RailRiders Roll Past PawSox

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) scored three times  in the first inning and brought home an 8-3 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. The RailRiders (9-9) split the four-game series with the Red Sox (11-7) and finished the homestand 4-3.

Joel De La Cruz (1-0) earned the win after pitching four innings and limiting the PawSox to a run on two hits. Keith Couch (1-3) shouldered the loss for Pawtucket after surrendering six runs on nine hits over 5.1 innings.

SWB jumped on the right-hander in the first inning. Slade Heathcott singled to right on the outset. Rob Refsnyder followed with a hit and Kyle Roller doubled in Heathcott for a 1-0 lead. With two down, Ben Gamel scored a pair of RBI by plating Refsnyder and Heathcott on a hit to right-center.

Humberto Quintero trimmed a 3-0 deficit to one for the PawSox in the third with a two-run blast to left off starter Matt Tracy. The southpaw finished after three innings, allowing two runs on two hits.

Rob Segedin pushed the RailRiders’ lead back to two with a solo shot out to left in the fourth.

The RailRiders pushed the lead to six with a four-run sixth. Austin Romine doubled down the left-field line and scored on a single by Cole Figueroa. A fielding error by PawSox third baseman Travis Shaw allowed Segedin to reach. Heathcott loaded the bases with a single to right.

Nick Noonan followed with a bouncer to first. Matt Spring attempted to cut down Figueroa at home plate, but the throw bounced past Quintero. Figueroa and Segedin both scored on the error and the RailRiders led 7-2. With the infield in, Refsnyder singled through the middle to cap the inning at 8-2.

Spring added a solo home run in the seventh for the final margin.

The RailRiders begin a seven-game road trip with the first of three in Gwinnett on Monday night. First pitch at Coolray Field is set for 6:35 p.m. RHP Jaron Long (0-1, 6.75) gets the start for SWB against the Braves’ LHP Manny Banuelos (1-0, 3.77). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

SWB Game Notes 4-26-15

CLICK HERE or the April 26 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 1:05 p.m.

DOUBLE DIPPING: The RailRiders split a Saturday twinbill with Pawtucket, losing the opener, 4-1, while winning the nightcap, 7-4.

MASS OF MISCUES: SWB was charged with five errors, just one shy of the franchise record set twice by the 1997 Red Barons (May 17 at Syracuse; July 4 versus Rochester). Second baseman Rob Refsnyder committed two of the mistakes. The RailRiders have made the second-most errors in the IL (20). Refsnyder has been charged with an IL-worst seven of those boo-boos in 15 games played. That makes for a total that matches or exceeds those of three IL teams: Buffalo (5), Rochester (6) and Columbus (7).

TOUGH-LUCK LOSS: The errors made three of the four runs on Bryan Mitchell‘s line unearned. Mitchell fell an out short of his longest career outing for a second straight start. He also earned his second career complete game. In four starts, Mitchell (1-2) has posted a 2.11 ERA and a .200 batting average against. He has struck out 20 men against nine walks over 21 innings.

POWER OUTAGE: While the RailRiders have not hit a home run in a season-long seven-game stretch, they also have not allowed a dinger over a season-best eight-game span. No IL team has surrendered fewer round-trippers than SWB (4).

LORD I WAS BORN A GAMELING MAN: Ben Gamel doubled twice and tripled once in his 3-for-3 nightcap performance. The outfielder ranks among the IL’s best in batting average (1st, .419), on-base percentage (2nd, .490) and slugging percentage (.628). His three triples co-lead the circuit and give him as many or more than five IL teams (Buffalo, Lehigh Valley, Louisville, Norfolk, Pawtucket).

SLING SLADE: Slade Heathcott posted a pair of hits and a couple of RBIs in the nightcap. The RailRiders’ usual leadoff man owns multiple hits in four of his last five games, hitting .556 (10-for-18) in that time with five RBIs. He and Charlotte’s Carlos Sanchez stand tied for the second-most hits in the IL (21).

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS DIEGO MORENO?: Usual reliever Diego Moreno starred as a spot starter in the nightcap. His only other career stateside start came late last year on Aug. 31 versus Lehigh Valley. He allowed just one hit and one walk over a career-long four scoreless frames on Saturday. In five SWB appearances this season, he has allowed just one run in 12.2 innings (0.71 ERA) with 14 strikeouts and three walks. The league has hit a slim .077 against him.

