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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.

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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.

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How Sweep it is!

Pawtucket, R.I. – With brooms already in hand, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) polished off a four-game sweep of the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) and in the process claimed their 10th shutout of the campaign, a 2-0 win Monday night. The win concluded the season series between the two rivals, with the RailRiders (63-66) finishing the season 7-1 at McCoy while securing 11 of the 16 meetings between the two clubs.

The only run the RailRiders needed came in the third inning when Taylor Dugas clubbed a ball down the left-field line to plate a hustling Francisco Arcia from second. SWB received an insurance run insurance when Rob Refsnyder skied a ball to center in the fifth with the bases loaded to make it 2-0.

Pawtucket’s lone threat occurred in the fourth when starter Manny Banuelos walked the bases loaded. Chris Leroux relieved him and worked around a no-out bases loaded jam, inducing a ground ball force out and strikeout before concluding the inning by coercing Jackie Bradley Jr. into a flyball.

A trio of RailRiders pitchers combined on the shutout, with Leroux (5-3) receiving the win. Leroux spun five innings of relief and scattered two hits and struck out out five before handing the baton off to Nick Rumbelow (1) in the ninth. Rumbelow faced the minimum and struck out a batter in the scoreless ninth. Left-hander Edwin Escobar (0-1) took the loss, twirling six innings and allowing two runs.

The RailRiders begin a short two-game run at PNC Field when the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) visit NEPA Tuesday, August 19 at 7:05 p.m. The RailRiders will toss right-handed pitcher Zach Nuding (3-5, 5.89) while the Chiefs have yet to announce a starter. 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.

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Manny Banuelos’ six walks tied for a career high. The last time the left-hander allowed six men to reach by walk in a single contest occurred in a start against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) on April 12, 2012.

The RailRiders finished the campaign 7-1 at Pawtucket’s McCoy Stadium. The win marked just the second time NEPA’s club has won seven games at Pawtucket’s home field, with the 2007 unit setting the gold standard. The RailRiders also closed out the season series against the PawSox with an 11-5 record.

Pawtucket finished the series 2-fo-31 with runners in scoring position, including an 0-for-9 effort in Monday night’s 2-0 win. 

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Five-Run Ninth Lifts RailRiders Past PawSox

Pawtucket, R.I. – A steamy day at Pawtucket’s McCoy Stadium meant some serious home runs for the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox), but forced the Red Sox (71-58) to sweat. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) rallied from a four-run deficit with a five-run ninth inning in a 6-5 win Sunday afternoon. SWB sent all nine men to plate in the final frame, highlighted by Wheeler’s two-run single to left. The win extended SWB’s current run of success against Pawtucket to five games, and also moved the club to 6-1 this season at McCoy Stadium.

The RailRiders (62-66) jumped ahead early when Francisco Arcia reached on a two-out single and scored when Taylor Dugas sliced a triple into the right-field corner in the second. Tracy fired three scoreless frames and scattered a hit before running into trouble in the fourth. A two-run home run by Bryce Brentz made it 2-1 Pawtucket and Garin Cecchini’s three run tater to right in the sixth gave Pawtucket a comfortable lead, 5-1.

A five-run rally also meant a 6-5 win for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Dugas reached on a walk and plated a run on Corban Joseph’s double down the right-field line. Carmen Angelini walked and Rob Refsnyder’s single put a man at every bag. A passed ball, combined with a bases loaded walk, plated two more SWB runs before Zelous Wheeler capped the inning with a two-run single to right to push the lead to 6-5.

Edgmer Escalona (4) polished off the win, allowing a double to Mookie Betts before retiring Alex Hassan on a ground ball to short for the save. Tyler Webb (1-0) notched the win after spinning a scoreless eighth inning. Recently acquired Heath Hembree (0-1) took the loss, allowing both inherited runners to score while allowing four in the ninth.

The RailRiders conclude the four-game road trip against the Pawtucket Red Sox Monday, August 18 at 7:05 p.m. The RailRiders will toss left-handed pitcher Manny Banuelos (1-0, 1.80) while Pawtucket spins the lefty Edwin Escobar (0-0, 1.89). 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.

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The RailRiders improbable ninth-inning rally improved the club to 4-52 this season when trailing after eight innings.

The five-run come-from-behind win tied for the biggest of the season. The last time the RailRiders overcame a five run deficit was in a 6-5 win over the Louisville Bats on May 26. That night Zelous Wheeler capped a four-run ninth inning with his first grand slam of his professional career.

