifted his batting average to .291.

The RailRiders have been outscored 40-13 during their five-game slide.

SWB had not lost five in a row since a two-game sweep at Syracuse and three straight losses versus Columbus from Aug. 4-9, 2014.

Rob Refsnyder singled, walked and delivered three RBIs. Since moving to the clean-up position, he is 4-for-10 with three walks.

The season-long IronRail series stands tied, 4-4.

Lehigh Valley has sewn up the series and will bid for a sweep on Wednesday. SWB has not been swept by Lehigh Valley in a series longer than two games since losing all three in a rain-shortened set versus the IronPigs from May 17-20, 2011.

The six-run lead lost tied as the largest advantage blow in a RailRiders’ loss this season. The team led 6-0 but lost 8-7 at Charlotte on April 30.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 6-30-15

CLICK HERE for the June 30 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with John Sadak and Darren Headrick. Pregame coverage starts at 6:35 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: The scoring woes normally suffered at home have shifted to the road as the RailRiders fell to the IronPigs in Monday night’s series opener, 8-1. SWB has lost a season-high-tying four in a row.

HERE COMES THE JUDGE: Aaron Judge delivered the RailRiders’ only extra-base hit, their only knock with a man in scoring position and their only run in one fell ninth-inning swoop. The prospect outfielder lined a one-out double to right in that scored Ali Castillo from second base. Judge owns his first Triple-A hitting streak with a hit Sunday and Monday.

SUSPECT SWINGS: On the heels of a shutout loss on Friday and a Saturday rainout, SWB’s two runs in the ninth on Sunday halted the team’s longest scoreless streak of the season at 18 innings. The team plated a pair on Judge’s first Triple-A home run on Thursday against Louisville in the 15-2 loss. Going back to Wednesday’s action, the RailRiders have scored five runs over their last 37 innings, including no runs in 34 of those frames.

STREAKING STROKE: Despite a nearly week-long layoff in the wake of being hit in the head with a fastball, Austin Romine has assembled a 15-game hitting streak. He has hit .350 (21-for-60) over his run with 13 RBIs. Four of his five home runs and 21 of his 30 RBIs have come on the road, but his home contact clip (.270) sits even with his road number (.270). Romine surpassed Rob Refsnyder‘s 11-game run from May 10-21 as the longest by a 2015 RailRider. Romine owns the IL’s longest active hitting streak. Only Columbus shortstop Jose Ramirez (17-gamer from June 9-28) and Durham outfielder Taylor Motter (16-gamer from June 3-20) have engineered longer hitting streaks this season. Adonis Garcia set the RailRiders era record with a 21-gamer from July 17-Aug. 30, 2014 that tied for the longest in the league last season. Red Barons shortstop Pablo Ozuna set the overall SWB mark with a 27-gamer from July 27-Aug. 24, 2004.

YIN-YANG: The game’s two starters enjoyed decidedly different days. The Phillies’ top pitching prospect, Aaron Nola (3-0), tossed five scoreless frames for his third win in as many career Triple-A nods. SWB southpaw Jose De Paula (2-1) gave up six runs on eight hits over just two innings for his first loss since June 27, 2014. De Paula had allowed three runs in 17.2 innings with SWB entering the game.

ROAD WARRIORS: The RailRiders stand five games below .500 at PNC Field (19-24) and 13 games over on the road (24-11). The team has hit .279 on the road compared to a .259 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 179 runs in 35 games (5.1/game). At home, the squad has plated 159 runs in 43 games (3.7/game). The pitching has performed worse on the road (3.59 ERA) than at home (3.47 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.686), who have won 17 of 21 away from PNC Field.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Cole Figueroa turns 28 today. The Florida native has four multi-hit showings in his last six games played. He has hit nearly evenly against lefties (.281/.378/.344/.722) and righties (.291/.348/.396/.744) along with nearly even home (.290/.354/.344/.698) and road splits (.287/.359/.426/.785). He is the hardest man to strike out in the IL, averaging 18.3 plate appearances per whiff.

