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RailRiders Slug Mud Hens

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) rallied from a 3-1 deficit with six runs in the fifth inning to bounce the Toledo Mud Hens 9-3 on Friday night at PNC Field. The win vaults the RailRiders (54-47) back into first place of the International League North Division. The Mud Hens fall to 43-57.

Starter Luis Severino (6-0) earned his first victory at PNC Field, despite allowing three runs on six hits over five innings. The runs and hits were the most he had allowed in a single start with SWB. Severino walked two and struck out four. Mike Belfiore (4-9) allowed seven runs on six hits and walked six batters over 4.2 innings in the loss.

Trailing 1-0 in the third, Ben Gamel bashed a triple to left-center that scored Tyler Austin. The triple was Gamel’s circuit-leading 10th of the season.

After Toledo scored twice in the top of the fifth, the RailRiders used extra-base hits to grab the lead for good in the bottom half of the frame. Gamel singled with one out and moved to third on a double by Jose Pirela. Ramon Flores followed with a two-baser that scored both runners to tie the score 3-3.

Rob Refsnyder kept the rally going with a walk. Belfiore induced a pop-out to short by Cole Figueroa, but issued a walk to Gary Sanchez. Kyle Roller made the southpaw pay by slamming a double to the wall in right. Flores and Refsnyder scored to put the RailRiders on top, 5-3. Alberto Cabrera relieved Belfiore, but surrendered a two-run double to Gregorio Petit that capped the inning.

SWB polished off the scoring with two runs in the sixth. Refsnyder and Sanchez provided the run-producing hits.

The RailRiders continue their home series with the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers) on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. It’s Military Appreciation Night at PNC Field with a Military Jersey Backpack giveaway, presented by MetLife, to the first 2,500 fans and postgame fireworks. Right-hander Bryan Mitchell (4-5, 3.09) will start for the RailRiders opposite right-hander Tim Melville (4-8, 4.70). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders –

Mariano Rivera Coming to PNC Field

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RailRiders Announce New Slogan & Season-Ticket Incentives 

Moosic, Pa.Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer in baseball history, is coming to PNC Field. And the blaring of Enter Sandman is only part of the story. During a sun-splashed afternoon press conference at the ballpark’s entrance plaza, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) co-managing owner David Abrams led the charge with a variety of positive announcements regarding NEPA’s franchise.

In concert with the Mariano Rivera Foundation, the team announced that Mariano Rivera Day will take place at PNC Field on Thursday, Sept. 3. CLICK HERE to purchase game tickets.

“We are still working out the details but Mariano’s foundation is committed to improving the lives of children and he will be making an appearance in the community as part of his visit to SWB,” Abrams said. “He will then come to PNC Field to be honored as the RailRiders take on the Buffalo Bisons at 7:05 p.m. in our penultimate home game of the year.”

The Rivera appearance reinforces the franchise’s strong baseball ties that have previously shined in events like February’s Mark Teixeira meet-and-greet and the Father’s Day Yankees Legends Game just last month. The Legends Game will be an annual event at PNC Field after the Yankees’ Old Timers’ Day.

The team also announced plans for a new logo that will emphasize the team’s regional ties along with a new slogan to push the team’s season-ticket base as, “The Place to Be!”

“We want our existing supporters, those loyal fans who have been season-ticket holders for years, who support the team through inclement weather, we want you here,” said Abrams. “I am making this pledge. Any former season-ticket holder is invited back to be our guest. You will be receiving invitations from us in the mail for free tickets and a meal for any RailRiders game for the remainder of the 2015 season. Please come see the new ballpark which many of you have never seen. Witness the improved fan experiences, the amazing staff, and five of the top prospects in the New York Yankees organization. I am confident that once you visit the park, you will want to be part of what we are building here, and you will come back.”

The team announced a reduction in season-ticket prices and a series of experiences for those renewing their season tickets, or for new season-ticket purchasers. The highlight change has full-season ticket packages dropping from $720 to $648.

