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Under My Pirela

SLOWING DOWN, STARTING UP: The off-season is upon the minors, but the big clubs are still coming down their home stretches. While it marks an end for most, this week saw a big beginning for a RailRider. 2014 IL All-Star Jose Pirela made his Major League debut on Monday and made history in multiple ways. Serving as the DH, he became the 57th different man to play for the 2014 Yankees, setting a new single-season franchise record. He then tripled to drive in a run and became the first Yankee to triple in his first big league at-bat since Steve Balboni in 1981. CLICK HERE to read more about his smashing debut, which saw him post a pair of hits, his post-game quotes and a video highlight of the three-bagger.

IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR: Pirela led the IL with 11 triples, 163 hits and 87 runs scored while also ranking among the league’s best in batting average (5th, .305) and total bases (2nd, 236). Despite potent line-drive power that helped him slam 10 home runs in a pitcher-friendly ballpark, Pirela served as the leadoff man in 99 games for Dave Miley’s squad.

RECORD KEEPING: The 56-man record that Pirela broke was set in 2013 with SWB alumnus Mike Zagurski serving as the 56th man in a Sept. 15 game against the Red Sox at Fenway. Before the 2013 campaign, the franchise record was 51 – set in 2005 and tied in 2008. The 52nd Yankee that broke the record? Another SWB alum in catcher John Ryan Murphy who also notched a hit in his debut. CLICK HERE for some post-game quotes including Murphy acknowledging some nerves.

WHAT IF: Pirela’s opportunity seemingly only came about due to circumstance. He got the call when Martin Prado got struck with illness and had a season-ending appendectomy. Even before his big debut, Chad Jennings forecast the possibility of Pirela staying on the 40 in his blog. CLICK HERE to read more.

BYE-BYE: Steve “Bye Bye” Balboni was a second-round pick by the Yankees in 1978. He tripled off Detroit’s Howard Bailey in a 7-2 win at the stadium in a game started by Ron Guidry. He spent most of his 11-season big league career with the Royals, but had two separate tours of duty with the Bronx Bombers. He crushed 181 homers in 960 career big league games. However, the beefy first baseman only tripled 10 more times on his career after starting his big league tenure with a triple.

RECORDS ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN: A big part of the puzzle for the 2014 IL North champion Syracuse Chiefs could crack Pirela’s record. Eury Perez was claimed off waivers from the Washington Nationals and would be the 58th different Yankees of the season if he plays before the campaign comes to a close. The Chiefs led the IL with 81 wins but lost to the eventual Governors’ Cup champion Pawtucket Red Sox in the first round of the playoffs. The PawSox swept the set in three games, but two of the contests came down to a single score.

END OF AN ERA: As first reported by the New York Post’s George King, the Yankees’ longtime senior VP of baseball operations, Mark Newman, is retiring. Newman has spent over a quarter century with the Yankees including the last 15 as the top man on the farm. CLICK HERE to read King’s original report and CLICK HERE for Baseball America‘s look at the story. CLICK HERE to read Mark Feinsand‘s chat with Newman including news that his retirement was decided upon months before the season even started.

BREAKING IT DOWN: How did the 2014 RailRiders fare? CLICK HERE to check out the full report card from the outstanding longtime beat writer, Donnie Collins.

SIMPLY THE BEST: For the second straight year, the RailRiders led the IL in a major team offensive category. Last year the squad led the loop with its 133 home runs. The 2014 incarnation paced the circuit in team batting average at .273. The league’s overall average was .261. SWB also ranked second in slugging percentage at .413. Only Charlotte, which plays in by far the most home-run friendly stadium in the IL, enjoyed a better season at .436. The league average was .393. Charlotte had definite power, but also slugged .467 at home compared to .406 on the road. The RailRiders slugged .407 at the expansive PNC Field and .419 on the road.

MUST SEE: For all of the hoopla surrounding Derek Jeter’s final season, a commercial has made for one of the more poetic examinations of the Yankees’ longtime leader. CLICK HERE if you’re not among the millions to see Gatorade’s 90-second look at Jeter with his fans and history.

ON DECK: For those that missed it, the RailRiders 2015 schedule has been announced. CLICK HERE to check it out.

