Sanchez Launches RailRiders Past IronPigs

Allentown, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) wrapped up a two-game sweep of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs with a 3-2 triumph on Thursday night at Coca-Cola Park. The RailRiders (59-48) handed the IronPigs (47-59) their first series loss since June 26-28.

Starter Chaz Hebert (1-0) earned the win in his Triple-A debut with SWB by limiting Lehigh Valley to a run on four hits over five innings. The southpaw walked one and struck out four. The IronPigs went with a spot-starter in Cesar Jimenez (2-5). The left-hander allowed three runs on five hits over three frames of work. Johnny Barbato closed out the last of the ninth with a perfect inning for his second save.

Gary Sanchez provided all the offense the RailRiders would need. The backstop opened the scoring with a long, two-run home run to left in the second. Aaron Judge came around on Sanchez’ second Triple-A round-tripper for a 2-0 lead. Sanchez made it 3-0 in the third by scoring Rob Refsnyder on a double off the base of the wall in left.

The IronPigs got a run in the fourth when Erik Kratz scored from second on a throwing error. A double by Tyler Henson plated K.C. Serna in the seventh, cutting the lead to the final margin.

The RailRiders return home Friday, July 28, to host the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) for Princess and Pirate Night. The first of three is set for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch at PNC Field. Right-hander Kyle Davies (7-6, 3.81) is scheduled to start opposite right-hander Jarret Grube (4-0, 3.30). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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Severino Dominates, Strikes Out 10

Extra-Base Pop, Potent Pitching Carry RailRiders 

Allentown, Pa.Luis Severino (7-0) struck out a career-high 10 men and did not allow an earned run as his Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees) handled the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) on Wednesday night, 9-4. SWB (57-48) evened the IronRail Series at 6-6, while Lehigh Valley (47-58) has lost back-to-back games for just the second time since June 28.

Severino became the first RailRider to reach double-digit strikeouts on the season and got it started by striking out the side in a perfect first. He already had a lead thanks to Ben Gamel’s leadoff home run in the top of the first. Austin Romine singled home a second-inning run while Greg Bird pulled a two-run homer in the third for a 4-0 lead.

After three perfect innings, Severino allowed his lone hit to start the fourth, a single by IL All-Star Tyler Henson. An error later extended the frame while two wild pitches allowed a pair of unearned runs to score for the IronPigs.

Gamel singled in a fourth-inning tally and the duo of Romine and Cole Figueroa picked up RBIs in the sixth for a 7-2 advantage.

Severino started the seventh by hitting Aaron Altherr with a pitch before he got the hook. Another infield error combined with a groundball double play led to a third unearned run on the starter’s line as Branden Pinder allowed the inherited runner to score.

A third infield error by SWB meant another unearned run in the eighth, this time on Pinder. He was relieved by Jose Ramirez who entered to face Erik Kratz as the tying run, but struck him out to strand inherited men at the corners.

Gary Sanchez pummeled a two-out, two-run double to right-center to salt the lead in the ninth.

Lehigh Valley starter Sean O’Sullivan (0-1) allowed seven runs (six earned) over five-plus innings to shoulder the loss. Ramirez posted his team-best 10th save.

Right-hander Bryan Mitchell (5-5, 3.12) is scheduled to face right-hander Severino Gonzalez (1-5, 4.66) in the series and road trip finale at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday night.

The RailRiders return home to PNC Field for a short three-game run against the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) starting on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. It will be Princess & Pirate Night presented by Dunmore Candy Kitchen with Friday Fireworks following the game thanks to Jack Williams Tire and Kumho Tire. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 7-29-15

CLICK HERE for the July 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.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The RailRiders snapped a four-game losing skid to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in a 5-3 win thanks to a complete performance by right fielder Aaron Judge.

HOME COOKIN': The RailRiders went 4-1 on their five-game homestand, lifting their season-long ledger to 25-30 at PNC Field. It made for SWB’s second winning homestand of five or more games this season. The only other such display saw the team go 4-3 against by winning a three-game set against the IronPigs and splitting a four-gamer with Pawtucket from April 20-26. The RailRiders must win 12 of their 17 remaining home games to post the franchise’s first winning record in Moosic since the 2010 team went 48-24 (.667).

