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RailRiders Surge Late to Edge Clippers

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) scored three unanswered runs to best the Columbus Clippers 4-3 on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. The RailRiders (61-49) earned their 20th win in one-run scores and took the three-game series from the Clippers (60-49). It was the first series win over Columbus for SWB in Moosic since 2006.

Starter Chris Capuano fired four innings, allowing a run on three hits with a no decision. The southpaw struck out four. The comeback gave the victory to Joel De La Cruz (7-0), who allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits over 3.2 innings. Johnny Barbato posted the final four outs for his third save.

Shaun Marcum hurled 5.1 innings in the start for Columbus and limited the RailRiders to two runs on seven hits while striking out seven. Reliever C.C. Lee (2-3) surrendered the deciding two runs, however, over 1.1 innings.

Jose Ramirez jumped on Capuano in the opening frame with a lead-off double and scored on a groundout to second by James Ramsey. The RailRiders tied the score 1-1 in the second when Aaron Judge came around when a pop-up by Cole Figueroa was lost in the sun.

The Clippers reclaimed the lead in the fifth against De La Cruz, plating a pair on three hits and an error.

Greg Bird opened the last of the sixth with a single and raced to third on a double by Judge. Rob Refsnyder flew a sacrifice fly to left. Bird scored to trim the deficit to 3-2.

Tyler Austin sparked the final rally in the seventh by working a walk and swiping second. Ben Gamel bashed a triple to right-center, scoring Austin. It was the 13th three-baser of the year for Gamel, who leads all of MiLB in triples. Jose Pirela completed the comeback with a sacrifice fly to left.

The RailRiders hit the road for six in a row, beginning with a three-game series in Columbus on Tuesday night. First pitch at Huntington Park is set for 7:05 p.m. The Clippers will send out right-hander Will Roberts (2-2, 2.68). A starter for SWB has not been announced. The RailRiders return to PNC Field on Monday, August 10, for Bark in the Park, presented by VREC. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 8-2-15

CLICK HERE  for the Aug. 2 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with Darren Headrick with pregame coverage starting at 12:35 p.m. John Sadak will have the call on MyTV regionally starting at noon.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge boomed long home runs, but the RailRiders could not overcome an early hole in a 5-4 loss to the Columbus Clippers on Saturday night at PNC Field. The Clippers snapped a three-game skid while ending the RailRiders’ winning streak at four.

BASH BROTHERS: Sanchez and Judge remain deadlocked for the most home runs on the Yankees’ farm this season. Each slugger belted a dozen dingers with Double-A Trenton to start the year, and each man has clubbed three more since arriving at Triple-A. All of the organization’s top-four power hitters in the minors wear the RailRiders uniform. IL All-Star Kyle Roller leads SWB with 13 home runs and Greg Bird has a combined 10 with six at Double-A and four in Triple-A.

LUCKY NO. 13: In 13 Triple-A games played, Sanchez has 13 RBIs. His walk total (9) more than doubles his strikeout sum (4). He has gone 13-for-41 for slashes of .317/.431/.610/1.041. Nearly half of his hits have gone for extra bases (6).

GUILTY AS CHARGED: Judge’s home run, a two-run shot to left-center in the sixth that drew the RailRiders within at run, was the team’s 100th hit of the season from the DH slot. In four games as the DH, Judge has gone 4-for-14 (.286) with five walks (.474 OBP) against four strikeouts.

LORD I WAS BORN A GAMELING MAN: Ben Gamel went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base, tying him with Cole Figueroa for the team lead in multi-hit games at 35. He has hit safely in seven of eight going 12-for-29 (.414) as his average has spiked back up to .290. He has not had a higher contact clip since he closed play on June 28 at .292. In the opening inning, he nabbed Jesus Aguilar at third base when he tried to go first-to-third on Zach Walters’ two-run single. It made for Gamel’s 11th outfield assist of the season, tying him with Pawtucket’s Bryce Brentz for the IL lead.

DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN: The RailRiders were outhit 10-6, but outperformed Columbus in extra-base knocks, 4-2. All four extra-base hits played roles in the team’s four runs. Rob Refsnyder delivered the first with a leadoff triple in the third before scoring on a wild pitch. It was Refsnyder’s first triple of the season and his second at Triple-A. His only other three-bagger came on June 15, 2014, coincidentally enough at Columbus in his fifth career Triple-A game.

TIGHTROPE WALKING: The RailRiders fell to 19-13 in one-run games (.594), snapping a four-game win streak in single-score games. Half of the RailRiders’ last 10 games have been decided by one run. Even with the loss, SWB leads the loop in winning percentage in one-run contests.

THE ‘PEN IS MIGHTIER: The bullpen tossed another four scoreless innings between the efforts of Eric Wooten (2.2 IP) and Caleb Cotham (1.1). Neither man allowed a baserunner while whiffing a collective four. The ‘pen has allowed just two runs (one earned) over its last 32 innings since the July 23 win at Indianapolis. The ‘pen owns a collective 2.82 ERA compared to a 3.85 mark for the starting staff.

SERIESOUS BIZ: SWB has matched its total of wins against Columbus from last season. The 2014 RailRiders went 1-7 versus the Clippers, getting outscored 79-39. Going back to 2013, the Clippers had claimed 14 straight meetings before SWB won the final 2014 clash, a 5-1 final on Aug. 10 in Moosic. That made for Columbus’ longest successful run in series history. It trumped a 12-game domination from June 1, 1993-April 9, 1994 when the then-Red Barons got outscored 97-27.

CLOSE CALLS: Despite the lopsided nature of wins and losses in recently, the RailRiders and Clippers have seen 15 of their last 27 clashes decided by one run.

OFF THE RAILS: SWB pitching ended the game by retiring 14 Clippers in a row and 23 of the last 25…The RailRiders have not rallied from a deficit larger than three to win this season…Columbus starter Toru Murata (10-4) became the IL’s first 10-game winner with six innings of four-run ball…Yankees manager Joe Girardi told the media yesterday that Luis Severino‘s MLB debut will come Wednesday at Yankee Stadium against the Boston Red Sox.

RailRiders’ Rally Falls Short

Moosic, Pa.Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge boomed long home runs, but the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders could not overcome an early hole in a 5-4 loss to the Columbus Clippers on Saturday night at PNC Field. The Clippers (60-48) snapped a three-game skid while ending the RailRiders’ (60-49) winning streak at four.

Kyle Haynes (0-1) shouldered the loss in his Triple-A debut, surrendering five runs on 10 hits over five innings. The damage came off the right-hander early as he settled in to fire three scoreless frames to finish the outing. Toru Murata (10-4) allowed four runs on five hits across six frames. Four of the five hits went for extra bases. Shawn Armstrong notched his 13th save with the Clippers thanks to a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Trailing 5-0, Rob Refsnyder began the frame by bashing a triple into the left-center gap. A wild pitch by Murata plated Refsnyder. Sanchez launched a towering blast over the pedestrian bridge in left to close the deficit to three in the fourth.

After getting a double play in the sixth, Murata yielded a triple to Slade Heathcott. Judge followed with a thunderous round-tripper out to left-center, cutting the Clippers’ lead to 5-4.

Eric Wooten and Caleb Cotham combined to retire 14 straight Clippers to finish the game. Columbus had just two base runners from the third inning on.

The RailRiders look to capture the series from the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) on Sunday afternoon. First pitch at PNC Field is set for 1:05 p.m. Left-hander Chris Capuano (1-1, 2.53) makes his third start for SWB. He opposes right-hander Shaun Marcum (7-2, 2.22). The RailRiders return to PNC Field on Monday, August 10, for Bark in the Park, presented by VREC. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 8-1-15

CLICK HERE for the August 1 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with John Sadak and Darren Headrick. Pregame coverage starts at 6:35 p.m.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Outfielder Ben Gamel iced a Friday-night thriller on a diving catch of a line drive in left-center as the RailRiders rallied to beat the Columbus Clippers at PNC Field, 3-2. The RailRiders claimed their fourth win in a row while the Clippers have lost three straight.

