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SWB Game Notes 5-14-15

CLICK HERE for the May 14 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with John Sadak and Darren Headrick. Pregame coverage starts at 6:35 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tides Take Rubber Match, 3-1

Missed Opportunities Plague SWB 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OFF THE RAILS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SWB Game Notes 5-13-15

CLICK HERE for the May 13 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with John Sadak and Darren Headrick. Pregame coverage starts at 11:35 a.m.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: A season-best three homers plated all of the runs the RailRiders required in a series-tying win over the Norfolk Tides at Harbor Park on Tuesday night, 4-3. The RailRiders snapped the Tides’ five-game winning streak.

SIMPSON SIR, SECTOR 7G: Kyle Roller, Cole Figueroa and Austin Romine provided the power. Roller took the team lead outright with his fifth home run. The two-run shot had Roller (16) overtake Slade Heathcott (15) for the team lead in RBIs as well. Figueroa and Romine combined on the team’s first back-to-back jacks of the season.

COLE SLAW: Figueroa had three homers all of last season. Two of them came at Harbor Park. The lone exception, which was also his most recent homer before his Tuesday tater, came one year and a day earlier on May 11, 2014 at SWB. That was also a solo shot to begin an inning, a fifth-inning effort against Eric Ruth.

‘PEN PALS: With the efforts of Jacob Lindgren and Nick Rumbelow on Tuesday, the SWB bullpen has allowed just one unearned run over its last 16.2 innings. Lindgren posted a hold and shares the league lead with five. Rumbelow logged his fourth save. The duo ranks fourth and fifth respectively in the IL for strikeouts per nine innings among relievers at 12.12 and 13.22.

PUT A CAP ON IT: Big league rehabber Chris Capuano (1-1) recorded a quality start and the win. The southpaw allowed two runs over six efficient innings on 76 pitches (55 strikes).

ONE-RUN FUN: The RailRiders improved to 8-4 in one-run games. They are tied with the Syracuse Chiefs, who are also 8-4, for the IL’s second-best winning percentage (.667) in one-run contests. Only Pawtucket (7-2, .778) has a better one-run winning percentage. SWB has won four of its last five single-score games.

ALL GOOD THINGS: Heathcott went 0-for-4 as the team’s top active hitting streak was snapped at nine games. He leads the team with 12 multi-hit games, five multi-RBI showings and five steals. His 39 hits on the year have him tied for sixth in the league. Since he suffered an 0-for-6 night in the 15-inning game against the IronPigs on April 20, Heathcott had gone 28-for-73 (.384/.451/.452/.903) entering last night to lift his season-long batting average by over 90 points (.234-.325).

YOU DOWN WITH OBP? YEAH YOU KNOW ME: Rob Refsnyder doubled on a two-hit night and stole a bag to extend his on-base streak to 14 games. His on-base run started in game two of the April 25 doubleheader versus Pawtucket. In that time, he has hit .382 while posting an OBP of .443. Seven of his 10 RBIs have come during this stretch.

RAZOR RAMON: Ramon Flores went 1-for-4 and scored a run. He has reached base safely in 21 of his last 22 games including a 16-game spurt from April 15-May 5. There have only been four longer runs in the league thus far this season (Charlotte’s Dan Black: 20 games from April 11-May 7; Toledo’s Daniel Fields: 20 games from April 17-Present; Norfolk’s Chris Parmelee: 18 games from April 22-May 11; and Columbus’ Tyler Holt: 17 games from April 18-Present).

OFF THE RAILS: Former New York Yankee Chaz Roe tossed three perfect innings of relief for Norfolk…The Tides retired the last 13 RailRiders hitters in a row…The RailRiders are 1-1 in rubber matches this season…Today they bid for their second set of back-to-back series wins this season…SWB has not won a series at Norfolk since it took two of three in a rain-shortened 2009 set…Roller was hit by a pitch for the third time this season…He leads the team in bruises…The RailRiders improved to 7-2 when their starter lasts six or more innings.