Examples of season-ticket holder events include indoor batting practice in the off-season followed by dinner in the RailRiders clubhouse. A chance to meet a favorite RailRider for a 15-minute in-person conversation. The opportunity to pull tarp on the field, shoot t-shirts into the crowd and ride around the warning track during the popular Hurl the Pearl contest. Watching batting practice from the field while you speak with RailRiders coaches, and then doing the same for the visiting team. Then watching the starting pitcher warm up from inside the RailRiders’ bullpen.

“Imagine being part of something special,” Abrams said in summary. “It is a new era in NEPA. A new era in SWB baseball lore and we want you here! Remember – PNC Field, RailRiders baseball and SWB…The Place to Be!

The RailRiders return home tonight for a five-game homestand at PNC Field. They will give away a special copy of Yankees Magazine to the first 2,500 fans in attendance tonight when the team hosts the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Luis Severino (5-0, 1.79) is scheduled to face southpaw Mike Belfiore (4-8, 5.09). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders Baseball – The Place to Be! –

SWB Game Notes 7-24-15

CLICK HERE for the July 24 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with Darren Headrick, radio pregame coverage starts at 6:35 p.m. John Sadak will have the TV call regionally on MyTV starting at 7 p.m.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Gary Sanchez’s two-out single in the ninth drove Greg Bird home for a 2-1 lead that went final as the RailRiders took down the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates) on Thursday evening, 2-1.

ROAD WARRIORS: SWB finished its road trip at 5-3 including a split at Indianapolis’ (57-42) Victory Field. Thanks to the RailRiders, the Indians have suffered back-to-back home losses for the first time since a three-game slip from May 30-June 1 that saw two setbacks against Toledo and one versus Buffalo.

@ELGARYSANCHEZ: Sanchez posted a 2-for-4 effort with the game-winning RBI. He has three multi-hit showings and six RBIs in his six games played at Triple-A along with an even number of walks (3) and strikeouts (3).

R&R: Rob Refsnyder went 0-for-3 last night to snap a nine-game Triple-A hitting streak. He has hit safely in 16 of 18 at Triple-A going back to June 24. Over the longer stretch, he has hit .383/.513/.567/1.079 with the IL’s top OBP. His average and OPS in that window rank third and second in the circuit respectively.

BIRD IS THE WORD: Bird walked twice and scored once on an 0-for-2 night. He has reached safely in all but one of his 17 games with SWB including a hit in 14 of those affairs while slashing .308/.392/.492/.884.

COLE HEARTED: With a walk and an 0-for-3 effort, Cole Figueroa went hitless for just the second time in his last 20 Triple-A games with multiple hits in 14 of those contests. Since an 0-for-3 effort at Norfolk on May 11 dipped his average to .184, he has slashed .383/.426/.529/.935 with those numbers ranking 1st/2nd/5th/5th in the IL. On the season, he checks in among the IL’s best in batting average (3rd, .322), hits (T-4th, 103) and PA:K ratio (1st, 19.83:1).

PIRELA POP: Jose Pirela went 0-for-4 yesterday but posted a breakout road trip. He has six multi-hit showing over his last nine SWB games played. He has snapped out of a 5-for-49 (.102) slide at Triple-A with hits in seven of those nine games. During his string, he has gone 16-for-38 (.421) with three doubles, four RBIs and 10 runs scored. He started in center field for the first time this season. His six career regular-season starts in center field came with SWB last August.

WHY SO SERIESOUS?: SWB improved to 6-2-1 in season-series play against the Tribe during the Yankees affiliation, going 40-30 (.571). Five of the seven meetings this season were decided by one run. At 16-12 (.571), the RailRiders trail only Norfolk (25-17, .595) for the IL’s best winning percentage in one-run games.