The RailRiders are now 6-1 this season at McCoy Stadium. The RailRiders have not lost at Pawtucket’s home facility since May 17 a 6-3 series opening loss.

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Offense Propels SWB Past Pawtucket, 9-4

Pawtucket, R.I. – Carmen Angelini homered for the second time in as many days and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) combined on 17 hits in a 9-4 win against the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) Saturday night at McCoy Stadium. The win marked the RailRiders’ (61-66) fifth straight at Pawtucket and secured the season series between the two clubs, 9-5.

The RailRiders (61-66) loaded the bases against starter Chris Hernandez in the first, but Rob Segedin grounded out softly to second to end the threat. SWB broke through the next half inning with a pair runs on Angelini’s two run tater to left. Two more tallies crossed in the fifth, the first on a thunderous double by Kyle Roller. Segedin coerced a sacrifice fly to center to hang the crooked number and push the lead to 4-0.

Pawtucket plated a run off starter Nik Turley when Alex Hassan blistered a home run to left with two outs in the fifth. Derrick Gibson’s bloop base hit in the fifth off reliever Jim Miller plated catcher Blake Swihart to slice the SWB lead in half, 4-2. The Resolute RailRiders had an answer, using a run in the seventh on a double by Jose Gil and a pair of crooked numbers in the eighth and ninth to lead the charge and push the RailRiders advantage to 9-2. Pawtucket added two runs in ninth on two-run jack by Bryce Brentz to bring the game to its final resting point, 9-4.

Turley (3-2) worked 5.1 innings and allowed two runs on four hits while striking out four on 99 pitches in the win. Hernandez (4-8) took the loss, pitching into the fifth before being chased on Dugas’ base hit to right.

The RailRiders continue the four-game road trip against the Pawtucket Red Sox Sunday, August 17 at 1:05 p.m. The RailRiders will toss left-handed pitcher Matt Tracy (1-6, 4.36) while Pawtucket spins right-hander Steven Wright (5-3, 2.76). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call 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.

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The RailRiders won for the second straight time when Nik Turley starts a game. The RailRiders dropped Turley’s first seven starts before the current run.

The home run by Angelini marked the first time in his professional career the short stop has homered in successive games.

The RailRiders improved to 5-1 this season at McCoy Stadium, claiming each of the last five meetings between the two clubs at Pawtucket’s home field.

The two teams combined to leave 26 men on base, with each team stranding 13 runners.

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Bats Back Mitchell as RailRiders Take Series Opener

Moosic, Pa. – One of the most anticipated pitching match-ups of the year didn’t disappoint. Rising prospects Byran Mitchell and Henry Owens took to the hill for their respective clubs, with each dazzling along the way. It was the offence that provided the highlights in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders’ (Triple-A/New York Yankees) 4-1 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) Friday night.

Mitchell needed 27 pitches to work through the first inning. Mookie Betts and Alex Hassan poked singles to left and Mitchell loaded the bases on a walk before retiring Blake Swihart on a weakly tapped ground ball. Mitchell (4-1) issued just two base hits the rest of the way, retiring 11 of 12 batters from the second inning on before exiting after five complete frames in the win. He struck out three batters on 86 pitches for his fourth straight win.

The offense gave Mitchell some early support. Kyle Roller tripled for the third time this season and scored on Zelous Wheeler’s blistered ball to center for the initial run in the second. Two more runs circled the bases on Carmen Angelini’s crushing two-out two-run tater in the fifth. Wheeler followed successive strikeouts in the sixth with a solo blast to exten the SWB lead to 4-0.

Diego Moreno relieved Mitchell and promptly issued back-to-back knocks to open the seventh. The lone Paw Sox run crossed on a sacrifice fly by Carlos Rivero that drew it to 4-1. Moreno spun two innings before relievers Nick Rumbelow and Edgmer Escalona closed the game with scoreless frames. Escalona’s (3) perfect ninth also meant a save. Owens (1-1) spun six innings and issued two home runs and hit a pair of hitters in the loss.

The RailRiders will continue the four-game road trip against the Pawtucket Red Sox Saturday, August 16 at 6:05 p.m. The RailRiders will toss left-handed pitcher Nik Turley (2-2, 5.58) while Pawtucket spins left-hander Chris Hernandez (4-7, 3.95). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 5:35 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.