OFF THE RAILS: SWB is an IL-best 17-10 in June…The RailRiders have lost a season-high-tying four in a row for the first time since Rochester swept a three-game series at PNC Field and the RailRiders lost a series opener at Syracuse from April 13-16 as part of the team’s 2-6 start…The RailRiders have been outscored 28-5 during their current downward spiral…The IronPigs left seven men on base and went 6-for-15 with runners in scoring position…The RailRiders stranded 12 men on the bases and went 1-for-9 with men at second and/or third…Seven of the RailRiders’ eight hits were singles…Lehigh Valley smashed five doubles among its 12 hits…Rob Refsnyder was hit by a pitch for the team-high sixth time…Since moving to the clean-up position, he is 3-for-6 with two walks…The RailRiders lead the season-long IronRail series, 4-3.

Scoring Woes Continue in Loss at Lehigh Valley

Ninth-Inning Run Helps SWB Avoid Shutout Setback

Allentown, Pa. – The scoring woes normally suffered at home have shifted to the road as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) fell to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) in Monday night’s series opener, 8-1. SWB (43-35) has lost a season-high-tying four in a row.

Aaron Judge delivered the RailRiders’ only extra-base hit, their only knock with a man in scoring position and their only run in one fell ninth-inning swoop. The prospect outfielder lined a one-out double to right in the ninth that scored Ali Castillo from second base.

The game’s two starters enjoyed decidedly different days. The Phillies’ top pitching prospect, Aaron Nola (3-0), tossed five scoreless innings for his third win in as many career Triple-A starts. SWB southpaw Jose De Paula (2-1) gave up six runs on eight hits over just two innings.

Cord Phelps had the biggest day at the plate with two hits, three RBIs and a walk for the IronPigs (31-48).

The three-game series continues at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday night. Right-hander Joel De La Cruz (5-0, 2.55) will make his third start of the season and his first since May 26. Lehigh Valley will toss lefty Anthony Vasquez (3-3, 4.02).

The RailRiders return to PNC Field for a six-day, seven-game homestand starting on the Fourth of July against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) at 7:05 p.m. Fans 18 and over will receive a voucher for a scratch-off ticket courtesy of the PA Lottery which will also present a post-game fireworks extravaganza. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Austin Romine extended the team’s longest hitting streak of the season to 15 games with his second-inning single.

The RailRiders have not scored in 34 of their last 37 innings.

The IronPigs left seven men on base and went 6-for-15 with runners in scoring position. The RailRiders stranded 12 men on the bases and went 1-for-9 with men at second and/or third.

The RailRiders have been outscored 28-5 during their four-game slide. The team’s only other four-game losing streak this season came from April 13-16 when the RailRiders started the season 2-6.

Seven of the RailRiders’ eight hits were singles.  Lehigh Valley smashed five doubles among its 12 hits.

Rob Refsnyder was hit by a pitch for the team-high sixth time. Since moving to the clean-up position, he is 3-for-6 with two walks.

The RailRiders lead the season-long IronRail series, 4-3.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 6-29-15

CLICK HERE for the June 29 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with John Sadak and Darren Headrick. Pregame coverage starts at 6:35 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: The RailRiders scored twice in the ninth, but the comeback fell short in a 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Bisons on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. The RailRiders dropped three straight to finish the homestand 2-4.

SNAPPING THE SLIDE: SWB’s two runs in the ninth halted the team’s longest scoreless streak of the season at 18 innings. The team plated a pair on Aaron Judge‘s first Triple-A home run on Thursday against Louisville in the 15-2 loss. Going back to Wednesday’s action, the RailRiders have scored four runs over their last 28 innings, including no runs in 26 of those frames.

SHUTOUT HISTORY: With their ninth-inning rally, the RailRiders avoided the franchise’s first back-to-back shutout losses since the 2009 squad was blanked in four straight games from May 10-13. Those SWB Yankees lost on consecutive days at Louisville by identical 3-0 scores, then fell at home to Charlotte 1-0 and 2-0. They ended their scoreless drought at 44 innings with a first-frame run in a 1-0 win over Charlotte. That came in the opener of a May 15 doubleheader to ignite a string of three straight shutout wins. That SWB team ended the year a league-best in 16-8 shutout games, boasting the circuit’s highest win total and best winning percentage. The team also won the division, but fell in the Governors’ Cup Championship Series to Durham.

