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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.

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Mitchell Stumps Red Sox as RailRiders Snap Pawtucket’s Run

Moosic, Pa. – Behind seven shutout frames from starting pitcher Bryan Mitchell, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) halted the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) 11-game winning streak with a 3-1 win Sunday afternoon at PNC Field in the third game of the four-game series. The loss marked the first for Pawtucket in the last 15-days and snapped the RailRiders’ two-game losing skid.

Mitchell carried a no-hit bid into the fourth inning, recording four strikeouts his first time through Pawtucket’s order. Mookie Betts thwarted the no-no when he lifted a broken-bat flare to right in the visiting fourth. Mitchell responded by retiring his next three in a row to end the frame and 11-of-12 until Ryan Lavarnway’s ground-rule double to right field in the seventh. Mitchell (2-1) departed after the seventh scoreless innings, needing just 82 pitches to face 23 batters en route to his second-straight win at Triple-A.

Pawtucket’s Matt Barnes was equally as efficient early, firing four scoreless until the RailRiders’ offense tagged him for a crooked number in the home fifth. Corban Joseph’s hot-streak continued, lifting a one-out single to left before a wild pitch allowed him to take second. A walk to Taylor Dugas gave the RailRiders runners at first and second, while Jose Pirela collected his 42 RBI of the season on a bouncing ball to left that made the score 1-0. The crooked number was hung on Zoilo Almonte’s bases loaded walk that plated Dugas from third for the two-run lead.

The RailRiders added some needed insurance with a timely base hit and a routine ground ball. Almonte reached on a four-pitch walk and went first-to-third on Adonis Garcia’s single to right. With runners at the corners, Kyle Roller’s ground ball double play plated Almonte from third for the 3-0 lead.

Edgmer Escalona (2) danced around a two-out fielding error and pair of hits in the ninth inning to notch his second save in his last three outings. Barnes was slated with the loss, lasting just five innings and striking out six in the loss.

The RailRiders continue the ten-game homestand Monday, July 28 when SWB hosts Pawtucket for the final game of the four-game set at 7:05 p.m. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has yet to announce a starter, while the Red Sox counter with the righty Steven Wright (5-1, 2.21).  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.

OFF THE RAILS

The seven-inning outing by Bryan Mitchell marked his longest outing at Triple-A and extended his current scoreless innings scoreless streak to 12 frames. The right-hander has not allowed a run since an outing at BB&T Ballpark against the Charlotte Knights on July 17.

Adonis Garcia went 2-for-4 with a double and extended his current hitting streak to 10 games with an extra-base hit in the fourth. During Garcia’s run of success, the RailRiders’ outfielder has gone 16-for-43 (.372) with five extra-base hits and six RBI.

Edgmer Escalona fired a scoreless ninth inning en route to his second save in three appearances. The outing marked Escalona’s eighth this year with SWB without allowing an earned run. During that span Escalona has tossed 17 innings and allowed 12 hits and three runs (one earned) to his 11 strikeouts. His ERA as a member of the RailRiders’ relief corps stands at 0.53.

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RailRiders Drop Marathon Affair, 8-5

Moosic, Pa. – A 3:51 seesaw affair Saturday night at PNC Field saw the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) battle back from two separate deficits to top the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) 8-5. The win extended Pawtucket’s current winning streak to a season-high 11 games and marked the second-straight defeat for the RailRiders.

Bruce Billings worked a 1-2-3 first before the RailRiders tagged Pawtucket starter Chris Hernandez for two runs in the home first. Hernandez issued back-to-back walks to Rob Refsnyder and Zoilo Almonte to put runners at first and third. A fielder’s choice by Adonis Garcia erased Almonte before John Ryan Murphy’s dribbling base hit up the middle plated SWB’s first two runs.

Pawtucket had an answer, using a four-run second to build a 4-2 lead. Travis Shaw reached on a walk and Carlos Rivero added a base hit, both scored on Deven Marrero double down the left-field line that went just passed the diving glove of third baseman Rob Segedin. With the score even at 2-2, two more runs crossed on a wild pitch and a run-scoring base hit by Mookie Betts swelled the lead to 4-2.

