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SWB Game Notes 5-18-15

CLICK HERE for the May 18 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.

BROOMING OF THE BULLS: The RailRiders completed a 4-game sweep of Durham on Sunday with a 5-0 win. It was the first sweep for SWB at the DBAP since 2012, when the club was known as the SWB Yankees. The last 4-game sweep for the RailRiders came at Pawtucket, August 15-18, 2014.

GLAD YOU COULD JOIN US: LHP Miguel Sulbaran won his Triple-A debut and tossed five scoreless innings. Counting seven starts with Double-A Trenton, teams Sulbaran starts for have gone 7-1 this year.

THE MOUNTAIN: Kyle Roller clubbed his team-leading seventh homer of the year. Six of his round-trippers have come over his last 16 games. Roller has gone consecutive games with a long ball and sits tied with Syracuse’s Ian Stewart for the most in the IL.

YOU DOWN WITH OBP?: Rob Refsnyder sanwiched a single with a pair of home runs as he extended the IL’s best active on-base streak to 19 games. His run started in game two of the April 25 doubleheader versus Pawtucket. In that time, he has hit .385 while posting an OBP of .448 and 13 of his 16 RBIs. His 11 doubles had him second in the IL. Refsnyder has crushed in 16 road games (.353/.413/.544/.957) compared to his 17 home contests (.254/.306/.313/.619).

A FEAT NOT SEEN SINCE…: Refsnyder’s two-homer game was his first since he went yard twice in a game with the Charleston RiverDogs on August 23, 2012. Entering Sunday, Refsnyder owned a 52-game homerless drought. He took the Bulls’ Everett Teaford deep twice in the span of two at-bats.

GET OFF MY LAWN: Durham struggled to get on base in the series. The RailRiders limited the Bulls to a .210 team average and .276 OBP. Durham hit 2-for-28 (.071) with runners in scoring position.

THE PEN IS MIGHTIER: SWB reliever stifled the Bulls, allowing just one earned run (two total) across 18IP for a 0.50 ERA. The bullpenners combined for 23 strikeouts in the series while issuing only five walks.

GOING ON AN EGG HUNT: The RailRiders earned their second shutout victory of the season. Their last came on April 18 at Syracuse. Kyle Davies (5.0) combined with Danny Burawa (2.1) and Tyler Webb (1.2) to blank the Chiefs that day. Lehigh Valley is the only IL team without a shutout win.

GETTIN’ FIGGY WITH IT: Figueroa went 2-for-4 with an RBI doubleon Saturday. He went 4-for-9 with three doubles and two RBIs against his former club. He is the IL’s hardest man to strike out with a plate appearance-to-strikeout ratio of 24.8:1.

THREE FOR THE SHOW: Today, the RailRiders will try to lift their record to three games above .500 for the first time since the 2014 squad was 27-24 after a 6-5 win at Louisville on May 28.

ONE-RUN FUN: SWB improved to 9-4 in one-run games.

MAN OF THE HOUR: The International League named Rob Refsnyder the circuit’s Batter of the Week for May 11-17 after the second baseman hit .400 with a league-best six extra-base hits and 22 total bases. He hit safely in all seven games played. It is his first such honor at the Triple-A level.

A TOUGH KNIGHT: Since going 7-1 against Charlotte in 2013, the RaiRiders are 4-8 against the White Sox’s top satellite. The clubs split a 4-game series at BB&T Ballpark. The Knights took three-of-four in their last visit to PNC Field.

RailRiders Blank Bulls

SWB Earns First Sweep of Bulls at DBAP Since 2012

Durham, N.C.Rob Refsnyder launched a pair of home runs and Miguel Sulbaran authored a successful debut as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) shutout the Durham Bulls 5-0 on Sunday afternoon at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The RailRiders (20-18) finished off a four-game sweep of the Bulls (20-18) and earned their second shutout victory of 2015.

Sulbaran (1-0) weaved together five scoreless innings while yielding five hits. He walked two and struck out three. Everett Teaford (2-3) shouldered the loss for Durham after allowing five runs on eight hits over five innings. He surrendered three home runs.