FOR THE RECORD: The RailRiders recorded their third win of the season and second of the journey when trailing after seven innings. SWB’s first such success came versus Durham on May 21 when a 1-0 deficit after seven became 3-0 in the eighth. The home half of that inning saw run-scoring contact from Ramon Flores, Refsnyder and Tyler Austin to deadlock the game. In the 10th, Ben Gamel‘s two-out single to deep center plated Refsnyder with the walk-off winner. On Friday in Louisville, SWB rallied from down 1-0 with the game’s last four runs including three in the ninth to best the Bats, 4-1. Pirela posted the go-ahead RBI in the ninth when his single scored Figueroa.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders lead the IL in batting average (.272) and OBP (.340)…SWB must win five of its eight remaining July games to avoid a losing month…Over the first eight seasons as a Yankees affiliate, SWB logged a winning July six times and the two exceptions both saw the squad finish a game under .500…Austin hit ninth for the second time in as many days…He had never hit ninth before as a pro in 414 prior games over six seasons.

Sanchez Clutch in Close Win

Team Pitching, Late Offense Produce 2-1 Win

Indianapolis, Ind.Gary Sanchez’s two-out single in the ninth drove Greg Bird home for a 2-1 lead that went final as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees) took down the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates) on Thursday evening, 2-1. SWB (53-47) finished its road trip at 5-3 while Indianapolis (57-42) has suffered back-to-back home losses for the first time since a three-game slip from May 30-June 1.

SWB starter Diego Moreno fired four scoreless innings on three days’ rest. Jose Ramirez followed with three innings of relief that saw Hunter Morris’ two-out double drive John Bowker home for a 1-0 Indy lead in the seventh.

The RailRiders responded in the eighth as Kyle Roller doubled over first base to begin the inning. Jose Rosario entered as a pinch runner and later scored on a 6-4-3 double play bounced into by Tyler Austin for a 1-1 deadlock.

Indy starter Angel Sanchez fired eight innings of one-run ball before IL All-Star closer Blake Wood entered to start the ninth. With two outs and the bases empty, Bird worked a walk, took second on a wild pitch and scored on the timely contact from Sanchez.

The one-run lead held up as Johnny Barbato (1-0) worked around a leadoff walk with a scoreless eighth for the win in his Triple-A debut. Nick Goody whiffed two in a perfect ninth for his second save.

The RailRiders return home for a five-game homestand at PNC Field. They will give away a special copy of Yankees Magazine to the first 2,500 fans in attendance on Friday, July 24, when the team hosts the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers) at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Luis Severino (5-0, 1.79) is scheduled to face southpaw Mike Belfiore (4-8, 5.09). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

With a win in the regular-season rubber match, the RailRiders won four of the seven meetings with Indianapolis. Five of those seven games were decided by one run.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 7-23-15

CLICK HERE for the July 23 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.

LAST TIME OUT: Greg Bird homered and drove in three runs as the RailRiders doubled up Indianapolis on Wednesday afternoon, 10-5. Eight of the RailRiders’ nine men in the order had a hit while the lone exception, Ben Gamel, began the game with a walk. SWB has a chance to post a winning road trip with a win in the series finale while Indianapolis will try to avoid its first back-to-back home losses since a three-game slip from May 30-June 1.

R&R: Rob Refsnyder went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. He has hit safely in nine straight Triple-A games and 16 of 17 going back to June 24. Over the longer stretch, he has hit .404/.532/.596/1.129 with the IL’s top OBP. His average and OPS in that window each rank second in the circuit.

BIRD IS THE WORD: Bird went 2-for-5 with a double and the home run. He drove in three runs, scored two and has reached safely in all but one of his 16 games with SWB including a hit in 14 of those affairs.

COLE HEARTED: With a double on a 2-for-5 day, Cole Figueroa has hit safely in 18 of his last 19 Triple-A games played including multiple hits in 14 of those contests. Since an 0-for-3 effort at Norfolk on May 11 dipped his average to .184, he has slashed .388/.429/.516/.945 with those numbers ranking 1st/2nd/5th/3rd in the IL. On the season, he checks in among the IL’s best in batting average (3rd, .324), hits (T-4th, 103) and plate appearance:strikeout ratio (1st, 19.61:1).