COMMUNITY LOVE: Earlier today the team announced its annual community report with all of the year-to-date fun facts. It includes over $360,000 of cash or in-kind donations, over 550 hours of volunteerism and more. CLICK HERE for the full story.

RailRiders and IronPigs Suspended Due to Rain

Moosic, PA. – For the second straight day, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs’ (Philadelphia Phillies) Tyler Henson provided a big hit. This time, it came in the form of a game-tying solo home run in the eighth inning to even Sunday’s contest at 1-1. A half inning later, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) got some help from an unexpected source – Mother Nature.

With Carmen Angelini standing at first base after a leadoff single in the eighth, the heavens opened and heavy rain drenched the playing surface, forcing the RailRiders to suspend Sunday’s contest due to unplayable field conditions. The two teams will resume the game in the eighth inning in 1-1 ballgame with Angelini at first and nobody out on Monday, September 1 at 11:30 a.m. Monday’s regularly scheduled season finale will commence 30 minutes after the conclusion of the suspended game and will be scheduled for seven innings.

The RailRiders conclude the 2014 odyssey with the final home game of the 2014 season against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) Monday, September 1 at 11:30 a.m. Monday is fan appreciation day at PNC Field and the RailRiders will toss the left-handed pitcher Nik Turley (4-3, 4.88) in the second game of the impromptu twinbill while the IronPIgs spin the left-handed Greg Smith (9-10, 4.29). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 11:05 a.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.

RailRiders Cough Up Two-Run Lead, Fall in Extras

Allentown, PA. – A man the wasn’t in the original lineup provided the big hit Saturday night at Coca-Cola Park. Tyler Henson pinch-ran for Reid Brignac in the ninth inning and, after two innings of scoreless baseball, laced a two-out triple off the left-center field wall. A base hit by Cam Perkins followed to give the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) the 3-2 walk-off win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) in 11 innings Saturday night. The loss dropped the RailRiders to a seasons worst 10-games under .500 and finished the road portion of the RailRiders’ 144-game schedule.

The RailRiders jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage, plating tallies on Scott Sizemore’s run-scoring single in the second and Chris Young’s solo home run in the fifth provided a little cushion.

Zach Nuding spun six-innings of one-run ball, but did not factor into the decision. After a bruised batter and base hit in the seventh, Nuding departed in favor of reliever Bryan Mitchell. Mitchell, making his first relief outing with SWB, allowed a single to Reid Brignac that loaded the bases and produced a 6-4-3 double play that scored the IronPigs’ initial tally. With the score at 2-1, Mitchell provoked an infield fly to end the threat. The eighth inning saw Mitchell scuffle some more, as Nate Spears began the frame with a leadoff bunt single. A throwing miscue by Austin Romine pushed him to second and Mitchell’s throwing error on Maikel Franco’s grounded ball plated the tying run, 2-2.

A scoreless ninth and 10th followed before the RailRiders spun position player Taylor Dugas in the 11th. Dugas retired his first two batters faced before allowing the triple and single to end the game. Dugas (0-2), tossing for the third time this year, took the loss. Reliever Tyler Knigge (4-3) claimed the win, tossing a perfect 11th.

The RailRiders return to PNC Field for the final two games of the season against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) Sunday, August 31 at 1:05 p.m. The RailRiders will toss the right-handed pitcher Diego Moreno (2-3, 5.19) while the IronPIgs spin the right-handed Sean O’Sullivan (6-10, 4.45). Sunday’s contest will be televised on MyNet TV and Jim Riley will fill-in on radio with the pregame show beginning at 12:35 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 21-games, the top active hit streak in the International League.

The RailRiders are now 4-10 against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and fell to 5-5 in extra-inning games.

Saturday’s contest four Lehigh Valley pitchers combine to strikeout 14 RailRider hitters.

IronRail Goes to Lehigh Valley

Moosic, PA. – A back-and-forth contest went the way of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) Friday night at Coca-Cola Park. The deciding knock came in the sixth inning when Tony Gwynn Jr. coaxed a double to right-center field to erase a two-run deficit and tilt the game to its end result, a 6-5 loss. The defeat marked the Scranton/Wilkes-RailRiders’ (Triple-A/New York Yankees) ninth in their last 11 games and also gave the IronPigs the 2014 IronRail trophy.