Refsnyder tallied the RailRiders’ first run on a towering blast over the high, blue wall in left-center. Nick Noonan singled home Rob Segedin following a double in the second inning for a 2-0 lead. Ramon Flores reached on a one-out hit in the fifth and came around on Refsnyder’s second round-tripper, this one clanging off the left field foul pole. Kyle Roller made it back-to-back jacks when the first baseman lined his team-leading seventh home run over the fence in the right-field corner to cap the scoring.

The RailRiders return home on Monday, May 18 to start a seven-game homestand with the first of three against the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox). SWB is slated to start southpaw Matt Tracy (0-0, 3.50) against right-hander Junior Guerra (0-1, 2.45). It will be a Dollar Dog Night with all hot dogs priced at $1. For tickets or more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit the team’s website, www.swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Rob Refsnyder entered the day without a home run and finished with two as part of a three-hit, three-RBI performance. It was his first homer since August 11, 2014, and his first multi-home run effort since he tagged two with Single-A Charleston on August 23, 2012. Refsnyder extended his on-base streak, dating to April 25, to 19 games.

Ramon Flores singled and has reached safely in 25 of 26 games.

Kyle Roller cracked his team-leading seventh home run, tying Syracuse’s Ian Stewart for the most long balls in the IL.

Danny Burawa, Diego Moreno and Nick Rumbelow combined to hold the Bulls scoreless over the final four innings. Burawa struck out two in the sixth and Moreno tossed two scoreless frames.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 5-17-15

CLICK HERE for the May 17 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 12:35 p.m.

ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT: Extra-base hits by the offense and impressive impromptu pitching carried the RailRiders to a 3-2 defeat of the Bulls on Saturday. SWB’s third straight win has it over .500 for the first time since the Opening Day victory over Syracuse. The Bulls lost for the fifth time in six games.

CRUISIN': The originally-scheduled starter, Bryan Mitchell, was whisked back to the bigs by the Yankees. That set the stage for Joel De La Cruz (3-0) who tossed five solid frames in his first start of 2015. He earned his first win as an SWB starter since his May 4, 2014 debut. He went 0-5 in 11 starts in between.

ON A RUN: In the fifth, back-to-back doubles by Nick Noonan and Cole Figueroa got the RailRiders a run. An inning later, Kyle Roller bombed his team-leading sixth home run for the 3-2 score that would go final.

THE MOUNTAIN: Five of Roller’s homers have come over his last 15 games.

THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN: The RailRiders held on thanks to outstanding 2015 SWB debuts by Caleb Cotham and Mark Montgomery. Cotham struck out six over three perfect innings on 45 pitches (30 strikes). Montgomery worked around a leadoff single in the ninth to earn a save.

YOU DOWN WITH OBP?: Rob Refsnyder singled twice and scored once as he extended the IL’s best active on-base streak to 18 games. His run started in game two of the April 25 doubleheader versus Pawtucket. In that time, he has hit .370 while posting an OBP of .439 and 10 of his 13 RBIs. His 11 doubles had him tri-leading active IL players entering today after Maikel Franco’s 12 two-base hits received a promotion to the Phillies. Refsnyder has crushed in 15 road games (.333/.400/.444/.844) compared to his 17 home contests (.254/.306/.313/.619).

COMEBACK KIDS: SWB overcame a multiple-run hole to win for the first time.

DOUBLE-DIPPIN': With two more doubles, SWB raised its IL-best total to 69.

GET OFF MY LAWN: Durham struggled to get men on base. Thanks in part to a pair of double plays turned by the RailRiders, the Bulls left just three men on base and went 0-for-1 with men in scoring position.

UP, DOWN & OUT OF TOWN: Other roster moves before the game saw reliever Jared Burton released by the Yankees while the big club optioned right-hander Jose Ramirez back to SWB and southpaw Miguel Sulbaran joined the RailRiders from Double-A Trenton.

BOBA FETT? BOBA FETT?! WHERE?!: The RailRiders played in front of their biggest crowd of the season. On Star Wars Night at the DBAP, the paid attendance was announced at 10,882.

THAT WAS EASY: The game took just 2:08 to play.

GETTIN’ FIGGY WITH IT: Figueroa went 2-for-4 with an RBI double. He has gone 4-for-9 with three doubles and two RBIs against his former club. He is the IL’s hardest man to strike out with a plate appearance-to-strikeout ratio of 24.8:1.

ONE-RUN FUN: SWB improved to 9-4 in one-run games.

