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Action in the Agate

It’s only April 16 and the RailRiders roster has already been in constant flux. In 10 games, 32 players have donned the SWB pinstripes through the first two weeks of the season. Here’s a rundown of some of the transactions you may have missed over the weekend.

The Yankees recently placed back-up receiver Francisco Cervelli on the club’s 60-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain. With Cervelli on the DL, the Yankees recalled SWB’s John Ryan Murphy to back up Brian McCann. In an additional move, New York selected the contract of third baseman Scott Sizemore and added him to the club’s 25-man roster. The two losses leave a gaping hole in the RailRiders’ attack; Sizemore hit .344 in the first 10 games of season, adding 11 hits and four extra-base knocks, while Murphy had been a presence behind the plate catching 46 innings for the club. Earlier in the week right-handed pitcher Shane Greene was optioned to Triple-A SWB. Greene was originally recalled by New York after Austin Romine was sent back to the RailRiders on April 9.

With the recent addition to the parent club’s roster, Jame Kleimann had a nice piece on NJ.com to help you learn a little more about Yanks latest callup in Murphy (LINK ).  Here’s a nice piece about how Sizemore, after two major injuries, has worked his way back to the big leagues (LINK).

To make up for the loss of Sizemore and Murphy, catcher Francisco Arcia was transferred from Double-A Trenton and Jose Toussen was added from Advanced-A Tampa. Toussen was 5-for-9 in three contests for the baby bombers.

Arcia joins the RailRiders after beginning the season with Double-A Trenton and will serve as the primary backup behind Romine. In four starts with the Thunder, Arcia split time between first base and catching, receiving 10 of his 14 AB’s behind the dish. The sample size is small, but the longtime Yankees farmhand had hit .429 with two extra-base knocks to back up rising prospect Gary Sanchez.

For a copy of the RailRiders active roster, click HERE.

Rain and snow continues to plague the RailRiders season as another day of baseball was washed Tuesday in Buffalo.The RailRiders have had six game dates and eight total contests postponed due to weather on the young year. The club will play their regularly scheduled 6:05 p.m. affair Wednesday evening with pregame coverage on NEPA Sports Radio-The GAME with Aaron Berlin will beginning at 5:35 p.m. RailRiders play-by-play voice John Sadak joins the broadcast beginning with first pitch at 6:05 p.m. To listen to tonight’s game, click HERE.

Thursday’s getaway day now means a doubleheader. The twinbill will begin at 12:05 p.m., with the fourth game of the series moved to July 2.

April 16-RailRiders Report

Flores Leads Hit Parade as RailRiders Sink Chiefs, 7-1

Moosic, Pa. Ramon Flores provided four hits and four runs scored, and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (5-5) offence pounded out a season-high 15 hits en route to a 7-1 series-clinching win over the Syracuse Chiefs (3-6) Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. Four different RailRiders provided multi-hit afternoons, including a three RBI day by SWB third baseman, Scott Sizemore, while three RailRiders pitchers combined on the afternoon to hold the Syracuse offense to just two base knocks.

Flores set the tone early, leading the RailRiders first frame off with a double down the right-field line. After a Sizemore groundout, Zoilo Almonte singled through the hole in center to advance Flores to third, giving SWB runners at first and third and one out.  After ending Saturday night’s twin bill with a walk-off RBI, Russ Canzler, came through for SWB again, knocking a groundball through the left side of the infield to score Flores to give the RailRiders the early advantage, 1-0.

The RailRiders would add to the lead in the second after John Ryan Murphy doubled on a deep fly to centerfield. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre catcher, Austin Romine, followed with a walk and Antoan Richardson dropped a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher Omar Poveda that moved Romine and Murphy to second and third. After a Carmen Angelini struck out for the second out of the inning, Flores walked on three straight pitches to load the bases. With Sizemore stepping to the plate, the big right-handed hitter delivered on a two-out RBI single up the middle to that plated Murphy and Romine. The final run of the frame would come in the form of another base hit by Almonte, a single to left that brought Flores around to score, marking the second of four runs scored by the RailRiders right-fielder.