FULL HOUSE: For the third time in 2015, the RailRiders played in front of a complete sellout crowd of 10,000 fans, surpassing the 2014 total of two complete sellouts. The team needs one more gathering of 10,000 to match the total from the modern/reconstructed PNC Field’s inaugural 2013 season (4).

ONE-RUN FUN: The RailRiders improved to 19-12 in one-run games (.613) including wins in four straight single-score games. Those four recent narrow nippings have come over the last nine games played. No other IL team has played .600 or better baseball in one-run games entering today.

QUALITY EFFORT: Starter Kyle Davies settled for a no-decision but logged his sixth quality start over his last seven nods. The lone exception in that time saw him fire five scoreless innings at Indianapolis. Over this seven-start span, Davies has gone 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA, .213 batting average against and 1.07 WHIP. Last night, he allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk over seven innings. He went 2-0 in July with a 1.89 ERA over six starts. He co-leads the team in wins (7), but also shares the lead in losses (6). Part of the reason has been run support. He gets just 3.6 runs/start including a total of nine runs in his six setbacks (1.5/loss).

GAME-WINNING BLAST: Austin Romine caught for the first time since July 17 and hit his first home run since June 30 at Lehigh Valley. His opposite-way shot in the eighth snapped a 2-2 tie and proved to be the difference. He told the attending media he believed it was his first home run to right field since 2009. Since he came off the DL on July 26, Romine has gone 4-for-14 with a double and a homer over four games played (.286/.333/.571/.905).

HOT, HOT, HOT: The RailRiders have won nine of 10 and lead the IL North by 3.5 games entering today. Last night’s win lifted the team’s record to a season-high-tying 12 games above .500. It previously happened after an 8-1 defeat of Louisville on June 24 made SWB 43-31. Before that, SWB had not stood 12 games above .500 since the 2012 SWB Yankees won the division at 84-60.

THE ‘PEN IS MIGHTIER: The bullpen tossed two more scoreless innings with Branden Pinder (1-3) earning the win, his first since May 11, 2014 versus Durham, while Andrew Bailey notched a save. The ‘pen has allowed just two runs (one earned) over its last 28 innings since the July 23 win at Indianapolis. The ‘pen owns a collective 2.84 ERA compared to a 3.80 mark for the starting staff.

LEAGUE LEADERS: Multiple RailRiders ranked among the IL’s best in July. Batting average: Cole Figueroa (3rd, .367), Jose Pirela (4th, .362). OBP: Pirela (4th, .430), Refsnyder/Figueroa (T-7th, .404). Runs scored: Gamel (T-3rd, 21). Triples: Gamel (T-1st, 4). Wins: Luis Severino (T-1st, 4). ERA: Davies (5th, 1.89), Severino (T-6th, 2.16). WHIP: Severino, (2nd, 0.92). BAA: Severino (1st, .182). The team’s .276 batting average trailed only Norfolk (.279) while its 2.65 ERA paced the circuit.

SERIESOUS BIZ: SWB has matched its total of wins against Columbus from last season. The 2014 RailRiders went 1-7 versus the Clippers, getting outscored 79-39. Going back to 2013, the Clippers had claimed 14 straight meetings before SWB won the final 2014 clash, a 5-1 final on Aug. 10 in Moosic. That made for Columbus’ longest successful run in series history. It trumped a 12-game domination from June 1, 1993-April 9, 1994 when the then-Red Barons got outscored 97-27.

OFF THE RAILS: Columbus stranded eight men on base and went 1-for-9 with men in scoring position…At 17-12 in July, the RailRiders trailed only Buffalo (19-10) and Norfolk (18-10) for the IL lead in July team wins…SWB has posted a winning July seven times in nine seasons as a Yankees affiliate…Each of the two exceptions saw the club finish one game under .500…After team game No. 108 last night, the RailRiders are through exactly 75% of their 144-game regular season.