YOU’RE OUT OF ORDER: Tyler Austin hit seventh for the first time this season. He snapped an 0-for-14 slide with a sixth-inning single.

TWO FOR THE MONEY: Today, the RailRiders will try to lift their record to two games above .500 for the first time since the 2014 squad was 29-27 after a June 2 victory at Indianapolis.

Roller Homers, Pitching Dominates in Series-Clinching Win

RailRiders Win Third Straight, Back Over .500

Durham, N.C. – Extra-base hits by the offense and impressive impromptu pitching carried the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) to a 3-2 defeat of the Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) on Saturday. SWB’s (19-18) third straight win has it over .500 for the first time since the Opening Day win over Syracuse. The Bulls (20-17) lost for the fifth time in six games.

The originally-scheduled starter, prospect right-hander Bryan Mitchell, was whisked back to the bigs by the Yankees earlier in the day. That set the stage for Joel De La Cruz (3-0) who tossed five solid innings in his first start of the season. The right-hander rebounded from a first-inning two-run homer by Nick Franklin. He allowed just one batter beyond first base after Franklin’s blast.

In the fifth, back-to-back doubles by Nick Noonan and Cole Figueroa got the RailRiders a run against starter Dylan Floro (3-4). An inning later, Kyle Roller bombed his team-leading sixth home run to straightaway center field for the 3-2 score that would go final.

The RailRiders held on thanks to outstanding 2015 SWB debuts by Caleb Cotham and Mark Montgomery. Cotham struck out six over three perfect innings on 45 pitches (30 strikes). Montgomery worked around a leadoff single in the ninth to earn a save. The game ended on a nimbly-turned 5-4-3 double play ignited by Figueroa’s backhanded glove and pivoted well at second by Rob Refsnyder.

The RailRiders’ seven-game road trip concludes on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. SWB has yet to name a probable starter. Durham will look to southpaw Everett Teaford (2-2, 5.70).

The RailRiders return home on Monday, May 18 to start a seven-game homestand with the first of three against the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox). It will be a Dollar Dog Night with all hot dogs priced at $1. For tickets or more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit the team’s website, www.swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Rob Refsnyder singled twice and scored once as he extended the league’s best active on-base streak to 18 games.

Durham struggled to get men on base. Thanks in part to a pair of double plays turned by the RailRiders, the Bulls left just three men on base and went 0-for-1 with men in scoring position.

Other roster moves before the game saw reliever Jared Burton released by the Yankees while the big club optioned right-hander Jose Ramirez back to SWB and southpaw Miguel Sulbaran joined the RailRiders from Double-A Trenton.

The RailRiders played in front of their biggest crowd of the season. On Star Wars Night at the DBAP, the paid attendance was announced at 10,882.

The game took just 2:08 to play.

Cole Figueroa went 2-for-4 with an RBI double. He has gone 4-for-9 with three doubles and two RBIs on the series against his former club.

SWB improved to 9-4 in one-run games.

On Sunday, the RailRiders will try to lift their record to two games above .500 for the first time since the 2014 squad was 29-27 after a June 2 victory at Indianapolis.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 5-16-15

CLICK HERE for the May 16 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 4:35 p.m.

JACOB’S LADDER: Jacob Lindgren (1-1) fired a season-long 2.2 innings of clutch baseball as his RailRiders defeated the Durham Bulls on Friday night in 11 innings, 8-4. SWB pitching compiled a season-best 17 strikeouts while the Bulls fell for the fourth time in five games.

TRIPLE LINDY: A four-run lead had vanished with the tying tally crossing after a bases-loaded walk in the eighth. Lindgren then entered and recorded two pivotal strikeouts in succession against heralded prospect/three-hole hitter Mikie Mahtook and big league veteran J.P. Arencibia to quell the threat. In the ninth, the southpaw allowed a two-out swinging bunt single, but no runs. He followed that with a 1-2-3 10th against the top of the order. He has owned his fellow lefties, holding them to a .105 average (2-for-19) with two walks against five strikeouts.

KEEP ON GETTIN’ ON: Rob Refsnyder singled, walked and stole a bag to extend the IL’s best active on-base streak to 17 games. His on-base run started in game two of the April 25 doubleheader versus Pawtucket. In that time, he has hit .362 while posting an OBP of .436 and 10 of his 13 RBIs. His 11 doubles had him co-leading active IL players entering today after Maikel Franco’s 12 two-base hits received a promotion to the Phillies. Refsnyder has crushed in 14 road games (.322/.394/.441/.835) compared to 17 home games (.254/.306/.313/.619).

