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G-Braves Clip RailRiders, 3-2

Starter Williams Perez Paces Hosts’ Effort

Lawrenceville, Ga. – For the second time in as many days, the Gwinnett Braves proved just one run better. Atlanta’s top affiliate rode a strong start from Williams Perez and timely hitting to a 3-2 defeat of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) at Coolray Field on Tuesday night. The loss guaranteed a series win for the G-Braves (8-11) over the RailRiders (9-11).

Back-to-back doubles by Rob Refsnyder and Kyle Roller combined for a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth. But Elmer Reyes’ two-out single to left scored Jose Peraza to tie it up in the bottom half of that same frame.

An inning later, former New York Yankee Eury Perez blooped a two-out single to shallow right that scored Sean Kazmar and Matt Kennelly to push the G-Braves on top, 3-1.

Ben Gamel made it interested with a low, line-drive home run to right in the ninth, his first of the season. Closer Aaron Kurcz retired the next two in succession to end the game.

Williams Perez (2-0) surrendered one run over seven innings for his second win in as many starts. SWB starter Eric Wooten (0-3) gave up three runs in five innings to suffer the loss. Kurcz logged his fifth save in six tries.

The RailRiders and G-Braves conclude their three-game series at 6:35 p.m. on Wednesday night. SWB right-hander Kyle Davies (1-1, 6.75) faces fellow righty Matt Wisler (0-2, 4.60).

OFF THE RAILS:

Rob Refsnyder went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Over his last four games he has gone 8-for-15 (.533), lifting his average by 71 points (.193-.264).

Kyle Roller posted his fourth double and recorded his sixth RBI. He was ejected for arguing balls and strikes after he struck out looking in the eighth.

Relievers Danny Burawa and Jose Ramirez combined on three scoreless innings and four strikeouts. In nine appearances, Burawa owns a 0.69 ERA and .143 batting average against. He has allowed one run on six hits while whiffing 10 in his 13 innings. Ramirez has struck out 14 men in 12.1 innings on the year.

The RailRiders have lost back-to-back games at Gwinnett for the first time ever in a single season. The last consecutive losses at Coolray Field came in the final 2010 clash on June 7 and in the first 2011 meeting on April 30. The Braves moved their Triple-A team from Richmond to Gwinnett in 2009.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 4-28-15

CLICK HERE for the April 28 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 6:05 p.m.

HEARTBREAK HOTEL: Cedric Hunter lined a two-out, two-run homer to right field that allowed the Gwinnett Braves to walk off with a 6-5 win over the RailRiders on Monday night. The loss snapped the RailRiders’ season-best three-game road winning streak.

FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME: SWB lost at Gwinnett for the first time since July 23, 2012 when the then-SWB Yankees fell to the G-Braves, 10-6. The SWB franchise had won eight straight games at Coolray Field.

SUZYN, YOU CAN’T PREDICT BASEBALL: The G-Braves entered the game averaging a league-low 3.3 runs/game with a league-low three home runs. The six runs scored tied the team’s season-high output in a single game this season.

IN HIS WEBB: Southpaw reliever Tyler Webb inherited a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning and left them loaded by striking out former RailRider Adonis Garcia to end the frame. Webb has allowed just seven of 34 (.206) inherited runners to score on his three-year pro career.

NOT-SO-GENTLE BEN: Ben Gamel entered defensively for Galvez in the home seventh. He struck out on a foul tip in his lone at-bat. Gamel ranks among the IL’s best in batting average (1st, .396), on-base percentage (3rd, .463) and slugging percentage (5th, .583). His three triples have him trailing only Toledo’s Daneil Fields. Gamel has more triples than four IL teams (Buffalo, Lehigh Valley, Norfolk, Pawtucket).

MULTIPLICITY: Slade Heathcott posted a pair of hits, a walk and a run scored. The RailRiders’ usual leadoff man owns multiple hits in six of his last seven games, hitting .560 (14-for-25) in that time with five RBIs. With 25 hits the first-year Triple-A man trails only Lehigh Valley’s Maikel Franco (27) for the most knocks in the IL.

RBI ROB: Rob Refsnyder picked up his eighth RBI on the year and his fifth over his last three games. In that time, the usual three-hole hitter has gone 6-for-12 (.500), lifting his season-long average by 53 points (.193-.246).