STREAKING STROKE: Despite a nearly week-long layoff in the wake of being hit in the head with a fastball, Austin Romine has assembled a 14-game hitting streak. He has hit .357 (20-for-56) over his run with 13 RBIs. Four of his five home runs and 21 of his 30 RBIs have come on the road, but his home contact clip (.270) sits just below his road number (.271). Romine surpassed Rob Refsnyder‘s 11-game run from May 10-21 as the longest by a 2015 RailRider. Only Columbus’ Jose Ramirez (17) owns a longer active hitting streak in the IL. The only other hitting streak longer than Romine’s in the league this season: Durham’s Taylor Motter composed a 16-gamer from June 3-20.

A LITTLE HELP?: Starter Kyle Davies (5-6) logged a quality start but left down 3-0 en route to his third straight loss. He has gone 4-1 in six road outings and 1-5 in eight starts at PNC Field. Run support has been a problem. In his six losses, SWB had plated three total runs before he was yanked. Including runs scored after his departure from those games, he received nine scores in those six setbacks.

ROAD WARRIORS: The RailRiders stand five games below .500 at PNC Field (19-24) and 14 games over on the road (24-10). The team has hit .281 on the road compared to a .259 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 178 runs in 34 games (5.2/game). At home, the squad has plated 159 runs in 43 games (3.7/game). The pitching has performed better on the road (3.45 ERA) than at home (3.47 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.706), who have won 17 of 20 away from PNC Field.

JUGGLING THE ORDER: Yesterday saw some significant changes to the RailRiders’ lineup order. Judge hit second, the highest he has ever hit in his short time at Triple-A. He was usually a two-hole hitter while with Double-A Trenton this year. Ramon Flores hit third for just the fourth time with SWB this season. He had spent most of the season in the two-hole. For the first time in 69 games played this season, Rob Refsnyder did not hit third. Instead, the second baseman batted fourth. The team leader in home runs and RBIs, Kyle Roller, hit fifth for the first time all season. He had usually been in the clean-up spot. The foursome went a combined 5-for-12 with all of the team’s four walks and each of the unit’s two runs scored. The rearranged order meant left-right balance throughout.

OFF THE RAILS: SWB is an IL-best 17-9 in June…The RailRiders have lost a season-high-tying three in a row at home…They had not lost back-to-back games home or road since a three-game slide from May 30-June 1…Diego Moreno fired three scoreless innings behind Davies…In his 11 home appearances, Moreno owns a 1.35 ERA and a .171 batting average against.

Bisons Elude RailRiders

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) scored twice in the ninth, but the comeback fell short in a 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Bisons on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. The RailRiders (43-34) dropped three straight to finish the homestand 2-4. The Bisons improved to 37-39.

Felix Doubront (1-3) notched his first win with Buffalo this season by blanking the RailRiders for seven innings. The southpaw yielded four hits, four walks and struck out five. Kyle Davies (5-6) shouldered his third straight defeat despite a quality start. The right-hander allowed three runs on six hits. Gregory Infante worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to record his third save.

The Bisons scored the decisive in the third with two away. Matt Hague scored a pair on a single to right and came around on a double by Daric Barton.

Entering the ninth, the RailRiders had not scored in 18 innings. That all changed with two singles by Ramon Flores and Rob Refsnyder. Infante relieved Blake McFarland and promptly surrendered a single to Kyle Roller. Austin Romine extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single that scored Flores. Ali Castillo beat out a double play try on a groundball to second, scoring Refsnyder, with two out. Infante battled back to fan Nick Noonan to end the rally.