PIRELA POP: Jose Pirela went 3-for-6 with an RBI and two runs scored for his sixth multi-hit showing over his last eight SWB games played. He has snapped out of a 5-for-49 (.102) slide at Triple-A with hits in seven of those eight games. During his string, he has gone 16-for-34 (.471) with three doubles, four RBIs and 10 runs scored.

@ELGARYSANCHEZ: Gary Sanchez posted a 2-for-4 effort with a double, an RBI, a walk and a run scored. He has a pair of multi-hit showings and five RBIs in his five games played at Triple-A along with more walks (3) than strikeouts (2).

FOUR SCORE AND MANY PITCHES AGO: The RailRiders’ longest nine-inning game of the season went 3:24. It smashed the high-water mark which was set on Opening Day when an 8-3 defeat of Syracuse took 3:09. It made for the team’s longest nine-inning affair since a 9-4 win at Pawtucket on Aug. 16, 2014.

WHY SO SERIESOUS?: SWB today to log a winning record against Indianapolis. The franchise has gone 5-2-1 in the season series against the Tribe during the Yankees affiliation, going 39-30 (.565) including this year’s match-ups.

CLOSE CALLS: Four of the six meetings between the teams this season have been decided by one run. The Indians have the IL’s second-highest total of one-run wins (21-15) and the circuit’s second-best winning percentage in such affairs (.583). Only Norfolk (24-17, .585) stands taller in each category.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders lead the IL in batting average (.273) and OBP (.341)…SWB must win six of its nine remaining July games to avoid a losing month…Over the first eight seasons as a Yankees affiliate, SWB logged a winning July six times and the two exceptions both saw the squad finish a game under .500…Indianapolis went 4-for-4 in stolen-base attempts…The RailRiders notched double-digit runs for the first time since a 14-2 pummeling of Pawtucket at McCoy Stadium on July 2… Indianapolis manager Dean Treanor was ejected after the eighth inning…He jogged across the diamond to argue with first-base umpire Max Guyll after a close call on a Keon Broxton inning-ending groundout…Tyler Austin reached base three times, stole a bag and scored once as the nine-hole hitter…He had never hit ninth before as a pro in 414 prior games over six seasons.

Bird Propels RailRiders in Rout

Prospect First Baseman Homers in Convincing Victory

Indianapolis, Ind.Greg Bird homered and drove in three runs as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees) doubled up the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates) on Wednesday afternoon, 10-5. Eight of the RailRiders’ nine men in the order had a hit while the lone exception, Ben Gamel, began the game with a walk. SWB (52-47) has a chance to post a winning road trip with a win in the series finale while Indianapolis (57-41) will try to avoid its first back-to-back home losses since a three-game slip from May 30-June 1.

Indy plated a pair in the first to take the lead with run-scoring blows by Keon Broxton and Steve Lombarsozzi against starter Esmil Rogers (1-0). Rogers would settle, firing five frames of three-run ball for his first win since May 1 against the Boston Red Sox.

Tied at three entering the fifth, the RailRiders took the lead for good on Bird’s third Triple-A home run, a solo shot to right off starter Adrian Sampson (8-8). It ignited a string of four straight run-scoring innings for the lopsided final.

The four-game series concludes at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday evening. SWB right-hander Diego Moreno (3-0, 2.36) will face fellow righty Angel Sanchez (4-1, 2.97). The team that takes Thursday’s contest will also win the season series, which sits tied at 3-3. The RailRiders will give away a special copy of Yankees Magazine to the first 2,500 fans in attendance on Friday, July 24, when the team hosts the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Greg Bird went 2-for-5 with a double and the home run. He drove in three runs, scored two and has reached safely in all but one of his 16 games with SWB including a hit in 14 of those affairs.

Jose Pirela went 3-for-6 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Gary Sanchez posted a 2-for-4 effort with a double, an RBI, a walk and a run scored.

