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SWB Game Notes 6-25-15

CLICK HERE for the June 25 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with John Sadak starting with the 6:35 p.m. pregame show. Darren Headrick and Donnie Collins will call the game on MyTV at 7 p.m.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The RailRiders got a dominant effort from both sides of the plate in an 8-1 win over the Louisville Bats on Wednesday night at PNC Field.

PITCHING PROWESS: Starter Jordan Foley fired four-plus innings of one-run ball in his Triple-A debut. A 2014 draftee summoned up from Low-A for a fill-in nod, Foley gave up three hits, walked two and struck out three. Joel De La Cruz (5-0) followed with four perfect innings and James Pazos logged a 1-2-3 ninth. The trio combined to retired 22 of the last 23 Louisville sluggers including the final 15 in succession. De La Cruz is tied for the most wins on the team despite appearing in just nine games (two starts). Last night was his first SWB appearance since May 26. He had been pitching for Double-A Trenton.

THE HIT MAN: Ben Gamel enjoyed a 3-for-6 day a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. He leads the team with 25 multi-hit efforts on the year and has excelled since he assumed regular leadoff duties, hitting .325 in 17 such games.

WELCOME BACK: In his first game since June 10 at Buffalo, Tyler Austin went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and two runs scored. Despite two weeks away from the game field, Austin extended his hitting streak to eight straight games including multiple hits in each of the last three. During his run, he has gone 11-for-28 (.393) to lift his average by 25 points (.208-.233). He enters tonight with his best contact clip since he ended game two of the April 25 doubleheader versus Pawtucket at .234.

STREAKING STROKE: Despite a nearly week-long layoff in the wake of being hit in the head with a fastball, Austin Romine has assembled an 11-game hitting streak. He has hit .378 (17-for-45) over his run with 12 RBIs. Four of his five home runs and 21 of his 29 RBIs have come on the road, but his 4-for-4 effort last night with a pair of doubles has lifted his home contact clip (.270) to within a point of his road number (.271). Romine has tied Rob Refsnyder‘s 11-game run from May 10-21 as the longest by a 2015 RailRider. Only Columbus’ Jose Ramirez at 15 games owns a longer active hitting streak in the IL.

JUNE JUMP: Nick Noonan went 2-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored. In 16 games played this month, he has hit .383/.433/.550/.983. He ranks among the IL’s best in June average (2nd), OBP (T-4th), SLG (T-5th) and OPS (3rd).

BOUNCING BACK: Rob Refsnyder entered last night in a 5-for-32 (.156) funk that dropped his contact clip to .268, the lowest it has been since he finished play at Charlotte on May 2 at .267. He reached base in all five plate appearances last night with a single, a bruise and three walks, boosting his OBP from .347-.358. He stole second and third in the sixth inning to become the first RailRider with multiple swipes in a game this season. No 2015 RailRider has been hit by pitch more often than Refsnyder (5).

ROAD WARRIORS: The RailRiders stand two games below .500 at PNC Field (19-21) and 14 games over on the road (24-10). The team has hit .281 on the road compared to a .261 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 178 runs in 34 games (5.2/game). At home, the squad has plated 155 runs in 40 games (3.9/game). The pitching has performed better at home (3.23 ERA) than on the road (3.45 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.706), who have won 17 of 20 away from PNC Field.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders stand 12 games above .500 for the first time since the 2012 SWB Yankees won the division at 84-60…SWB owns an IL-best 17-6 record in June…The Bats walked 10 RailRiders to set a new season-high mark for walks drawn by SWB in a nine-inning game…The overall season-high number of 11 was set in the 15-inning clash with Lehigh Valley on April 20…Today, the RailRiders seek their fifth straight series win.

Judge to Play in Futures Game

Yankees’ Top Position Player Prospect Named to Prestigious Contest

Moosic, Pa. – Known as an immense presence on multiple levels already, the shadow cast by his rapid rise has grown yet again. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) outfielder Aaron Judge has been named to the U.S. roster for the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. The prospect-filled contest will take place on All-Star Sunday, July 12, at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark.

Judge joined the RailRiders on June 22 after dominating the Double-A Eastern League. Ranked the Yankees’ No. 2 overall prospect and top position player on the farm by Baseball America, Judge hit .284/.350/.516/.866 in 63 games with the Trenton Thunder. He posted 16 doubles, three triples and 12 home runs along with 44 RBIs. At 6’7” and 255 pounds, the 2013 first-round pick (32nd overall) out of Fresno State got his first Triple-A hit in his SWB debut on Monday and has delivered an RBI in each game since.

The Yankees will also have Judge’s former Double-A teammate, Gary Sanchez, in the contest. The catcher, ranked the Yankees’ fifth-best prospect by Baseball America before the season, has hit .256/.313/.432/.744 in 45 games with the Thunder this season. He has delivered eight home runs and 28 RBIs and entered today ranked third in the Eastern League with a .377 caught-stealing percentage.