Late-Inning Heroics Carry RailRiders to Win

Moosic, Pa. – Outfielder Ben Gamel iced a Friday night thriller on a diving catch of a line drive in left-center as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) rallied to beat the Columbus Clippers 3-2 at PNC Field. The RailRiders (60-48) claimed their fourth in row and have won nine of their last 10 games. The Clippers (59-48) have lost three straight.

Tied 2-2 going to the last of the eighth, Austin Romine vaulted the RailRiders in front on a solo home run to right. The opposite field shot was his seventh of the year.

Reliever Branden Pinder (1-3) got the win thanks to Romine’s home run after a scoreless eighth. Andrew Bailey earned the save in his debut with SWB. Dustin Molleken(5-3) shouldered the loss after allowing the round-tripper to Romine in the eighth.

Starter Kyle Davies ate up seven innings for the RailRiders, limiting the Clippers to two runs on seven hits. The right-hander walked one and struck out three. Jarret Grube went six scoreless in the start for Columbus, yielding only four runners.

Columbus cracked the seal in the sixth on a solo homer by Jesus Aguilar just fair of the left foul pole. A two-out single by Audy Ciriaco scored Erik Gonzalez in the seventh for a 2-0 lead.

The RailRiders rallied against the Clippers’ bullpen in the bottom of the seventh. Greg Bird singled and Slade Heathcott worked a walk off Giovanni Soto. Trey Haley entered and uncorked a wild pitch, advancing the runners into scoring position. Jose Pirela beat out an infield single to plate Bird and Cole Figueroa tied the score on a sacrifice fly to left.

Bailey got the first two outs in the ninth before yielding a long double to Ciriaco. Jose Ramirez worked a 2-2 count before sending a liner to the left gap. Gamel made a head-long, diving grab to preserve the lead and the win.

The RailRiders look to capture the series from the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) on Saturday night. First pitch at PNC Field is set for 7:05 p.m. The first 2,500 fans through the gates receive a RailRiders hat. A starter for SWB has not been announced. The Clippers are expected to send out right-hander Toru Murata (9-4, 2.6). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 7-31-15

CLICK HERE for the July 31 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with Darren Headrick with pregame coverage starting at 6:35 p.m. John Sadak will have the call on MyTV regionally starting at 7 p.m.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The RailRiders wrapped up a two-game sweep of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs with a 3-2 triumph at Coca-Cola Park.

HOT, HOT, HOT: The RailRiders have won eight of nine to lengthen their IL-North lead to 3.5 games entering today. A win tonight would lift the team’s record to a season-high-tying 12 games above .500. It previously happened after an 8-1 defeat of Louisville on June 24 made SWB 43-31. Before that, SWB had not stood 12 games above .500 since the 2012 SWB Yankees won the division at 84-60.

RIDE THE RAIL: SWB claimed a 7-6 edge in the IronRail Series. The RailRiders took the inaugural IronRail Trophy in 2013 by virtue of a tiebreaker. The IronPigs earned the hardware with a 10-6 mark against SWB in 2014. With five head-to-head meetings left, the RailRiders must best the ‘Pigs three times to take the IronRail outright, or win twice including the Aug. 28 series finale.

RBI MACHINE: Catcher Gary Sanchez drove in all three runs. He went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk. The 22-year-old posted five RBIs in the two-game sweep and has knocked in a dozen runs in as many Triple-A games played. He has more than twice as many walks (9) as strikeouts (4).

WINNER, WINNER: Starter Chaz Hebert (1-0) earned the win in his Triple-A debut by limiting Lehigh Valley to a run on four hits over five innings. The southpaw walked one and struck out four. A 27th-round pick out of Breaux Bridge, La. in 2011, he had never pitched above Advanced-A ball before last night. He went 1-1 with a 0.87 ERA for Low-A Charleston and 6-5 with a 3.48 mark in 17 games and 12 starts with Advanced-A Tampa earlier this season.