The RailRiders plated runs in each of their first five at-bats, including single tallies in the fourth and fifth. The lone Chief run came in the fourth inning after Chiefs second baseman, Will Rhymes, bounced a ball to SWB first baseman Canzler. A throwing error by the NEPA product allowed Rhymes to reach safely to give the Chiefs their second base runner of the afternoon. A groundout by Brock Peterson moved Rhymes to second, before eventually taking third on a wild pitch. Jhonatan Solano would pick up his teammate, knocking a ground ball to the right side that brought around Rhymes for the only Chief score of the day.

Bruce Billings, after laboring through his previous start against the Rochester Red Wings, tossed seven complete frames, allowing just a single hit along the way. The seven inning appearance by Billings marked the first of the season for RailRiders pitchers. After retiring his first four batters face in order, Billings needed just 90 pitches, facing only 25 batters throughout the evening to work his way through the Chiefs lineup.

Danny Burawa and Mark Montgomery each tossed an inning apiece, combining for three strikeouts between the two.

The RailRiders will begin a four-game road trip Monday evening at 6:05 p.m. when the club visits the Buffalo Bisons. The RailRiders will summon upon right-hander Chase Whitley (0-0, 7.71), while Buffalo elects to send Marcus Earl Stroman (0-1, 1.80) to the bump.  John Sadak will have the call on radio with pregame coverage starting 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.

 

 

OFF THE RAILS:

 

Scott Sizemore’s three RBI day tied Carmen Angelini for the most in a game this year

 

Ramon Flores’ triple in the fourth was his second of the season.

 

Eight of the nine RailRiders hitters recorded at least one base hit

 

The top three batters in the RailRiders order combined to go 9-for-14

 

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! - 

Game Notes 4-13-14 vs Syracuse

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DOUBLE DIPS: Through the clubs first three series, the RailRiders have played three doubleheaders with four postponed dates. SWB, after last night’s double header split, are now 0-2-1 in twin bills this season.

PROVIDING THE FIREWORKS: NEPA product, Russ Canzler, helped ignite the fireworks Saturday night at PNC Field. With teammate Zoilo Almonte standing on second, Canzler smacked an RBI base hit to deep centerfield to score Almonte. The hit gave the RailRiders their first extra-inning victory of the season, while securing the doubleheader split.

BOMBS AWAY: Adonis Garcia blasted the RailRiders first home run of the 2014 campaign, adding a dinger to left on Thursday night. Saturday, fellow teammate Zoilo Almonte mashed his first homer of the year. After not hitting a home run through the first six contest, SWB has now hit home runs in back-to-back games.

CAN’T TOUCH THIS: With seven of the RailRiders first 10 contests scheduled against the Syracuse Chiefs, the RailRiders have claimed four of the first six outings against the divisional foe. The lone losses have come against the right-hander, Taylor Hill. Hill, in two starts against SWB, has tossed 13.0 IP, yielding way to a single run while giving up five base hits.

GUARDIAN ANGEL: Carmen Angelini would be happy if he never had to face another team. In five games this season against the Syracuse Chiefs, Angelini has belted three doubles, including a 5-11 mark against Chiefs pitching. Angelini was one of the lone two base hits against the Chiefs in G1 of yesterday’s double dip.

DALEY ROUTINE: After a rough outing against Rochester, RailRiders reliever Matt Daley came up big for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the closing moments of the yesterday’s 2-1 win in G2. After relieving Preston Claiborne in the sixth inning with the bases loaded. Daley fanned the next two batters to get the RailRiders to the bottom of the frame unscathed. Daley recorded four strikeouts on the night to tie reliever Danny Burawa for the most K’s by a SWB reliever this year.

DON’T HIT ME THERE : Scranton/Wilkes-Barre continues to search for a solid everyday DH. The struggles have been well documented as through the first nine games of the season, RailRiders’ DH’s are hitting a combined .076 with just two hits and zero extra-base hits.

BILL ‘EM LATER: RailRiders starting pitcher, Bruce Billing, will make his third start of the season, his second against Syracuse. Billings took the ball for game one of the 2014 campaign, tossing five complete innings against the Chiefs and allowing a run. The start marked the right-hander’s first in the International League after spending the last three years in the Pacific Coast League.