STOP, THIEVES!: The PawSox went 1-for-2 in stolen-base tries on the day. That included Austin Romine nabbing Jackie Bradley, Jr. at second base in the third inning of game two. The RailRiders have caught just three base swipers in 20 attempts this year. Despite an .150 caught-stealing efficiency, SWB does not live in the IL’s caught-stealing basement. Buffalo (.143), Columbus (.143), Rochester (.111) and Charlotte (.100) all have worse efficiencies.

WHISTLE BLOWING: The RailRiders finished 2014 with a 7-1 record at McCoy Stadium. They became the first SWB team to log a winning record at Pawtucket since the 2009 squad went 5-3. The 2007 unit set the gold standard for the franchise with its 7-1 performance at McCoy Stadium. The RailRiders also took the overall season series at 11-5 for SWB’s best regular-season showing versus the PawSox since the 2009 unit went 12-4.

OFF THE RAILS: SWB’s pitching staff leads the IL with 149 strikeouts…This afternoon the RailRiders attempt to avoid their first series loss to Pawtucket since dropping two of three at McCoy Stadium from Aug. 25-27, 2013…SWB’s Cole Figueroa entered today as the toughest hitter to whiff in the IL (29.5 PA/K).

RailRiders Split Twin Bill with PawSox

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) salvaged a doubleheader split with the Pawtucket Red Sox on Saturday afternoon at PNC Field. The RailRiders (8-9) committed five errors and dropped a 4-1 decision to the PawSox (11-6) in game one. SWB rallied back to claim game two 7-4.

Ben Gamel and Rob Refsnyder were instrumental in building an early 3-0 advantage for the RailRiders in the night cap. Gamel tripled and scored on an infield single by Refsnyder in the first inning for a 1-0 tally. In the third, Slade Heathcott singled and moved to third on a double Gamel. Refsnyder lined a double to right that scored both.

Diego Moreno got the start for SWB and pitched four scoreless innings before giving way to Jose Ramirez. The PawSox rallied against the right-hander in the sixth. Jemile Weeks led off with a single. After inducing a groundout to third from Jeff Bianchi, Ramirez issued four consecutive walks to that sliced the lead to one at 3-2.

Nick Rumbelow (2-0) entered for Ramirez and fanned Quintin Berry for the second out. With two strikes on Garin Cecchini, Rumbelow unleashed a wild pitch that allowed Blake Swihart to score the tying run.

The RailRiders answered with four runs in the bottom of the sixth against reliever Zeke Spruill (2-1). Tyler Austin lined a single to right with one out and moved to second on a chopper to second by Jonathan Galvez. Austin Romine followed with a sharp hit to right, scoring Austin. Cole Figueroa extended the frame with a bloop single and Nick Noonan provided another insurance run by plating Romine with a single. A throwing error by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. allowed Figueroa and Noonan into scoring position. Heathcott capped the inning with a two-run single.

Rumbelow allowed a run in the seventh on a doubles by Deven Marrero and Bradley before punching out Swihart on strikes to close out the win.

Pawtucket took advantage of five miscues to claim game one, 4-1. Three of their four runs were unearned. Bryan Mitchell (1-2) went the distance for SWB, earning the second complete game of his career. He tossed seven innings, allowing three hits, one walk and struck out seven.

Eddie Rodriguez (2-0) earned the win by also completing seven innings for the PawSox. The southpaw allowed one run on three hits with seven strikeouts.

The RailRiders conclude their series with the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. Left-hander Matt Tracy make his 2015 debut with SWB against right-hander Keith Couch (1-2, 3.94). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

RailRiders Fall to PawSox

Moosic, Pa. – The Pawtucket Red Sox jumped on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) for six runs early and held serve the rest of the way in a 6-2 win on Friday night at PNC Field. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak, dating to last July, in the series for the RailRiders (7-8). The Red Sox improved to 10-5.

Kyle Davies (1-1) suffered the defeat after allowing six runs on nine hits in three innings. Tyler Webb and Branden Pinder combined for the final six frames, holding Pawtucket to just three hits. Henry Owens (1-0) earned his first win despite issuing four walks. The southpaw allowed two runs on five hits over five innings of work.