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Bryan Mitchell claimed his fourth straight winning decision with SWB. During the run of success, Mitchell has spun 22 innings and allowed two runs during that span (0.82 ERA). He has not lost since a start against the Charlotte Knights on July 17.

Pawtucket combined to go 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position while stranding nine runners.

The RailRiders improved to 4-1 this season at McCoy Stadium, claiming each of the last four meetings between the two clubs at Pawtucket’s home field.

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Neal Homers as Bats Top RailRiders 8-5

Moosic, Pa. – SWB alumnus Thomas Neal capped a five-run fourth inning with a three-run home run and Donald Lutz collected three hits and doubled in an 8-5 loss to the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) Thursday night at PNC Field. The loss to Louisville (62-64) meant a series defeat for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees), while also closing out the RailRiders’ (59-66) eight-game homestand with a 2-6 ledger.

The two team’s combined to plate five runs by way of the sacrifice fly, with the first of the five scoring on Jose Pirela’s lifted bomb to left in the third for the 1-0 lead. The advantage was short-lived, as back-to-back skied balls by Jake Elmore and Hernan Iribarren gave the Bats the 2-1 lead. Neal’s thunderous home run followed with two-on and two-out to make it 5-1 Louisville.

The two team’s exchanged runs the rest of the way, with Louisville plating tallies in the fifth and seventh inning with two more run-scoring flies by Elmore and Iribarren. A double by catcher Bryan Anderson meant the final run for Louisville in the seventh.

Facing a big deficit, the RailRiders made a charge. SWB answered Louisville’s five-run frame with a run of its own in the home fourth. With men at second and third, Carmen Angelini’s groundball RBI avoided the shutdown frame. Three more SWB runs crossed in the game’s final three frames on RBI’s by Zoilo Almonte and Taylor Dugas in the 8-5 defeat.

Zach Nuding (3-5) took the loss, firing 94 pitches across five innings. Nuding was tagged for three in the short outing, while issuing three walks and a home run. Right-hander Josh Smith (10-5) tossed for the second time against SWB, working six innings and scattering two runs in the win. Smith struck out five before handing the game to relievers Chad Rogers and Tim Crabbe for the eighth and ninth. Crabbe (2) took the save, working around a run in the ninth before getting a double play to end the game.

The RailRiders will embark on a brief four-game road trip against the Pawtucket Red Sox Friday, August 15 at 7:05 p.m. The RailRiders will toss right-handed pitcher Bryan Mitchell (3-1, 2.88) while Pawtucket spins left-hander Henry Owens (1-0, 3.09). 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.

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Thursday night’s series final against Louisville concluded the season series between the two clubs with each team claiming four victories. The RailRiders took three of four from Louisville at Louisville Slugger Field May 26-29, while the Bats returned the favor by taking three of the four contests at PNC Field. The RailRiders ended the season 15-17 against the IL West.

Thursday night’s contest marked the 2014-pitching debut for catcher Jose Gil. Gil spun a scoreless ninth inning while walking two on 15 pitches. It marked the second straight evening that a position player took to the hill for SWB, and fourth time a position player has had to throw in a game.

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Banuelos Strong in RailRiders Debut

Moosic, Pa. -A night that almost didn’t happen due to heavy rain in NEPA saw the skies clear and rain stall just in time for 40-man member Manny Banuelos to take the hill for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) Tuesday night. Banuelos, making his first appearance for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre since May of 2012, spun five innings of one-run ball and scattered two hits while striking out four en route to a 6-1 win over the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds).

Banuelos retired each of his first seven batters faced before allowing his first runner to reach on a bruise in the third. A wild pitch allowed Bryan Anderson to take second before Jason Bourgeois sliced a single to center to give the Bats (60-64) the one-run lead.

The RailRiders had a response, using a crooked number in the home half of the frame to take the lead. A four-pitch walk to Jose Pirela set the table for thunderous run-scoring knocks by Zoilo Almonte and Kyle Roller to tilt the game back in favor of the RailRiders, 2-1. SWB added to the lead in the sixth, using a four-run frame sparked by a costly miscue by outfielder Ruben Gotay. Zelous Wheeler ignited the frame with a leadoff double, and Gotay’s missed-catch error on Corban Joseph’s fly ball to right allowed Wheeler to plate the inning’s first run. RBI extra-base knocks byRob Segedin and Pirela followed to bring the game to its final resting point of 6-1.