THE ‘PEN IS MIGHTIER: Lehigh Valley’s seventh-inning run went earned on reliever Nick Rumbelow, spoiling the bullpen’s streak of consecutive innings without an earned run at 21 going back to a July 23 win at Indianapolis. Rumbelow might have extended it, but a bases-empty strikeout of K.C. Serna did not retire the hitter thanks to a wild pitch combined with a Sanchez throwing error. The ‘pen owns a collective 2.86 ERA compared to a 3.81 mark for the starting staff.

LORD I WAS BORN A GAMELING MAN: Ben Gamel, who sat last night, extended his hitting streak to six games with a great effort on Wednesday night including a leadoff home run (2-4, HR, 2RBI, 2R, BB). He has gone 10-for-23 (.435) during his spurt, lifting his average back up to .290. The home run was his sixth of the year. He entered 2015 with 10 career home runs in 415 games played and 1,634 at-bats. His 10 outfield assists pace the RailRiders and trail only Pawtucket’s Bryce Brentz (11) for the IL lead.

YOU SAY GOODBYE, I SAY HELLO: Before yesterday’s game, the New York Yankees traded two mainstays of the RailRiders era in reliever Jose Ramirez and outfielder Ramon Flores to the Mariners for Dustin Ackley, the No. 2-overall pick of the 2009 draft. Ramirez bolted down his team-best 10th save in his final SWB appearance on Wednesday. He only blew one save try at Triple-A this season and his 56 strikeouts in 49.2 IP made for the IL’s fifth-best K/9 IP rate among relievers entering today at 10.15. Flores, who went 4-for-4 and hit for the cycle on Opening Night this season, departed with slashes of .286/.377/.417/.794 in 73 games this season. He hit second or third 55 times and logged nine outfield assists. While SWB lost two regulars, they regained the services of Slade Heathcott who went 0-for-4 with a walk in his first game as a RailRider since May 19. In between, he went 6-for-17 with the big club including a home run against the Royals at Yankee Stadium on Memorial Day, May 25. A quad strain sidelined him until rehab started July 25 with Low-A Charleston (3GP, 2-for-9).

ROAD WARRIOR: After reaching base in all but one of his first 18 Triple-A games with slashes of .300/.380/.486/.865 in the process, Greg Bird entered the Allentown portion of the Lehigh Valley home-and-home in an 0-for-12 funk with one walk over three games. He returned to form with back-to-back two-hit showings at Coca-Cola Park including a well-hit two-run homer to right on Wednesday. With a similar number of at-bats, he has wide home-road splits. On the road, he has slashed .373/.448/.627/1.076 going 19-for-51 with all of his four homers and 13 RBIs. At home, he has slashed .150/.209/.225/.434 by going 6-for-40.

Sanchez Launches RailRiders Past IronPigs

Allentown, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) wrapped up a two-game sweep of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs with a 3-2 triumph on Thursday night at Coca-Cola Park. The RailRiders (59-48) handed the IronPigs (47-59) their first series loss since June 26-28.

Starter Chaz Hebert (1-0) earned the win in his Triple-A debut with SWB by limiting Lehigh Valley to a run on four hits over five innings. The southpaw walked one and struck out four. The IronPigs went with a spot-starter in Cesar Jimenez (2-5). The left-hander allowed three runs on five hits over three frames of work. Johnny Barbato closed out the last of the ninth with a perfect inning for his second save.

Gary Sanchez provided all the offense the RailRiders would need. The backstop opened the scoring with a long, two-run home run to left in the second. Aaron Judge came around on Sanchez’ second Triple-A round-tripper for a 2-0 lead. Sanchez made it 3-0 in the third by scoring Rob Refsnyder on a double off the base of the wall in left.

The IronPigs got a run in the fourth when Erik Kratz scored from second on a throwing error. A double by Tyler Henson plated K.C. Serna in the seventh, cutting the lead to the final margin.

The RailRiders return home Friday, July 28, to host the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) for Princess and Pirate Night. The first of three is set for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch at PNC Field. Right-hander Kyle Davies (7-6, 3.81) is scheduled to start opposite right-hander Jarret Grube (4-0, 3.30). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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Severino Dominates, Strikes Out 10

Extra-Base Pop, Potent Pitching Carry RailRiders 

Allentown, Pa.Luis Severino (7-0) struck out a career-high 10 men and did not allow an earned run as his Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees) handled the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) on Wednesday night, 9-4. SWB (57-48) evened the IronRail Series at 6-6, while Lehigh Valley (47-58) has lost back-to-back games for just the second time since June 28.

