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Late-Inning Rally Dooms RailRiders

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) jumped out to an early lead, but the Rochester Red Wings scored nine of the final 10 runs to pull out an 11-6 victory on Wednesday afternoon at PNC Field. The Red Wings (5-1) swept the three-game set. The RailRiders fell to 2-5 with the loss.

A.J. Achter (2-0) took home his second win in the series after dealing 1.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Tyler Webb (0-1) surrendered five runs, all unearned, on three hits in defeat.

Jaron Long looked strong in his second start for SWB before things unraveled in the sixth. The right-hander allowed just two runs in the first five frames and, at one point, retired seven straight batters.

With Long holding Rochester at bay, the RailRiders built a three-run advantage. Slade Heathcott opened the first inning with a single on the first pitch off of Red Wings starter Alex Meyer and stole second with one out. Tyler Austin drew a walk and Kyle Roller lashed a single to left-center that scored Heathcott for a 1-0 lead.

The Red Wings briefly tasted the lead in the third. Argenis Diaz and Eric Fryer began the inning with consecutive doubles. Aaron Hicks scored Diaz on a groundout and a single by Josmil Pinto brought in Fryer for a 2-1 lead.

Roller sparked the RailRiders response in the last of the third by stroking a one-out double to right-center. Austin Romine worked a walk and Cole Figueroa singled to right. Rochester right fielder Eddie Rosario fumbled the ball on the play, allowing Roller across home to knot the score 2-2. With two away, Ben Gamel punched a single to right-center, scoring Romine and Figueroa for a 4-2 advantage.

Ramon Flores bashed a moon shot out to right for his first home run of the afternoon in the fifth. His second round-tripper of the year put the RailRiders up 5-2.

Rochester began their surge against Long and SWB in the sixth. Rosario and Pinto recorded back-to-back singles to set the table. The RailRiders narrowly missed on two chances at a double play to escape the inning when Long induced consecutive grounders. Rosario scored when Reynaldo Rodriguez was ruled safe on a close play at first.

James Beresford worked a walk to bring up Jose Martinez, who singled home Rodriguez. Chasen Shreve relieved Long, but could not hold the Red Wings at bay. After a walk to Diaz, Shreve surrendered a two-run single to Fryer before escaping the inning.

Trailing 6-5 in the sixth, Flores wasted no time pulling the RailRiders even as a lined his second homer of the afternoon, this one off Stephen Pryor, just over the wall in right. The run was the first allowed by Rochester’s bullpen this season.

The game remained tied at six until the top of the ninth. After Webb struck out Hicks looking, Rosario reached on a fielding error by Figueroa. Three straight singles followed to score Rosario for a 7-6 Rochester edge. Martinez and Diaz worked a pair of bases-loaded walks to force home two more runs.

Danny Burawa replaced Webb on the mound, trailing 9-6 with the bases loaded. Fryer provided the final tallies with a two-run single up the middle.

The RailRiders head out on the road for the first time in 2015 Thursday, opening a four-game series at Syracuse. The team returns home on Monday, April 20, to host the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 4-15-15

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ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Rochester Red Wings stymied the RailRiders’ hitters on Tuesday night and flew away with a 3-1 victory at PNC Field.

LET’S GET SERIESOUS: The RailRiders are guaranteed of a series setback but have a chance to avoid sweep defeat. The Red Wings swept the RailRiders in their first series of 2014, also a three-game set.

SILVER LININGS: Starter Bryan Mitchell (0-1) battled through 3.2 innings. The hard-thrower only allowed one run while scattering five hits and two walks. He struck out a Triple-A career-high seven men, but was forced to throw 87 pitches (52 strikes).

QUIRKY MOMENTS: The game sported some odd scenes. The lone run to score against Mitchell came in the third inning when catcher Josmil Pinto scored from second base on a two-out wild pitch. In the fifth, Cole Figueroa grounded out to first base on a ball he thought was foul off his foot. In the sixth, Eric Farris appeared to strike out swinging, but a dispute arose over how many strikes had been logged by reliever Jacob Lindgren. After a delay of more than five minutes, a call to the official scorer in the press box rectified the confusion and confirmed Farris had whiffed for strike three. Argenis Diaz then singled in a run to give Rochester a multi-run advantage.