The PawSox jumped on Davies early by recording three consecutive hits out of the gate. After rallying back to strike out Bryce Brentz looking, Davies surrendered a two run double to Quintin Berry. Luke Montz followed with a sacrifice fly to left for a 3-0 advantage.

Pawtucket added two more runs in the second inning. Deven Marrero singled and moved to third on a double by Jemile Weeks. With no one out, Jackie Bradley Jr. bounced to second, allowing Marrero to score. Blake Swihart followed with his second hit of the night, scoring Weeks for a 5-0 lead.

The RailRiders cut into the deficit in the bottom of the stanza. Austin Romine worked a walk off Owens with one away and moved to second on a hit by Jonathan Galvez. Slade Heathcott worked the count to his favor and blistered a triple to the wall in right-center. Romine and Galvez scored, trimming the advantage to three.

However, the PawSox countered in the third. Montz hustled a double to begin the inning on a fly ball to left that was lost in the lights. Matt Spring doubled to the alley in left-center, moving Montz to third. Marrero earned the final tally of the night with a sac-fly to left.

Heathcott added two more hits on the night and now owns eight in his last 10 at-bats.

The RailRiders continue their series against Pawtucket (Boston Red Sox) on Saturday with a doubleheader. Game one is set to begin at 4:05 p.m. Right-hander Bryan Mitchell (1-1, 2.51) gets the start in the first game against southpaw Eddie Rodriguez (1-0, 2.31). The first 2,500 fans through the gates on Saturday will receive a RailRiders umbrella, presented by the Times-Tribune. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

SWB Game Notes 4-24-15

CLICK HERE or the April 24 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.

WEATHER WEARY: Thursday’s scheduled series opener was postponed due to inclement weather. It marked the RailRiders’ first postponement of the season, but Pawtucket’s third. The teams will make it up with a Saturday twinbill at 4:05 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: As Chase Whitley (2-0) stymied the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on the mound, the RailRiders put together clutch hits to back their starter in a 3-2 triumph on Wednesday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders took a 2-1 advantage in the “IronRail Series” while Lehigh Valley dipped to 4-10 on the year. SWB has won five of its last six.

SLADE’S BLADE: Slade Heathcott posted a 4-for-4 night on Wednesday with a double, a bunt single, an RBI and a run scored. The athletic outfielder has six hits in his last seven at-bats.

STOP, THIEVES!: Wednesday’s finale with Lehigh Valley ended when Brian Bogusevic was caught stealing second base with red-hot three-hole hitter Maikel Franco at the plate. It marked just the second man nabbed by the SWB battery in 16 tries on the season. Despite an .125 caught-stealing efficiency, SWB does not live in the IL’s caught-stealing basement. Buffalo has yet to nab a man in six attempts. Indianapolis (16), Charlotte (17) and Norfolk (18) have allowed more total steals.

WOOD CARVINGS: The RailRiders pitching staff leads the IL with 130 strikeouts, a pace of 9.2 per game. Bryan Mitchell paces the club with 14. Chase Whitley and Diego Moreno follow close behind with 13. SWB owns five more strikeouts than Norfolk (125) and seven more than Gwinnett (123).

LEFTORIUM: The Pigs’ Wednesday starter, Adam Morgan, marked the first of three straight lefty starters for SWB foes. The RailRiders have hit (.253/.311/.370) against right-handed hurlers and (.250/.336/.298) versus southpaws. Six of SWB’s 12 position players are left-handed hitters. The team is 1-1 when foes start lefties.

MANIC MONDAY: It took 15 innings on Monday night at PNC Field, but the RailRiders edged the IronPigs, 4-3. Nick Noonan delivered the walk-off winner with an opposite-way single to left. It marked the RailRiders’ longest game by innings since the franchise-record 20-inning affair on July 25, 2013 against Toledo, a 2-1 win. At 4:13, it was the longest game by time since a 3-2 home loss to Louisville took 4:59 and 14 innings on Aug. 13, 2014.