Severino became the first RailRider to reach double-digit strikeouts on the season and got it started by striking out the side in a perfect first. He already had a lead thanks to Ben Gamel’s leadoff home run in the top of the first. Austin Romine singled home a second-inning run while Greg Bird pulled a two-run homer in the third for a 4-0 lead.

After three perfect innings, Severino allowed his lone hit to start the fourth, a single by IL All-Star Tyler Henson. An error later extended the frame while two wild pitches allowed a pair of unearned runs to score for the IronPigs.

Gamel singled in a fourth-inning tally and the duo of Romine and Cole Figueroa picked up RBIs in the sixth for a 7-2 advantage.

Severino started the seventh by hitting Aaron Altherr with a pitch before he got the hook. Another infield error combined with a groundball double play led to a third unearned run on the starter’s line as Branden Pinder allowed the inherited runner to score.

A third infield error by SWB meant another unearned run in the eighth, this time on Pinder. He was relieved by Jose Ramirez who entered to face Erik Kratz as the tying run, but struck him out to strand inherited men at the corners.

Gary Sanchez pummeled a two-out, two-run double to right-center to salt the lead in the ninth.

Lehigh Valley starter Sean O’Sullivan (0-1) allowed seven runs (six earned) over five-plus innings to shoulder the loss. Ramirez posted his team-best 10th save.

Right-hander Bryan Mitchell (5-5, 3.12) is scheduled to face right-hander Severino Gonzalez (1-5, 4.66) in the series and road trip finale at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday night.

The RailRiders return home to PNC Field for a short three-game run against the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) starting on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. It will be Princess & Pirate Night presented by Dunmore Candy Kitchen with Friday Fireworks following the game thanks to Jack Williams Tire and Kumho Tire. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 7-29-15

CLICK HERE for the July 29 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with John Sadak and Darren Headrick. Pregame coverage starts at 6:35 p.m.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The RailRiders snapped a four-game losing skid to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in a 5-3 win thanks to a complete performance by right fielder Aaron Judge.

HOME COOKIN': The RailRiders went 4-1 on their five-game homestand, lifting their season-long ledger to 25-30 at PNC Field. It made for SWB’s second winning homestand of five or more games this season. The only other such display saw the team go 4-3 against by winning a three-game set against the IronPigs and splitting a four-gamer with Pawtucket from April 20-26. The RailRiders must win 12 of their 17 remaining home games to post the franchise’s first winning record in Moosic since the 2010 team went 48-24 (.667).

GUILTY AS CHARGED: Judge posted SWB’s lone multi-hit effort and extra-base knocks by going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles. He also notched two outfield assists, giving him four dimes against no errors in 21 Triple-A games played in the outfield. He robbed Logan Moore with a diving grab of his fourth-inning liner before doubling-up Cord Phelps at second base. He later nabbed Chris McGuiness trying to leg out a double to end the eighth. Since the All-Star break, he has gone 7-for-19 (.368) with four extra-base hits (.684 SLG, 1.065 OPS) and four RBIs.

RIDE THE RAIL: SWB slimmed its IronRail Series deficit to 6-5. The RailRiders took the inaugural IronRail Trophy in 2013 by virtue of a tiebreaker. The IronPigs earned the hardware with a 10-6 mark against SWB in 2014. With seven head-to-head meetings left, the RailRiders must best the ‘Pigs five times to take the IronRail outright, or win four times including the Aug. 28 series finale.

WHAT A RELIEF: With 4.0 scoreless innings from Wilking Rodriguez and Johnny Barbato, the SWB bullpen has logged 19 shutout frames going back to the July 23 win at Indianapolis. The ‘pen owns a collective 2.88 ERA compared to a 3.88 mark for the starting staff. Rodriguez (2-0) earned the win with 2.2 innings of nearly perfect baseball. He allowed one hit and struck out six.