TYLER TIME: Austin leads the team with seven RBIs. Only Toledo’s Jefry Marte (11), who won the IL’s first Batter of the Week honors on Monday, entered today with more RBIs in the IL.

BULLISH ‘PEN: In relief, Lindgren, Jose Ramirez and Nick Rumbelow combined to strike out seven men in 5.1 innings. Through six games, SWB starters have gone 1-3 with a 4.03 ERA. The men given the nod have struck out 20 while walking 13 in 22.1 innings. The bullpen has gone 1-1 with a save and a 1.71 ERA. In 31.2 combined innings, RailRiders relievers have struck out 42 against just 11 walks. Rumbelow was played a role in each of the team’s two wins with a win and a save. In four innings he has allowed one hit (.077 BAA) and issued one walk (0.50 WHIP) while striking out seven.

BACK ON TRACK: Through the team’s first four games, four different men served as the RailRiders’ DH: Austin, Jonathan Galvez, Ben Gamel and Kyle Roller. They went a collective 1-for-15 (.067) in that role. Galvez and Roller each delivered singles over the last two games to buck the trend.

OUT OF BALANCE: For the first time in the RailRiders era, SWB plays an unbalanced schedule. The International League docket had seen the club face its divisional brothers 16 times (eight home/eight road) and its non-divisional foes eight times (four home/four road). This year proves uneven in an effort to aid travel. The RailRiders and Red Wings will collide 20 times in 2015 with the meetings split evenly by location. That makes Rochester SWB’s most frequent 2015 foe. Here is the breakdown for the RailRiders’ schedule this season against their divisional opponents: Rochester (20); Pawtucket (19); Lehigh Valley (18); Buffalo (17); Syracuse (16).

RED WINGING IT: The RailRiders have lost 10 of their last 11 games at Rochester’s home, Frontier Field. That hurt the team en route to a 5-11 performance against the Red Wings last season. The SWB franchise had not logged a losing season against Rochester since the 2007 unit also went 5-11. The RailRiders have lost 16 of their last 21 against the Red Wings going back to 2013.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders’ lineup totaled five hits while the pitching staff amassed a season-best 14 strikeouts Tuesday…SWB pitching has struck out 62 men in 54 innings, good for the second-most strikeouts in the league….Since hitting for the cycle on Opening, Night, Ramon Flores finds himself in a 1-for-16 funk.

Red Wings Stifle RailRiders

Moosic, Pa. – The Rochester Red Wings stymied the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) hitters on Tuesday night and flew away with a 3-1 victory at PNC Field. The Red Wings (4-1) have won 16 of the last 21 against the RailRiders (2-4) and took the three-game series with the victory.

SWB hurler Bryan Mitchell (0-1) battled through 3.2 innings, but allowed only one unearned run. He struck out seven hitters, marking a new high mark for his Triple-A career, while surrendering five hits and two walks. Pat Dean (1-0) hurled six frames in his first appearance of 2015 for Rochester. The winning pitcher allowed one on three hits and fanned eight RailRiders. Michael Tonkin earned his second save in as many nights (third overall) with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

After two scoreless innings, the Red Wings tallied the first run in bizarre fashion. Eddie Rosario opened the third with a single before a grounder to short by Josmil Pinto forced him out at second. Pinto then moved to second on a wild pitch. After Mitchell got Danny Ortiz looking for strike three on the second out, Brock Peterson stepped to the dish.

Rochester’s first baseman whiffed on a breaking ball in the dirt for strike three, but the pitch scooted away from catcher Eddie Rodriguez. The backstop tracked the ball down in foul ground off third and attempted to throw out Peterson. The attempt was late and as Peterson was ruled safe, Pinto scored from second on the wild pitch.

The Red Wings added two more runs against reliever Jacob Lindgren in the sixth. Argenis Diaz singled home James Beresford from second and a triple by Aaron Hicks brought around Diaz.

Ben Gamel tried to spark the RailRiders in the last of the sixth by mashing a tripled over the head of right fielder Ortiz and off the wall. Rob Refsnyder brought Gamel home on a groundout to short for SWB’s only score.