BRAVO: The 2014 RailRiders took six of the eight overall clashes with Gwinnett including a four-game sweep at Coolray Field. They outscored the G-Braves, 45-21, doubled them up in homers, 8-4, and took the season series for a third straight year. SWB has won 19 of its last 25 (.760) against Gwinnett.

SOUTHERN EXPOSURE: Last night the RailRiders began a long stretch dominated by Southern Division competition. It marked the start of a 10 straight against Southern Division foes, a run that includes 24 out of 27 bleeding into the late stage of May. The 2014 RailRiders went 14-18 against the South. While they had a winning record against Gwinnett, they posted losing marks against each of the division’s other three teams (Charlotte, 2-6; Durham, 3-5; Norfolk, 3-5). The team owned an 8-8 road against versus its southern brothers.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders’ pitching staff leads the IL with 157 strikeouts…SWB’s Cole Figueroa entered today as the toughest hitter to whiff in the IL (34.0 PA/K)…The RailRiders have not been charged with an error over a season-long three-game stretch…SWB became the last IL team to suffer its first one-run loss of the season (now 3-1 in one-run games)…It was also the first time the RailRiders lost when leading after eight innings (entered the game 6-0)…Refsnyder became the team’s 10th different DH of the season…Six of the seven home runs allowed by SWB pitching have come against the bullpen…The RailRiders suffered a pair of blown saves…They have now blown seven saves in 11 chances.

Hunter’s Walk-Off Homer Dooms RailRiders

Franchise’s First Loss at Gwinnett Since 2012

Lawrenceville, Ga. – Cedric Hunter lined a two-out, two-run homer to right field that allowed the Gwinnett Braves to walk off with a 6-5 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) on Monday night. The loss snapped the RailRiders’ (9-10) season-best three-game road winning streak while the G-Braves (7-11) won for just the second time in five games.

SWB led the game 4-0 thanks in large part to a three-run second inning. Austin Romine drove in two runs with a double that frame before Jonathan Galvez doubled to bring Romine in. Cole Figueroa plated Nick Noonan with a single in the fifth that made it a four-run cushion.

Gwinnett notched a pair of runs in the fifth and seventh to tie it up. Matt Kennelly and Braeden Schlehuber earned the RBIs in the fifth while former RailRider Adonis Garcia’s single deadlocked it, 4-4.

In the eighth, leadoff man Slade Heathcott ignited a go-ahead rally with a double. Figueroa sacrificed him to third and Rob Refsnyder posted a run-scoring double for a 5-4 SWB lead.

That advantage evaporated in the ninth. The consensus No. 1 prospect for the Atlanta Braves, Jose Peraza, began the inning with a pinch-hit walk. Former New York Yankee Eury Perez sacrificed Peraza to second before Todd Cunningham flied out to shallow center. One out away from a one-run win, Hunter went deep off reliever Nick Rumbelow (2-1) for the walk-off winner.

Gwinnett’s Brandon Cunniff (1-0) posted the win.

The RailRiders and G-Braves continue their three-game series at 6:35 p.m. on Tuesday night.

OFF THE RAILS:

The RailRiders suffered a pair of blown saves. In addition to Rumbelow, Branden Pinder endured a blown save after allowing Garcia’s seventh-inning single. SWB has seven blown saves in 11 chances on the season.

SWB lost at Gwinnett for the first time since July 23, 2012 when the then-SWB Yankees lost to the G-Braves, 10-6. The SWB franchise had won eight straight games at Coolray Field.

The G-Braves entered the game averaging a league-low 3.3 runs/game with a league-low three home runs. The six runs tied the team’s season-high output in a single game this season.

Slade Heathcott posted multiple hits for the sixth time in seven games. He has hit .560 (14-for-25) in that time.

Rob Refsnyder picked up his eighth RBI. Five of them have come over his last three games.

Southpaw reliever Tyler Webb inherited a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning and left them loaded by striking out former RailRider Adonis Garcia to end the frame. He has allowed just seven of 34 (.206) inherited runners to score on his three-year pro career.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 4-27-15

CLICK HERE for the April 27 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 6:05 p.m.

SUPER SUNDAY: A three-run first sparked the start of a convincing RailRiders win over Pawtucket in Sunday’s homestand finale, 8-3. The RailRiders split the four-game series with the Red Sox (11-7) and went 4-3 on the homestand.