WHISTLE BLOWING: The RailRiders finished 2014 with a 7-1 record at McCoy Stadium. They became the first SWB team to log a winning record at Pawtucket since the 2009 squad went 5-3. The 2007 unit set the gold standard for the franchise with its 7-1 performance at McCoy Stadium. The RailRiders also took the overall season series at 11-5 for SWB’s best regular-season showing versus the PawSox since the 2009 unit went 12-4.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders are fresh off their first back-to-back series victories since winning sets at Syracuse and Lehigh Valley from June 26-29, 2014…They have not won three straight sets since besting Buffalo, Lehigh Valley and Rochester in succession from July 4-10, 2013…SWB improved to 3-0 in one-run games on Wednesday…Every other IL team has lost at least once by a single score.

RailRiders, PawSox Postponed

Moosic, Pa. – The series opener between the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) and Pawtucket Red Sox scheduled for Thursday, April 23, at PNC Field was postponed due to inclement weather. The two clubs will play a twin bill on Saturday, April 25, with the first game beginning at 4:05 p.m.

The RailRiders will face the PawSox on Friday night at PNC Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. It will be Fireworks Friday at the ballpark and “Light it up Blue” Night. Fans are encouraged to wear blue shirts in support of Autism awareness. It’s also Faith Night as fans can celebrate faith, family and fellowship at PNC Field. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

Whitley Strong as RailRiders Sizzle IronPigs

Moosic, Pa. – As Chase Whitley stymied the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on the mound, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) put together clutch hits to back their starter in a 3-2 triumph on Wednesday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders (7-7) took a 2-1 advantage in the “IronRail Series” while Lehigh Valley dipped to 4-10 on the year.

Whitley (2-0) limited the IronPigs to a run on six hits across six innings for the victory. As a staff, RailRiders pitching allowed one walk the entire night while totaling five strikeouts. Jose Ramirez worked the final 1.2 innings for his first save. Adam Morgan (0-2) shouldered the loss for Lehigh Valley despite throwing seven innings. The southpaw allowed three runs on seven hits. He struck out three.

Slade Heathcott sparked the offense in the opening stanza on a double to right. With two out, Tyler Austin walloped a single to left that scored Heathcott for a 1-0 lead.

The IronPigs quickly knotted the score in the top of the third. Chris McGuiness beat out an infield single with one away and moved to third on a fielding error by third baseman Cole Figueroa. Tommy Joseph reached on the miscue. Chris Nelson followed with a hit to left, bringing in home McGuiness.

The game remained deadlocked until the last of the fifth. Ben Gamel earned his first of two hits with a single. Austin Romine laced a grounder inside the bag at third and into the left-field corner. Gamel came around to score from first for a 2-1 advantage. With two away, Heathcott bounced an infield hit to second for his third knock. That allowed Romine across the dish for a 3-1 cushion.

Lehigh Valley made one last surge in the eighth inning. Against reliever Jacob Lindgren, Domonic Brown worked a walk and moved to second on an error by first baseman Rob Segedin. Ramirez came on to face pinch hitter Russ Canzler, but allowed a hit to left. With the bases loaded, Joseph bounced a grounder to first. Segedin recorded the out unassisted, but Brown crossed home to slice the lead to one. Nelson followed with a deep drive to right-center. Austin made an acrobatic catch for a sliding Heathcott to retire the side.

In the ninth, Brian Bogusevic laid down a perfect, two-out bunt to extend the game. However, the speedy outfielder for the IronPigs was thrown out attempting to swipe second to end the game.

The RailRiders host the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) for the first of four games on Thursday night. First pitch at PNC Field is set for 6:35 p.m.  For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

SWB Game Notes 4-22-15

CLICK HERE or the April 22 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 6:05 p.m.

TUESDAY TROUBLE: The IronPigs evened the “IronRail Series” on with a 6-1 victory over the RailRiders last night. The loss dropped SWB to 6-7 and snapped a four-game win streak. The Pigs halted a five-game slide and improved to 4-9.

WHAT ABOUT BOB?: Rob Segedin came off the bench to deliver a 3-for-3 performance with a triple and the team’s lone run scored. The triple marked his first extra-base hit of the season while the three hits set a Triple-A career-high.

TRIPLE THREAT: The RailRiders’s five triples co-lead the International League with Charlotte. SWB’s triples have come from Ben Gamel (2), Ramon Flores (1), Slade Heathcott (1) and now Segedin.

SLADE’S BLADE: Heathcott bounced back from an 0-for-6 showing in the 15-inning series opener with a pair of hits last night.