Manny Banuelos got the start, and for the third straight outing, struggled early. Banuelos allowed two runs in the first inning, allowing Cesar Hernandez to plate the game’s first run on a wild pitch. Russ Canzler’s RBI knock hung the crooked to number to make it 2-0.

The RailRiders responded with four unanswered runs, with all four scoring via the home run. Scott Sizemore cut the deficit in half with a solo home run in third, and John Ryan Murphy’s three-run tater in the fourth meant a 4-2 lead. Cam Perkins brought the game to within one with a solo shot in the home fourth, but Adonis Garcia’s RBI double off the center field wall pushed the RailRiders lead to 5-3. SWB would not record a hit the rest of the way as the duo of Mike Adams and Luis Garcia held the RailRiders’ offense at-bay to set the table for Gwynn’s game-deciding double.

Jason Marquis (3-1) spun six innings and allowed five runs to notch the win, while Edgmer Escalona (2-4) took the loss in relief, tossing two innings and allowing three runs on four hits while striking out two.

The RailRiders continue the brief two-game road trip at Coca-Cola Park against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) Saturday, August 30 at 6:35 p.m. The RailRiders will toss the right-handed pitcher Zach Nuding (3-5, 5.40) while the IronPIgs spin the right-handed Brad Lincoln (6-11, 5.26). Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:05 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 20-games, the top active hit streak in the International League.

The RailRiders are now 4-9 against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

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.

Roller, RailRiders Notch TwinBill Split

Moosic, PA. – Playing their second doubleheader in five days, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) fought to a twinbill split with the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) Wednesday night at PNC Field. Game one went the way of Toronto’s top satellite; Brett Wallace and Dan Johnson combined to drive in four runs in a five-run seventh inning that resulted in a 6-5 loss. Game two went the way of the local nine, as the RailRiders (66-73) built a big six-run lead en route to an 8-3 victory. The win moved the RailRiders to 2-2-6 on doubleheaders this season.

The RailRiders seemed poised for a decisive 5-1 win in the initial contest, only to have it snatched away by an old friend. With reliever Tyler Webb on the bump, Buffalo’s (74-64) offense came alive in a five-run seventh inning to leapfrog the RailRiders. Jonathan Diaz sparked the frame with a lead off walk. Successive knocks by Dalton Pompey and Anthony Gose succeeded to load the bases, Cole Gillespie scored the innings first tally with a sacrifice fly to center. The recently received Wallace tied the game with a majestic three-run home to center and Johnson’s team-leading 18th bomb of the year gave Buffalo the lead for good, 6-5.

Matt Tracy started the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader. The former Ole Miss Rebel spun 5.2 innings and allowed one run on two hits. Tracy walked four and struck out one but did not factor into the decision. Webb took the blown save, recording just two outs and allowing four runs on three hits and Edgmer Escalona (2-3) was slated with the loss. Raul Valdes notched the win, allowing five runs over six frames. Bobby Korecky (21) slammed the door in the ninth for the save.

Game two was a similar story with a different ending. Just like game one, the RailRiders took the initial lead, but this time it held. Kyle Roller went a perfect 3-for-3, falling a triple shy of the cycle. His second base hit of the night resulted in a two run third, a double that sliced into the left-field corner. Four more runs crossed in the RailRiders’ fourth courtesy of RBI knocks by Carmen Angelini and Jose Pirela to push the lead to 6-0.

Starter Nick Turley wavered in the fifth as a sea of run-scoring singles by Gose, Gillespie and Wallace closed the gap to 6-3. Roller’s 16th home run of the campaign meant a 7-3 lead, and Angelini’s second RBI of the evening put the nail in the coffin, 8-3.

Turley (4-3) claimed his third win in four tries, twirling five efficient innings and scattering three runs before departing in favor of reliever Nick Rumbelow. Rumbelow bridged the gap from the sixth on to finish off the game. Scott Copeland (2-1) lasted just four innings and was tagged for four six runs on six hits and struck out one in the loss.