Homers & Pitching Push RailRiders to Series-Tying Triumph

Capuano Wins, Posts Quality Rehab Start 

Norfolk, Va. – A season-best three homers plated all of the runs the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) required in a series-tying win over the Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) at Harbor Park on Tuesday night, 4-3. The RailRiders (16-17) posted their eighth one-run win to snap the Tides’ (18-14) five-game winning streak.

Kyle Roller got the scoring going with a two-out, two-run homer to left field in the first inning, his team-leading fifth of the year. While Chris Parmelee’s run-scoring fielder’s choice got Norfolk on the board in the bottom half of the inning, back-to-back jacks by Cole Figueroa and Austin Romine at the start of the fourth gave SWB a 4-1 edge.

Prospect Christian Walker’s sac fly in the bottom half of the fourth cut the hosts’ deficit to two and Michael Almanzar’s sac fly in the ninth rounded out the scoring.

Rehabbing big leaguer Chris Capuano (1-1) allowed just two runs over six innings for the win. He threw 76 pitches (55 strikes). Jacob Lindgren took the baton from there with two scoreless frames while Nick Rumbelow allowed an unearned run in the ninth to bolt down his fourth save.

Right-hander Mike Wright was scratched late as the Norfolk starter. The Orioles’ No. 8 prospect per Baseball America was in uniform and in the Norfolk dugout during the game. Usual reliever Steve Johnson (1-1) started in his place and took the loss.

The three-game series concludes on Wednesday afternoon at 12:05 p.m. Southpaw Matt Tracy (0-0, 4.50) faces fellow lefty Chris Jones (0-1, 3.06).

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

OFF THE RAILS:

With two RBIs on Tuesday, Kyle Roller (16) overtook Slade Heathcott (15) for the team lead.

With the efforts of Jacob Lindgren and Nick Rumbelow on Tuesday, the SWB bullpen has allowed just one unearned run over its last 16.2 innings.

Heathcott went 0-for-4 as the team’s top active hitting streak was snapped at nine games.

Rob Refsnyder doubled on a two-hit night and stole a bag to extend his on-base streak to 14 games.

Ramon Flores went 1-for-4 and scored a run. He has reached base safely in 21 of his last 22 games.

Cole Figueroa had three homers all of last season. Two of them came at Harbor Park. The lone exception, which was also his most recent homer before his Tuesday tater, came one year and a day earlier on May 11, 2014 at SWB. That was also a solo shot to begin an inning, a fifth-inning effort against Eric Ruth.

The RailRiders improved to 8-4 in one-run games. The team has won four of its last five single-score games.

Former New York Yankee Chaz Roe tossed three perfect innings of relief for Norfolk.

The Tides retired the last 13 RailRiders hitters in a row.

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SWB Game Notes 5-12-15

CLICK HERE for the May 12 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with John Sadak and Darren Headrick. Pregame coverage starts at 6:05 p.m.

FATAL FIRST: A six-run first inning gave the hosts all they would need as the RailRiders fell to the Norfolk Tides at Harbor Park on Monday night, 6-2.

FIRST THINGS FIRST: The RailRiders had allowed just seven first-inning runs all season entering Monday night.

THE ‘PEN IS MIGHTIER: Three RailRiders relievers, Joel De La Cruz, Danny Burawa and Jose Ramirez combined to toss 7.2 innings of scoreless baseball. The trio allowed a total of five hits. The bullpen has not allowed a run in 13.2 innings since Ramirez allowed a ninth-inning score to Indianapolis on Friday. SWB relievers own a composite 2.84 ERA compared to a 4.82 mark for starters.

INTERNATIONAL (LEAGUE) MAN OF MYSTERY: Tyler Austin‘s resurgence continued with a 2-for-4 showing that included a double and an RBI. He has knocked in a run in four straight games.

TURNIN’ TWO: SWB turned a season-high four double plays.

