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RailRiders Solve Columbus Riddle

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

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

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

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

The RailRiders continue the eight-game home swing with the series opener against the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds), August 11 at 7:05 p.m. SWB will start left-hander Matt Tracy (1-5, 3.99) while the Bats counter with right-hander Dylan Axelrod (7-8, 4.05). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

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

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

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

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

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! -

Back-And-Forth Game Goes to Columbus

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

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

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

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

The RailRiders continue the eight-game home swing with the series finale against the Columbus Clippers, August 10 at 1:05 p.m. SWB will start left-hander Nik Turley (1-2, 6.43) while the Clippers counter with right-hander Tyler Cloyd (9-6, 4.03). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 12:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

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

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

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

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Columbus Leapfrogs Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2-1 Win

Moosic, Pa. – A night that saw the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchise don a new name and new uniforms, didn’t result in a new outcome. Giovanny Urshela homered and drove in both of the Columbus Clippers’ (Cleveland Indians), runs while veteran right-hander Kyle Davies fired seven shutout frames for the Clippers in a 2-1 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Trolley Frogs (Triple-A/New York Yankees) Friday night. The loss marked the ‘Frogs’ fourth straight defeat and made Columbus victorious in 13-straight contest over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Big league rehabber Michael Pineda (0-1) worked 4.1 innings struck out seven batters and scattered six hits, including Urshela’s RBI fielder’s choice in the first. He departed after retiring Francisco Lindor with his 72 pitch of the night, a ground ball to second. Two scoreless frames followed before Urshela struck again, this time with a solo home run in the seventh off Nick Rumbelow for the 2-0 lead.

The Trolley Frogs collected just two base hits off Davies before Kyle Roller brought the club to within one with a solo jack in the ninth. Roller’s home run chased reliever Josh Outman and ended a drought of 23.2 innings with an SWB run. Rigt-hander Mark Lowe finished the contest by retiringTaylor Dugas on a weak ground ball to second to second the 2-1 win.

Pineda retired eight of his final nine batters in the loss while Davies (7-7) allowed just two base hits and retired 13 of his finals 14 batters faced before handing the baton off to reliever Tyler Sturdevant in the eighth.

The Trolley Frogs continue the eight-game home swing against the Columbus Clippers Saturday, August 9 at 7:05 p.m. SWB will start right-hander Zach Nuding (3-4, 5.80) while the Clippers counter with right-hander Toru Murata (2-2, 4.93). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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RailRiders Shutout to Open Eight-Game Homestand

Moosic, Pa. – Rob Refsnyder collected three hits and doubled, but the rest of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders’ (Triple-A/New York Yankees) offense combined for just one more hit in a 7-0 loss to the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) Thursday night at PNC Field. The loss opened the RailRiders’ (57-61) eight-game homestand and dropped SWB to 0-5 this season against the Clippers.

Columbus (63-56) tagged Chris Leroux for five early runs before chasing the RailRiders’ starter after five quick innings.  Dusty Brown added an RBI in the third and Audy Ciriaco’s two-run home run in fourth made it 4-0. A walk and a stolen base put a runner at second before Francisco Lindor’s base hit to right capped the 5-0 lead.

Tyler Webb, working his second inning of relief, allowed two more Columbus runs to cross in the ninth courtesy of a triple by Carlos Moncrief and a James Ramsey two-run home run.

Gabrial Arias (6-2) fired seven shutout frames and allowed three base hits while striking out three in the win. Leroux (4-3) lasted five innings and walked a batter in the loss. A trio of SWB relievers finished off the game.  

The RailRiders continue the eight-game home swing against the Columbus Clippers, August 8 at 7:05 p.m. SWB will start right-hander Micharl Pineda (0-0, 0.00) while the Clippers counter with right-hander Kyle Davies (6-7, 4.01). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on MyNet TV while Jim Riley fills in on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

The shutout loss marked SWB’s eighth shutout of the season and second to Columbus this season. It also marked the first nine-inning shutout loss for the RailRiders since Charlotte turned the trick on July 19, also a 7-0 loss.

Rob Refsnyder went 3-for-4 with a double. It marked his 19th multi-hit ballgame and third tri-hit game as a RailRider.

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Pineda Starts, Roller Homers in RailRiders Win

Moosic, Pa. – Armed with big league rehabber Michael Pineda on the bump, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) used a recipe of timely hitting and solid pitching to sweep the two-game series with the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals), 3-1, Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. The win concluded the RailRiders (57-58) 10-game homestand with a 6-4 ledger, while claiming their fourth-straight contest in the process.

Pineda began his major league rehab assignment with SWB by spinning his first start since April 23 against the Boston Red Sox. Pineda worked 3.1 shutout frames, allowing three base hits and striking out four Chiefs before departing in the fourth after a ground out by Brandon Laird. Reliever Tyler Webb finished off the inning by retiring successive batters to strand a runner at third.

