4-17-14 Game Notes at Buffalo
ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Marcus Stroman held SWB’s offense in check while his offense pounded out eight runs on 13 hits as the RailRiders dropped last night’s series opener in Buffalo, 8-2. The RailRiders’ allowed a season-high run total and tied for their most lopsided loss thus far.
MOVING ON UP: Both of SWB’s recent losses to promotion, catcher John Ryan Murphy and infielder Scott Sizemore,got time in yesterday’s doubleheader sweep of the Cubs. Sizemore started both games at third base, while Murphy got the nod in the nightcap behind the plate. In game two, Sizemore had two hits and drove in one of the Yankees’ two scores in the 2-0 triumph. Murphy had a hit and caught Anthony Rizzo trying to steal second with a throw to the covering Derek Jeter.
IT FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME: With Sizemore in the bigs and Zelous Wheeler on the SWB DL, Adonis Garcia got the start at third base last night. On his still young stateside career, Garcia had only started on the infield once – a 2013 nod at second base in game two of a July 23 doubleheader versus Toledo. The balance of his career had come mostly in the outfield with a sprinkling of DH time. He started his Cuban National Series tenure at multiple infield positions, including third base, before his defection, but has played mostly outfield since including his initial time in Venezuela. Last night, in his first game action since hitting a homer in SWB’s home opener last Thursday, he played an error-free game and drove in the RailRiders’ first run with an eighth-inning single for the team’s only RBI.
SWING AND A MISS: Stroman whiffed nine over 5.1 innings as Buffalo amassed a dozen strikeouts in total. It made for the most whiffs by SWB as a team on the young year and the best 2014 showing by an individual hurler against NEPA’s squad. Stroman (1-1) secured the first Triple-A triumph of his blossoming career.
TOUGH TIME: SWB starter Chris Leroux walked the first man he faced in his first outing of the season. That man, Chris Getz, later came around to score. Ten men came to the dish in a four-run third that chased Leroux after allowing five runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings. It made for Leroux’s first stateside start since Aug. 27, 2012 while with Indianapolis – a win versus Columbus. He was 4-0 in seven starts that season with a 3.00 ERA.
ROAD WOES: SWB has not won consecutive road games since taking the first three at Louisville from July 26-28 last season. It has gone 8-18 (.308) away from PNC Field since that three-win spurt in the Bluegrass State. That includes three straight road losses from a sweep defeat at the hands of Rochester from April 8-9. That series sported Rochester’s first doubleheader sweep win since May 5, 2012 against Buffalo. The Red Wings completed a three-game sweep for the first time since dusting off Lehigh Valley in 2008 and posted their first three-game sweep of the New York Yankees’ top farm team since 2004.
CLIMBING UP THE CHARTS: Manager Dave Miley will be formally inducted into the IL’s Hall of Fame on June 7. But before then, he has another career milestone to notch. Miley enters today four wins short of tying and five wins short of passing SWB Red Barons manager Marc Bombard (1997-2004; 574-502) for the all-time wins lead in franchise history. Below is a year-by-year breakdown of Miley’s success with NEPA’s team.
DAVE MILEY – SWB MANAGERIAL RECORD
2007: 84-59 2008: 88-56 2009: 81-60 2010: 87-56
2011: 73-69 2012: 84-60 2013: 68-76 2014: 5-6