SMOOTH CRIMINALS: It was just another day at the office for RailRiders base runners. Ramon Flores (1) swiped his first bag of the season, while Almonte (1) took his first of the season. SWB has now swiped three bags in the series.

OY: Double headers have not been kind to RailRiders third baseman, Scott Sizemore. In the second game of double dips this year Sizemore is 0-for-9 with three walks and 7K’s.

Canzler’s Extra-Inning RBI Lifts RailRiders over Chiefs, 2-1

Moosic, Pa. – With the game tied and his team in need of a lift, hometown NEPA product, Russ Canzler, provided the fireworks Saturday night in 2-1 extra-inning walk-off win. The late single lifted the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (4-5) over the Syracuse Chiefs (3-6) in front of an announced attendance of 5,011 on Saturday night at PNC Field. The RBI-scoring base hit plated left fielder Zoilo Almonte from second, securing the doubleheader split for the RailRiders.

After laboring offensively for much of the evening, SWB caught their first break of the night in game two of Saturday night’s twin bill. After retiring nine of ten batters faced, Chiefs starting pitcher, Josh Roenicke, departed the game with the score even at 0-0. From there the RailRiders offense breathed a sigh of relief as Christian Garcia came in relief of Roenicke. Garcia began the fourth with a walk to SWB designated hitter, Scott Sizemore, on four-straight pitches. Almonte then struck what appeared to be a double play ball to Chiefs first baseman, Jose Lozada. Lozada fielded the ball cleanly and raced it to first to secure the out and, with Sizemore hustling to second, Lozada’s relay throw bounced off Sizemore’s back, giving the RailRiders a runner in scoring position. After a Canzler groundout moved Sizemore to third, Chiefs catcher, Jeff Howell, allowed a ball to go past his mitt to score Sizemore. The run marked the first lead of the night for SWB, 1-0.

Syracuse avoided a shutdown inning, claiming the tying run after Brain Goodwin reached on a single. After a balk by Caleb Cotham (0-0, 3.68) allowed Goodwin to trot to second, Lozada made up for the missed double play with an RBI single to right that brought Goodwin around to score.

The two clubs remained scoreless for the next two innings, mixing and matching pitchers along the way. Syracuse relied upon the services of four different arms, while SWB need two to close out Saturday night’s affair. The biggest moment came in the top of the seventh inning after right-handed pitcher Preston Claiborne (0-0, 0.00) pitching in relief ofCotham, loaded the bases with an intentional walk. RailRiders manager Dave Miley, summoned upon Bucknell product, Matt Daley (1-0, 6.75), to finish off the frame. With the go-ahead run at third and the bases full, Daley struck out his next two batters faced to close out the inning, thwarting the Syracuse threat. Daley recorded four strikeouts in his two complete innings of work the set the stage for Canzler in the eighth.

After Sizemore struck out to begin the home half of the eighth, Almonte followed with a single to centerfield before taking second base to setup Canzler’s game-winning hit.

Daley would go on to earn the win, his first of the year, while Manny Delcarmen (0-1, 2.45) was slated with the loss.

Syracuse took game one of the double dip Saturday night in 7-1 fashion, combining for 12 base hits, including a four-run third inning that saw the Chiefs send every man to the plate. Eury Perez took first on a hit by pitch before proceeding to swipe second base, and Will Rhymes smacked an RBI single to left field that scored Perez for the first run of the game. Back-to-back RBI doubles to right field by Brock Peterson and Zach Walters followed to extend the Chiefs lead, 3-0. After two brief mound visits, starting pitcher Brian Gordon stayed in the game, allowing the final blow of the inning in the form of an RBI single by outfielder Goodwin, that plated the fourth run of the frame.

The lone RailRider run came in the fourth when Almonte blasted his first homerun of the year over the left field wall. The home run occurred with nobody on base and the brought the Chiefs lead to a 4-1 deficit. The dinger was the second for the RailRiders in as many games after not hitting a home run through their first six contests and hit broke a string of 11-straight batters retired by Syracuse starter Hill to begin the game.