JUST A PINCH: Manager Dave Miley called upon Rob Segedin as a ninth-inning pinch hitter in a left-right switch for Cole Figueroa. Norfolk manager Ron Johnson then made a mirror move with right-hander Oliver Drake taking southpaw Patrick McCoy’s spot. Segedin reached on a fielder’s choice. SWB pinch hitters have gone 1-for-4 this season.

MY OH MY: Slade Heathcott singled to extend the team’s top active hitting streak to nine games. He leads the team with 12 multi-hit games, five multi-RBI showings and five steals. His 39 hits on the season have him tied for fourth in the league with former RailRider Adonis Garcia. Since he suffered an 0-for-6 night in the 15-inning game against the IronPigs on April 20, Heathcott has gone 28-for-73 (.384/.451/.452/.903) to lift his season-long batting average by over 90 points (.234-.325). The usual leadoff man paces the team with 15 RBIs.

ON A ROLL: Kyle Roller walked and posted his 14th RBI on a 1-for-3 night. He trails only Heathcott (15) for the team lead in RBIs.

R&R: Rob Refsnyder went 1-for-3 and scored each of SWB’s runs. He has reached safely in 13 straight games since game two of the April 25 doubleheader versus Pawtucket. In that time, he has hit .373 while posting an OBP of .439. Seven of his 10 RBIs have come during this 13-game stretch.

IN FULL BLOOM: Ramon Flores reached base in three different ways. He was hit by a pitch, singled, walked and scored the team’s lone run. His lone out came on a liner to left field. Flores has reached base safely in 19 of his last 20 games including a 16-game spurt from April 15-May 5. There have only been three longer runs in the league thus far this season (Charlotte’s Dan Black: 20 games from April 11-May 7; Toledo’s Daniel Fields: 19 games from April 17-Present; and Norfolk’s Chris Parmelee: 18 games from April 22-Present).

TOUGH TIMES: Cole Figueroa went 0-for-3 and entered today in a 1-for-18 funk. Ben Gamel struck out twice and bounced into a double play on an 0-for-4 night. He entered tonight on a 3-for-20 slide with five strikeouts that has lowered his batting average by 50 points (.368-.318).

STRIKE THAT, REVERSE IT: After the game, Rey Navarro’s reach of first in the second inning was changed from a Joel De La Cruz error to a hit. With that, SWB has played error-free baseball three times in four games. The RailRiders’ .979 fielding percentage has it tied for the sixth-best mark in the IL with Toledo.

Fatal First Dooms RailRiders

Six-Spot Carries Tides to Series-Opening Win 

Norfolk, Va. – A six-run first inning gave the hosts all they would need as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) fell to the Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) at Harbor Park on Monday night, 6-2.

The RailRiders enjoyed a brief advantage after Rob Refsnyder and Kyle Roller delivered back-to-back two-out hits for a 1-0 lead in the visiting first.  Then came the home half of the frame.

Prospect starter Bryan Mitchell had not allowed more than five hits in a start this season. The Tides greeted the hard-throwing 24-year-old with six straight hits followed by a walk.  A strikeout later, Paul Janish’s run-scoring single chased Mitchell.  Joel De La Cruz emerged from the bullpen with the bases loaded and ended the frame by inducing a fly-ball double play on Julio Borbon’s sac fly to round out the scoring.

Norfolk starter Tyler Wilson (2-4) gave up only one other run over his 6.2 innings, a sixth-inning score courtesy of Tyler Austin’s double to deep center.

Patrick McCoy and Oliver Drake combined on 2.1 scoreless innings of relief to close out the Tides’ fifth straight win.

The three-game series continues on Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m. Rehabbing big leaguer Chris Capuano (0-1, 1.93) will make his second SWB appearance. Norfolk is scheduled to start the Orioles’ No. 8 prospect per Baseball America in right-hander Mike Wright (3-0, 2.64).