ALL GOOD THINGS: Tyler Henson’s two-out RBI single off of Joel De La Cruz in the seventh snapped the bullpen’s scoreless stretch at 20 innings. The entire pitching staff allowed just three runs over a 36-inning stretch until the Pigs played a pair in the second inning last night.

STOP, THIEVES!: Lehigh Valley swiped three bags in as many tries last night. Darin Mastroianni, Chris Nelson and Chase d’Arnaud each took second. The SWB battery has allowed opponents to take 14 bags in 15 tries. Despite an .067 caught-stealing efficiency, SWB does not live in the IL’s caught-stealing basement. Buffalo has yet to nab a man in six attempts. Norfolk (16) and Charlotte (16) have allowed more total steals, but own better efficiencies at .385 and .111 respectively.

LEAVING ‘EM ON: The RailRiders went 1-for-9 (.111) with men in scoring position on Monday and have gone 3-for-24 (.125) on the series leaving 23 men on base in the process. On the season, SWB has hit .246 with men in prime real estate. Cole Figueroa has the most RISP hits (5-for-14, 2RBI) while Gamel has the best contact clip (.667, 4-for-6) and shares the team lead for RISP RBIs (5).

LEFTORIUM: Adam Morgan starts of four lefty starters in five games for SWB foes. The RailRiders have hit slightly better against RHP (.251/.310/.369) than LHP (.244/.355/.269). Six of SWB’s 12 position players are left-handed hitters.

THE OLD SWITCHEROO: Before yesterday’s game, reliever Chasen Shreve was recalled by the Yankees while Branden Pinder was optioned back to SWB. Shreve made one SWB appearance. He allowed two inherited runners to cross, but did not allow a run on his line over 2.1 innings versus Rochester a week ago. Pinder hurled one inning for the RailRiders last night. He gave up two runs on four hits while whiffing three. He did not allow a run over two innings in the big leagues with the Bombers.

MANIC MONDAY: It took 15 innings on Monday night at PNC Field, but the RailRiders edged the IronPigs, 4-3. Nick Noonan delivered the walk-off winner with an opposite-way single to left. It marked the RailRiders’ longest game by innings since the franchise-record 20-inning affair on July 25, 2013 against Toledo, a 2-1 win. At 4:13, it was the longest game by time since a 3-2 home loss to Louisville took 4:59 and 14 innings on Aug. 13, 2014.

OFF THE RAILS: Lehigh Valley got its first road win in its sixth such game…Severino Gonzalez became the IronPigs’ first starter to post a win…Current starter Jason Berken has a victory, but worked in piggyback relief behind Chad Billingsley to start the year, including the win…SWB pitching has amassed a league-high 125 strikeouts in 123 IP…Tonight the RailRiders seek their first back-to-back series victories since winning sets at Syracuse and Lehigh Valley from June 26-29, 2014.

RailRiders Fall to IronPigs

Moosic, Pa. – The Lehigh Valley IronPigs evened the “IronRail Series” on Tuesday night with a 6-1 victory over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) at PNC Field. The loss dropped the RailRiders to 6-7 overall and snapped their winning streak at four games. The IronPigs halted a five-game slide of their own and improved to 4-9.

Severino Gonzalez (1-1) weaved six innings for the IronPigs and used an up-tempo style to frustrate the RailRiders’ hitters. Gonzalez limited SWB to a run on six hits across six innings without a walk. He struck out three. Eric Wooten (0-2) suffered the loss after surrendering three runs on seven hits over five innings for the RailRiders.

The IronPigs initiated the scoring by plating two in the second inning. Maikel Franco and Russ Canzler collected consecutive hits to open the frame and Chris Nelson mashed a double to right-center that scored Franco. One out later, Rene Garcia brought in Canzler from third on a grounder to second for a 2-0 lead.

Lehigh Valley made it 3-0 in the third when Canzler doubled and scored on a hit by Chase d’Arnaud.

Rob Segedin led off the sixth inning with a triple to the left-center alley and scored on a groundout by Rob Refsnyder for the RailRiders’ only tally.

The IronPigs earned their fourth run in the seventh when Darin Mastroianni doubled and came home on a hit by Tyler Henson. Franco and Nelson provided the final tallies in the ninth for the 6-1 margin.

Slade Heathcott and Segedin finished the night with two hits apiece for SWB. Joel De La Cruz tossed three innings in relief, surrendering a run on three hits.