The Chiefs later added to their cushion by riding a three-run seventh on their way to a 7-2 victory, giving Hill his second win against SWB this year, while slating Gordon with the loss.

The RailRiders will conclude their four-game tilt Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. when the club hosts the Chiefs. Right-hander, Bruce Billings (0-0, 5.00) will toe the rubber for SWB, while the righty Omar Poveda (0-0, 0.00) gets the nod for the Chiefs. Voice the of the RailRiders, John Sadak, along with Aaron Berlin, will have the call on radio. Pregame coverage begins 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:

 

Almonte combined for three hits on the evening, including a home run in the fourth inning of game one

 

Carmen Angelini recorded his third extra-base hit of the season against the Chiefs.

 

 

 

 

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! - 

Game Notes 4-12-14

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GRAND OPENING: After falling behind 2-1 early in the game, the RailRiders rode a four-run sixth inning to thump the Syracuse Chiefs 7-2 Thursday night at PNC Field. Catcher John Ryan Murphy added his second consecutive two-hit night, while Corban Joseph provided a spark in the four-run sixth inning to lead the RailRiders to victory.

 

I CAN GET YOU A RAIN OUT: For the third time in the six regularly scheduled duels between the Chiefs and RailRiders this season, Mother Nature got the best of the schedule makes. The RailRiders will play their third doubleheader of the season and the second against Syracuse through the first nine games of the season. The RailRiders are 0-1-1 in doubleheaders played this season.

 

BOMBS AWAY: Adonis Garcia blasted the RailRiders first home run of the 2014 campaign, dropping a 1-1 pitch over the left field wall. The long ball by the centerfielder snapped an 0-for-10 stretch for Garcia against the Chiefs.

 

CAN’T TOUCH THIS: With seven of the RailRiders first 10 contests scheduled against the Syracuse Chiefs, the RailRiders have claimed three of the first four outings against the divisional foe. The lone loss came in the first game of a double header against tonight’s starting pitcher, Taylor Hill.

 

NEPA PRIDE: Russ Canzler doubled and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in Wednesday’s series finale against Rochester. He has now gone 6-for-20 (.300) with four extra-base hits to begin the year and co-leads the team in RBIs (3).

 

SERIOUS HEAT: RailRiders pitcher’s combined for 11 strikeouts in Thursday’s 7-2 affair. The 11Ksby the local nine marked a season-high for SWB in the early campaign. Starting pitcher Graham Stoneburner record 5 Ks through the first five frames of the game while reliever, Danny Burawa, recorded four-straight Ks in two innings pitched. Mark Montgomery jumped in on the fun, retire two of his eight batters faced via the strikeout.

 

SIZED UP: Scott Sizemore continues his tear through the Chiefs’ pitching staff. Through four games this season against Syracuse the third baseman is 6-for-12. While the .500 batting average against Syracuse is gaudy, only one of those hits have gone for extra bases.

 

LUCKY 5′s?: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre continues to search for a solid everyday number five hole hitter. Through the club’s first seven contests the RailRiders had used a different man in the slot every night.

 

BREAKING THROUGH: After starting the season 0-for-10, RailRiders catcher John Ryan Murphy seems to have found his stride. In the last two games, the Bradenton, Fla. prospect has clubbed out four base hits, including two doubles in Wednesday’s game at Rochester.

 

SMOOTH CRIMINAL: Jose Pirela swiped his first bag of the season for the RailRiders Thursday and third of the early campaign for SWB.

 

OY: Double headers have not been kind to RailRiders third baseman, Scott Sizemore. In the second game of double dips this year Sizemore is 0-for-6 with two walks and 5K’s. Coincidently enough both of those contest came as the designated hitter.

Game Notes 4-9-14 at Rochester

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SWEPT AWAY: The RailRiders suffered a sweep defeat against the Red Wings at Frontier Field in a doubleheader last night, 5-0 and 6-5.