NEW GROUND: Rodriguez (2-0), who earned the win, had not whiffed more than four in a stateside relief appearance in his career before Tuesday night. His career-high strikeout mark of nine was reached twice as a starter with each nod lasting at least five innings. They came in the Rookie Appy League and Low-A Midwest League respectively. Barbato logged his first Triple-A save with 1.1 frames of one-hit ball. He faced the minimum and struck out one. While a farmhand of the San Diego Padres, Barbato posted 14 saves with Advanced-A Lake Elsinore in 2013 and had 16 with Double-A San Antonio last year.

WHAT GOES UP: After reaching base in all but one of his first 18 Triple-A games with slashes of .300/.380/.486/.865 in the process, Greg Bird has been on base once in his last three games. He has gone 0-for-12 in that time with a walk. With a nearly even number of at-bats, he has wide home-road splits. On the road, Bird has slashed .357/.449/.595/1.044 going 15-for-42 with all of his three home runs and 11 RBIs. At home, he has slashed .150/.209/.225/.434 by going 6-for-40.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders lead the IL in batting average (.271) and OBP (.342)…SWB must win just one of its three remaining July games to post a winning month…Over the first eight seasons as a Yankees affiliate, SWB logged an above .500 July six times and the two exceptions both saw the squad finish a game under sea level…In his first game action since July 17, IL All-Star catcher Austin Romine served as the DH for the third time this season…He went 1-for-4 with an RBI single…In 2014 while sharing catching duties with John Ryan Murphy, Romine served as the DH five times and got the nod at first base 13 times…Ben Gamel picked up his team-best 10th outfield assist when he and spot starter Joel De La Cruz received dimes on Rob Refsnyder‘s put out of Phelps at second base in the first inning…Gamel trails only Pawtucket’s Bryce Brentz (11) for the IL lead in outfield assists.

Judge Ignites RailRiders in Win over IronPigs

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) snapped a four-game losing skid to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in a 5-3 win thanks to a complete performance by right fielder Aaron Judge. The RailRiders (57-48) finish their homestand 4-1. The IronPigs (47-57) lead the “IronRail Series” 6-5.

Judge led the RailRiders comeback by recording two outfield assists and sparked a three-run rally in the sixth inning with the first of two doubles.

Joel De La Cruz made the spot start for SWB and allowed three runs on eight hits over five innings in a no decision. Wilking Rodriguez (2-0) got the win after fanning six hitters over a dominant 2.2 innings. Johnny Barbato retired the final four hitters, with some help from Judge, to notch his first Triple-A save.

The game had an erratic start with both sides taking advantage of multiple walks to score a run in the opening frame. Tied 1-1 in the fourth, the IronPigs put to aboard with an error and a single. Logan Moore screamed a liner into the left-center gap, but Judge made the diving catch. Cord Phelps was caught off second base for the double play.

SWB took the lead in the bottom of the inning. Ramon Flores and Jose Pirela worked a consecutive, two-out walks and Austin Romine snuck a ball fair down the right-field line to plate Flores.

The 2-1 lead did not last as Lehigh Valley put together three straight hits in the top of the fifth before a double play grounder to go up 3-2.

Cesar Jimenez (2-4) replaced starter Jesse Biddle in the sixth and surrendered a double to left-center off Judge. Gary Sanchez drew a walk and Flores’ single loaded the bases. Pirela rolled an infield single to third, scoring Judge. After a strikeout, Cole Figueroa singled through the right side to push Sanchez across for a 4-3 lead. Ben Gamel capped the inning with a sacrifice fly to center.

Judge recorded his second assist in the eighth, throwing out Chris McGuiness at second on a single to right.

The RailRiders and Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) move their series to Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa. The two-game series begins Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Luis Severino (6-0, 2.11) is expected to face right-hander Sean O’Sullivan (0-0, 3.46). The RailRiders return home Friday, July 28, to host the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) for Princess and Pirate Night. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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