GUILTY AS CHARGED: Judge posted SWB’s lone multi-hit effort and extra-base knocks by going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles. He also notched two outfield assists, giving him four dimes against no errors in 21 Triple-A games played in the outfield. He robbed Logan Moore with a diving grab of his fourth-inning liner before doubling-up Cord Phelps at second base. He later nabbed Chris McGuiness trying to leg out a double to end the eighth. Since the All-Star break, he has gone 7-for-19 (.368) with four extra-base hits (.684 SLG, 1.065 OPS) and four RBIs.

RIDE THE RAIL: SWB slimmed its IronRail Series deficit to 6-5. The RailRiders took the inaugural IronRail Trophy in 2013 by virtue of a tiebreaker. The IronPigs earned the hardware with a 10-6 mark against SWB in 2014. With seven head-to-head meetings left, the RailRiders must best the ‘Pigs five times to take the IronRail outright, or win four times including the Aug. 28 series finale.

WHAT A RELIEF: With 4.0 scoreless innings from Wilking Rodriguez and Johnny Barbato, the SWB bullpen has logged 19 shutout frames going back to the July 23 win at Indianapolis. The ‘pen owns a collective 2.88 ERA compared to a 3.88 mark for the starting staff. Rodriguez (2-0) earned the win with 2.2 innings of nearly perfect baseball. He allowed one hit and struck out six.

NEW GROUND: Rodriguez (2-0), who earned the win, had not whiffed more than four in a stateside relief appearance in his career before Tuesday night. His career-high strikeout mark of nine was reached twice as a starter with each nod lasting at least five innings. They came in the Rookie Appy League and Low-A Midwest League respectively. Barbato logged his first Triple-A save with 1.1 frames of one-hit ball. He faced the minimum and struck out one. While a farmhand of the San Diego Padres, Barbato posted 14 saves with Advanced-A Lake Elsinore in 2013 and had 16 with Double-A San Antonio last year.

WHAT GOES UP: After reaching base in all but one of his first 18 Triple-A games with slashes of .300/.380/.486/.865 in the process, Greg Bird has been on base once in his last three games. He has gone 0-for-12 in that time with a walk. With a nearly even number of at-bats, he has wide home-road splits. On the road, Bird has slashed .357/.449/.595/1.044 going 15-for-42 with all of his three home runs and 11 RBIs. At home, he has slashed .150/.209/.225/.434 by going 6-for-40.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders lead the IL in batting average (.271) and OBP (.342)…SWB must win just one of its three remaining July games to post a winning month…Over the first eight seasons as a Yankees affiliate, SWB logged an above .500 July six times and the two exceptions both saw the squad finish a game under sea level…In his first game action since July 17, IL All-Star catcher Austin Romine served as the DH for the third time this season…He went 1-for-4 with an RBI single…In 2014 while sharing catching duties with John Ryan Murphy, Romine served as the DH five times and got the nod at first base 13 times…Ben Gamel picked up his team-best 10th outfield assist when he and spot starter Joel De La Cruz received dimes on Rob Refsnyder‘s put out of Phelps at second base in the first inning…Gamel trails only Pawtucket’s Bryce Brentz (11) for the IL lead in outfield assists.

Judge Ignites RailRiders in Win over IronPigs

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) snapped a four-game losing skid to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in a 5-3 win thanks to a complete performance by right fielder Aaron Judge. The RailRiders (57-48) finish their homestand 4-1. The IronPigs (47-57) lead the “IronRail Series” 6-5.

Judge led the RailRiders comeback by recording two outfield assists and sparked a three-run rally in the sixth inning with the first of two doubles.

Joel De La Cruz made the spot start for SWB and allowed three runs on eight hits over five innings in a no decision. Wilking Rodriguez (2-0) got the win after fanning six hitters over a dominant 2.2 innings. Johnny Barbato retired the final four hitters, with some help from Judge, to notch his first Triple-A save.

The game had an erratic start with both sides taking advantage of multiple walks to score a run in the opening frame. Tied 1-1 in the fourth, the IronPigs put to aboard with an error and a single. Logan Moore screamed a liner into the left-center gap, but Judge made the diving catch. Cord Phelps was caught off second base for the double play.