Branden Pinder, Tyler Webb and Diego Moreno bridged the final four innings of the game holding the Bats’ offense to three hits over the game’s final four innings. Banuelos (1-0) notched the win, while SWB alumnus Brett Marshall (0-9) took the loss. Marshall was tagged for six runs and 11 hits, but struck out seven RailRiders before departing in favor of reliever Chad Rogers in the sixth.

The RailRiders will host the Louisville Bats in the third game of the four game series Wednesday, August 13 at 7:05 p.m. The RailRiders will toss the switch-pitcher Pat Venditte (2-4, 3.56) while Louisville sends the left-hander David Holmberg (1-6, 4.74) to the hill. 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.

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Axelrod Tames RailRiders in 8-4 Loss

Moosic, Pa. – Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod pitched well into the seventh inning and Donald Lutz led the charge for the Bats (60-63) with a 3-for-5 effort that included two extra-base hits in an 8-4 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) Monday night.

Already trailing 3-0 after a bases loaded walk and a well-placed double by Juan Siverio in the second, the RailRiders (58-64) responded with their own crooked number in the home half of the frame. Zolio Almonte set the table with a leadoff single, and Kyle Roller blasted his second home run in as many days to draw the deficit to one. Carmen Angelini’s sacrifice fly to center field platedZelous Wheeler from third to even the tilt at 3-3.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s Matt Tracy fired a perfect fourth before allowing the go-ahead run in the fifth. Neftali Soto’s double in the same inning plated Felix Perez who reached on a two-out base hit. Against right-handed reliever Matt Daley, the Bats’ offense came alive. All nine men marched to plate in the frame, highlighted by Lutz’ majestic home run to open the frame and an bases loaded RBI knock by Jason Bourgeois that helped push the game out of reach.

Rob Refsnyder clubbed a solo home run in the eighth, his first since July 23, but the deficit proved too much to overcome. Axelrod (8-8) spun 7.2 innings and allowed seven hits and two home runs while striking out four in the win. Tracy (1-6) took the loss, last just five innings and allowing four runs in his sixth of the season with SWB.

The RailRiders continue the eight-game home swing with the second game against the Louisville Bats Tuesday, August 12 at 7:05 p.m. SWB is still yet to announce a starter while the Bats counter with right-hander Brett Marshall (0-8, 8.14). 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.

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Kyle Roller slammed his 15th homer at Triple-A and his 24th of the season including his time at Double-A Trenton. In ten games this month he has hit .324 (13-for-38) with two doubles, five homers and eight RBIs. He is tied for the 11th-most homers in all of minor league baseball.

Matt Tracy took the loss for the fourth straight time. He has not won since he fired 5.1 innings against the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) on July 20. During the skid Tracy has worked 16.2 innings and allowed 28 hits and 12 earned runs while pitching to an ERA of 6.61.

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RailRiders Solve Columbus Riddle

Moosic, Pa. – An impressive display of power and crafty pitching helped propel the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) passed the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) Sunday afternoon in a 5-1 win. Two thunderous home runs by Antoan Richardson and Kyle Rollerwere combined with five plus innings of two-hit ball from starter Nik Turley to help and end the club’s longest losing streak of the season at five games. The two home runs accounted for three of SWB’s five runs and concluded the season series between the two clubs with Columbus (65-57) taking seven of the eight clashes.

The RailRiders led wire-to-wire, with three of the club’s five tallies scoring courtesy of home runs. Richardson provided Turley with some early run support by launching a majestic bomb in the first for the initial lead. Roller joined the party with an impressive two-run opposite-way laser off starter Tyler Cloyd to extend the lead to 3-0 in the fourth.

Turley danced around four walks and didn’t yield a hit until Jesus Aguilar ripped a line drive to right field to leadoff the sixth. A fielder’s choice by Giovanny Urshela erased Aguilar before a base hit via Carlos Moncrief chased Turley from game. Reliever Nick Rumbelow tossed behind Turley, promptly issuing a fly ball and a walk before retiring Matt Carson on fielder’s choice to end the threat. Two more RailRider runs crossed on a run-scoring knock by Richardson and sacrifice fly by Rob Refsnyder to extend the SWB lead, 5-0.