The RailRiders look to avoid a sweep against the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) on Wednesday, April 15. First pitch is set for 10:35 a.m. at PNC Field. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 4-14-15

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ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Tyler Austin continued to terrorize opposing pitchers on Monday night and the bullpen proved sharp, but the RailRiders lost their series opener against Rochester, 6-4.

TYLER TIME: Austin went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lift his season-long RBI total to a team-best seven. Only Toledo’s Jefry Marte (9), who won the IL’s first Batter of the Week honors yesterday, entered today with more RBIs in the IL. Only Pawtucket’s Jackie Bradley, Jr. (9) entered with more hits. Nobody had more total bases (12). Austin’s efforts came a day after he fell a triple shy of the cycle. The outfielder is 6-for-8 over his last two games.

BULLISH ‘PEN: Relievers Danny Burawa, Diego Moreno and Branden Pinder combined to allow just one run over six innings while whiffing nine. Through five games, SWB starters have gone 1-2 with a 4.82 ERA. The men given the nod have struck out 13 while walking 11 in 18.2 innings. The bullpen has gone 1-1 with a save and a 1.37 ERA. In 26.1 combined innings, RailRiders relievers have struck out 35 against just nine walks. Moreno has struck out 10 of the last 13 men he has faced while allowing no hits and issuing a single walk. The two outs recorded without the aid of a strikeout did not see the ball leave the infield.

BACK ON TRACK: Through the team’s first four games, four different men served as the RailRiders’ DH: Austin, Jonathan Galvez, Ben Gamel and Kyle Roller. They went a collective 1-for-15 (.067) in that role. Galvez aided the team’s cause when he delivered a two-out RBI single in the fourth inning last night to double the team’s season-long hit total from the DH slot.

OUT OF BALANCE: For the first time in the RailRiders era, SWB plays an unbalanced schedule. The International League docket had seen the club face its divisional brothers 16 times (eight home/eight road) and its non-divisional foes eight times (four home/four road). This year proves uneven in an effort to aid travel. The RailRiders and Red Wings will collide 20 times in 2015 with the meetings split evenly by location. That makes Rochester SWB’s most frequent 2015 foe. Here is the breakdown for the RailRiders’ schedule this season against their divisional opponents: Rochester (20); Pawtucket (19); Lehigh Valley (18); Buffalo (17); Syracuse (16).

RED WINGING IT: The RailRiders have lost 10 of their last 11 games at Rochester’s home, Frontier Field. That hurt the team en route to a 5-11 performance against the Red Wings last season. The SWB franchise had not logged a losing season against Rochester since the 2007 unit also went 5-11. The RailRiders have lost 15 of their last 20 against the Red Wings going back to 2013.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders’ lineup totaled 10 hits while the pitching staff amassed 10 strikeouts in Monday’s loss…SWB pitching has struck out 48 men in 45 innings, tying it with Gwinnett for the second-most strikeouts in the league….Leadoff man Slade Heathcott reached base three times, going 2-for-4 with a triple, a walk and a run scored…Kyle Roller worked three walks in five Monday plate appearances…Since hitting for the cycle on Opening, Night, Ramon Flores finds himself in a 1-for-16 funk…The Yankees’ top pitching prospect, Luis Severino, is listed as the probable starter for his 2015 debut tonight with Double-A Trenton…The Thunder has already had two games postponed due to weather…Southpaw Conner Kendrick (0-1) took the loss on Monday in his Triple-A debut (3+IP, 5H, 5R, 3BB, 1K)…A 2013 draftee, the 22-year-old had never pitched above Advanced-A…After the game, he noted his successive two-out walks that preceded Aaron Hicks’ two-run single as “one of the big no-no’s in pitching” and said that he is not “going to be able to live that one down for a while.”

Red Wings Edge RailRiders

Moosic, Pa. – Tyler Austin continued terrorizing opposing hitters on Monday night and the bullpen was sharp for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) in a 6-4 loss to the Rochester Red Wings on Monday night at PNC Field. The Red Wings (3-1) have won 12 of the last 17 meetings with the RailRiders (2-3).

The Red Wings were tough on Conner Kendrick (0-1) in his Triple-A debut with SWB. They hit the southpaw for five runs on five hits over his three innings of work. A.J. Achter (1-0) picked up the win in relief for Rochester, dealing 1.1 scoreless frames, and Michael Tonkin recorded his second save of the young season.