Behind the solid start by Pineda and Webb, the RailRiders offense ignited for three runs between the fifth and sixth. Antoan Richardson reached in the home fifth on a one-out base hit and came around to score on Jose Pirela’s double down the right-field line for the 1-0 lead. Kyle Roller provided some insurance with a majestic two-run home run to right-center for the 3-0 lead in the sixth.

Zach Nuding entered in the fifth inning and fired three scoreless frames before a wild pitch in the eighth with Tyler Moore standing at the plate scored the Chiefs only run. Branden Pinder, making his first appearance with the RailRiders since May 25, struck out his only batter faced to finish off the 3-1 RailRiders victory. Nuding (3-4) notched the win in relief, spinning 4.2 innings and scattering four hits and a run, marking his first win with the RailRiders since May 23. Aaron Laffey (11-4), the Chiefs’ wins leader, was slated with loss.

The RailRiders will embark on a brief two-game road swing against the Syracuse Chiefs, August 4 at 7:05 p.m. SWB will start left-hander Nik Turley (1-2, 6.03) while the Chiefs counter with right-hander A.J. Cole (3-0, 2.78). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the RailRiders pregame show will begin at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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RailRiders Ride Big Inning to 7-2 Win

Moosic, Pa. - For the second straight night, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) used a five-run inning to top the Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves) 7-2 Friday night at PNC Field. This time, the RailRiders used some fireworks. The five-run frame included back-to-back home runs by Adonis Garcia and Kyle Roller, while starter Bryan Mitchell fired five innings of one-run ball en route to the win. The second straight win over the G-Braves gave the RailRiders the series split and brought the club to 4-4 on the current homestand.

Before they even grabbed their bats, they already trailed. Gwinnett took the lead in the first, using a leadoff double by Jose Constanza and a run-scoring knock by Joey Terdoslavich to take the early 1-0 advantage. SWB threatened in the home half, loading the bases before John Ryan Murphy struck out swinging to end the frame.

From there, it was all RailRiders. Corban Joseph and Taylor Dugas opened up the home second with successive base knocks. A Dugas ground ball to short took an awkward hop passed a waving glove by G-Braves shortstop Elmer Reyes that allowed Joseph to go first-to-third on the play. A sacrifice fly by Antoan Richardson followed to tie the game at 1-1. The inning continued when Jose Pirela walked to setup Garcia’s three-run home run. Roller proceeded with a solo bomb to cap the five-run inning and put the RailRiders in the driver’s seat with the 5-1 advantage.

Gwinnett climbed to within three when a ground ball by Todd Cunningham plated Constanza from third. The RailRiders responded with single tallies in the fifth and sixth courtesy of run scoring knocks by Pirela and Murphy to push the lead to the final score, 7-2.

SWB starter Bryan Mitchell (3-1, 2.88) picked up the win, spinning five innings and scattering two runs on seven hits and six strikeouts. Cody Martin (6-7, 3.73) suffered the loss for Gwinnett, laboring through three innings and allowing five runs on seven hits and four walks in the loss.

The RailRiders continue the 10-game homestand when the club welcomes in the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) for the first of two games on Saturday, August 2 at 7:05 p.m. SWB will start right-hander Chris Leroux (3-2, 4.46) while the Chiefs counter with right-hander Josh Roenicke (4-5, 5.02). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame beginning at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Adonis Garcia’s home run in the second inning extended the team’s best active hitting streak to 14 games. Since the All-Star break, Garcia has reached safely in every game played, going 22-for-59 (.373) with two home runs and six extra-base hits.

Adonis Garcia and Kyle Roller’s back-to-back jacks in the home second marked the second time the RailRiders have hit successive home runs in an inning the season. The last such occurrence came when Austin Romine and Corban Joseph turned the trick of July 23 against the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox).

 

Five-Run Sixth Leads RailRiders to 8-4 Win

Moosic, Pa. – Behind six innings of one-run ball and a 3-for-5 night that saw Jose Pirela fall a home run shy of the cycle, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) polished off an 8-4 victory over the Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves) Thursday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders used a five-run sixth inning, highlighted by five base hits, which saw all nine men march to the plate to end a two-game losing streak to the G-Braves.

Trailing 1-0 after a walk, wild pitch and error led to a G-Braves run in the first, the RailRiders offense came alive with a pair of runs in the fifth. With one-out in the inning, Taylor Dugas reached base by a bruise. Pirela followed with his league-leading seventh triple of the season to plate Dugas from first to even the game at 1-1. SWB took its first lead with Rob Refsnyder’s second hit of the night, an RBI knock to left for the 2-1 advantage.