Cole Figueroa doubled during his 2-for-5 showing, good for his team-best 35th multi-hit game. He has hit safely in 18 of his last 19 games with SWB including multiple hits in 14 of those games.

Rob Refsnyder went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. He has hit safely in nine straight Triple-A games and 16 of 17 going back to June 24.

Indianapolis went 4-for-4 in stolen-base attempts.

The RailRiders’ longest nine-inning game of the season went 3:24. It smashed the high-water mark which was set on Opening Day when an 8-3 defeat of Syracuse took 3:09.

Indianapolis manager Dean Treanor was ejected after the eighth inning. He jogged across the diamond to argue with first-base umpire Max Guyll after a close call on a Keon Broxton groundout ended the frame.

The RailRiders notched double-digit runs for the first time since a 14-2 pummeling of Pawtucket at McCoy Stadium on July 2.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 7-22-15

CLICK HERE for the July 22 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 1:05 p.m.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Unearned runs opened the door, while a phantom home run and an infield hit slammed it shut as the RailRiders fell to the Indianapolis Indians on Tuesday night, 3-2.

IT’S A WALK-OFF: SWB suffered its sixth walk-off loss of the season with half of them coming this month. Lehigh Valley walked it off in 10 innings on July 1 when Tyler Henson’s leadoff triple was followed by a single from former RailRider Russ Canzler. Buffalo rode a home run by former RailRider/New York Yankee Melky Mesa to a 5-4 final on July 10. The RailRiders have led by multiple runs in all six walk-off losses this season.

BACK IN TOWN: In his first Triple-A action since July 9, Rob Refsnyder posted an RBI double off the left-field wall in the third. He has hit safely in eight straight SWB contests and 15 of 16 going back to June 24. Over the longest stretch, he has hit .396/.542/.585/1.127 with the IL’s highest OBP over that time.

TOUGH DAY: Ramon Flores went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in his first action since a bruise forced him out of the game on Friday at Louisville. He also was charged with his first two errors of the season, both fielding in left field with each miscue leading to an unearned run. He had not been charged with an error over his prior 65 games at Triple-A and his 12 contests with the Yankees entering last night. In fact, he made four total errors all of last season. Before last night, he had not made a mistake in the field since an Aug. 29, 2014 loss at Lehigh Valley.

BIRD IS THE WORD: Greg Bird walked on a 2-for-3 night. He has reached safely in 14 of his 15 Triple-A games with hits in 13 of those games.

COLE HEARTED: With a single last night, Cole Figueroa has hit safely in 17 of his last 18 Triple-A games played including multiple hits in 13 of those contests. Since an 0-for-3 effort at Norfolk on May 11 dipped his average to .184, he has slashed .388/.430/.514/.944 with those numbers ranking 1st/2nd/5th/4th in the IL. On the season, he checks in among the IL’s best in batting average (3rd, .324), hits (T-5th, 101) and plate appearance:strikeout ratio (1st, 19.33:1).

WHY SO SERIESOUS?: SWB must the series’ two remaining games to log a winning record against Indianapolis. The franchise has gone 5-2-1 in the season series against the Tribe during the Yankees affiliation, going 38-30 (.559) including this year’s match-ups.

 

CLOSE CALLS: Four of the five meetings between the teams this season have been decided by one run. The Indians have the IL’s second-highest total of one-run wins (21-15) and the circuit’s second-best winning percentage in such affairs (.583). Only Norfolk (24-17, .585) stands taller in each category.

STUCK ON SIX: Starter Kyle Davies left in line for his team-best seventh win after five frames of scoreless baseball. He has gone 5-1 in eight games (seven starts) on the road with a 3.47 ERA. In nine nods at SWB he is 1-5 with a 4.56 ERA. In four starts this month, he is 1-0 with a 1.96 ERA.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders lead the IL in batting average (.272) and on-base percentage (.340)…SWB must win seven of its 10 remaining July games to avoid a losing month…Over the first eight seasons as a Yankees affiliate, SWB logged a winning July six times and the two exceptions both saw the squad finish a game under .500…Dave Miley called upon Gary Sanchez as a pinch hitter in the ninth…He struck out swinging in place of Juan Graterol…Sanchez is 0-for-3 on his pro career as a pinch hitter…SWB has employed a pinch hitter nine times this season with six different players combining to go 2-for-7 in that role with two walks.