SWB took the lead in the bottom of the inning. Ramon Flores and Jose Pirela worked a consecutive, two-out walks and Austin Romine snuck a ball fair down the right-field line to plate Flores.

The 2-1 lead did not last as Lehigh Valley put together three straight hits in the top of the fifth before a double play grounder to go up 3-2.

Cesar Jimenez (2-4) replaced starter Jesse Biddle in the sixth and surrendered a double to left-center off Judge. Gary Sanchez drew a walk and Flores’ single loaded the bases. Pirela rolled an infield single to third, scoring Judge. After a strikeout, Cole Figueroa singled through the right side to push Sanchez across for a 4-3 lead. Ben Gamel capped the inning with a sacrifice fly to center.

Judge recorded his second assist in the eighth, throwing out Chris McGuiness at second on a single to right.

The RailRiders and Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) move their series to Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa. The two-game series begins Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Luis Severino (6-0, 2.11) is expected to face right-hander Sean O’Sullivan (0-0, 3.46). The RailRiders return home Friday, July 28, to host the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) for Princess and Pirate Night. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 7-28-15

CLICK HERE for the July 28 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.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The RailRiders fell to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in Monday night’s series opener, 3-1. The loss snapped SWB’s five-game win streak, its first since a season-best six-game run from June 8-13.

RIDE THE RAIL: Lehigh Valley claimed a 6-4 edge in this year’s IronRail Series. SWB took the inaugural IronRail Trophy in 2013 by virtue of a tiebreaker. The IronPigs earned the hardware with a 10-6 mark against SWB in 2014. With eight head-to-head meetings left, the RailRiders must best the ‘Pigs six times to take the IronRail outright, or win five times including the Aug. 28 series finale.

CASE OF THE MONDAYS: The RailRiders fell to 4-9 (.308) in Monday games. They do not have a losing record on any other day of the week.

MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD: Starter Esmil Rogers (1-1) struck out a season-high-tying six and walked five. He had issued seven walks over his first six starts. He walked a career-worst seven while with the Colorado Rockies at St. Louis on Aug. 14, 2011. His five walks last night tied his MiLB career-high mark set on Sept. 6, 2009 with Triple-A Colorado Springs in a win at Tacoma.

DOMINANT RELIEF: Jose Ramirez struck out a season-high five men over 2.1 scoreless innings behind Rogers. He allowed just one man to reach base, Erik Kratz on a single. In seven appearances this month, Ramirez has allowed just 13 hits (.224 BAA) over 15.1 innings while walking three (1.04 WHIP) and striking out 18 (10.6/9 IP). July has made for his best month of the season in ERA (1.76) and GO/AO ratio (1.70).

HALL PAZOS: Southpaw James Pazos fired 1.1 perfect innings with a pair of strikeouts looking. He has not allowed an earned run in 10 of his 12 appearances while amassing a 1.33 ERA. In 20.1 innings he has allowed 14 hits (.194 BAA) and eight walks (1.08 WHIP) against 18 strikeouts.

THE WHIFF: Three SWB hurlers combined to strike out 13 IronPigs. Rogers’ six strikeouts fell one shy of the team’s season-high mark reached three times, most recently by Luis Severino at Lehigh Valley on June 21. Ramirez’s five strikeouts came within one of SWB’s season-best showing by a reliever reached five times, last by Nick Rumbelow at Lehigh Valley on June 19.

WHAT A RELIEF: With 3.2 scoreless innings from Ramirez and Pazos, the SWB bullpen has logged 15 shutout frames going back to the July 23 win at Indianapolis. The ‘pen owns a collective 2.91 ERA compared to a 3.86 mark for the starting staff.

HERE’S THE PLAY AT THE PLATE: In the fifth inning the RailRiders nabbed Brian Bogusevic at the dish during a double-steal try 2-4-2. The putout was recorded by prospect catcher Gary Sanchez. The RailRiders’ caught-stealing percentage with Sanchez behind the plate sits at .333 (5 of 15).