Austin led the RailRiders’ offense with a 3-for-4 night and added two runs to RBI total of seven. Slade Heathcott and Cole Figueroa had two hits each. Danny Burawa, Diego Moreno and Brandon Pinder combined to pitch the final six innings for SWB, allowing a run on three hits while striking out nine.

SWB jumped in front early thanks to Austin’s fourth hit in his last five at-bats going back to Sunday. Against Red Wings starter Mark Hamburger, Rob Refsnyder reached on a two-out single. Kyle Roller worked a walk to setup Austin and the left fielder delivered with a line drive single to left-center. Cole Figueroa followed with a single to right that would have loaded the bases, but Austin was caught in a run-down between second and third for the final out.

Rochester responded with a pair of run in the top half of the second. Kendrick issued three walks, two coming with two out, and Aaron Hicks capitalized on the opportunity with a two-run single that put the Red Wings up 2-1.

Danny Ortiz opened the fourth stanza with a single and moved to third on a double by Jose Martinez. Jamers Beresford brought in Ortiz with a knock to chase Kendrick from the game. Burawa entered and induced a shallow fly out to left off the bat of Doug Bernier. But Hicks came through, again, for the Red Wings by lashing a two-run triple to the warning track in left-center. Martinez and Beresford scored easily for a 5-1 lead.

The RailRiders got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Austin Romine doubled and scored on a hit by Jonathan Galvez. However, the Red Wings responded in the fifth on a two-out, solo shot by Ortiz out to right.

SWB scored the final tallies in their half of the fifth. Heathcott led off the inning with a single, moved to second on a ground out and advanced to third on a wild pitch. With two away, Kyle Roller drew a walk and Austin produced his second RBI with a single. Figueroa followed with a knock to score Roller from second, cutting the deficit to two at 6-4.

The Red Wings’ bullpen held the RailRiders scoreless the rest of the way, limiting the club to one hit over the final 4.1 innings.

The RailRiders continue their series against the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) on Tuesday, April 14. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. at PNC Field. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 4-13-15

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SUNDAY FUNDAY: The RailRiders downed the Syracuse Chiefs 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. The two clubs split the season-opening series and ended the first calendar week of the International League campaign at 2-2.

ON THE CHASE: Right-hander Chase Whitley (1-0) delivered SWB’s first win by a starter with five frames of scoreless baseball. He struck out five while allowing just four hits.

CAUGHT IN HIS WEBB: Southpaw Tyler Webb bridged the path to victory with 2.2 scoreless innings for a hold. He gave up a single to the first man he faced, the red-hot Mark Minicozzi, but did not allow a clean baserunner thereafter.

ARE YOU READY TO RUMBELOW?: Former LSU star Nick Rumbelow bolted down the triumph with his first save. He has played a role in each of the team’s two triumphs. He got the win on Opening Night.

TYLER TIME: Tyler Austin fell a triple shy of the cycle in his best showing of the young season. The outfielder bashed his first Triple-A homer, and the team’s second of 2015, in the second inning. He smashed a two-out, two-strike double to hammer home a run in the fourth and reached on an infield single in the sixth. In his final at-bat, Austin grounded out to shortstop in the eighth inning.

DESIGNATED OUT: Through four games, four different men have served as the RailRiders’ DH: Austin, Jonathan Galvez, Ben Gamel and Kyle Roller. They have gone a collective 1-for-15 (.067) in that role.

OUT OF BALANCE: For the first time in the RailRiders era, SWB plays an unbalanced schedule. The International League docket had seen the club face its divisional brothers 16 times (eight home/eight road) and its non-divisional foes eight times (four home/four road). This year proves uneven in an effort to aid travel. The RailRiders and Red Wings will collide 20 times in 2015 with the meetings split evenly by location.

RED WINGING IT: The RailRiders have lost 10 of their last 11 games Rochester’s home, Frontier Field. That hurt the team en route to a 5-11 performance against the Red Wings last season. The SWB franchise had not logged a losing season against Rochester since the 2007 unit also went 5-11.