THE OPENER: SWB amassed just four hits while starter Bruce Billings (1-1) went four innings plus three batters in the opener. The right-hander struck out six, but allowed four scores on seven hits. He left a 1-0 game, but left with the bases loaded and all three inherited runners crossed with Fred Lewis on the hill. Rochester’s Kris Johnson (1-0) tossed five innings of two-hit ball while Ryan Pressly polished things off with a pair of scoreless frames.

HEARTBREAK HOTEL: The real heartbreak, however, came in the nightcap. Caleb Cotham‘s 2014 debut proved a resumption of his 2013 struggles with Rochester as the right-hander lasted just 2.1 innings. But his team picked him up and rallied from down 4-0 to claim a sixth-inning lead in the seven-inning affair. All nine RailRiders came to the plate in a four-run sixth to take a 5-4 lead with run-scoring hits from Zelous Wheeler, Corban Joseph, Russ Canzler and the go-ahead score courtesy of former Red Wing, Antoan Richardson. A half-inning later though, closer Matt Daley (0-1) surrendered consecutive two-out run-scoring hits for his first blown save of the season. Wilkin Ramirez delivered the game-winning single before Michael Tonkin (1-0) hurled a perfect seventh.

NEPA PRIDE: Canzler went 3-for-6 on the twinbill with a triple, an RBI and two runs scored. Through four games played he has gone 5-for-13 (.385) with three extra-base hits (SLG .692).

TIE AT THE TOP: Scott Sizemore doubled in the opener while Wheeler went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in the nightcap. Each man has begun the season 6-for-15 (.400) to co-lead the team in hits.

SAY WHAT?: The seven-inning nightcap took 2:53.

GOT HIS NUMBER: In four career games (three starts) against Rochester, Cotham has gone 0-2 with a 16.20 ERA. The Red Wings have gone 22-for-49 (.449) against the former Vanderbilt Commodore.

TIME TO EAT THE DONUTS: Two of the RailRiders’ three losses have come in shutout fashion. The 2013 unit’s first blanking did not come until May 6.

WHAT GOES UP…: After allowing just one unearned run over its first 10.1 innings, the RailRiders’ bullpen gave up four scores (three earned) in 5.2 innings on Tuesday.

…MUST COME DOWN: SWB’s relievers had stranded all four of their inherited runners on the season entering the twinbill, but allowed all five hand-me-down men to cross in the sweep defeat.

DIFFERENT DAYS: Last season, SWB started 5-0-4 in doubleheader play before suffering its first sweep at the hands of the Toledo Mud Hens on July 23 at PNC Field. It is 0-1-1 through a pair of twinbills this season.

THE OLD SWITCHEROO: Earlier today, the Yankees optioned catcher Austin Romine back to SWB and recalled right-hander Shane Greene. Romine had been with New York since he was recalled on Saturday after Mark Teixeira hit the DL. Romine entered yesterday’s contest as a defensive replacement for Brian McCann and struck out in his lone plate appearance. Greene, the Yankees’ 2013 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, has yet to throw in a game this season.

Game Notes: 4-8-14 vs Rochester

Game Notes 4-8-14

DOUBLE DIPPING: Schedule makers always have great intentions. But the
ultimate schedule maker, Mother Nature, sometimes has other ideas. A day’s worth
of rain and the forecast for more combined to postpone play for the RailRiders and
the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field on Monday night. The teams will make
it up as part of a twinbill today starting at 4:35 p.m. Last season the RailRiders
went 5-2-4 in their 11 doubleheaders and started 5-0-4.

LAST TIME OUT: The RailRiders split their first doubleheader of this season on
Sunday in Syracuse with each game resulting in a shutout. The host Chiefs
claimed a 3-0 win in the opener, but the RailRiders responded with a 5-0 triumph
in game two.

LET’S GET SERIESOUS: Sunday’s win gave the RailRiders a series win on the
weather-shortened three-game set. The series was scheduled to last for four games,
but rainouts on back-to-back days meant one of the affairs was moved to June 26.

RAIN KINGS: The RailRiders have as many rainouts (3) as they do games
played since starting the season on Thursday.