The RailRiders conclude the brief three-game homestand with the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) Thursday, August 28 at 7:05 p.m.  The RailRiders will toss the right-handed pitcher Chris Leroux (6-3, 3.67) while the Bisons spin the right-handed Kendall Graveman (2-2, 1.36). Aaron Berlin will have the call on MyNet TV while longtime area voice Jim Riley fills in 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

The game one loss to Buffalo meant the RailRiders cannot finish the season with a .500 record. The best the club can possibly finish is 71-73. The losing record marks the first time since the 2004 and 2005 seasons that an SWB club has had back-to-back losing records.

Kyle Roller’s home run in the fifth inning marked his 16th at Triple-A and 25th between his time at Double-A and SWB. He ranks among minor league baseball’s top 25 in home runs hit this season.

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

Red Wings Use Big Inning to Post Series Win

Rochester, N.Y. – For the second straight day, the big inning proved to be the difference in a 4-2 loss to the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) Monday night at Frontier Field. Rochester erased a one-run deficit with a three-run sixth inning off reliever Preston Claiborne to post the series win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees), 3-1. The two clubs concluded the season series with Rochester claiming wins in 11 of the 16 meetings.

Alex Meyer, making his 26th appearance of the season, pitched into the six and claimed the win, while reliever Preston Claiborne took the loss, allowing three runs in the decisive sixth frame.

The RailRiders followed a similar script from the day before, plating a first-inning run off right-hander Alex Meyer. Rob Refsnyder reached base on a full-count walk and scored when Kyle Roller smashed his 22nd double of the season for the 1-0 lead. The Red Wings answered with a first-inning run of its own when Pedro Florimon tripled home a hustling James Beresford.

The two teams exchanged zeros until the RailRiders took a one-run lead in the fifth. Meyer issued a leadoff walk to Carmen Angelini. With Angelini at first, Ramon Flores brought around the RailRiders’ second run of night on a one-out triple in the fifth for the 2-1 lead.

Starter Bryan Mitchell did not factor into the decision, spinning five innings and allowing one run on five hits while striking out four on 91 pitches, 54 for strikes. Mitchell departed after five complete in favor of reliever Preston Claiborne. Claiborne, making his first appearance since June 24, allowed three runs on three hits in the sixth, including extra-base hits to Chris Herrmann and Daniel Ortiz in part of the three-run frame that saw Rochester take the 4-2 lead.

Claiborne (0-1) took the loss in relief, his first loss of the season. Meyer (7-6), in his 26th start of the campaign, spun six innings and scattered seven hits while walking three and striking out four to notch the win. A.J. Achter (6) bridged the gap from the seventh inning on, firing three scoreless innings and allowing one hit to earn the save.

The RailRiders will have on off-day on Tuesday, but will return to action with a doubleheader against the Buffalo Bisons(Toronto Blue Jays) Wednesday, August 27 at 5:35 p.m. The RailRiders will toss the left-handed pitcher Matt Tracy (1-6, 5.06) while the Bisons spin the left-handed Raul Valdes (4-5, 3.89). Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 5:05 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

The RailRiders finished the season 5-11 against the Rochester Red Wings, including going 1-7 at Rochester’s Frontier Field.

With the loss, the RailRiders need to finish the season 7-0 to finish with a .500 record.

The five-day six-game road trip saw the RailRiders go 1-5 on the six-game swing.

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! -

Four-Run Eighth Dooms RailRiders in 5-4 Loss

Rochester, N.Y. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) saw a two-run eighth inning lead evaporate when Doug Bernier and James Beresford delivered back-to-back doubles to cap a four-run frame. The result was a 5-4 loss to the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) Sunday afternoon at Frontier Field.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (65-71) authored a three-run first that saw all nine RailRiders trot to plate against starter Tyler Duffey. Jose Pirela opened the frame with a single to left and scored when Ramon Flores belted a two-run home run to right, 2-0. The home run by Flores was the first of two on the day for the RailRiders’ slugger. Rob Refsnyder kept the inning going with a walk and Kyle Roller’s opposite-way double scored Refsnyder from first to make it 3-0.

Zach Nuding spun five solid innings and allowed one run on six hits and struck out three, his only miscue transpiring when Daniel Ortiz mashed a one-out solo home run to right in the second. With the score at 3-1, Nuding scattered four hits after Ortiz’s dinger before handing the baton to a trio of relievers Chase Whitley, Nick Rumbelow, and Edgmer Escalona.