RECYCLING: On Opening Night, Ramon Flores delivered the first cycle in the Yankees era for the franchise. Red Barons legend Jon Zuber turned the trick at Columbus on May 1, 1997. Brennan King matched that feat on July 14, 2006 versus Toledo. King’s was a natural cycle. He led off the second inning with a single, delivered an RBI double in the third and belted a bases-loaded triple in the fifth. In the seventh, the then-25-year-old third baseman drilled his ninth homer over the left-field wall to extend the Red Barons’ lead to 13-0. It was a two-out grand slam in his final at-bat of the game. He ended the contest with eight RBIs as he fell one shy of Mark Budzinski’s team record set in 2004 that still stands today.

OFF THE RAILS: Yesterday’s game between Lehigh Valley and Pawtucket went 16 innings and each team ran out of pitching…The victor in the game turned out to be NEPA native and former RailRider, Russ Canzler…Canzler retired the two men he faced in his lone pitching performance with SWB against Norfolk on June 5 of last season…Canzler allowed a run but went a full inning for yesterday’s victory, a game he started as the DH…The IronPigs’ and Buffalo Bisons’ wins on Sunday meant that every IL squad has won at least once in 2015.

Austin Powers RailRiders Past Chiefs

Moosic, Pa. – Tyler Austin fell a triple shy of the cycle and Chase Whitley tossed five strong innings as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) downed the Syracuse Chiefs 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. The two clubs split the season-opening series and enter the first full week of the International League campaign 2-2.

Whitley (1-0) limited the Chiefs to four hits across five scoreless innings while walking two and striking out a pair. Nick Rumbelow earned his first save of 2015, allowing a solo home run to Caleb Ramsey over 1.1 innings of work. The right-hander fanned three Syracuse batters. Scott McGregor (0-1) absorbed the loss after allowing two runs on three hits across 4.2 frames.

Austin attempted to become the second RailRider in the four-game series to hit for the cycle after Ramon Flores turned the trick on Opening Night. He began the charge in the second inning with a rocket out to left for his first home run at the Triple-A level, putting SWB up 1-0. He added to the advantage in the fourth by scoring Kyle Roller from first on a double into the left-center alley.

Rob Refsnyder reached on a fielding error to open the sixth and moved to second on a deep fly out to center by Roller. Austin earned his third hit, a single up the middle, to advance Refsnyder to third. Austin Romine helped the RailRiders by stroking a double to left, allowing Refsnyder to score for a 3-0 lead.

Austin got his chance to complete the cycle in the eighth, but reliever Felipe Rivero was able to induce a groundout to short.

Tyler Webb relieved Whitley in the sixth and held Syracuse to a hit and one walk over 2.2 innings before giving way to Rumbelow in the eighth. Ramsey’s blast out to left came with one out in the ninth.

The RailRiders open a three-game series against the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) on Monday, April 13. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. at PNC Field. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 4-12-15

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LAST TIME OUT: The RailRiders could not hold a two-run lead late and the Syracuse Chiefs escaped PNC Field with a 4-2 win on Saturday afternoon.

THAT’S A START: In his first start since his Rocky Point H.S. days, Danny Burawa delivered two innings of scoreless and hitless baseball. Burawa had not gotten the nod in his first 134 career appearances before Saturday.

WOOT THERE HE IS: Southpaw Eric Wooten, who was scheduled to start today for Double-A Trenton, took the baton from there with 3.2 innings of work. He allowed just one unearned run after enduring a five-hour car ride from Erie, Pa. to Moosic for his first career Triple-A appearance.

TIME TO EAT THE DONUTS: Shutout No. 1 of 2015 came in the RailRiders’ second contest of the year and against Syracuse on Friday night. The first blanking of SWB’s 2014 campaign also came in the squad’s second game and it was also suffered thanks to Syracuse pitching. On April 6, 2014, the RailRiders fell 3-0 in the opener of a twinbill at Syracuse. The starter for the Chiefs in that contest was the man who got the ball yesterday afternoon, Taylor Hill. Both games were three-hitters. In last year’s nightcap, however, SWB exacted revenge with a 5-0 shutout win of its own. This year’s follow-up contest saw the RailRiders lose a two-run lead in the eighth inning.

SHUTOUT NUMBERS: Syracuse and Durham co-led the IL last season with 15 shutout wins. The Chiefs also boasted the league’s best winning percentage in shutout games, contrasting its 15 wins with a league-low five shutout losses. Three of those five shutout setbacks came against the RailRiders.