LORD I WAS BORN A GAMELING MAN: Ben Gamel went 3-for-6 with two doubles and three RBIs. He has multiple hits in each of his last three games, going 7-for-15 in that time to lift his average to .340, good for the IL’s eighth-best mark entering today.

TAKE YOUR BASE: Ramon Flores was walked intentionally as a pinch hitter in the 11th and later scored. He has reached base safely in 24 of his last 25 games including a 16-gamer (April 15-May 5).

WHAT A COINKYDINK: Starter Kyle Davies left in line for the win after five frames of two-run ball. He recorded a season-high seven strikeouts. It marked the most strikeouts for Davies since he also whiffed seven on June 12, 2014 in a win for Columbus against SWB. He has not had more than seven strikeouts since he notched nine on April 24, 2014 with Double-A Akron against Trenton. The Thunder had four current RailRiders in its lineup that day: Gamel, Refsnyder, Kyle Roller and Rob Segedin.

SHUT HER DOWN: Four SWB relievers combined to allow just one unearned run over the game’s last six innings. That included a perfect 11th by Danny Burawa with a pair of strikeouts. Burawa has not allowed an earned run in 13 of his 15 outings and has held the league to 11 hits in 20 innings (.162 BAA) while whiffing 14 and walking eight (0.95 WHIP).

INHERITANCE TAX: SWB’s bullpen inherited five runners and none scored.

DOUBLE-DIPPIN': Seven of the RailRiders’ 12 hits were doubles. SWB leads the league with 67 two-base knocks.

MILLER TIME: Former RailRider and New York Yankee Jim Miller tossed 3.2 scoreless innings for Durham. He allowed just one hit, walked none and whiffed four.

RISPY BUSINESS: Durham stranded 14 men on base and went 2-for-16 with men in scoring position.

FREE BASEBALL: The RailRiders improved to 3-0 in extra-inning games while Durham fell to 0-3 in free baseball.

PLAYING QUARTERS: With the team’s 36th game of the 144-game season in the books, the RailRiders are 25% of the way through their 2015 regular season.

BIPPITY, BABIPY BOO: Former Durham Bull and current RailRider Cole Figueroa entered today as the IL’s toughest man to whiff (30:1 PA/K).

 Lindgren Plays Hero in Extra-Inning Win

Lefty Tosses 2.2 Key Innings, Earns First Triple-A Victory

Durham, N.C.Jacob Lindgren (1-1) fired a season-long 2.2 innings of clutch baseball as his Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) defeated the Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) on Friday night in 11 innings, 8-4. SWB (18-18) pitching compiled a season-best 17 strikeouts while the Bulls (20-16) fell for the fourth time in five games.

A four-run lead had vanished with the tying tally crossing after a bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning. Lindgren then entered and recorded two pivotal strikeouts in succession against heralded prospect/three-hole hitter Mikie Mahtook and big league veteran J.P. Arencibia to quell the threat.

In the ninth, the southpaw allowed a two-out swinging bunt single, but no runs. He followed that with a 1-2-3 10th against the top of Durham’s order.

The offense then sprung to life. Silent since the second, SWB’s sticks amassed a four-run 11th with run-scoring blows delivered by Nick Noonan, Cole Figueroa and Ben Gamel against big league veteran Ronald Belisario (0-1).

The RailRiders’ seven-game road trip continues with game three of the four-game set on Saturday evening at 5:05 p.m. SWB’s Bryan Mitchell (2-3, 4.26), a North Carolina native, will face fellow right-hander Dylan Floro (3-3, 4.46).

The RailRiders return home on Monday, May 18 to start a seven-game homestand with the first of three against the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox). It will be a Dollar Dog Night with all hot dogs priced at $1. For tickets or more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit the team’s website, www.swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Rob Refsnyder singled, walked and stole a bag to extend the league’s best active on-base streak to 17 games.

Durham stranded 14 men on base and went 2-for-16 with men in scoring position.

Seven of the RailRiders’ 12 hits were doubles.

Ben Gamel went 3-for-6 with two of those doubles and three RBIs.