A three-run home second saw the RailRiders regain the lead. A ground ball RBI by Refsnyder plated Antoan Richardson from third to make it a one-run affair. With runners and second and third, Garcia slapped a single to right two plate two mores runs to regain the lead at 5-4.

Pawtucket scored four unanswered runs the rest of the way, tying the game in the visiting third with a run-scoring base hit by Marerro. Three more Pawtucket runs crossed in the visiting fifth. A triple by Corey Brown scored Marrero from first, while a sacrifice fly by catcher Dan Butler plated Brown from third. Betts plated the games final run with a solo home run to left that brought the game to its final score of 8-5.

Jeremy Bleich (0-4) fired two perfect frames before the three-run sixth slated him with the loss, while Dalier Hinojosa (2-5) notched the win, firing two scoreless frames.

The RailRiders continue the ten-game homestand Sunday, July 27 when SWB hosts the Red Sox for a 1:05 p.m. start. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will toss left-hander Bryan Mitchell (1-1, 4.15) while the Red Sox counter with the righty Matt Barnes (5-7, 4.89).  John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on MyNetwork TV while Jim Riley fills in on radio with the pregame show beginning at 12:35 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.

OFF THE RAILS

The 3:51 affair marked the RailRiders’ longest nine-inning game of the season and the franchise’s longest as a New York Yankees affiliate.

Adonis Garcia went 2-for-3 with a double and extended his current hitting streak to nine games with a single in the second. During Garcia’s run of success, the RailRiders’ outfielder has gone 14-for-39 (.359) with four extra-base hits and six RBI.

The Red Sox tagged Bruce Billings for five runs and six hits in three innings. The three innings pitched marked Billings’ shortest outing since he went three frames against the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates) on June 1. The start against the Tribe also marked the last time Billings failed to go at least five innings in an appearance, a run of seven consecutive games.

Eight-Run Fourth Dooms RailRiders in Loss

Moosic, Pa. – An eight-run fourth inning was the difference Friday night as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) opened a 10-game homestand with a 10-2 loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) at PNC Field. The loss snapped SWB’s five-game winning streak and dropped SWB to 5-4 against the Red Sox this year.

A game that had a rough start, had an even rougher ending. SWB starter Matt Tracy issued a leadoff base hit to right-handed hitting Mookie Betts and it only got worse. Tracy loaded the bases with walk to Ryan Roberts and Ryan Lavarnway, a bruised batter followed for the game’s game’s first run. Pawtucket made it a two-run lead courtesy of a run scoring extra-base hit by Devin Marrero that made it 2-0.

Tracy retired his first two batters in the visiting fourth before the next seven all reached base to spark the eight-run fourth. Betts doubled with two outs and Jonathan Herrera reached on a strikeout passed ball, before Roberts hung the crooked on a home run to left. Five more runs followed in the inning courtesy of a bases loaded walk and run scoring knocks by Alex Hassan, Corey Brown and Betts for the insurmountable 10-0.

With the game out of hand, the RailRiders got a pair of runs back in a two-run eighth. Jose Pirelaand Rob Refsnyder each reached base and plated runs on RBI singles by Zoilo Almonte and Kyle Roller to brought the score to the final 10-2 mark.

Pawtucket starter Anthony Ranaudo (12-4, 2.41) picked up the win as he kept the RailRiders hitters at bay, twirling six scoreless innings and scattering three hits in his first win in three tries against the RailRiders. SWB starter Tracy (1-3) suffered the loss, spinning 3.2 innings.

The RailRiders continue the ten-game homestand Saturday, July 26 when SWB hosts Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) for the second of four at 7:05 p.m. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has yet to announce a starter, while the Red Sox counter with the righty Allen Webster (4-4, 3.10).  John Sadak andAaron 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.

OFF THE RAILS

Adonis Garcia extended his current hitting streak to eight games with a double in the fourth inning. During the eight-game run, Garcia has gone 12-for-36 with three extra-base hits. In contrast, John Ryan Murphy had a five-game hitting streak snapped with an 0-for-4 night.