RECYCLING: On Opening Night, Flores delivered the first cycle in the Yankees era for the franchise. Red Barons legend Jon Zuber turned the trick at Columbus on May 1, 1997. Brennan King matched that feat on July 14, 2006 versus Toledo. King’s was a natural cycle. He led off the second inning with a single, delivered an RBI double in the third and belted a bases-loaded triple in the fifth. In the seventh, the then-25-year-old third baseman drilled his ninth homer over the left-field wall to extend the Red Barons’ lead to 13-0. It was a two-out grand slam in his final at-bat of the game. He ended the contest with eight RBIs as he fell one RBI short of Mark Budzinski’s team record set in 2004 that still stands today.

ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT: Austin Romine officially reported Friday after being outrighted by the Yankees on Wednesday. Romine battled with SWB alumnus John Ryan Murphy for the big club’s back-up backstop role. Romine was out of options and had to clear waivers. A second-round pick by the Yankees’ in 2007, Romine has spent four prior seasons with SWB hitting .243 in 116 career games. His NEPA tenure started in 2011 when he was named one of the game’s Top-100 prospects by Baseball America. He made his big league debut that September. He hit .171/.216/.200 in 19 spring training games with the big league club last month. His addition gave Dave Miley’s team three active catchers.

OFF THE RAILS: Before Saturday’s game, the New York Yankees signed the RailRiders’ originally scheduled starter, southpaw Matt Tracy, to a Major League contract and selected him to the 25-man roster. Tracy did not allow an earned run over two innings yesterday in his MLB debut. The Yankees did not need to make a 40-man move since SWB alumnus Ivan Nova was placed on the 60-day DL. Lefty Chasen Shreve was optioned to SWB, but has not yet reported. Wooten also made his long journey to NEPA by car from Double-A. The moves were needed thanks to a 19-inning marathon that saw the Yankees fall to the Red Sox, 6-5. It marked the longest home game in terms of time in Yankees history and the second-longest overall behind a seven-hour, 22-inning game against the Tigers in 1962. It was the longest game in Red Sox history by time at six hours, 49 minutes.

Chiefs Rally Late to Escape RailRiders

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) couldn’t hold a two-run lead late and the Syracuse Chiefs escaped PNC Field with a 4-2 win on Saturday afternoon at PNC Field. The Chiefs improved to 2-1 with the win while dropping the RailRiders to 1-2.

Rich Hill took home the win in relief after pitching the seventh. He walked two batters, but rebounded to strike out a pair. Jacob Lindgren (0-1) was stuck with the loss after giving up two runs, both unearned, in 1.2 innings of work. The left-hander allowed two hits, one walk and fanned a batter. Rafael Martin earned his first save of 2015 with two scoreless innings for the Chiefs.

The RailRiders had to rely on the bullpen for all nine innings Saturday after the promotion of their originally scheduled starter, Matt Tracy, to the Yankees. Danny Burawa made his first career start and tossed two scoreless innings before giving way to Eric Wooten. The southpaw impressed in his Triple-A debut, hurling 3.2 innings while allowing one unearned run on four hits. Jose Ramirez pitched the final 1.2 innings, allowing a run on three hits.

With no runners crossing home the first three innings, the RailRiders went to work in the fourth against Chiefs starter Taylor Hill. Rob Segedin reached on a fielding error by shortstop Emmanuel Burriss and moved to second after Cole Figueroa worked a walk. Jonathan Galvez followed with a bounder just inside the third base bag to double in Segedin for a 1-0 lead. Figueroa scored from third on a groundout by Ben Gamel to put SWB up 2-0.

Syracuse got an unearned run across in the fifth. Caleb Ramsey singled and stole second. The Chiefs’ right fielder advanced to third on a fly out. Derrick Robinson rolled a grounder to Figueroa at short, but the throw sailed over Galvez at first. The miscue allowed Ramsey to score, cutting the lead to 2-1.

The eighth inning proved the decider as the RailRiders watched Syracuse score three times. Robinson beat out a bunt single and Burriss reached on an error at second by Rob Refsnyder. Tony Gwynn Jr. sacrificed the runners into scoring position and Mark Minicozzi delivered a double to center that scored Robinson to tie the game 2-2.