The boys of SWB hit the road for a five-game trip this week. The RailRiders open a three-game series against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. Left-hander Jose De Paula (2-0, 1.53) will start against right-hander Aaron Nola (2-0, 2.13), the Phillies’ top pitching prospect. SWB returns home to face the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) for an Independence Day celebration on July 4 at 7:05 p.m. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders –

Forecast of Heavy Rain Postpones Saturday’s Game

Teams to Play Two in July 5 Day-Night Doubleheader

Moosic, Pa. – An ugly forecast of heavy rain has postponed tonight’s scheduled game between the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) and the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays). The teams will make the game up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday, July 5 at PNC Field.

This game will be played at 7:05 p.m. on July 5.  Tickets that have been issued for the June 27 game will now be valid for the 7:05 p.m. game on July 5, and it is not necessary to exchange these tickets.  If fans would like to exchange tickets from the June 27 game, they may do so based on availability for any game for the remainder of the 2015 regular season. If fans attend the game on July 5 at 7:05 p.m., they are also able to exchange that night’s tickets for any game for the remainder of the 2015 regular season after July 5, based on availability.

Saturday’s scheduled bobblehead giveaway will also move to the 7:05 p.m. game on July 5. The first 2,500 fans in attendance for the second game that day will receive the Rob Refsnyder bobblehead, presented by Keystone Sanitary Landfill.

The RailRiders and Bisons have a 1:05 p.m. game scheduled for this Sunday, June 28. To purchase tickets to that Sunday Family FUNday game presented by your NEPA Honda Dealers or for more information, please call (570) 969-BALL (2255), buy online at ticketmaster.com or via the RailRiders website at swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders –

Severino Weaves Gem in RailRiders Loss

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) were blanked 2-0 by the Buffalo Bisons on Friday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders (43-33) endured their third shutout loss at home and have lost consecutive games for the first time since a three-game slide, May 30-June 1. The Bisons (36-39) snapped a three-game losing skid to SWB.

Fans at PNC Field were treated to a pitchers’ duel between the Bisons’ Jeff Francis (3-0) and Luis Severino. Francis earned the win for Buffalo by yielding only four hits over seven innings with five strikeouts. Severino limited the Bisons to three hits and two walks while fanning six over seven innings.

Branden Pinder (0-2) absorbed the loss for the RailRiders after allowing two runs in the eighth inning on two walks and two hits. Luke Scott and Matt Hague provided the deciding blows, championed by an RBI-double from Scott.

Gregory Infante notched his second save with Buffalo by tossing a perfect ninth.

The boys of SWB continue their weekend series with the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) at PNC Fied Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Kyle Davies (5-5, 4.70) will start for the RailRiders. The Bisons’ starting pitcher has not been announced. The first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a Rob Refsnyder bobblehead, presented by Keystone Sanitary Landfill. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 6-26-15

CLICK HERE for the June 26 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with Darren Headrick starting with the 6:35 p.m. pregame show. John Sadak and Donnie Collins will call the game on MyTV at 7 p.m.

SILVER LINING: Named to the prestigious SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game earlier in the day, RailRiders outfielder Aaron Judge provided one of the few SWB highlights in a 15-2 loss to the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) on Thursday night. Judge lined a two-run homer into the visiting bullpen for his first Triple-A round-tripper in the eighth inning. The RailRiders and Bats (36-38) split the four-game series, snapping SWB’s run of consecutive series won at four.

HIT PARADE: The Bats amassed a franchise-record-tying 24 hits (20 singles) to hand the RailRiders their most lopsided loss of the year. It also tied the SWB record for hits allowed in a game, matching the mark set on July 16, 1996 at Pawtucket. The Bats sent nine or more men to the plate in three different innings including a seven-run third championed by a three-run homer by Yorman Rodriguez.

CYCLING: Irving Falu fell a homer shy of the cycle for the Bats while Rodriguez fell a triple short of the feat. Louisville has not had a player go for the cycle since Chris Dickerson turned the trick at SWB on July 26, 2007. Dickerson would later play for both SWB and the New York Yankees. He is currently on Buffalo’s DL. He last played on June 10 in a loss to SWB and was removed in the fifth inning.

