Porcupine Points: May 27 at Louisville
TOUCHDOWN RAILRIDERS: Coming off a 1-3 homestand that saw them score six runs, the RailRiders pounded out 24 hits in a 15-8 record-setting rout of the Louisville Bats on Memorial Day. The RailRiders posted their biggest come-from-behind win of the season and assembled the highest hit total ever allowed by Louisville. It made for the SWB franchise’s highest hit total in the Yankees’ era and third-highest of all-time. All nine men in the RailRiders lineup finished with a hit and eight enjoyed multi-hit showings.
TRY THIS ON FOR SIZE: Scott Sizemore posted a pair of hits as he continues to climb out of the depths carved out by a recent slump. After he went 1-for-20 (.050) on the Lehigh Valley/Pawtucket road trip from May 13-20, Sizemore has gone 7-for-19 (.368) with his first home run since 2011 and three walks.
UNDER MY PIRELA: Jose Pirela went 3-for-7 with a steal and a run scored. He has hit safely in nine of 10, going 18-for-41 (.439) with two doubles, one homer and four RBIs. More than half of the run has come on the road where he is a .333 hitter.
IN BLOOM: Ramon Flores homered twice, walked once and scored four runs on a 3-for-6 day. It marked his second career multi-homer game. The last came on June 26, 2012 at Fort Myers (Minnesota Twins) while with Advanced-A Tampa. He has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 and leads SWB with 26 walks and 14 doubles. He became the second RailRider to homer twice in a game this season. Current Yankee Zoilo Almonte did so at Buffalo in game two of an April 17 twinbill.
ON A ROLL: Kyle Roller reached safely in each of his six plate appearances. He went 4-for-4 with two doubles, two walks, two runs scored and an RBI. With his time at Double-A Trenton, Roller leads the Yankees’ farm with his composite .346 average. He also ranks second in home runs (11) and is tied for fourth in RBIs (29).
BACK ON TRACK: Adonis Garcia snapped an 0-for-18 slide with two hits. He also drove in a pair of runs, scored twice and stole a bag. His funk came after he assembled the franchise’s longest hitting streak in half a decade, a 17-game string from May 3-20.
CANZLER CAN: Russ Canzler went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs, two walks and two runs scored. He has an extra-base hit in three straight games for the first time this season.
FOR THE RECORD: The SWB franchise record for hits in a game is 27, delivered by the Red Barons at Toledo on May 31, 1998. The second-highest total also came at Toledo with 26 on June 19, 1993. Louisville’s prior record for hits allowed in a game was 23, set by the Knights at Charlotte on June 7, 2005.
OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders’ season-long team batting average shot up seven points (.255-.262) based on their 49th game of the season…Before the game, the Yankees announced that SWB right-hander Branden Pinder was placed on the DL…The RailRiders have won a season-best four straight road games…SWB went 11-for-24 (.458) with runners in scoring position and walked a season-high-tying seven times…Louisville fell to 6-15 against the IL North…The Bats are 18-11 (.621) against teams in the West and South…The 15 runs scored fell a tally short of the squad’s most explosive game this season…The high-water mark came in a 16-2 annihilation of the Tides at Norfolk on May 4…The RailRiders’ pitching staff allowed a season-high 16 hits…Shane Greene (2-2) survived a five-run, six-hit first inning to pick up his second straight Triple-A triumph.