Game Notes SWB vs Durham Bulls
WASHED AWAY: For the seventh time this season, Mother Nature got the best of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Heavy rain throughout the NEPA area forced the postponement of Friday’s four-game series finale against the Buffalo Bisons. The RailRiders officially took the rain-shortened three-game series after claiming the first two contests of the the tilt. The lone loss occurred in the series finale after the RailRiders were forced to have a bullpen day when Bruce Billings and Shane Greene were officially promoted to New York. SWB finished the home with a 3-4 mark, while the washed away game marked the third of the campaign between the two clubs. A makeup date for the rainout has yet to be announced.
SIZED UP: RailRiders third baseman Scott Sizemore continues to make a case for another promotion to New York. Through his first 13 games with SWB, Sizemore is 15-for-42, adding six extra-base hits. Combine that with his week-long stay with the parent club and Sizemore is 19-for-55 to begin the season (.345). Perhaps the biggest crux to begin the season has been his gaudy strikeout numbers. The hard-swinging right-handed hitter has stuck out a combined 26 times between the two levels.
SEEING DOUBLE: Thursday night’s 6-5 loss to the Bisons witnessed six different RailRiders experience multi-hit days at the plate. Recently received Sizemore added a two-for-five night and Antoan Richardson, batting in the leadoff spot for the second-straight game, provided two hits of his own. The 13-hit affair fell two base knocks shy of the RailRiders season-high (15), while the four-run ninth inning highlighted by Zoilo Almonte’s three-run home run to right marked the fifth time this season the RailRiders offense has hung four runs in a frame.
TURN THE BEAT AROUND: Since starting the season 0-for-13, Adonis Garcia has become a consistent cog in SWB’s lineup. He has amassed an early team-best 11-game hit streak and entered today with 16 hits in his last 46 at-bats (.348) including a single and a run scored Wednesday. Zoilo Almonte has similarly flipped the script. The repeating outfielder began the year 2-for-21 (.095) with eight strikeouts while grounding into three double plays. Since that slow start, he has gone 16-for-50 (.320) with each of his team-best four home runs.
ALL GOOD THINGS…: Must eventually come to an end. After combining to go 0-for-8 Thursday night, both Adonis Garcia and Jose Pirela’s respective hit streaks came to a screeching halt. Garcia’s team-best 11-game run came to a close with a pop out to third in the ninth. During the run Garcia combined to go 16-for-40 (.356) including a 6-for-23 with two doubles and two RBI against the Bisons. The RailRiders ‘ usual second sacker’s streak was bookended with performances against Buffalo. After beginning the nine-game run with a batting average of .172, Pirela finished the streak a combined 12-for-36, including three multi-hit evenings. The run pushed his average as high as .262 before the hitless night.
ZOILO THE GREAT: Don’t blame Zoilo Almonte for wanting to play every day against the Bisons. All the outfielder has done thus far against Buffalo is bash three of his four home runs against the Herd. In five games this season against Buffalo, Almonte is 7-for-22 (.318) with a double and six RBI.
OFF THE RAILS: Thursday’s scheduled starting pitcher Shane Greene, after being recalled earlier by the New York Yankees, officially made his big league debut against the Boston Red Sox. The hard-throwing right-handed prospect relieved starting pitcher C.C. Sabathia in the seventh inning, facing five batters and issued three free passes in a third of an inning of work in the Bronx Bombers 14-5 win. Friday’s lopsided tilt against the Los Angeles Angels saw another recently promoted RailRider see action. Bruce Billings after being recalled on Thursday, Billings relieved starter Huroki Kuroda in the fifth inning and tossed four complete frames, giving way to four base hits and four runs. Three of the four runs that came around to score against the right-hander were of home run variety.