YOU’RE OUTTA HERE: Each team’s manager was ejected last night. The RailRiders’ Dave Miley was in the dugout when home plate man Jansen Visconti tossed him in the top of the fourth inning. It came after Rogers walked Chris McGuiness. Lehigh Valley’s Dave Brundage was sent to the clubhouse by first-base umpire Doug Vines in the bottom of the sixth after Vines called a balk on Vasquez. For Miley, it was his second ejection of 2015. He was also tossed on June 12 in the 13-3 defeat of Rochester.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders lead the IL in batting average (.272) and OBP (.341)…SWB must win half of its four remaining July games to post a winning month…Over the first eight seasons as a Yankees affiliate, SWB logged an above .500 July six times and the two exceptions both saw the squad finish a game under sea level…The RailRiders must win 13 of their 18 remaining home games to post the franchise’s first winning record in Moosic since the 2010 team went 48-24…All six SWB hits last night were singles…Entering last night, Lehigh Valley starter Anthony Vasquez owned a 9.26 ERA in two starts against SWB…Vasquez (7-3) tossed a Triple-A career-high-tying eight-innings of one-run ball.

IronPigs Trip up RailRiders

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) fell to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 3-1 on Monday night, ending their five-game winning streak. The RailRiders slipped to 56-48 while the IronPigs improved to 47-56 and 6-4 in the “IronRail Series.”

Starter Esmil Rogers (1-1) matched a season-best six strikeouts, but walked five hitters while allowing three runs and six hits across five innings. Anthony Vasquez hurled eight frames for Lehigh Valley, limiting SWB to a run on five hits. Dustin McGowan tossed a scoreless ninth for his seventh save.

Aaron Altherr produced all three runs for the IronPigs. With Chase d’Arnaud at third and two away in the first, Altherr lined a pitch towards Cole Figueroa at third base. The catch was missed and d’Arnaud scored as Altherr reached safely. The IronPigs’ center fielder launched a sacrifice fly to center that scored Tyler Henson following a triple in the third. He polished his night with a run-scoring single in the fifth.

The RailRiders’ only tally came in the third when Ben Gamel scored Kyle Roller on a bases-loaded, double play grounder to first.

The RailRiders finish their five-game homestand on Tuesday night against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. at PNC Field. Right-hander Diego Moreno (3-0, 2.18) is scheduled to start against left-hander Jesse Biddle (2-0, 4.80). Norwegian Cruise Lines presents an appearance by the Phillie Phanatic and a T-shirt giveaway to the first 1,00 fans through the gates. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 7-27-15

CLICK HERE for the July 27 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.

BROOM CLEANING: The RailRiders completed a three-game sweep of the Toledo Mud Hens thanks to a 2-1 win on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field.

RAILRIDERS ROLLING: SWB has won five straight games for the first time since a season-best six-game winning streak from June 8-13.

THAT’S A START: Kyle Davies (7-6) became the first RailRider to reach seven wins since 2013 with a season-best eight innings. He allowed just one run on two hits including a Manny Pina home run. Davies retired the last 10 he faced in succession and 19 of the final 20. Chris Leroux and Jim Miller shared the team lead in 2014 with six wins apiece. Chris Bootcheck took mid-season IL All-Star honors with a team-high 10 wins in 2013.

FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME: Davies had not fired eight or more innings since he lost a complete game as a Kansas City Royal at Detroit to the Mud Hens’ parent club on Aug. 22, 2010. Max Scherzer was the opposing and victorious starter that day.

BOLTING IT DOWN: Caleb Cotham worked around a leadoff walk to secure his second career save and his first at Triple-A. He struck out Toledo’s co-leaders in home runs, Mike Hessman and Steven Moya, to end the game. Both went down swinging. Entering 2015, Cotham had only relieved 30 times in his 85 games as a pro.

IMPACTFUL DEBUT: In his Triple-A debut, Cito Culver delivered the game-winning RBI with a single in the seventh that chased starter Thad Weber. A first-round pick in 2010 (32nd overall), he started at his natural shortstop position for the first time since July 18 and just the second time since July 9. He had seen more time at third base with some second base play during the end of his Double-A Trenton run.

SERIESOUS BUSINESS: SWB won the franchise’s first set against the Mud Hens since claiming both series in 2012. It also made for the first sweep since a rain-shortened two-game series in Moosic from June 15-16, 2009. In the Yankees era (2007-present), SWB had never swept Toledo in a series of three or more games.

