Porcupine Points: May 23 vs Rochester
TOUGH-LUCK LOSS: Matt Tracy fired a career-best eight innings but left on the wrong side of a 2-1 score that went final as the RailRiders fell to the Red Wings in last night’s series opener.
WITHOUT A TRACY: Tracy became the first RailRider to last eight innings this season and did so on 96 pitches (62 strikes). He was perfect through four until Deibinson Romero doubled down the third-base line to begin the fifth.
FUN FACT: Tracy once faced last night’s Rochester starter, top-ranked Twins’ pitching prospect Alex Meyer, in college. Tracy was a two-way player for Ole Miss and stood in the batter’s box against Meyer, a Kentucky Wildcat.
LEAVING ‘EM ON: The RailRiders stranded a season-high-tying 12 men on the bases last night. A 1-for-11 showing with men in scoring position hurt the team’s run-scoring chances. The team had a run in with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth and later put the first two men on in the seventh and eighth.
ALL GOOD THINGS…: Adonis Garcia went 0-for-5 with a strikeout as the IL’s top active hitting streak came to a close at 17 games. His streak started May 3 and saw him go 32-for-71, slashing to the tune of .451/.480/.676/1.156 as his season-long average leapt 103 points (.237-.340). Garcia, who now ranks third in the IL in batting average on the season, posted the team’s best hitting streak since Todd Linden‘s 19-game run from April 14-May 4, 2009.
SMOKIN': Jose Pirela posted a pair of hits last night to extend his torrid stretch. In his brief six-game hit streak, Pirela has gone 13-for-24 (.542) in lifting his average to by 45 points to a season-best .305.
ON A ROLL: Kyle Roller logged two hits and drove in the RailRiders’ only run. After going 0-for-6 in his first two Triple-A games, Roller has hit .305 (11-for-36) over his last 10 contests. That includes five extra-base hits and five RBIs. Factoring in his time with Double-A Trenton, Roller leads the Yankees’ farm in composite average (.342), ranks second in home runs (11) and third in RBIs (28).
SCORELESS STRETCH: Oswaldo Arcia‘s run-scoring single in the sixth snapped SWB’s season-long 17-inning scoreless streak going back to the extra-inning Monday win at Pawtucket.
ARE YOU TOO GOOD FOR YOUR HOME?: The RailRiders have lost consecutive home games for the second time this season. The team has not dropped three straight at PNC Field since a four-game slide from Aug. 3-11, 2013 against Lehigh Valley and Buffalo. The RailRiders’ loss was the Red Wings’ first road win since April 24 at Pawtucket, snapping a nine-game skid away from Frontier Field.
OFF THE RAILS: The loss knocked the RailRiders into last place in the six-team IL North, but the nip-and-tuck divisional race has all six teams within 2.0 games of each other…Tracy became the first RailRider to last eight innings since Brett Marshall went eight exactly versus Toledo on July 24, 2013…Manager Dave Miley has called upon a pinch hitter twice this season…Both times, the name called off the bench has been NEPA’s own Russ Canzler…Last night Canzler bounced out to short, stranding men at second and third in the eighth…He walked on May 7 in a left-right switch while batting for Corban Joseph against Andy Oliver and loaded the bases…The RailRiders have lost seven straight match-ups with Rochester…The last SWB triumph was an 8-7 walk-off finish on July 9.