BAD DAY: SWB starter Jaron Long (5-5) allowed 11 runs on 14 hits in 4.1 innings to suffer the loss. He tied the SWB record for most hits allowed in a game originally set by Carlton Loewer on Aug. 6, 1997 versus Syracuse. Long also matched the mark for most runs allowed in a game previously set by John Martin on April 29, 1989 at Pawtucket and Clay Condrey on July 25, 2004 versus Toledo. Only Long and Condrey’s efforts saw all 11 runs earned. Loewer and Condrey each had multiple years of MLB time with the Phillies and Padres.

GAUDY OFFENSIVE: Louisville went 24-for-48 (.500) as a team including a 13-for-22 (.591) showing with men in scoring position.

STREAKING STROKE: Despite a nearly week-long layoff in the wake of being hit in the head with a fastball, Austin Romine has assembled a 12-game hitting streak. He has hit .367 (18-for-49) over his run with 12 RBIs. Four of his five home runs and 21 of his 29 RBIs have come on the road, but his home contact clip (.270) stands within a point of his road number (.271). Romine surpassed Rob Refsnyder‘s 11-game run from May 10-21 as the longest by a 2015 RailRider. Only Columbus’ Jose Ramirez (15) owns a longer active hitting streak in the IL.

JUNE JUMP: In 16 games played this month, shortstop Nick Noonan has hit .383/.433/.550/.983. He ranks among the IL’s best in June average (2nd), OBP (4th), SLG (5th) and OPS (3rd).

ROAD WARRIORS: The RailRiders stand three games below .500 at PNC Field (19-22) and 14 games over on the road (24-10). The team has hit .281 on the road compared to a .261 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 178 runs in 34 games (5.2/game). At home, the squad has plated 157 runs in 41 games (3.8/game). The pitching has performed better on the road (3.45 ERA) than at home (3.52 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.706), who have won 17 of 20 away from PNC Field.

OFF THE RAILS: The game took just 2:21 but started 16 minutes late due to the threat of rain…The RailRiders turned a season-high-tying four double plays, matching their May 11 effort at Norfolk…Ali Castillo (3-for-4) and Rob Segedin (2-for-4) accounted for more than half of the RailRiders’ hits…Each man hit ninth and eighth respectively…Tyler Austin went 0-for-4 with a strikeout as his hitting streak stalled at eight games…During his run, he went 11-for-28 (.393)…He served as the DH last night, a role that has seen him go 2-for-27 (.074) with 11 strikeouts…He has hit .251 (46-for-183) as an outfielder…SWB is an IL-best 17-7 in June.

Judge Homers in Blowout Loss

Lines Two-Run Tater in 15-2 Setback

Moosic, Pa. – Named to the prestigious SiriusXM All-Star Futures game earlier in the day, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) outfielder Aaron Judge provided one of the few SWB highlights in a 15-2 loss to the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) on Thursday night. Judge lined a two-run homer into the visiting bullpen for his first Triple-A round-tripper. The RailRiders (43-32) and Bats (36-38) split the four-game series.

The Bats amassed 24 hits (20 singles) to hand the RailRiders their most lopsided loss of the year. They sent nine or more men to the plate in three different innings including a seven-run third championed by a three-run homer from Yorman Rodriguez.

SWB starter Jaron Long (5-5) allowed 11 runs on 14 hits in 4.1 innings to suffer the loss. His counterpart, David Holmberg (4-5), tossed a season-best eight innings of two-run ball for the win.

On Friday night the RailRiders welcome the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) to town for a three-game set. SWB is scheduled to start top Yankees prospect Luis Severino (3-0, 2.15) against former New York Yankee Jeff Francis (2-0, 2.06). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. The game will air live regionally on WQMY MyTV at 7 p.m. with John Sadak and Scranton Times-Tribune writer Donnie Collins on the call. Darren Headrick will have the radio call on NEPA Sports Radio THE GAME starting at 6:35 p.m.

The RailRiders are home through Sunday with a bevy of promotions throughout the homestand. The highlight giveaway comes on Saturday, June 27 when the first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a Rob Refsnyder bobblehead, presented by Keystone Sanitary Landfill. To purchase tickets or for more information, please call (570) 969-BALL (2255), buy online at ticketmaster.com or via the RailRiders website at swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Austin Romine’s fourth-inning single extended his hitting streak to 12 games. It marks the best hitting streak by a 2015 RailRider.

