Gose, Herd Stampede RailRiders

Moosic, PA. – Anthony Gose homered, doubled and drove in six runs as the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) pounded the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) to the beat of an 11-3 loss Thursday night at PNC Field. The lopsided loss handed the season series to Buffalo’s top satellite, with the Bisons claiming 9 of the 16 total meetings, and also gave the Herd the three-game series win, 3-2.

All of Buffalo’s 11 runs crossed in the first third of Thursday night’s affair, with all 11 tallies coming at the expense of Chris Leroux’s ledger. Leroux pitched into the third inning, failing to get an out in the frame after the first seven batters of the inning reached. Already leading 5-0, A.J. Jimenez blistered a two-run home run to left to extend the Herds’ lead to 7-0. With the bases loaded, an RBI knock by Dalton Pompey plated another run before Gose ended Leroux’s night by carving a bases clearing double down the right-field line for the 11-0 lead.

Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte relieved Leroux in the third and retired all three batters faced to end the six-run frame. Buffalo would not plate another run the rest of the way as a quartet of relievers closed out the game to hold the Buffalo offense silent. The RailRiders plated three runs the rest of the way, using RBI knocks by the recently signed Chris Young in the second and John Ryan Murphy in the sixth to close out the scoring, 11-3.

Leroux (6-4) took the loss, lasting just two innings and allowing 11 runs on nine hits. Leroux walked four and struck out three and allowed home runs to Gose and Jimenez, before departing in the third. Rising star Kendall Graveman (3-2) tossed 5.1 innings of solid baseball and struck out seven to notch the win.

The RailRiders embark on a brief two-game road trip when the club makes the trek to Coca-Cola Park to face the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) Friday, August 29 at 7:05 p.m. The RailRiders will toss the left-handed pitcher Manny Banuelos (1-0, 2.45) while the IronPIgs spin the right-handed Jason Marquis (2-1, 4.20). 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

Adonis Garcia extended his team-best hitting streak to 19 games, the top active hit streak in the International League.

Chris Young made his first appearance for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The veteran outfielder went 1-for-5 with an RBI and two strikeouts.

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