FAMILIAR FACE: When the RailRiders and Red Wings finally clash, the
RailRiders may notice someone across the diamond. The New York Yankees dealt
SWB alumnus Eduardo Nunez on Monday to the Minnesota Twins. The shortstop
has been assigned to Rochester. Over four seasons and 270 games with the
big club, Nunez hit .267/.313/.379. He spent time with SWB in both 2010 and
2012. Over 156 career Triple-A games, his slashes sit at .273/.319/.357. His
38-game tour in 2012 included a number of games at Frontier Field, which served
as the usual surrogate home for the vagabond SWB Yankees as PNC Field was
reconstructed. He played 18 games against the Red Wings over the two seasons
and hit a composite .270 (20-for-74), 5XBH, 9RBI, 14R, 11BB, 14K, 5GIDP. The
Yankees received southpaw Miguel Sulbaran from the Twins in the deal. The
20-year-old is 21-10 with a 3.15 ERA in 55 career minor league games (45 starts)
in the Dodgers and Twins organizations. In 2013, he combined with Low-A Great
Lakes and Low-A Cedar Rapids to go 9-4 with a 2.96 ERA (112.2IP, 32BB, 101K).
This season he made one Cedar Rapids relief appearance (1.0IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 1K).
MOVIN’ ON UP: Earlier today, the Yankees placed closer David Robertson on
the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to April 7) with a left groin strain and recalled
SWB southpaw Cesar Cabral. Cabral was part of the team’s three-hit shutout
defeat of the Chiefs on Sunday. He retired Eury Perez and walked Will Rhymes.
Last season, the Dominican Republic native allowed just one run over eight
appearances (3.2 innings) as a September call-up. He also struck out six while
walking just one and allowing one hit.

BULLISH ‘PEN: Four relievers – Cabral, Yoshinori Tateyama, Fred Lewis and
Jim Miller – combined with starter Brian Gordon’s efforts to blank the Chiefs on
Sunday. The bullpen has tossed a total of 10.1 innings on the young year and has
allowed just six hits and one unearned run.

WHO’S HOT: The sample sizes are small, but some names have earned early
separation with Scott Sizemore leading the way. The versatile infielder is 5-for-9
(.556) with a double, two walks and a run scored. The RailRiders’ usual shortstop,
Zelous Wheeler, has gone 4-for-8 (.500) with three doubles and three runs scored.

WHO’S NOT: The everyday three-hole hitter, Zoilo Almonte, is 1-for-11 with four
strikeouts and two groundball double plays through three games played. Adonis
Garcia, Corban Joseph and John Ryan Murphy are a combined 1-for-21.

Today’s Game 1 Probables
SWB: RHP Bruce Billings (1-0, 1.80)
vs.
ROC: LHP Kris Johnson (10-4, 2.39) – 2013 AAA

FIT THE BILLINGS: Bruce Billings led the hitter-friendly PCL
last season with 13 wins and ranked 2nd with 135K while hurling for
Sacramento (OAK). The San Diego St. alumnus has mostly started as
a pro (201G/130GS) since COL made him a 30th-rounder in 2007.
He has big league time with COL and OAK (4G/GS, 0-0, 10.29) with
his debut coming on May 27, 2011 against STL. Coincidentally
enough, he relieved current SWB closer Matt Daley in that game.
Billings was traded to OAK on June 30, 2011 in a package deal for
Mark Ellis. He signed with NYY this past Dec. as a free agent. He won
his first Opening Day start as a professional at SYR on Thu.

Kris Johnson was with the Red Sox from his ’06 drafting (1st
Rd/40th overall) through ’11. He spent the last two years of that run
in PAW before brief time in Indy ball led him to PIT’s farm in ’12. Last
season he made his MLB debut on Aug. 18 vs. ARI (6IP, 5H, 2R,
2BB, 5K) and took the loss in the 16-inn. game. The former Wichita
St. lefty won the IL’s ERA crown last season while with IND
(26G/21S, 10-4-2, 2.39) and ranked 4th in WHIP (1.17). He also
dominated SWB in ’13 (2GS, 1-0, 12IP, 7H, 0R, 3BB, 8K, .171 BAA).
MIN acquired him in a trade for RHP Duke Welker on Nov. 19.