Ali Castillo went 3-for-4.

Louisville went 24-for-48 (.500) as a team including a 13-for-22 (.591) showing with men in scoring position.

Irving Falu fell a home run shy of the cycle for the Bats while Yorman Rodriguez fell a triple short of the cycle.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 6-25-15

CLICK HERE for the June 25 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with John Sadak starting with the 6:35 p.m. pregame show. Darren Headrick and Donnie Collins will call the game on MyTV at 7 p.m.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The RailRiders got a dominant effort from both sides of the plate in an 8-1 win over the Louisville Bats on Wednesday night at PNC Field.

PITCHING PROWESS: Starter Jordan Foley fired four-plus innings of one-run ball in his Triple-A debut. A 2014 draftee summoned up from Low-A for a fill-in nod, Foley gave up three hits, walked two and struck out three. Joel De La Cruz (5-0) followed with four perfect innings and James Pazos logged a 1-2-3 ninth. The trio combined to retired 22 of the last 23 Louisville sluggers including the final 15 in succession. De La Cruz is tied for the most wins on the team despite appearing in just nine games (two starts). Last night was his first SWB appearance since May 26. He had been pitching for Double-A Trenton.

THE HIT MAN: Ben Gamel enjoyed a 3-for-6 day a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. He leads the team with 25 multi-hit efforts on the year and has excelled since he assumed regular leadoff duties, hitting .325 in 17 such games.

WELCOME BACK: In his first game since June 10 at Buffalo, Tyler Austin went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and two runs scored. Despite two weeks away from the game field, Austin extended his hitting streak to eight straight games including multiple hits in each of the last three. During his run, he has gone 11-for-28 (.393) to lift his average by 25 points (.208-.233). He enters tonight with his best contact clip since he ended game two of the April 25 doubleheader versus Pawtucket at .234.

STREAKING STROKE: Despite a nearly week-long layoff in the wake of being hit in the head with a fastball, Austin Romine has assembled an 11-game hitting streak. He has hit .378 (17-for-45) over his run with 12 RBIs. Four of his five home runs and 21 of his 29 RBIs have come on the road, but his 4-for-4 effort last night with a pair of doubles has lifted his home contact clip (.270) to within a point of his road number (.271). Romine has tied Rob Refsnyder‘s 11-game run from May 10-21 as the longest by a 2015 RailRider. Only Columbus’ Jose Ramirez at 15 games owns a longer active hitting streak in the IL.

JUNE JUMP: Nick Noonan went 2-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored. In 16 games played this month, he has hit .383/.433/.550/.983. He ranks among the IL’s best in June average (2nd), OBP (T-4th), SLG (T-5th) and OPS (3rd).

BOUNCING BACK: Rob Refsnyder entered last night in a 5-for-32 (.156) funk that dropped his contact clip to .268, the lowest it has been since he finished play at Charlotte on May 2 at .267. He reached base in all five plate appearances last night with a single, a bruise and three walks, boosting his OBP from .347-.358. He stole second and third in the sixth inning to become the first RailRider with multiple swipes in a game this season. No 2015 RailRider has been hit by pitch more often than Refsnyder (5).

ROAD WARRIORS: The RailRiders stand two games below .500 at PNC Field (19-21) and 14 games over on the road (24-10). The team has hit .281 on the road compared to a .261 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 178 runs in 34 games (5.2/game). At home, the squad has plated 155 runs in 40 games (3.9/game). The pitching has performed better at home (3.23 ERA) than on the road (3.45 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.706), who have won 17 of 20 away from PNC Field.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders stand 12 games above .500 for the first time since the 2012 SWB Yankees won the division at 84-60…SWB owns an IL-best 17-6 record in June…The Bats walked 10 RailRiders to set a new season-high mark for walks drawn by SWB in a nine-inning game…The overall season-high number of 11 was set in the 15-inning clash with Lehigh Valley on April 20…Today, the RailRiders seek their fifth straight series win.

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