LORD I WAS BORN A GAMELING MAN: Ben Gamel logged a pair of two-out RBIs in the victory. The outfielder ranks among the IL’s best in batting average (1st, .404), on-base percentage (2nd, .472) and slugging percentage (4th, .596). His three triples co-lead the circuit and give him as many or more than five IL teams (Buffalo, Lehigh Valley, Louisville, Norfolk, Pawtucket).

SLING SLADE: Slade Heathcott posted a pair of hits, a walk and scored twice. The RailRiders’ usual leadoff man owns multiple hits in five of his last six games, hitting .545 (12-for-22) in that time with five RBIs. With 23 hits he trails only Lehigh Valley’s Maikel Franco (25) for the most knocks in the IL.

R&R: Rob Refsnyder went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. He enters today coming off his first back-to-back multi-hit games since a three-game surge from Aug. 16-18 of last season at Pawtucket. Four of the usual three-hole hitter’s seven RBIs have come in this short two-game spurt.

POWER SURGE: Sunday snapped a pair of long power droughts. Rob Segedin‘s first home run of 2015 snapped the team’s season-long seven-game stretch without a dinger. However, Pawtucket’s Humberto Quintero and Matt Spring each went deep as well, halting SWB’s season-best eight-game span without giving up a round-tripper. In the International League, only Buffalo (5) has surrendered fewer round-trippers than SWB (6).

STOP, THIEVES!: The RailRiders have caught just three base swipers in 20 attempts this year. Despite an .150 caught-stealing efficiency, SWB does not live in the IL’s caught-stealing basement. Charlotte (.130), Buffalo (.125), Columbus (.125) and Rochester (.111) all have worse efficiencies.

BRAVO: The 2014 RailRiders took six of the eight overall clashes with Gwinnett including a four-game sweep at Coolray Field. They outscored the G-Braves, 45-21, doubled them up in homers, 8-4, and took the season series for a third straight year. SWB has won 19 of its last 24 (.792) against Gwinnett.

SOUTHERN EXPOSURE: Tonight, the RailRiders begin a long stretch dominated by Southern Division competition. Each of SWB’s next 10 games and 24 of the next 27 will sport a Southern Division squad as the foe. The 2014 RailRiders went 14-18 against the South. While they had a winning record against Gwinnett, they posted losing marks against each of the division’s other three teams (Charlotte, 2-6; Durham, 3-5; Norfolk, 3-5). The team owned an 8-8 road against versus its southern brothers, but half of those wins came against the G-Braves.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders’ pitching staff leads the IL with 153 strikeouts…SWB’s Cole Figueroa entered today as the toughest hitter to whiff in the IL (31.5 PA/K)…Tonight the RailRiders bid for their fourth straight win away from PNC Field…They also look to log their third error-free game in a row…The team has not accomplished that since a four-gamer from Aug. 23-25, 2014 when it lost a series at Rochester…The RailRiders’ 20 errors make for the IL’s third-highest total…Gwinnett leads the IL in sacrifices (10) and stolen bases (21), but ranks last in runs scored (3.3/game) thanks in part to the circuit’s third-worst on-base (.306) and slugging percentages (.327)…No IL team has hit fewer home runs than Gwinnett (3)…One of those home runs was hit by former RailRider Adonis Garcia who owns or shares the team lead in hits (19), RBIs (8), doubles (5), batting average (.339), slugging percentage (.482).

RailRiders Roll Past PawSox

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) scored three times  in the first inning and brought home an 8-3 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. The RailRiders (9-9) split the four-game series with the Red Sox (11-7) and finished the homestand 4-3.

Joel De La Cruz (1-0) earned the win after pitching four innings and limiting the PawSox to a run on two hits. Keith Couch (1-3) shouldered the loss for Pawtucket after surrendering six runs on nine hits over 5.1 innings.

SWB jumped on the right-hander in the first inning. Slade Heathcott singled to right on the outset. Rob Refsnyder followed with a hit and Kyle Roller doubled in Heathcott for a 1-0 lead. With two down, Ben Gamel scored a pair of RBI by plating Refsnyder and Heathcott on a hit to right-center.

Humberto Quintero trimmed a 3-0 deficit to one for the PawSox in the third with a two-run blast to left off starter Matt Tracy. The southpaw finished after three innings, allowing two runs on two hits.