Ramon Flores was walked intentionally as a pinch hitter. He has reached base safely in 24 of his last 25 games.

Starter Kyle Davies left in line for the win after five frames of two-run ball. He recorded a season-high seven strikeouts.

The RailRiders improved to 3-0 in extra-inning games while Durham fell to 0-3 in free baseball.

SWB’s bullpen inherited five runners and none scored.

Former RailRider and New York Yankee Jim Miller tossed 3.2 scoreless innings for Durham. He allowed just one hit, walked none and whiffed four.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 5-15-15

CLICK HERE for the May 15 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.

TEAM EFFORT: The RailRiders controlled every aspect of their Thursday series opener and cruised to a 10-2 win over the host Durham Bulls. At the plate, the RailRiders notched 12 hits and worked 10 walks while their pitching retired the last 18 Bulls batters.

THE BIG INNINGS: Down 2-1 in the fifth, the RailRiders amassed their best inning of the season to shift the game for good. Eleven men came to the plate with five runs scoring thanks to RBI hits by Nick Noonan, Slade Heathcott, Rob Refsnyder and Kyle Roller. Nine RailRiders batted in a three-run sixth to salt the advantage with RBIs by Heathcott, Refsnyder and Austin Romine.

SWEET 16: Refsnyder singled, walked, scored a run and drove in two to extend his on-base streak to 16 games. His on-base run started in game two of the April 25 doubleheader versus Pawtucket. In that time, he has hit .375 while posting an OBP of .444 and 10 of his 13 RBIs. It marks the longest active on-base streak in the league. His 11 doubles had him leading active IL players entering today after Maikel Franco’s 12 two-base hits received a promotion to the Phillies. Refsnyder has crushed in 13 road games (.333/.400/.463/.863) compared to 17 home games (.254/.306/.313/.619).

IN FULL BLOOM: Ramon Flores walked three times and scored once. He has reached safely in 23 of his last 24 games including a 16-gamer (April 15-May 5).

SLADE’S BLADE: Heathcott doubled, scored twice and drove in two tallies on a two-hit night. It marked his first contest with multiple hits or RBIs since he also accomplished both on May 6 versus Gwinnett. He has fared quite well against fellow southpaws on the year, hitting .333/.361/.455/.816 compared to .306/.370/.378/.748 against right-handed hurlers.

WHAT ABOUT BOB?: Rob Segedin powered an impressive home run to left field to get the RailRiders on the board in the second inning. Each of his two RBIs on the season has come thanks to a big fly.

PITCHING PROWESS: Starter Jaron Long (2-2) won for the second time in as many starts. He started the year 0-2 with a 7.23 ERA after five nods. In winning his last two outings, he has allowed just one earned run over 11 innings (0.82 ERA). Relievers Diego Moreno (3) and Danny Burawa (1) combined for four perfect innings down the stretch. Moreno has not allowed a run in seven of his nine appearances and has held the league to 11 hits in 21.1 innings (.157 BAA) while whiffing 21 and walking just four (0.70 WHIP). Burawa has not allowed an earned run in 12 of his 14 outings and has held the league to 11 hits in 19 innings (.169 BAA) while whiffing 12 and walking eight (1.00 WHIP).

OFF THE RAILS: One day after the RailRiders scored a single run on 12 hits, they plated a season-best 10 tallies on 12 hits…The five-run fifth tied as the team’s most productive inning of 2015…The other five-run frame, also the fifth, came in the 8-5 win at Gwinnett on April 29…SWB posted its biggest run-scoring effort since a 13-0 win against Syracuse on Aug. 2, 2014…It marked the franchise’s highest run total on the road since a 12-4 victory at Gwinnett on July 23 of last year…The team had not plated double-digit tallies against Durham since a 12-8 triumph at Durham on June 5, 2012…That was the opener of a four-game sweep by the then-Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees…Former Durham Bull and current RailRider Cole Figueroa entered today as the IL’s toughest man to whiff (28.8:1 PA/K)…Last night’s offensive lifted the RailRiders’ batting average to .260, tying them for fourth in the league with Lehigh Valley…The team is also tied for fourth in slugging (.370) with Durham… The RailRiders’ got two-hit showings from each hitter in the bottom third of their order (Ben Gamel, Jonathan Galvez and Noonan)…Three Durham relievers: Jordan Norberto (2), Bryce Stowell (3) and Jhan Marinez (3) combined to strand all eight of their inherited runners.