TRIPLE THREAT: Ben Gamel posted a triple for the third time in as many games, lifting his total to 12 which ties him for the most in all of MiLB. He has more triples than Norfolk (10) and Pawtucket (10). He finished the game 2-for-4 with a run scored. On the homestand he has hit .600 (6-for-12) with three triples, four RBIs and four runs scored.

YOU DOWN WITH OBP?: Rob Refsnyder went 1-for-4. He has hit safely in 18 of 21 at Triple-A going back to June 24. Over that stretch, he has slashed .361/.484/.514/.998 with the third-best OBP among full-season MiLB players. His average and OPS in that window each rank fourth the IL. His season-long .380 OBP ties him for second in the league.

PIRELA POP: Jose Pirela drove Gamel home after his third-inning triple. He has eight multi-hit showing over his last 12 SWB games played. He has snapped out of a 5-for-49 (.102) slide at Triple-A with hits in nine of those 12 affairs. During his string, he has gone 20-for-48 (.417) with five doubles, one homer, nine RBIs and 14 runs scored.

HE’S BAAAACK: In his first game action since July 17, Aaron Judge went 2-for-3 with a steal and a run scored. He has hit safely in six straight and nine of 10. After starting his Triple-A tenure 2-for-17 (.118), he has hit .333 (22-for-66).

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders lead the IL in batting average (.272) and OBP (.341)…SWB must win just two of its five remaining July games to post a winning month…Over the first eight seasons as a Yankees affiliate, SWB logged an above .500 July six times and the two exceptions both saw the squad finish a game under sea level…The RailRiders improved to 12-6 against the IL West.

Davies Pitches RailRiders Past Mud Hens

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) completed a three-game sweep of the Toledo Mud Hens thanks to a 2-1 win on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. The brooming was the first for the RailRiders (56-47) against the Mud Hens (43-59) in a series of three games or more in the Yankees era. The triumph also pushed the RailRiders’ winning streak to five games.

Kyle Davies (7-6) hurled a season-high eight innings, limiting the Mud Hens to a solo home run by Manny Pina in the second inning. He yielded two hits, three walks and struck out three. Davies finished his outing by retiring 19-of-20 hitters, including 10 straight.

Toledo got the the tying run to third base in the ninth against reliever Caleb Cotham, but the right-hander fanned Mike Hessman and Steven Moya to notch his first save. Thad Weber (6-7) shouldered the loss for Toledo after allowing two runs on six hits over 6.1 innings.

Trailing 1-0 in the third, Ben Gamel crushed a one-out triple to left-center. The three-baser was his third in as many days and his International League-leading 12th of the year. Jose Pirela plated his center fielder on a groundout to first.

Aaron Judge returned to the RailRiders’ lineup and finished the day two-for-three. He opened the sixth with a single and advanced to second on a throwing error by Hessman at third. Cito Culver slammed his first Triple-A hit into center with two away and brought around Judge for the winning score.

The RailRiders continue their homestand on Monday night with the first of two against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. at PNC Field. Right-hander Esmil Rogers (1-0, 3.38) is scheduled to start against left-hander Anthony Vasquez (6-3, 4.06). Tuesday night, July 28, Norwegian Cruise Lines presents an appearance by the Phillie Phanatic and a T-shirt giveaway to the first 1,00 fans through the gates. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 7-26-15

CLICK HERE for the July 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 12:35 p.m.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The RailRiders worked 10 walks, one off their season high, in a 10-2 thrashing of the Toledo Mud Hens on Saturday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders have won four in a row for the first time since a season-best six-game winning streak from June 8-13.

SERIESOUS BUSINESS: SWB has this series cemented and bids for a sweep this afternoon. The franchise had not won a set against the Mud Hens since claiming both series in 2012. The last sweep came in a rain-shortened two-game series in Moosic from June 15-16, 2009. In the Yankees era (2007-present), SWB has never swept Toledo in a series of three or more games.

WALK ON: The RailRiders’ season-high mark for walks in a game (11) came on April 20 against Lehigh Valley, but the 4-3 win went 15 innings. Toledo starter Tim Melville (4-9) issued a career-worst six walks last night, lifting his season-long total to a league-high 60. His nine losses tie him for the second-most in the league. Only Buffalo’s Daniel Norris (10) has more.

