Porcupine Points: May 19 at Pawtucket
BOUNCING BACK: The RailRiders never trailed in posting a 3-2 Sunday victory over the PawSox at McCoy Stadium.
JOSE CAN YOU SEE: In his third game as a RailRider, Jose Gil came through. The back-up backstop bounced a two-out, two-strike pitch up the middle to plate a pair of second-inning runs. Gil is now 1-for-8 as a RailRider.
TRIPLE THREAT: Kyle Roller notched his first triple of the season at the start of the second inning. Roller’s 10th career three-base hit was his first in more than a year. He last logged one on April 27, 2013 while with Double-A Trenton against Portland, the Eastern League affiliate of the Red Sox. Zach Nuding, who started yesterday’s game for SWB, got the nod that day as well.
FOLLOW THE LEADER: While the RailRiders failed to plate leadoff runners in the first, second, third, fourth, fifth and seventh innings, they did get a run-scoring groundout from Jose Pirela in the eighth for the decisive tally. It scored Roller who began the inning by taking a bruise from Rich Hill (1-2).
LEAVING ‘EM ON: The RailRiders stranded 10 men on base and saw several baserunning gambles fall short as they went 2-for-18 with men in scoring position. On the road trip.
5-FOR-5: Switch pitcher Pat Venditte (1-0) struck out all five men he faced in his first Triple-A appearance since 2012 and got the win. Counting his time at Double-A, on the season Venditte has whiffed 35 men while walking five over 23.2 innings (13.3 K/9IP). He has held his foes to a .134 batting average and owns a composite 0.68 WHIP.
OH DANNY BOY: Danny Burawa survived a pair of ninth-inning walks and posted a five-out save, his first at the Triple-A level and the 10th on his pro career. He is the sixth different RailRider to log a save this season.’
HOT HITTER: Adonis Garcia added another multi-hit effort, going 2-for-5 with a double that stretched his hitting streak to 15 games. His current surge of success began May 3 and since that time he owns the IL’s best second-best contact clip. His 26-for-62 performance makes for slashes of .419/.446/.565/1.072 as his season-long average has leapt 82 points (.237-.319). Garcia owns the team’s best hitting streak since Brent Lillibridge composed a 15-gamer from June 27-July 13 last season. With a hit in his next game, Garcia would boast SWB’s longest hitting streak since Todd Linden‘s 19-game run from April 14-May 4, 2009.
WHO’S HOT: Pirela posted his third straight multi-hit performance (2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R) and lifted his season-long average to a season-high .288. He has gone 7-for-12 over those three affairs, raising his contact clip by 28 points.
WHO’S NOT: Scott Sizemore went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts. He leads the team with 43 whiffs in 98 at-bats. Over his last five games, he has gone 1-for-18 with eight strikeouts as his average has dipped by 43 points to a season-low .245.
OFF THE RAILS: While Pawtucket remains in first place in the IL North, the nip-and-tuck divisional race has all six games within 3.0 games of each other…Zach Nuding‘s 5.2 innings tied for his longest career Triple-A appearance, deadlocking with his June 21, 2013 debut at the level against Norfolk…Tonight, SWB bids for its second set of consecutive road wins this season…The only other turn of the trick came in a doubleheader sweep at Buffalo on April 17.