Rob Segedin pushed the RailRiders’ lead back to two with a solo shot out to left in the fourth.

The RailRiders pushed the lead to six with a four-run sixth. Austin Romine doubled down the left-field line and scored on a single by Cole Figueroa. A fielding error by PawSox third baseman Travis Shaw allowed Segedin to reach. Heathcott loaded the bases with a single to right.

Nick Noonan followed with a bouncer to first. Matt Spring attempted to cut down Figueroa at home plate, but the throw bounced past Quintero. Figueroa and Segedin both scored on the error and the RailRiders led 7-2. With the infield in, Refsnyder singled through the middle to cap the inning at 8-2.

Spring added a solo home run in the seventh for the final margin.

The RailRiders begin a seven-game road trip with the first of three in Gwinnett on Monday night. First pitch at Coolray Field is set for 6:35 p.m. RHP Jaron Long (0-1, 6.75) gets the start for SWB against the Braves’ LHP Manny Banuelos (1-0, 3.77). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

SWB Game Notes 4-26-15

CLICK HERE or the April 26 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.

DOUBLE DIPPING: The RailRiders split a Saturday twinbill with Pawtucket, losing the opener, 4-1, while winning the nightcap, 7-4.

MASS OF MISCUES: SWB was charged with five errors, just one shy of the franchise record set twice by the 1997 Red Barons (May 17 at Syracuse; July 4 versus Rochester). Second baseman Rob Refsnyder committed two of the mistakes. The RailRiders have made the second-most errors in the IL (20). Refsnyder has been charged with an IL-worst seven of those boo-boos in 15 games played. That makes for a total that matches or exceeds those of three IL teams: Buffalo (5), Rochester (6) and Columbus (7).

TOUGH-LUCK LOSS: The errors made three of the four runs on Bryan Mitchell‘s line unearned. Mitchell fell an out short of his longest career outing for a second straight start. He also earned his second career complete game. In four starts, Mitchell (1-2) has posted a 2.11 ERA and a .200 batting average against. He has struck out 20 men against nine walks over 21 innings.

POWER OUTAGE: While the RailRiders have not hit a home run in a season-long seven-game stretch, they also have not allowed a dinger over a season-best eight-game span. No IL team has surrendered fewer round-trippers than SWB (4).

LORD I WAS BORN A GAMELING MAN: Ben Gamel doubled twice and tripled once in his 3-for-3 nightcap performance. The outfielder ranks among the IL’s best in batting average (1st, .419), on-base percentage (2nd, .490) and slugging percentage (.628). His three triples co-lead the circuit and give him as many or more than five IL teams (Buffalo, Lehigh Valley, Louisville, Norfolk, Pawtucket).

SLING SLADE: Slade Heathcott posted a pair of hits and a couple of RBIs in the nightcap. The RailRiders’ usual leadoff man owns multiple hits in four of his last five games, hitting .556 (10-for-18) in that time with five RBIs. He and Charlotte’s Carlos Sanchez stand tied for the second-most hits in the IL (21).

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS DIEGO MORENO?: Usual reliever Diego Moreno starred as a spot starter in the nightcap. His only other career stateside start came late last year on Aug. 31 versus Lehigh Valley. He allowed just one hit and one walk over a career-long four scoreless frames on Saturday. In five SWB appearances this season, he has allowed just one run in 12.2 innings (0.71 ERA) with 14 strikeouts and three walks. The league has hit a slim .077 against him.

STOP, THIEVES!: The PawSox went 1-for-2 in stolen-base tries on the day. That included Austin Romine nabbing Jackie Bradley, Jr. at second base in the third inning of game two. The RailRiders have caught just three base swipers in 20 attempts this year. Despite an .150 caught-stealing efficiency, SWB does not live in the IL’s caught-stealing basement. Buffalo (.143), Columbus (.143), Rochester (.111) and Charlotte (.100) all have worse efficiencies.

WHISTLE BLOWING: The RailRiders finished 2014 with a 7-1 record at McCoy Stadium. They became the first SWB team to log a winning record at Pawtucket since the 2009 squad went 5-3. The 2007 unit set the gold standard for the franchise with its 7-1 performance at McCoy Stadium. The RailRiders also took the overall season series at 11-5 for SWB’s best regular-season showing versus the PawSox since the 2009 unit went 12-4.