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

OFF THE RAILS:

Three RailRiders relievers, Joel De La Cruz, Danny Burawa and Jose Ramirez, combined to toss 7.2 innings of scoreless baseball. The trio allowed a combined four hits.

Slade Heathcott’s seventh-inning single in his final at-bat extended the team’s top active winning streak to nine games.

Tyler Austin’s resurgence continued with a 2-for-4 showing that included a double and an RBI.

Kyle Roller walked and posted his 14th RBI on a 1-for-3 night. He trails only Heathcott (15) for the team lead in RBIs.

Ramon Flores went 1-for-4. He has reached base safely in 20 of his last 21 games.

SWB turned a season-high four double plays.

The RailRiders had allowed just seven first-inning runs all season entering Monday night.

Manager Dave Miley called upon Rob Segedin as a ninth-inning pinch hitter in a left-right switch for Cole Figueroa. Norfolk manager Ron Johnson then made a mirror move with right-hander Oliver Drake taking southpaw Patrick McCoy’s spot. Segedin reached on a fielder’s choice. SWB pinch hitters have gone 1-for-4 this season. 

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SWB Game Notes 5-11-15

CLICK HERE for the May 11 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with John Sadak and Darren Headrick. Pregame coverage starts at 6:05 p.m.

ESCAPE ARTISTS: The Indianapolis Indians escaped PNC Field with a 2-1 victory over the RailRiders on Sunday afternoon. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the RailRiders against the Indians (18-13) at home.

QUALITY EFFORT: Starter Kyle Davies (2-3) suffered his second straight setback despite posting his second consecutive quality start. Davies allowed just two runs and three hits over his six innings against the club that entered the day leading the league with a .322 team batting average in May.

WHAT A RELIEF: Tyler Webb and Jared Burton followed Davies with a combined three perfect frames. Webb whiffed three while Burton notched a strikeout of his own.

IN A PINCH: Manager Dave Miley called upon two different pinch hitters in the ninth inning. Ben Gamel took Jonathan Galvez‘s spot in a righty-lefty switch at the start of the inning but struck out swinging against hard-throwing closer Blake Wood. Kyle Roller took Eddy Rodriguez‘s spot with two outs and flied out to foul left. Wood notched his league-best eighth save. Before Sunday, the RailRiders had used a pinch hitter just once all season when Roller singled for Rodriguez in the ninth inning versus Syracuse on April 11.

ONE-RUN FUN: Indianapolis entered the series with the most one-run wins in the league along with the most such contests. Each of the three tilts were decided by a single score at PNC Field over the weekend with the RailRiders taking two of the three. SWB has won four of its last five one-run games. At 7-4 (.636), SWB stands tied for the loop’s second-best winning percentage in single-score contests  with Syracuse. The duo trails only Pawtucket’s 6-2 mark (.750).

WINNING WAYS: With wins in the first two games of the series against the Indians, the RailRiders returned to .500 for the first time since concluding the prior homestand at 9-9. The lone winning SWB record this year came when the squad started 1-0. The 2014 team’s final taste of the air above sea level came after a 7-4 win over Toledo on June 9, 2014. That SWB team then lost five in a row and never got back over .500.

DEATH, TAXES, HEATHCOTT: Slade Heathcott singled to extend the team’s top active hitting streak to eight games. He leads the team with 12 multi-hit games, five multi-RBI showings and five steals. His 38 hits on the season have him fifth in the league. Since he suffered an 0-for-6 night in the 15-inning game against the IronPigs on April 20, Heathcott has gone 27-for-69 (.391/.462/.464/.925) to lift his season-long batting average by nearly 100 points (.234-.328). The usual leadoff man paces the team with 15 RBIs.

BACK IN THE SADDLE: In his first game after losing his longest Triple-A hitting streak at 10 games, Rob Refsnyder collected two of the RailRiders’ six hits on Sunday including a well-struck double down the left-field line in the eighth inning. He has reached safely in 12 straight games since game two of the April 25 doubleheader versus Pawtucket. In that time, he has hit .375 while posting an OBP of .404. Seven of his 10 RBIs have come during this 12-game stretch.