Turley (2-2) notched the win, pitching into the sixth and striking out five batters, while Cloyd (9-7) spun a quality start, spinning six innings and yielding three runs on four hits and striking out four in the loss, his first since July 3 against the Toledo Mud Hens. Three SWB relievers combined to finish off the game, with Edgmer Escalona yielding the only run on Luke Carlin’s RBI double.

The RailRiders continue the eight-game home swing with the series opener against the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds), August 11 at 7:05 p.m. SWB will start left-hander Matt Tracy (1-5, 3.99) while the Bats counter with right-hander Dylan Axelrod (7-8, 4.05). 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.

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Antoan Richardson’s home run in the first inning marked his third of the season and first since May 4 off Suk-min Yoon of the Norfolk Tides in the fourth inning. The home run ended a drought that lasted 62 games and spanned 183 at-bats.

Richardson’s home run in the first marked just the second time a RailRider a lead off a game with a home run this season, with Jose Pirela’s solo blast off Pawtucket’s Steven Wright on June 23 the lone other occurrence.

The win over the Clippers snapped a 14-game losing streak against Columbus dating back to the 2013 season, marking the longest successful run by a Columbus in the history of the series. It trumped a 12-game domination from June 1, 1993-April 9, 1994 when the then-Red Barons got outscored 97-27. The win was SWB’s first against Columbus since April 23, 2013.

The RailRiders series finale win avoided a historic loss for SWB. Only once has SWB ever lost every meeting with a team in a single season. That came in 1989 when the first-ever Red Barons dropped each of their three games against Buffalo, all on the road. The SWB franchise has only lost every home match-up against a team in a single season five times (1989 vs. Iowa, 0-3; 1999 vs. Charlotte, 0-3 and vs. Indianapolis, 0-4; 2004 vs. Norfolk, 0-4; 2011 vs. Durham, 0-4). Today’s contest is the final meeting with Columbus on the regular season.

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Back-And-Forth Game Goes to Columbus

Moosic, Pa. – A back-and-forth ballgame went the way for the first-place Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) Saturday night at PNC Field. Carlos Moncrief and Audy Ciriaco delivered crushing back-to-back home run in the eighth inning against reliever Pat Venditte to erase a one-run Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) lead en route to a 5-3 win. The loss extended SWB’s (57-63) current skid to six games, the longest of the season. Columbus (65-56) improved its current run of success to four-straight wins.

The two teams combined for five early runs in the first three frames. Antoan Richardson led off the home first with a single and stole second before scoring on Zoilo Almonte’s base hit to left. After Columbus plated a run in the second on Matt Carnes’ two-out base knock, Rob Segedin’s sacrifice fly to right plated Corban Joseph from third to push the RailRiders’ back ahead in the second, 2-1.

Columbus had a response, this time using a bouncing ball fielder’s choice by Moncrief to plate Giovanny Urshela who doubled to open the frame. Richardson scored SWB’s go-ahead run by threading his fourth triple of the season down the right-field line. Rob Refsnyder’s bloop base hit to right-center field followed to plate Richardson from third for the 3-2 lead after three complete.

Zach Nuding received the start, twirling five innings and allowing two runs on six hits before giving way to Venditte in the sixth. Venditte (2-4) retired each of his first six batters faced before allowing the two home runs to Moncrief and Ciriaco in the loss. Josh Outman (2-1) worked a perfect seventh inning in relief of starter Toru Murata in the win. Austin Adams (4) worked around successive walks toKyle Roller and Zelous Wheeler in the ninth inning to secure the save.

The RailRiders continue the eight-game home swing with the series finale against the Columbus Clippers, August 10 at 1:05 p.m. SWB will start left-hander Nik Turley (1-2, 6.43) while the Clippers counter with right-hander Tyler Cloyd (9-6, 4.03). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call 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:

Carlos Moncrief and Audy Ciriaco’s successive home runs off Pat Venditte in the eighth marked the second time a team has turned the trick against SWB this year, with the Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) accomplishing the feat on May 3 against Zach Nuding. That day Xavier Paul and Brett Wallace went back-to-back before chasing Nuding from the ballgame.

SWB has now lost each of the seven meetings this season against the Columbus Clippers and each of the last 14 meetings between the two clubs dating back to last season. During the seven-game run the Clippers have outscored the RailRiders 78-34.

SWB’s current six-game slide marks the club’s longest run this season without a win, topping a five-game skid from June 10-15, a stall started with an extra-inning home loss to the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers) followed by a four-game sweet at Columbus.

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! -

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