RailRiders Roll in Durham

SWB Owns All Phases in Lopsided Victory 

Durham, N.C. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) controlled every aspect of their Thursday series opener and cruised to a 10-2 win over the host Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays). The RailRiders (17-18) notched 12 hits, worked 10 walks and their pitching retired the last 18 hitters the Bulls (20-15) sent to the plate.

Down 2-1 in the fifth, the RailRiders amassed their best inning of the season to shift the game for good. Eleven men came to the plate with five runs scoring thanks to RBI hits by Nick Noonan, Slade Heathcott, Rob Refsnyder and Kyle Roller. That chased starter Scott Diamond (3-1) who allowed six runs over 4.2 innings.

Diamond’s starting counterpart, Jaron Long (2-2), left the bases loaded in the first and second innings en route to five innings of work for the win. He allowed two runs (one earned).

Nine RailRiders batted in a three-run sixth to salt the advantage with RBIs by Heathcott, Refsnyder and Austin Romine.

SWB pitching dominated down the stretch. Diego Moreno struck out four over three perfect innings and Danny Burawa fired a 1-2-3 ninth.

The RailRiders’ seven-game road trip continues with game two of the four-game set on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. SWB right-hander Kyle Davies (2-3, 5.47) will face southpaw Enny Romero (1-0, 0.00).

The RailRiders return home on Monday, May 18 to start a seven-game homestand with the first of three against the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox). It will be a Dollar Dog Night with all hot dogs priced at $1. For tickets or more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit the team’s website, www.swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Rob Segedin hit a monster home run to left field in the second inning. Each of his two RBIs this season has come thanks to a big fly.

Rob Refsnyder singled, walked, scored a run and drove in two to extend his on-base streak to 16 games.

Ramon Flores walked three times and scored once. He has reached base safely in 23 of his last 24 games.

Slade Heathcott doubled, scored twice and drove in two tallies on a two-hit night.

The RailRiders’ got two-hit showings from each hitter in the bottom third of their order (Ben Gamel, Jonathan Galvez and Nick Noonan).

One day after the RailRiders scored a single run on 12 hits, they plated a season-best 10 tallies on 12 hits.

The five-run fifth tied as the team’s most productive inning of the year. The other five-run frame, also the fifth, came in the 8-5 win at Gwinnett on April 29.

SWB posted its biggest run-scoring effort since a 13-0 win against Syracuse on Aug. 2, 2014. It marked the franchise’s highest run total on the road since a 12-4 victory at Gwinnett on July 23 of last year. The team had not plated double-digit tallies against Durham since a 12-8 triumph at Durham on June 5, 2012. That was the opener of a four-game set swept by the then-Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 5-14-15

CLICK HERE for the May 14 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: The RailRiders outhit the Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles), 12-4, but fell in a Wednesday afternoon rubber match at Harbor Park, 3-1. The RailRiders stranded 11 men on base and hit into three double plays as the Tides (19-14) won for the sixth time in seven games. SWB has lost three of four.

AN OOPS AND A BLAST: Tied 1-1 in the eighth, a walk and a homer changed the game. Reliever Jared Burton (0-1) issued a free pass to Henry Urrutia and Dariel Alvarez followed with a home run to left-center for the 3-1 final.

HEY, I KNOW YOU!: It made a winner out of former RailRider and New York Yankee Cesar Cabral (1-0). Cabral was a Yankee and a RailRider in both 2013 and 2014. He began 2015 with a brief stint at Double-A Bowie for Baltimore. Norfolk closer Oliver Drake whiffed two in the ninth for his seventh save in as many tries.

QUALITY SANS REWARD: SWB starter Matt Tracy gave up just one run over a season-long six innings. All three of the hits he allowed came in succession in the third with the last, an Urrutia single, plating former Yankee Jayson Nix.

CLUTCH: Tracy departed a 1-1 draw thanks to Rob Refsnyder, who delivered a two-out, two-strike double in the seventh that scored Jonathan Galvez. It was the RailRiders’ only hit in 10 chances with a man in scoring position.