KEEP ON GETTIN’ ON: Ramon Flores reached base in three different ways. He was hit by a pitch, singled, walked and scored the team’s lone run. His lone out came on a liner to left field. Flores has reached base safely in 19 of his last 20 games including a 16-game spurt from April 15-May 5. There have only been three longer runs in the league thus far this season (Charlotte’s Dan Black: 20 games from April 11-May 7; Toledo’s Daniel Fields: 18 games from April 17-Present; and Norfolk’s Chris Parmelee: 17 games from April 22-Present).

Indians Nip RailRiders

Moosic, Pa. – The Indianapolis Indians escaped PNC Field with a 2-1 victory over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) on Sunday afternoon. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the RailRiders (15-16) against the Indians (18-13) at home.

Wilfredo Boscan (2-1) was the winning pitcher for the Indians, blanking the RailRiders over seven innings. The right-hander allowed five hits and struck out four. Veteran right-hander Kyle Davies (2-3) shouldered the loss despite tossing a quality start for SWB. Davies allowed two runs on three hits over six innings. Blake Wood notched his eighth save in relief.

After failing to pick up a hit through four innings, Indianapolis was able to scratch one across in the fifth for a 1-0 lead. Davies issued back-to-back walks to Elias Diaz and Tony Sanchez before surrendering a single to Hunter Morris that plated Diaz.

The Indians added to their lead in the sixth inning when Alen Hanson smoked a lead-off home run out to right. The round-tripper was his first of the year and put Indianapolis ahead 2-0.

The RailRiders finally scratched a run in the eighth against reliever A.J. Morris. Ramon Flores worked a walk to set the table for Rob Refsnyder. SWB’s second baseman scorched a double inside the third base bag to place two in scoring position. Tyler Austin hit a sacrifice fly to center that cut the deficit to 2-1. Morris rebounded to strike out Rob Segedin looking before reliever Blake Wood came on.

Wood closed out the final 1.1 innings to secure the win for Indianapolis.

The RailRiders will hit the road for the next seven games. The club opens a three-game series on Monday night against the Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) at Harbor Park. RHP Bryan Mitchell (2-2, 2.59) will tale the hill for SWB, matching up with RHP Tyler Wilson (1-4, 3.58). First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 5-10-15

CLICK HERE for the May 10 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with John Sadak and Darren Headrick. Pregame coverage starts at 12:35 p.m.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON LIVE: The RailRiders defeated the Indians yesterday, 2-1. SWB’s third win in four games gave it the series victory as well.

ONE-RUN FUN: Indianapolis entered the series with the most one-run wins in the league along with the most such contests. But the RailRiders have taken each of the series’ first two games by a single score and have won each of their last four one-run games. At 7-3 (.700), SWB boasts the loop’s second-best winning percentage in single-score contests behind only Pawtucket’s 6-2 mark (.750).

THAT WAS EASY: The RailRiders played their fastest nine-inning game of the season at a slim 1:58. It was the quickest nine-inning home game for SWB since April 18, 2012 when a 2-0 win over Rochester took 1:54. While technically an SWB home contest, it came during the team’s vagabond season without a home park and actually took place in Rochester. Saturday proved to be SWB’s shortest nine-inning true home game in the Yankees era. It was the most efficient nine-inning home game for SWB since the then-Red Barons beat Pawtucket 3-0 on Aug. 26, 2005 in a lightning-quick 1:50. That PawSox team had Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis and Kelly Shoppach in its starting lineup that was held to six hits. The Red Barons had Carlos Ruiz and Chris Coste in their nine.

BROOM READY: The RailRiders bid for a three-game sweep of an Indianapolis team that entered the series as the first-place team in the West, but begins today pacing Columbus by just a half-game. SWB swept the Tribe in a four-game set at PNC Field last year, but similarly played close contests. Each of the first two games in that series was decided by one run while game three was a 3-1 final.