The eight-run inning by the Red Sox in the fourth tied for the most runs allowed in a single frame by the RailRiders this season, with the last such occurrence coming on May 30 when the Indianapolis Indians plated eight runs in the fifth at Victory Field.

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RailRiders Sweep G-Braves with Twinbill Win

Lawrenceville, Ga. – With brooms in hand and already armed 12-4 victory after the completion of Wednesday night’s suspended game, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) polished off a series sweep of the Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves) Thursday afternoon with a 3-1 victory at Coolray Field. The impromptu twinbill sweep concluded the RailRiders’ eight-game road trip with a 5-3 ledger and extended SWB’s current winnings streak to five games.

Already leading 8-0 courtesy of two home runs and four RBI by outfielder Zoilo Almonte the night before, when the suspended contest resumed Thursday morning it was Almonte leading the offensive charge once again. The RailRiders’ home run leader answered Todd Cunningham’s three-run shot off reliever Nik Turley with one of his own, capping a three-run fifth inning with a dinger to centerfield for his third home run of the game off Carlos Fisher.

SWB’s Rob Refsnyder and Gwinnett’s Edward Salcedo exchanged a pair of home runs in the final frame to bring to game to a final score of 12-4. Kanekoa Texeira (1-3) suffered the loss after the RailRiders tagged him for eight runs the night before. Turley (1-2) notched the win in relief for De Le Cruz, striking out five batters in four innings of work.

In the series finale, the RailRiders didn’t disappoint. Corban Joseph led off the visiting second with a double to right field and took third on Carmen Angelini’s ground ball to first. Taylor Dugas secured the early lead with a sacrifice fly to left that had the RailRiders off and running with a 1-0 lead.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre added to the advantage in the fifth, receiving a two-out walk by Refsnyder. A throwing error by G-Braves’ catcher Christian Bethancourt moved Refsnyder to second before John Ryan Murphy brought the lead to two with his second hit of the game, and RBI base knock to center. Dugas capped a three-hit sixth inning for SWB with a run-scoring single to center that made the score 3-0.

Jim Miller and Edgmer Escalona bridged the RailRiders to the home seventh, where the Braves would get their only run. Elmer Reyes doubled to begin the frame and took third on Edward Salcedo’s grounder to second. Reyes would score on Ozzie Martinez’s sacrifice fly that brought the game to its final resting point of 3-1.

Switch-pitching Pat Venditte spun four innings and struck out two in the start, while Miller (5-2) spun two scoreless innings in relief for the win. Escalona (1) recorded the save, dancing around a run in the seventh. G-Braves starter Terry Doyle fired 4.2 innings in the loss.

The RailRiders begin a ten-game homestand Friday, July 25 when SWB welcomes in the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) for the first of four at 7:05 p.m. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will toss left-hander Matt Tracy (1-2, 3.57) while the Red Sox counter with the righty Anothny Ranaudo (11-4, 2.54).  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.

OFF THE RAILS

Zoilo Almonte went 4-for-6 with 7 RBI and three home runs in Wednesday’s suspended contest. The three home runs marked the most for an SWB player in a nine-inning contest, while the seven RBI marked a career-high for Almonte. Almonte’s previous career-high in RBI occurred during a span with Double-A Trenton on August 16, 2012 when he went 3-for-6 with a pair of home runs, a triple, and three runs scored. The three home run game was also a first for Almonte in his professional career.

The series sweep made the RailRiders winners of 13 of their last 14 games at Coolray Field dating back to the 2011 season.

The RailRiders finished the eight-game road trip with a 5-3 record, concluding the road swing with a five game winning streak. SWB’s last five-game road winning streak came during a six-game run surge from May 18-28 when SWB claimed the final three at Pawtucket (May 18-20) and the first three in Louisville (May 26-28).

John Ryan Murphy collected two more base hits in Thursday’s series finale. The RailRiders everyday catcher extended his current hitting streak to a seasons-best five games. During that time, Murphy has gone 8-for-16 with four RBI. The five-game run has raised his contact clip 41 points from .200 to .241 during that time span.

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! -

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