TRIPLE THREAT: Ben Gamel got the RailRiders on the board with a three-run triple in the second inning, his league-best 11th three-base hit of the year. He has more triples than Norfolk (9) and Pawtucket (10) and stands tied for fourth in all of MiLB. He finished the game 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and a run scored.

FULL HOUSE: The RailRiders’ first home game since July 9 saw a sellout crowd of 10,000 fill PNC Field on Friday. That made for the team’s second sellout of the season along with the Fourth of July contest against Buffalo. Last night, standing-room-only seating was again required for the 8,171 that flocked to PNC Field. That made for the team’s ninth fixed-seat sellout (7,115) of 2015.

YOU DOWN WITH OBP?: Rob Refsnyder went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. He has hit safely in 17 of 20 at Triple-A going back to June 24. Over that stretch, he has slashed .368/.494/.529/1.024 with MiLB’s fourth-best OBP (tops among full-season players). His average and OPS in that window each rank third the IL.

AUTOMATIC FIRST DOWN: Refsnyder reached base on catcher’s interference in the sixth. He is the only man in the IL to do so multiple times this season and has turned the trick thrice in total. He did so with Josmil Pinto catching and Michael Tonkin pitching for Rochester at PNC Field on April 13. The call also came in Thursday’s road trip finale at Indianapolis against the battery of Tony Sanchez and Angel Sanchez.

SMOKIN': Jose Pirela went 2-for-3 yesterday with a three-run homer, a sac fly, a walk and two runs scored. He has eight multi-hit showing over his last 11 SWB games played. He has snapped out of a 5-for-49 (.102) slide at Triple-A with hits in nine of those 11 affairs. During his string, he has gone 20-for-44 (.455) with five doubles, one homer, eight RBIs and 14 runs scored.

FREE BIRD: With a double last night, Greg Bird has reached safely in all but one of his 18 games with SWB including a hit in 15 of those affairs while slashing .300/.380/.486/.865.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders lead the IL in batting average (.273) and OBP (.342)…SWB must win half of its six remaining July games to post a winning month…Over the first eight seasons as a Yankees affiliate, SWB logged an above .500 July six times and the two exceptions both saw the squad finish a game under sea level…Toledo owns the IL’s worst team ERA (4.81) while turning a league-low 72 double plays…Only one other team has an ERA over 4.00 (Louisville, 4.13) and only one other squad has recorded fewer than 90 twin-killings (Rochester, 88)…The IL average in each category sits at 3.62 and 97.5 respectively…The Mud Hens fell to a season-worst 15 games under .500 last night.

RailRiders Stroll past Mud Hens

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) worked 10 walks, one off their season high, in a 10-2 thrashing of the Toledo Mud Hens on Saturday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders (55-47) won their fourth straight and claimed the series against the Mud Hens (43-58).

Bryan Mitchell (5-5) matched a season-high with seven strikeouts across five innings in the victory. The right-hander yielded two runs on five hits with one walk. Tim Melville (4-9) issued a career-high six walks and surrendered seven runs on six hits over five innings. He struck out three.

The RailRiders set the table for a four-run second inning by working three straight walks to open the frame. Ben Gamel then cracked his International League-leading 11th triple of the year to right-center to plate all three runners. Jose Pirela followed with a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Gamel for a 4-0 advantage.

Pirela championed his four-RBI night with a long home run to left in the fourth. The blast, his third with SWB, scored Gamel and Juan Graterol and put the RailRiders up 7-2.

SWB capped the scoring in the sixth with three more runs. Ramon Flores scored Tyler Austin on a bases-loaded single and Rob Refsnyder reached on catcher’s interference to push across Graterol. Leading 9-2, Cole Figueroa drew a walk off Rafael Dolis to force in Pirela.

The RailRiders aim for a sweep of the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers) on Sunday afternoon. First pitch at PNC Field is set for 1:05 p.m. Right-hander Kyle Davies (6-6, 4.03) opposes right-hander Thad Weber (6-6, 3.97). The first 2,500 fans entering the gates receive a RailRiders All-Star poster featuring Austin Romine and Kyle Roller. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com

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