Red Wings Report

NOT-SO-MEAN GENE: It is subjective, but third-year Rochester
skipper Gene Glynn’s greatest claim to fame perhaps comes from the
hardwood more than the diamond. The first-ever “Mr. Basketball” in
his native state of Minnesota never made the bigs as player, but has
been there multiple times as a coach. He spent five full seasons on the
staff of the Colorado Rockies (1994-98) before spending one year
with the Montreal Expos (1999). He was last in the bigs as the thirdbase
coach for the Chicago Cubs (2000-02) and San Francisco Giants
(2003-06). From 2007-11, Glynn served as a pro scout for the Tampa
Bay Rays. He shifted back to the dugout in 2012 with Rochester.

AFFILIATION HISTORY: The Rochester franchise was an affiliate
of the St. Louis Cardinals for 32 years (1929-60) and was the top farm
club of the Baltimore Orioles for 42 years thereafter (1961-02). The
allegiance shifted to the Minnesota Twins starting in 2003.

THE LONGEST GAME: The history-rich team shares a record that
has stood since 1981. On April 18 of that year, the Red Wings and
Pawtucket Red Sox started what would prove to be the longest game
in the history of professional baseball. The 33-inning game took eight
hours and 25 minutes to complete over three different days. It was
suspended just after 4 a.m. on April 19 and concluded on June 23 as a
3-2 Pawtucket win at McCoy Stadium. The game started 30 minutes
late due to issues with the stadium’s lights. It included two future Hall
of Famers in Rochester’s Cal Ripken, Jr. (2-for-13) and Pawtucket’s
Wade Boggs (4-for-12) who tied the game in the 21st inning off of
reliever Steve Luebber.

Angelini’s Three-RBI lead RailRiders to Victory, 5-0

Syracuse, N.Y.Brian Gordon (1-0) tossed five shutout innings and combined with four other RailRiders pitchers Sunday afternoon to blank the Syracuse Chiefs (1-2) 5-0 at NBT Bank Stadium. The win earned the RailRiders their first shutout of the season, allowing the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (2-1) to salvage the final game of the doubleheader and earning the series win.

SWB faltered in the first game of the day, giving up two early runs in the first inning, which eventually proved to be too much to overcome as the RailRiders dropped the opening tilt, 3-0. First baseman Brock Peterson provided the early thump in the order after second baseman Jeff Kobernus and Steven Souza Jr. each drew consecutive walks to open the frame. Peterson followed with a two-run double over the head of centerfielder Adonis Garcia, to plate Kobernus and Souza. SWB combined for just three hits throughout the game, including a two-hit afternoon from Scott Sizemore. Chase Whitley (0-1) earned the loss, while right-hander Taylor Hill (1-0) claimed his first win of the season.

The RailRiders refused to go quietly in game two,  as the club responded with a five-run effort, combining for seven hits, including two doubles off the bat of Carmen Angelini, who earned his first start of the season at shortstop. Right-hander Ryan Tatusko, puzzled the RailRiders for the first third of the game before first baseman, Corban Joseph, broke through with an infield single in the fourth.

The first runs of the day for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre came in the fifth inning when third baseman, Zelous Wheeler, opened the frame with an extra-base hit. The first four batters of the inning all reached, including a hit batsman that was followed with a single by Antoan Richardson to load the bases. Angelini stepped to the plate and doubled on a line-drive to centerfield that went just beyond the out-stretched glove of Eury Perez. The double by Angelini drove in two runs, giving SWB their first lead of the day, 2-0. The RailRiders would add two more in the frame on a sacrifice fly by Ramon Flores and an RBI single by Zoilo Almonte.

Gordon helped steady the tide, after pitching through a rough first inning that included a walk and a hit batsman, before working around a throwing error by Wheeler in the first. Gordon would go on to retire nine of his next ten batters faced.

SWB added one final tally in the sixth inning after Angelini ripped his second double of the day to left field to plate Wheeler. Angelini’s double was part of a two-hit day for the back-up shortstop and a three RBI night.  Wheeler added a two-hit day to help pace the RailRiders attack, adding doubles in fifth and sixth.