OFF THE RAILS: SWB’s pitching staff leads the IL with 149 strikeouts…This afternoon the RailRiders attempt to avoid their first series loss to Pawtucket since dropping two of three at McCoy Stadium from Aug. 25-27, 2013…SWB’s Cole Figueroa entered today as the toughest hitter to whiff in the IL (29.5 PA/K).

RailRiders Split Twin Bill with PawSox

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) salvaged a doubleheader split with the Pawtucket Red Sox on Saturday afternoon at PNC Field. The RailRiders (8-9) committed five errors and dropped a 4-1 decision to the PawSox (11-6) in game one. SWB rallied back to claim game two 7-4.

Ben Gamel and Rob Refsnyder were instrumental in building an early 3-0 advantage for the RailRiders in the night cap. Gamel tripled and scored on an infield single by Refsnyder in the first inning for a 1-0 tally. In the third, Slade Heathcott singled and moved to third on a double Gamel. Refsnyder lined a double to right that scored both.

Diego Moreno got the start for SWB and pitched four scoreless innings before giving way to Jose Ramirez. The PawSox rallied against the right-hander in the sixth. Jemile Weeks led off with a single. After inducing a groundout to third from Jeff Bianchi, Ramirez issued four consecutive walks to that sliced the lead to one at 3-2.

Nick Rumbelow (2-0) entered for Ramirez and fanned Quintin Berry for the second out. With two strikes on Garin Cecchini, Rumbelow unleashed a wild pitch that allowed Blake Swihart to score the tying run.

The RailRiders answered with four runs in the bottom of the sixth against reliever Zeke Spruill (2-1). Tyler Austin lined a single to right with one out and moved to second on a chopper to second by Jonathan Galvez. Austin Romine followed with a sharp hit to right, scoring Austin. Cole Figueroa extended the frame with a bloop single and Nick Noonan provided another insurance run by plating Romine with a single. A throwing error by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. allowed Figueroa and Noonan into scoring position. Heathcott capped the inning with a two-run single.

Rumbelow allowed a run in the seventh on a doubles by Deven Marrero and Bradley before punching out Swihart on strikes to close out the win.

Pawtucket took advantage of five miscues to claim game one, 4-1. Three of their four runs were unearned. Bryan Mitchell (1-2) went the distance for SWB, earning the second complete game of his career. He tossed seven innings, allowing three hits, one walk and struck out seven.

Eddie Rodriguez (2-0) earned the win by also completing seven innings for the PawSox. The southpaw allowed one run on three hits with seven strikeouts.

The RailRiders conclude their series with the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. Left-hander Matt Tracy make his 2015 debut with SWB against right-hander Keith Couch (1-2, 3.94). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

RailRiders Fall to PawSox

Moosic, Pa. – The Pawtucket Red Sox jumped on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) for six runs early and held serve the rest of the way in a 6-2 win on Friday night at PNC Field. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak, dating to last July, in the series for the RailRiders (7-8). The Red Sox improved to 10-5.

Kyle Davies (1-1) suffered the defeat after allowing six runs on nine hits in three innings. Tyler Webb and Branden Pinder combined for the final six frames, holding Pawtucket to just three hits. Henry Owens (1-0) earned his first win despite issuing four walks. The southpaw allowed two runs on five hits over five innings of work.

The PawSox jumped on Davies early by recording three consecutive hits out of the gate. After rallying back to strike out Bryce Brentz looking, Davies surrendered a two run double to Quintin Berry. Luke Montz followed with a sacrifice fly to left for a 3-0 advantage.

Pawtucket added two more runs in the second inning. Deven Marrero singled and moved to third on a double by Jemile Weeks. With no one out, Jackie Bradley Jr. bounced to second, allowing Marrero to score. Blake Swihart followed with his second hit of the night, scoring Weeks for a 5-0 lead.

The RailRiders cut into the deficit in the bottom of the stanza. Austin Romine worked a walk off Owens with one away and moved to second on a hit by Jonathan Galvez. Slade Heathcott worked the count to his favor and blistered a triple to the wall in right-center. Romine and Galvez scored, trimming the advantage to three.

However, the PawSox countered in the third. Montz hustled a double to begin the inning on a fly ball to left that was lost in the lights. Matt Spring doubled to the alley in left-center, moving Montz to third. Marrero earned the final tally of the night with a sac-fly to left.