The crooked number in fifth chased G-Braves’ starter Hector-Daniel Rodriguez from the game in favor of reliever James Hoyt to setup the five-run sixth. A solo home run by catcher John Ryan Murphy ignited the frame, before the next two batters reached by way of singles. A walk to Dugas loaded the bases, proceeded by RBI knocks by Pirela, Adonis Garcia, and a fielder’s choice ground ball by Refsnyder to push the game to a 7-1 lead for SWB.

The Braves responded with three runs in the final three innings, and Carmen Angelini added an RBI double in the seventh to bring the game to its final resting point, 8-4. Right-handed relievers Matt Daley and Edgmer Escalona bridged the final three innings after Billings (5-5) departed after working a 1-2-3 sixth. Billings spun six innings and allowed one run while walking four and striking out three in the win. Rodriguez (6-12) was tagged for two runs and six hits in the loss.

The RailRiders conclude the four-game series against the Gwinnett Braves on Friday, August 1 at 7:05 p.m. SWB will start right-hander Bryan Mitchell (2-1, 2.70) while the Braves counter with right-hander Cody Martin (6-6, 3.45). John Sadak will have the call on MyNetwork TV while longtime area voice Jim Riley fills in on radio. The RailRiders pregame show will begin at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

 

OFF THE RAILS:

Jose Pirela went 3-for-5 with two RBI in the RailRiders 8-4 win Thursday night. The multi-hit game marked his 10th of the season, and fifth tri-hit game with three of the five coming in the last four days. Since the All-Star break, Pirela is 16-for-61 (.262) with four multi-hit contests.

Adonis Garcia went 1-for-5 with an RBI. His base hit in the sixth-inning stretched the team’s top active hitting streak to 13 games. During the run of success since the All-Star break, Garcia has gone 19-for-55 (.345) with five extra-base hits and nine RBI. Only Zach Walters (Cleveland Indians) has a better active hit streak in the league at 14 games.

Bruce Billings got the start for SWB and fired six-innings of one-run ball en route to the win. The winning decision marked Billings’ first since a start against the Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) on June 6.

Pirela’s RBI single in the home fifth meant the end of Gwinnett’s Hector-Daniel Rodriguez’s 16.1 scoreless innings streak. The run was the first allowed by Rodriguez since a July 11 start against the Norfolk Tides.

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Gwinnett Rallies to Top RailRiders, 3-1

Moosic, Pa. – For the second straight day Tyler Pastornicky had a say in the outcome of a ballgame between the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) and Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves) Wednesday afternoon at PNC Field. One night after connecting on a two-run double in the ninth the day before, the Braves’ second baseman drove in a much needed insurance run in the ninth-inning en route to a 3-1 loss to Atlanta’s top satellite.

It started out so well. Austin Romine doubled to open up the visiting second. A ground ball moved him to third and, with the infield drawn in, Rob Segedin laced a bounding ball to left to plate Romine from third for the 1-0 lead. SWB’s offense went silent from there, collecting three base hits in its final seven at-bats and grounding into three double plays on the afternoon.

Matt Tracy fired four scoreless innings before issuing a leadoff walk to Edward Salcedo in the visiting fifth. A sacrifice bunt by Steven Lerud moved him to second and Joe Leonard’s base hit to left, combined with a fielding error by Taylor Dugas, allowed Salcedo to plate the tying run, 1-1.

Christian Bethancourt’s two-out solo home run off Tracy in the sixth gave Gwinnett its first lead of the game, and Pastornicky’s two-out RBI insurance run in the ninth plated a hustling Lerud from second to bring the game to its final ledger of 3-1.

Tracy (1-4) worked six innings and gave up eight hits and two runs and struck out four in the loss, while G-Braves starter Gus Schlosser (7-5) spun five efficient frames of one-run ball en route to the win. Carlos Fisher (1), appearing for the fourth-straight time against SWB, danced around two walks in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save.

The RailRiders will look to bounce back from the two-game slide with the third-game of the four-game series against the Gwinnett Braves on Thursday, July 31 at 7:05 p.m. SWB will start right-hander Bruce Billings (4-5, 5.35) while the Braves counter with lefty Daniel Rodriguez (6-11, 4.67). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame beginning at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Austin Romine went 2-fo-3 with a double and RBI in Wednesday’s 3-1 defeat to the Gwinnett Braves. The multi-hit game raised his average to for the month of July to .348 (24-for-69) while also raising his season-long contact clip to .255, the highest his batting average has been in 67 games with the RailRiders.

Antoan Richardson reached base in all four-plate appearances in a 2-for-2 day. His efforts for Wednesday’s game also saw him swipe his team-leading 22 stolen base of the season, while also seeing him reach base courtesy of a hit by pitch. Richardson ranks among the top five in the International League in both categories with 22 stolen bases (T-3rd) and 12 hit by pitches (2nd).