YOU DOWN WITH OBP? YEAH YOU KNOW ME: Refsnyder ran his on-base streak to 15 games with a pair of doubles and a walk. His on-base run started in game two of the April 25 doubleheader versus Pawtucket. In that time, he has hit .390 while posting an OBP of .455 and eight of his 11 RBIs. It marks the second-longest active on-base streak in the league (Columbus, Tyler Holt, 18 games).Refsnyder has multiple hits in three of his last four to lift his batting average to .293, the best it has been since he owned a .333 mark after two hits against Syracuse on April 11 in the team’s third game. He has crushed in 12 road games (.347/.407/.490/.897) compared to his 17 home games (.254/.306/.313/.619).

RAZOR RAMON: Ramon Flores went 2-for-5 as the leadoff man. He has reached base safely in 22 of his last 23 games including a 16-game spurt from April 15-May 5. There have only been four longer runs in the league thus far this season (Charlotte’s Dan Black: 20 games from April 11-May 7; Toledo’s Daniel Fields: 20 games from April 17-May 12; Norfolk’s Chris Parmelee: 18 games from April 22-May 11; and Columbus’ Tyler Holt: 18 games from April 18-Present).

BULL PULL: Durham claimed each of the two series between the teams in 2013. Last year, the RailRiders settled for a four-game split in Moosic after losing three of four at Durham. SWB has not won a series at Durham since a four-game sweep from June 5-8, 2012. The franchise has not claimed a home series from Durham since another sweep from May 2-4, 2008. In that series finale, Kei Igawa struck out eight Bulls in seven innings for one of his franchise-record 33 wins. One of SWB’s offensive heroes was a man played for Durham in 2014, Wilson Betemit. In one of his eight career SWB games he doubled, walked twice and scored two runs. In February the former New York Yankee was a free agent when he was suspended for 50 games after a positive test for a banned amphetamine.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders fell to 1-2 in rubber matches this season…SWB has not won a series at Norfolk since it took two of three in a rain-shortened 2009 set…Slade Heathcott pinch hit for Eddy Rodriguez at the start of the ninth…He struck out looking against Drake…Rob Segedin went 3-for-4 with a line out to second base…SWB hitting coach Marcus Thames was ejected from the dugout by home plate umpire Jon Byrne in the fourth…Flores hit leadoff for the first time this season…He had hit leadoff more than anywhere else in each of the prior three seasons (2012-14).

Tides Take Rubber Match, 3-1

Missed Opportunities Plague SWB 

Norfolk, Va. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) outhit the Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles), 12-4, but fell in a Wednesday afternoon rubber match at Harbor Park, 3-1. The RailRiders (16-18) stranded 11 men on base and hit into three double plays as the Tides (19-14) won for the sixth time in seven games.

Tied 1-1 in the eighth, a walk and a blast changed the game. Reliever Jared Burton (0-1) issued a free pass to Henry Urrutia and Dariel Alvarez followed with a home run to left-center for the 3-1 final.

It made a winner out of former RailRider and New York Yankee Cesar Cabral (1-0). Closer Oliver Drake whiffed two in the ninth for his seventh save in as many tries.

SWB starter Matt Tracy gave up just one run over six frames. All three of the hits he allowed came in succession in the third with the last, an Urrutia single, plating former Yankee Jayson Nix for a 1-0 deficit.

Rob Refsnyder delivered a two-out, two-strike double in the seventh that scored Jonathan Galvez for a brief tie.

The RailRiders’ seven-game road trip continues with the first of four against the Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. SWB right-hander Jaron Long (1-2, 5.76) will face southpaw Scott Diamond (3-0, 2.45).

The RailRiders return home on Monday, May 18 to start a seven-game homestand with the first of three against the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox). It will be a Dollar Dog Night with all hot dogs priced at $1. For tickets or more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit the team’s website, www.swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Rob Refsnyder went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a walk to extend his on-base streak to 15 games.

Refsnyder’s seventh-inning double was the team’s only hit in 10 chances with men in scoring position.

Ramon Flores went 2-for-5 as the leadoff man. He has reached base safely in 22 of his last 23 games.

Slade Heathcott pinch hit for Eddy Rodriguez at the start of the ninth. He struck out looking against Drake.

The SWB franchise has not won a series at Norfolk since 2009.

Rob Segedin went 3-for-4 with a line out to second base.

SWB hitting coach Marcus Thames was ejected by home plate umpire Jon Byrne in the fourth inning.

– SWB RailRiders –

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