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The RailRiders bullpen picked up their fellow comrade as the ‘pen continued its dominance with Cesar Cabral, Yoshinori Tateyama, Fred Lewis and Jim Miller combining to finish off the final two innings to complete the game.

The RailRiders will continue their six-game series Monday evening at 7:05 p.m when the club visits the Rochester Red Wings for the first of a three-game set. The RailRiders starter is yet to be announced, while the Red Wings (0-2) will toss left-hander, Kris Johnson (N/A).  John Sadak will have the call on radio with pregame coverage starting at 6:30 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.  The RailRiders’ home slate begins on Thursday, April 10 when the Chiefs visit PNC Field for a four-game series and homestand. 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:

Scott Sizemore was 5-for-6 in the first two games of the series

 

Brian Gordon retired 13-of-14 to finish the game

 

The RailRiders bullpen has not allowed a run in 11 innings pitched

 

Zelous Wheelers’ run-scored in the fifth ended a RailRiders innings-scoreless streak of 15

 

Adonis Garcia’s outfield assist gave the RailRiders’ outfield two in the three-game set

 

Wheeler and Angelini combined for four extra-base hits

 

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Some News and Notes on a Rainy Friday

On a cold and chilly day in Syracuse, the RailRiders and Chiefs were forced to postpone today’s ballgame and instead will play a doubleheader Saturday afternoon. The first game will begin at 2:00 p.m. with right-hander Chase Whitley taking the hill for the local nine, while Taylor Hill goes for the Chiefs. The second game will begin approximately 30-minutes after the conclusion of game one. Both contests will be seven-inning affairs (LINK).

If you didn’t catch it, the Times-Tribune produced a special preview in advance of this season’s campaign. Here are a couple of notes and links from some of the hard work the Tribune’s staff put in on media day at PNC Field.

Russ Canzler, one day removed from his two-hit afternoon on Opening Day against the Chiefs, officially became the first hometown product to wear the SWB pinstripes. Canzler, who won IL MVP honors in 2011 with the Durham Bulls and has a handful of appearances at the big league level, sat down with Donnie Collins of the Times-Tribune to discuss how the first basemen has grown as a player since his professional debut (LINK).

Not to give Donnie too much credit, but Mr. Collins had another fine write-up on yesterday’s starting catcher, John Ryan Murphy. In his story, Murphy speaks about being the final catcher to receive a delivery from Mariano Rivera in Yankee Stadium and discuss how special of a moment that was for him. Murphy also speaks about the current position battle with Austin Romine and himself, as well as how he is working on developing his leadership abilities (LINK).

With both Murphy and Romine on the squad, one of the most important qualities of skipper Dave Miley that will be tested this season is his ability to manage relationships. For more on how Miley plans to approach this season from a relationship-managing standpoint, click HERE.

It’s not just a just a new year for the RailRiders baseball team; it’s also a new one for the club’s front office. Here’s a solid Q&A with SWB’s fearless leader, Rob Crain (LINK).

If you haven’t gotten a chance to digest this year’s Opening Day roster just yet, no worries, the Times-Tribune has you covered. Checkout their player profiles HERE.

This week the RailRiders officially unveiled a welcome addition to PNC Field as Lackawanna County and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders front office staff unveiled the mural design created by Evan Hughes. Hughes was the top vote-getting of the mural design contest held earlier this year by the club. To checkout Evan’s work, click HERE.

It’s worth noting that Miley, who is slated to be inducted into the International League’s Hall of Fame on June 7, is nearing another milestone as a member of SWB’s field staff. With just eight more victories, Miley will pass Marc Bombard on SWB’s all-time list for managerial victories. The Times-Leader’s Paul Sokoloski spoke with Miley about the upcoming achievement and what it means to him (LINK).

Sokoloski also sat down with RailRiders third baseman Scott Sizemore. Sizemore continues to work his way back to a major league promotion and, after a 3-for-3 afternoon yesterday, hopes to have put his injury plagued career in his rearview mirror (LINK).

And finally, here’s some highlights courtesy of WBRE of yesterday’s Opening Day victory (LINK).

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