Heathcott added two more hits on the night and now owns eight in his last 10 at-bats.

The RailRiders continue their series against Pawtucket (Boston Red Sox) on Saturday with a doubleheader. Game one is set to begin at 4:05 p.m. Right-hander Bryan Mitchell (1-1, 2.51) gets the start in the first game against southpaw Eddie Rodriguez (1-0, 2.31). The first 2,500 fans through the gates on Saturday will receive a RailRiders umbrella, presented by the Times-Tribune. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

SWB Game Notes 4-24-15

CLICK HERE or the April 24 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.

WEATHER WEARY: Thursday’s scheduled series opener was postponed due to inclement weather. It marked the RailRiders’ first postponement of the season, but Pawtucket’s third. The teams will make it up with a Saturday twinbill at 4:05 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: As Chase Whitley (2-0) stymied the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on the mound, the RailRiders put together clutch hits to back their starter in a 3-2 triumph on Wednesday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders took a 2-1 advantage in the “IronRail Series” while Lehigh Valley dipped to 4-10 on the year. SWB has won five of its last six.

SLADE’S BLADE: Slade Heathcott posted a 4-for-4 night on Wednesday with a double, a bunt single, an RBI and a run scored. The athletic outfielder has six hits in his last seven at-bats.

STOP, THIEVES!: Wednesday’s finale with Lehigh Valley ended when Brian Bogusevic was caught stealing second base with red-hot three-hole hitter Maikel Franco at the plate. It marked just the second man nabbed by the SWB battery in 16 tries on the season. Despite an .125 caught-stealing efficiency, SWB does not live in the IL’s caught-stealing basement. Buffalo has yet to nab a man in six attempts. Indianapolis (16), Charlotte (17) and Norfolk (18) have allowed more total steals.

WOOD CARVINGS: The RailRiders pitching staff leads the IL with 130 strikeouts, a pace of 9.2 per game. Bryan Mitchell paces the club with 14. Chase Whitley and Diego Moreno follow close behind with 13. SWB owns five more strikeouts than Norfolk (125) and seven more than Gwinnett (123).

LEFTORIUM: The Pigs’ Wednesday starter, Adam Morgan, marked the first of three straight lefty starters for SWB foes. The RailRiders have hit (.253/.311/.370) against right-handed hurlers and (.250/.336/.298) versus southpaws. Six of SWB’s 12 position players are left-handed hitters. The team is 1-1 when foes start lefties.

MANIC MONDAY: It took 15 innings on Monday night at PNC Field, but the RailRiders edged the IronPigs, 4-3. Nick Noonan delivered the walk-off winner with an opposite-way single to left. It marked the RailRiders’ longest game by innings since the franchise-record 20-inning affair on July 25, 2013 against Toledo, a 2-1 win. At 4:13, it was the longest game by time since a 3-2 home loss to Louisville took 4:59 and 14 innings on Aug. 13, 2014.

WHISTLE BLOWING: The RailRiders finished 2014 with a 7-1 record at McCoy Stadium. They became the first SWB team to log a winning record at Pawtucket since the 2009 squad went 5-3. The 2007 unit set the gold standard for the franchise with its 7-1 performance at McCoy Stadium. The RailRiders also took the overall season series at 11-5 for SWB’s best regular-season showing versus the PawSox since the 2009 unit went 12-4.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders are fresh off their first back-to-back series victories since winning sets at Syracuse and Lehigh Valley from June 26-29, 2014…They have not won three straight sets since besting Buffalo, Lehigh Valley and Rochester in succession from July 4-10, 2013…SWB improved to 3-0 in one-run games on Wednesday…Every other IL team has lost at least once by a single score.

RailRiders, PawSox Postponed

Moosic, Pa. – The series opener between the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) and Pawtucket Red Sox scheduled for Thursday, April 23, at PNC Field was postponed due to inclement weather. The two clubs will play a twin bill on Saturday, April 25, with the first game beginning at 4:05 p.m.

The RailRiders will face the PawSox on Friday night at PNC Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. It will be Fireworks Friday at the ballpark and “Light it up Blue” Night. Fans are encouraged to wear blue shirts in support of Autism awareness. It’s also Faith Night as fans can celebrate faith, family and fellowship at PNC Field. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

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