The RailRiders go for the series win against the IronPigs on Wednesday night at PNC Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. RHP Chase Whitley (1-0, 2.45) throws for SWB against Lehigh Valley’s LHP Adam Morgan (0-1, 5.00). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

SWB Game Notes 4-21-15

CLICK HERE for the April 21 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 6:05 p.m.

QUINCEAÑERA: It took 15 innings on Monday night at PNC Field, but the RailRiders edged their in-state rival IronPigs, 4-3. Nick Noonan delivered the walk-off winner with an opposite-way single to left as the RailRiders posted their fourth straight win. The IronPigs dropped their fifth in a row and fell to a league-worst 3-9. It marked the RailRiders’ longest game by innings since the franchise-record 20-inning affair on July 25, 2013 against Toledo, a 2-1 win. At 4:13, it was the longest game by time since a 3-2 home loss to Louisville took 4:59 and 14 innings on Aug. 13, 2014.

NO SOUP FOR YOU: The RailRiders’ pitching staff has allowed just three runs over its last 35 innings of work.

BULLISH ‘PEN: Diego Moreno, Nick Rumbelow, Jose Ramirez, Tyler Webb and Danny Burawa (1-0) combined to twirl 9.2 innings of scoreless relief. The fivesome allowed just two hits and issued three walks while whiffing nine. SWB’s bullpen owns a 2.15 ERA. In 58.2 innings, it has struck out 67 (10.3/9 IP) against 21 walks. RailRiders’ relievers have not allowed a run in 18.1 IP going back to Friday’s game at Syracuse.

R&R: Rob Refsnyder posted a game-high three hits and played pivot in a crucial play. In the top of the 15th with Brian Bogusevic at first base, Cord Phelps laid down a sac bunt. Burawa fielded it and threw to the covering Refsnyder at first base. The usual second baseman then saw Bogusevic had never stopped at second and cut him down with an accurate throw to Cole Figueroa at third base.

IN FULL BLOOM: Ramon Flores enjoyed a 2-for-6 showing with a double, a walk, an RBI and a run scored. He leads the league with four homers. His home run total equals or exceeds that of six other IL teams. Only Triple-A Fresno’s Preston Tucker (5) has more home runs in all of MiLB. Flores’ brisk beginning to the season has him on pace to club 48 homers on the 144-game season. He entered 2015 with 36 career home runs in 588 games. Flores has bashed double-digit home runs in a season just once when he collected 11 with Low-A Charleston in 2011.

ON A ROLL: Kyle Roller walked twice and bashed his first home run of the season, an impressive two-run shot to right in the third. He leads the league with 10 walks. Only three minor leaguers have drawn more walks than Roller with fellow Yankees farmhand Gosuke Katoh (11) of Low-A Charleston among them. Roller’s .458 OBP ties him for fifth in the IL.

NOT-SO-GENTLE BEN: Ben Gamel went 0-for-5 as his six-game hit streak stalled. He had delivered multiple knocks in five straight and hit .545 (12-for-22) over the six-gamer with four RBIs and four runs scored. Gamel reached base twice on Monday with a pair of walks including a leadoff full-count free pass to begin the 15th. He later crossed the plate as the winning run. He ranks 4th in the IL in average (.394) and trails only Louisville’s Ivan DeJesus (.514) in OBP at .487.

HELLO NOONAN: Since Noonan started the season 2-for-13 (.154) in his first four games he has gone 6-for-21 (.286) over his last six games with six RBIs.

STOP, THIEVES!: Lehigh Valley’s Chase d’Arnaud stole second in the ninth. SWB’s battery has allowed opponents to take 11 bags in 12 tries. Despite an .083 caught-stealing efficiency, SWB ranks in front of four IL teams. Charlotte has nabbed just one thief in 17 tries (.059) while Buffalo, Columbus and Rochester have yet to catch one despite six-plus attempts for each.

OFF THE RAILS: The two teams left a combined 25 men on base including 16 for SWB…The Pigs went 1-for-9 with men in scoring position while the RailRiders were 1-for-14 before Noonan’s winner…Lehigh Valley’s Phillippe Aumont (4) and Hector Neris (3) combined for seven innings of relief with 69 and 52 pitches respectively…SWB pitching has amassed a league-high 116 strikeouts in 114 IP.

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