YOU KNEW HE WAS DUE: Starter Jaron Long (1-2) got his first Triple-A win with six innings of one-run ball. A scoring change after the game turned Jose Tabata’s fourth-inning single into a Kyle Roller throwing error and made the lone run he allowed unearned. He needed just 77 pitches (50 strikes) to navigate six frames. Long led the Yankees’ farm in wins (12) and ERA (2.18) a year ago.

BULLISH ‘PEN: Jacob Lindgren and Nick Rumbelow combined to strike out six men over three scoreless innings behind Long. Lindgren faced the minimum over his two frames while Rumbelow logged his third save. Rumbelow has whiffed 24 men against three walks in 15.1 IP (14.1/9IP). He ranks fourth among IL relievers in K/9IP. Right behind him sits Lindgren at 12.6 (20K in 14.1IP).

GOT HEEM: With Long on the slab and Austin Romine behind the plate, the RailRiders nabbed Gustavo Nunez on a fourth-inning pick off and caught him trying to steal third base in the sixth. SWB has caught three men trying to steal in the last two games to double its season-long total. Those efforts have lifted the RailRiders out of the league’s caught-stealing basement. SWB has now taken care of six would-be base stealers in 44 tries (.136). Both Buffalo (.133) and Charlotte (.118) now own worse efficiencies.

WINNING WAYS: The RailRiders are .500 for the first time since concluding last homestand at 9-9. The last winning SWB record was 1-0. The 2014 team’s final taste of the air above sea level came after a 7-4 win over Toledo on June 9, 2014. That SWB team then lost five in a row and never got back over .500.

DEATH, TAXES, HEATHCOTT: Slade Heathcott singled, walked and scored each of the RailRiders’ two runs on Saturday. He also secured his team-leading fifth steal. He leads the team with 12 multi-hit games and owns a squad-best five multi-RBI showings. His 37 hits on the season have him tied for fourth in the league with Lehigh Valley’s Brian Bogusevic. Since he suffered an 0-for-6 night in the 15-inning game against the IronPigs on April 20, Heathcott has gone 26-for-65 (.400/.473/.477/.950) to lift his season-long batting average by nearly 100 points (.234-.330). The usual leadoff man paces the team with 15 RBIs.

RailRiders Stymie Indians for Series Win

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) defeated the Indianapolis Indians 2-1 on Saturday afternoon. The win gave the RailRiders (15-15) the series victory and their fourth straight in games decided by a run. Indianapolis fell to 17-13 with the loss.

Jaron Long (1-2) earned his first Triple-A win for SWB, pitching six innings. The right-hander struck out five and limited Indianapolis to one run on five hits. Jacob Lindgren struck out four batters in two innings, setting up Nick Rumbelow to earn his third save with a scoreless ninth. Casey Sadler (2-2) pitched well in defeat, holding the RailRiders to two runs on four hits across seven innings.

The RailRiders started the scoring early with a run in the first inning. Slade Heathcott led off with a single, increasing his hitting streak to seven games. After stealing third base, a sacrifice Tyler Austin brought him home with a sacrifice fly to center.

The Indians were able to manufacture a run in the fourth inning to tie the game at 1-1. Deibinson Romero singled home Jose Tabata, who beat the tag of Austin Romine on a play at the plate.

Heathcott worked a walk off Sadler to being the sixth and quickly raced to third on a single to right by Ramon Flores. Sadler induced a double play grounder off Austin, but Heathcott scored from third for the decisive tally.

Lindgren and Rumbleow quelled the Indians’ bats over the final three innings to nail down the win.

The RailRiders go for the series sweep against the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates) on Sunday. First pitch at PNC Field is set for 1:05 p.m. RHP Kyle Davies (2-2, 6.30) is scheduled to face off with RHP Wilfredo Boscan (1-1, 3.70). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

 

– SWB RailRiders –

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