Ramirez relieved Lindgren and intentionally walked Kila Ka’aihue to load the bases. Jason Martinson hit into a comebacker, allowing Ramirez to force out Burriss at home. However, Ramsey plunked the next batter, Ramsey, to force home the go-ahead runner Minicozzi. Dan Butler capped the frame with a single to right that scored Ka’aihue. Slade Heathcott threw out Martinson trying to score on the play to end the inning.

The RailRiders wrap up their opening series against the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) on Sunday, April 12. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. at PNC Field. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 4-11-15

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SEE-SAWING: The Syracuse Chiefs evened the opening four-game series with the RailRiders on Friday night with a 6-0 victory. One night after exploding for eight runs on 16 hits, SWB was held to three hits by three Syracuse hurlers.

GOTTA BE THE SHOES: Starter Taylor Jordan (1-0) hampered the RailRiders’ attack as the righty tossed six scoreless frames of two-hit ball in the win. He faced just two over the minimum and allowed just one man beyond first base.

TROUBLE AT THE TOP: The RailRiders’ top four hitters, Slade Heathcott, Ramon Flores, Rob Refsnyder and Kyle Roller, combined to go 0-for-14 with one walk and four strikeouts. That same quartet went a collective 11-for-18 with three extra-base hits, four RBIs and five runs scored on Opening Night.

TIME TO EAT THE DONUTS: Shutout No. 1 of 2015 came in the RailRiders’ second contest of the year and against Syracuse. The first blanking of SWB’s 2014 campaign also came in the squad’s second game and it was also suffered thanks to Syracuse pitching. On April 6, 2014, the RailRiders fell 3-0 in the opener of a twinbill at Syracuse. The starter for the Chiefs in that contest was the man who gets the ball this afternoon, Taylor Hill. Both games were three-hitters. In last year’s nightcap, however, SWB exacted revenge with a 5-0 shutout win of its own.

SHUTOUT NUMBERS: Syracuse and Durham co-led the IL last season with 15 shutout wins. The Chiefs also boasted the league’s best winning percentage in shutout games, contrasting its 15 wins with a league-low five shutout losses. Three of those five shutout setbacks came against the RailRiders.

RECYCLING: On Opening Night, Flores delivered the first cycle in the Yankees era for the franchise. Red Barons legend Jon Zuber turned the trick at Columbus on May 1, 1997. Brennan King matched that feat on July 14, 2006 versus Toledo. King’s was a natural cycle. He led off the second inning with a single, delivered an RBI double in the third and belted a bases-loaded triple in the fifth. In the seventh, the then-25-year-old third baseman drilled his ninth homer over the left-field wall to extend the Red Barons’ lead to 13-0. It was a two-out grand slam in his final at-bat of the game. He ended the contest with eight RBIs as he fell one RBI short of Mark Budzinski’s team record set in 2004 that still stands today.

ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT: Austin Romine officially reported yesterday after being outrighted by the Yankees on Wednesday. Romine battled with SWB alumnus John Ryan Murphy for the big club’s back-up backstop role. Romine was out of options and had to clear waivers. A second-round pick by the Yankees’ in 2007, Romine has spent four prior seasons with SWB hitting .243 in 116 career games. His NEPA tenure started in 2011 when he was named one of the game’s Top-100 prospects by Baseball America. He made his big league debut that September. He hit .171/.216/.200 in 19 spring training games with the big league club last month. His addition gave Dave Miley’s team three active catchers.

OFF THE RAILS: Earlier today, the New York Yankees signed today’s originally scheduled starter, southpaw Matt Tracy, to a Major League contract and selected him to the 25-man roster. The Yankees did not need to make a 40-man move since SWB alumnus Ivan Nova was placed on the 60-day DL. Lefty Chasen Shreve was optioned to SWB, but has not yet reported. Southpaw Eric Wooten was transferred from Double-A Trenton to SWB. The moves were needed thanks to a 19-inning marathon that saw the Yankees fall to the Red Sox, 6-5. It marked the longest home game in terms of time in Yankees history and the second-longest overall behind a seven-hour, 22-inning game against the Tigers in 1962. It was the longest game in Red Sox history by time, officially lasting six hours, 49 minutes.

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