Indians Post Comeback Win, 3-2

Refsnyder Doubles in Return

Indianapolis, Ind. – Unearned runs opened the door, while a phantom home run and an infield hit slammed it shut as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees) fell to the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates) on Tuesday night, 3-2. Four of the five clashes between the RailRiders (51-47) and Indians (57-40) have been decided by one run.

The RailRiders led 2-0 thanks to run-scoring hits by Ramon Flores and Rob Refsnyder in the first and third innings respectively. However, errors by Flores pursuing hits in the sixth and eighth led to unearned runs that tied it up. Tony Sanchez used a groundout for the sixth-inning score while the eighth-inning RBI came on a Keon Broxton single.

In the ninth, Willy Garcia seemed to end the game with a leadoff homer to left field. But after third-base umpire Max Guyll twirled his index finger, Garcia stopped at third base and the ball eventually came in from the outfield. After a conference, the three-man umpiring crew awarded Garcia third base.

SWB manager Dave Miley called right fielder Jose Pirela in as a fifth infielder, but Steve Lombardozzi singled off the glove of first baseman Kyle Roller to send Garcia home for the walk-off winner.

Nick Goody (0-1) suffered his first blown save and loss at Triple-A while IL All-Star Blake Wood (1-2) got the win.

The four-game series continues at 1:35 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. SWB right-hander Esmil Rogers (0-0, 2.96) will face fellow righty Adrian Sampson (8-7, 3.75). The RailRiders will give away a special copy of Yankees Magazine to the first 2,500 fans in attendance on Friday, July 24, when the team hosts the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 7-21-15

CLICK HERE for the July 21 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: Facing a fill-in starter, A.J. Morris (4-1), the RailRiders struggled offensively as the host Indianapolis Indians posted a 5-0 shutout at Victory Field on Monday night.

DONUT DITTIES: The RailRiders suffered their fourth shutout loss of the season and their first on the road. It marked the team’s first scoreless setback since a 2-0 defeat against Buffalo on June 26 and their first donut dinner on the road since July 19, 2014 in a 7-0 loss at Charlotte. Even with last night’s loss, the RailRiders still have the league’s lowest total of shutout setbacks (4). Indianapolis became the IL’s fourth team with double-digit shutout wins.

BAD DAY: In his first Triple-A start of the season and the second of his career, Eric Ruth (0-1) was charged with four earned runs on Monday night. He had allowed just six earned runs in his last five Double-A starts, a span of 29.1 innings.

THAT WAS EASY: At 2:01, the RailRiders played their third-fastest nine-inning game of the season. The June 14 loss versus Rochester, a 2-1 game that took 1:56, set the gold standard. The second-fastest action also came against Indianapolis in a 2-1 loss at PNC Field on May 10 in 1:58.

COLE HEARTED: With a single last night, Cole Figueroa became the IL’s fourth man to reach the century mark in base hits this season. He has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 Triple-A games played including multiple hits in 13 of those contests. Since an 0-for-3 effort at Norfolk on May 11 dipped his average to .184, he has slashed .390/.433/.519/.952 with those numbers ranking 1st/2nd/4th/4th in the IL. On the season, he checks in among the IL’s best in batting average (3rd, .325), hits (4th, 100) and plate appearance:strikeout ratio (1st, 20.2:1).

PIRELA POP: Jose Pirela went 2-for-4 for his fifth multi-hit showing in six SWB games played. He has snapped out of a 5-for-49 (.102) slide at Triple-A with a six-game hit streak. During his string, he has gone 13-for-25 (.520) with three doubles and three RBIs.