SWB’s Rob Segedin snapped and 0-for-12 drought with his run scoring knock in the second. During the dry spell, Segedin struck out three times and bounced into a double play

The loss to the Gwinnett Braves dropped the RailRiders to 12-18 against their southern brethren with 10 of the 18 losses coming at PNC Field.

Ninth-Inning Rally Falls Short as RailRiders Fall, 6-5

Moosic, Pa. – A game that seemed destined for a one-run victory swiftly evaporated and in the end, resulted in one-run 6-5 loss Tuesday night at PNC Field for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees). Diego Moreno allowed three runs in the visiting ninth and a late ninth-inning rally by the local nine fell short as the as Rob Refsnyder struck out looking with the go-ahead run standing at first base. The loss marked the first for SWB in five games against the Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves) this season.

Already trailing 2-0 after run-scoring knocks by Tyler Pastornicky and Joey Terdoslavich in the visiting first, the RailRiders responded with a pair of runs of their own in the home half of the frame.Jose Pirela ignited the inning with a triple that caromed off the center field wall. A single by Rob Refsnyder plated the RailRiders’ first run. Kyle Roller pushed Refsnyder to second with a base hit to right and a walk by Austin Romine loaded the bases with one out. John Ryan Murphy followed with a sacrifice fly to center to plate the tying run, 2-2.

A Christian Bethancourt double began the home fourth, and Brandon Boggs brought around the go-ahead run with a successive knock for the 3-2 lead. Pirela’s base hit in the third inning was the RailRiders’ lone hit after the first until Romine opened the seventh with a bounding ball for an infield single. Antoan Richardson advanced Romine to third, who later scored on a double steal and a throwing error by Pastornicky for the tying run. Richardson plated the final run of the inning on a pitched ball that was wedged into Bethancourt’s mask for the go-ahead run, 4-3. The play was ruled a missed-catch error on the Braves’ catcher.

Gwinnett’s three-run ninth inning sparked by the two-run double by Pastornicky proved too much to overcome as the RailRiders fell 6-5. Moreno (2-3) was slated with the loss while Zach Stewart (5-3) notched the win. Pedro Beato (4) allowed a run in ninth on a pair of base hits to lockdown the save.

The RailRiders continue the ten-game homestand Wednesday, July 30 when SWB continues the four-game series with the Gwinnett Braves at 12:05 p.m. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will toss the left-hander Matt Tracy (1-3, 3.76), while the Braves counter with the righty Gus Schlosser (6-5, 3.58).  John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 11:35 a.m. on NEPA Sports Radio -The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest 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 swbrailirders.com.

OFF THE RAILS

Adonis Garcia extended his team-best 12-game hitting streak with a base hit in his final at-bat. During Garcia’s run of success, he has gone 18-for-50 (.360) with five extra-base hits.

The RailRiders fell to 0-6 when left-hander Nik Turley starts for the RailRiders. Turley spun 5.1 innings and allowed three runs, but departed after a walk and a hit batter in the visiting sixth.

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Leroux Fires Six Frames as RailRiders Earn Series Split

Moosic, Pa. – For the second straight evening the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) received a quality start and on back-to-back evenings the RailRiders (53-56) downed the surging Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) Monday night at PNC Field, 5-1. SWB plated five early runs against converted knuckleballer Steven Wright and rode six-efficient frames of one-run ball from starter Chris Leroux en route to the win.

The RailRiders plated a pair of runs off Wright in the home first. Austin Romine’s RBI double highlighted the frame, while a sacrifice fly RBI by Adonis Garcia also plated a run for the 2-0 lead. Three more runs crossed in the home third on run-scoring knocks by Garcia, Kyle Roller and John Ryan Murphy that pushed the lead to 5-1. Romine would add another RBI hit in the sixth off reliever Drake Britton for SWB’s sixth run of the evening.

Three of the four Pawtucket’s tallies came by way of home runs. Garin Cecchini provided the lone blemish against Leroux’s ledger with a home run in the second, while Tyler Shaw provided some late fireworks with a two-run home run off reliever Joel De La Cruz in the visiting eighth.

Jose Pirlea collected three hits in his four at-bats while Rob Refsnyder doubled and gathered multiple hits in the affair. Leroux (3-2) notched the win and Matt Daley (9) worked around two-out double by Corey Brown for the save. Wright (5-2) was slated with the loss, his first since his initial appearance with Pawtucket on May 31, a span of nine appearances without a loss.

The RailRiders continue the ten-game homestand Tuesday, July 29 when SWB opens a four-game series with the Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves) at 7:05 p.m. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will toss the left-hander Nik Turley (1-2, 6.23), while the Red Sox counter with the righty Kanekoa Texeira (1-3, 6.00).  John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio -The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest 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 swbrailirders.com.

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

 

 

 

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