Whitley, making his first appearance for SWB since May 12, allowed back-to-back hits to open the sixth. Whitley recorded successive strikeouts to Aaron Hicks and Bernier before finishing off the inning with a ground ball back to the mound. Rumbelow (0-1) entered in the eighth and allowed all four runs in the inning to take the loss. Rochester’s Aaron Thompson (3-3) claimed the win in relief, spinning two scoreless innings and striking out one in the win. Stephen Pryor (2) allowed a home run to Flores in the ninth, but finished the game by retiring Refnsyder on a pop out to second for the save.

The RailRiders conclude the series against the Rochester Red Wings Monday, August 25 at 7:05 p.m. The RailRiders will toss the right-handed Bryan Mitchell (4-2, 4.15) while the Red Wings spin the right-handed Alex Myer (6-6, 3.43). John Sadak and 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

Ramon Flores went 3-for-5 and bashed two home runs. Since his return from the disabled list, Flores has gone 4-for-13 with two homes run. The multi-homer game marked his second of the season, with the last such occurrence taking place on May 26 against the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) when he took Chad Reineke and Chad Rogers deep.

The RailRiders have now lost of their last 10 games at Frontier Field. SWB has now gone 5-10 against Rochester this season.

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! -

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.

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! -

 

Don’t Call it a Comeback; Pirela Drives in Four in Win

Moosic, Pa. – The good times kept on rolling for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) Tuesday night at PNC Field. Jose Pirela collected three hits and drove in four while falling a double shy of the cycle and the RailRiders (64-66) plated three-runs in the ninth inning in a 6-5 win over the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals). The win extended SWB’s current run of success to five-straight games and also improved the RailRiders to 10-5 this season against Syracuse.

Pirela provided the theatrics, belting his IL-leading 10th triple of the season on a two-out two-strike pitch against closer Rafael Martin that cleared the bases and gave the RailRiders the 6-5 win. Prior to Pirela’s at-bat, Martin had issued two walks and allowed an infield hit to Scott Sizemore to load the bases.

A man that wasn’t on the roster when the day began received the start for Syracuse. Omar Poveda began the game and the RailRiders tagged him for three early runs. Zoilo Almonte brought about the game’s first run with his team-leading 67th RBI of the year. The crooked number was hung when Rob Refsnyder danced home from third on catcher Sandy Leon’s passed ball, 2-0. Pirela’s majestic lead off home run in the third made it 3-0.

Syracuse responded with five unanswered runs, plating its first two runs against SWB starter Zach Nuding in the fifth. Three base hits opened the frame, with Josh Johsnon’s rip plating the Chiefs’ first run. Syracuse brought the game to within a run on Will Rhymes’ sacrifice fly. An RBI by Leon tied it in the sixth and Tyler Moore’s two-run tatter off Diego Moreno meant a 5-3 deficit.

Jim Miller (6-3) was one of three SWB pitchers to toss Tuesday night; he claimed the win in relief. Miller worked two scoreless frames and struck out out one. Rafeal Martin (0-1) blew his first save at Triple-A, facing six batters in the ninth inning, walking two and allowing two hits in the loss.

The RailRiders continue the short two-game run at PNC Field with the series finale against Syracuse Wednesday, August 20 at 7:05 p.m. The RailRiders will toss right-handed pitcher Bryan Mitchell (4-1, 2.40) while the Chiefs spin the right-hander A.J. Cole (4-0, 2.87). John Sadak and 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

Jose Pirela’s triple in the ninth inning gave the RailRiders their 10th walk-off victory of the season and second against the Syracuse Chiefs. The last time the RailRiders ended a game with a run in the ninth inning was when the club swept a twinbill against the Rochester RedWings (Minnesota Twins) August 10.

Pirela’s triple also meant the end of Syracuse closer Rafael Martin’s impressive scoreless innings streak. The reliever allowed his first earned run in his last 50 innings pitched, a streak that lasted 29 games and spanned his tenure with Double-A Harrisburg and Syracuse.

The RailRiders have won their last five games, the club’s longest such streak since a five-game run against the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) and Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves) from July 20-24. The RailRiders last six-game run also marked the longest of the season, when the RailRiders claimed successive games against the Noforlk Tides (Baltimore Orioles), Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates) and Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) from May 4-9.

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! -

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