Norris, Buffalo Best RailRiders 5-2
Moosic, Pa. – In front of 11, 134 fans at Coca-Cola Field, rising star Daniel Norris made his home debut for the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) and didn’t disappoint. Norris, pitching at his third level this year, yielded one hit in five dominant frames en route to a nine strikeout performance to lead the Bisons (70-61) to the 5-1 win. The loss dropped the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) to 6-6 against the Buffalo this season and marked the second straight defeat for SWB (64-68).
Nik Turley took to the bump for the RailRiders and lasted 4.2 innings before being chased in the fifth. Turley (3-3) allowed four runs on four hits and struck out four before departing the game; only one of the four runs against his ledger was earned. The first of Buffalo’s five runs crossed in the game’s opening frame. Anthony Gose singled and stole second and third before scoring on John Ryan Murphy’s throwing miscue. Carmen Angelini collected the only knock against Norris, crushing a first-pitch fastball over the left field wall to even the contest at 1-1 in the third.
From there, it was all Buffalo. Norris recorded eight straight outs via the strike out from the second on posting all nine of his strikeouts after the first. The offense backed made sure his solid effort didn’t go to waste. A skied ball to right by Cole Gillepsie in the third plated the go-ahead run and two more tallies crossed in the fifth on a fielder’s choice, a passed ball allowed Gose to trot home from third to hang the crooked number. Mike Nickeas ended the Bisons scoring with a sacrifice fly that made it 5-1.
Norris handed the baton to a trio of relievers to finish off the night as Mike Zagurski, Chad Jenkins and Bobby Korecky bridged the final four innings to hold the RailRiders offense scoreless.
The RailRiders continue the six-game road trip when the club concludes the two-game series against the Bisons Friday, August 22 at 7:05 p.m. The RailRiders will toss left-handed pitcher Matt Tracy (1-6, 4.78) while the Bisons toss the left-handed Raul Valdes (4-5, 3.65). John Sadakand Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS
Carmen Angelini’s home run in third marked the RailRiders’ 100th home run of the season. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchise has reached the century mark in home runs in every campaing as a New York Yankees affiliate. The last time the club failed to amass 100 home runs was when the then-Red Barons posted 83 in 2006.
Anthony Gose went 4-for-4 in stolen base tries to mark the most stolen bases by an individual against the RailRiders this season. The four stolen bags were the most against an SWB club since Josh Johnson swiped four bases in a 13-inning game.
Daniel Norris’ nine strikeouts tied for the most punch-outs by an opposing pitcher this season. It marked the most since Vance Worley sent nine RailRiders packing on June 2 at Indianapolis.
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