BACK ON TRACK: The RailRiders’ only other multi-hit performance came from Tyler Austin who went 2-for-3 with the team’s only extra-base hit, a seventh-inning double The outfielder entered Sunday in a 3-for-24 (.125) slump with nine whiffs in his modest six games played since June 25. He has exceeded that hit total in these last two games, going 4-for-8 with his first RBI since June 10.

GETTING SERIESOUS: SWB must win two of the series’ three remaining games to log a winning record against Indianapolis. The franchise has gone 5-2-1 in the season series against the Tribe during the Yankees affiliation, going 38-29 (.567) including this year’s match-ups.

QUALITY OVER QUANTITY: Starter Kyle Davies left in line for his team-best seventh win after posting his fourth straight quality start last time out on Thursday at Louisville. He has gone 5-1 in eight games (seven starts) on the road with a 3.89 ERA. In nine nods at SWB he is 1-5 with a 4.56 ERA. In three starts this month, he is 1-0 with a 2.50 ERA.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders lead the IL in batting average (.273) and on-base percentage (.341)…Last night marked the first SWB-Indy clash of the season that was not decided by one run…The RailRiders became the IL’s third team to turn 100 double plays this season…Morris logged his longest outing since a nine-inning shutout of Durham on June 12, 2014 at Victory Field…Six of the RailRiders’ seven hits were singles…SWB went 0-for-7 with men in scoring position…SWB must win seven of its 11 remaining games this month to avoid a losing month…Over the first eight seasons as a Yankees affiliate, SWB logged a winning July six times and the two exceptions both saw the squad finish a game under .500.

Indians Blank RailRiders, 5-0

SWB Held to Seven Hits, Two Apiece for Pirela & Austin

Indianapolis, Ind. – Facing a fill-in starter, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees) struggled offensively as the host Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates) posted a 5-0 shutout at Victory Field on Monday night.

In his first start of the season, A.J. Morris (4-1) set the tone with six scoreless frames for the Indians before handing the baton to Jeff Inman and Bobby LaFromboise.

The RailRiders pushed a man to third base just once all evening, but saw Ben Gamel tagged out at the plate when he tried to score on a pitch in the dirt by Inman in the eighth.

SWB starter Eric Ruth (0-1) took the loss in his first Triple-A outing of the season and the second of his career. He gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits over six frames. The major damage came in a three-run third with a sac fly from Alen Hanson and a two-run double by Keon Broxton. Jose Tabata posted a two-out single for a fifth inning RBI while Pedro Florimon’s two-out double in the sixth plated Elias Diaz to round out the scoring.

Southpaw James Pazos fired two scoreless innings out of the RailRiders bullpen.

The four-game series continues at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday evening. SWB right-hander Kyle Davies (6-6, 4.25) will face fellow righty Chris Volstad (6-4, 3.59). The RailRiders will give away a special copy of Yankees Magazine to the first 2,500 fans in attendance on Friday, July 24, when the team hosts the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

The RailRiders suffered their fourth shutout loss of the season and their first on the road. It marked the team’s first scoreless setback since a 2-0 defeat against Buffalo on June 26.

Six of the RailRiders’ seven hits were singles.

Jose Pirela (2-for-4) and Tyler Austin (2-for-3) delivered the team’s lone multi-hit showings.

SWB went 0-for-7 with men in scoring position.

Eric Ruth was charged with four earned runs on Monday night. He had allowed just six earned runs in his last five Double-A starts, a span of 29.1 innings.

At 2:01, the RailRiders played their third-fastest nine-inning game of the season. The June 14 loss versus Rochester, a 2-1 game that took 1:56, set the gold standard. The second-fastest action also came against Indianapolis in a 2-1 loss at PNC Field on May 10 in 1:58.

Even with Monday’s donut, the RailRiders still have the league’s lowest total of shutout losses (4).

Indianapolis became the IL’s fourth team with double-digit shutout wins.

A.J. Morris logged his longest outing since a nine-inning shutout of Durham on June 12, 2014 at Victory Field.

– SWB RailRiders –

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