The 17th-annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures game is set to start at 3 p.m. and will air live on MLB Network and MLB.com. SiriusXM Radio will also have play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio (XM channel 89; Sirius channel 209). MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game. Fans can stay updated by following @MLBFutures on Twitter and can send/receive tweets to/from the U.S. and World dugouts during the game by tagging tweets with the hashtags #USDugout and #WorldDugout.

Major League Baseball — in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League clubs — selected the 25-man rosters for both clubs. Each Major League organization is represented and players from all full-season minor leagues were eligible to participate.

Two Reds greats will be managing the squads. Hall of Famer Tony Perez will be in the World dugout, while Ken Griffey Sr. will be the man on the U.S. side.

The RailRiders are home through Sunday with a bevy of promotions throughout the homestand. The highlight giveaway comes on Saturday, June 27 when the first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a Rob Refsnyder bobblehead, presented by Keystone Sanitary Landfill. To purchase tickets or for more information, please call (570) 969-BALL (2255), buy online at ticketmaster.com or via the RailRiders website at swbrailriders.com.

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RailRiders Roll Past Bats

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) got a dominant effort from both sides of the plate in an 8-1 win over the Louisville Bats on Wednesday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders (43-31) pad their lead to 5.5 games in the IL North Division. The Bats slips to 35-38.

RailRiders pitching retired the final 15 hitters to end the game and 22-for-23 overall. Right-hander Jordan Foley shined in his first Triple-A start. Just arrived from Single-A Charleston, Foley limited Louisville to a run on three hits across four innings. He sat down 11 of the last 14 hitters he faced. Joel De La Cruz (5-0) earned the win with four perfect innings in relief. James Pazos tossed the ninth without a blemish.

Keyvius Sampson (1-1) shouldered the loss after allowing three runs on five hits, including a season-high five walks, over three innings.

After allowing a run in the first inning, the RailRiders scored eight unanswered to finish the game. Ben Gamel and Cole Figueroa posted solid nights at the plate with three hits apiece. Figueroa clubbed his first triple of the season off the right-field wall to score Gamel for 2-1 lead in the second. Gamel tallied two RBI.

Juan Graterol pushed the lead to 4-1 in the third thanks to a two-run single. Nick Noonan helped the cause with a pair of doubles, one plating Tyler Austin in the fifth to pad the score at 5-1. Austin finished with two hits in his return from the disabled list.

Rob Refsnyder boosted his on-base percentage .358 by reaching safely five times. Refsnyder walked thrice, reached on a hit-by-pitch and had an infield single in the sixth.

The boys of SWB go for their fifth straight series win on Thursday night. First pitch against the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) is set for 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Jaron Long (5-4, 4.04) gets the nod against southpaw David Holmberg (3-5, 4.89). The first 2,500 fans in attendance for the RaiRiders game on Saturday, June 27, against the Buffalo Bisons will receive a Rob Refsnyder bobblehead, presented by Keystone Sanitary Landfill. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 6-24-15

CLICK HERE or the June 24 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.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The RailRiders pulled out a 6-4 win over the Bats on Tuesday night at PNC Field. The Bats rallied from a four-run deficit only to see the RailRiders plate the deciding runs on an eighth-inning Ali Castillo double.

MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD: Starter Esmil Rogers fired five scoreless innings in his longest outing of the year by innings. He faced three over the minimum while allowing two hits, both singles, and two walks. He struck out four and saw 46 of his 67 (69%) pitches go for strikes. His prior longest 2015 outing saw him last 4.2 innings versus Boston on April 10. He took the loss for the Yankees in that 19-inning marathon and logged a season-high 81 pitches.

ON A ROLL: Kyle Roller slugged his team-leading 12th home run on a 2-for-4 night with a pair of RBIs. He has homered in three straight games and owns eight RBIs in his last four games played. Only Charlotte’s Matt Davidson, who plays at the power-enhancing BB&T Ballpark, has more home runs than Roller in the IL. Ten of Davidson’s 13 were hit in Charlotte. Five of Roller’s homers and 20 of his team-best 43 RBIs have come in 21 games played this month.

POWER SURGE: The RailRiders have homered in a season-best four straight games. Only three IL teams have bashed more June homers than SWB (17): Charlotte (23), Pawtucket (20) and Durham (19). The RailRiders are an IL-best 16-6 (.727) in June.

STREAKING STROKE: Despite a nearly week-long layoff in the wake of being hit in the head with a fastball, Austin Romine has assembled an 11-game hitting streak. He has hit .378 (17-for-45) over his run with 12 RBIs. Four of his five home runs and 21 of his 29 RBIs have come on the road, but his 4-for-4 effort last night with a pair of doubles has lifted his home contact clip (.270) to within a point of his road number (.271). Romine has tied Rob Refsnyder‘s 11-game run from May 10-21 as the longest by a 2015 RailRider. Only Columbus’ Jose Ramirez at 14 games owns a longer active hitting streak in the IL.

I AM THE LAW: Aaron Judge collected his first Triple-A RBI in his second career game. He plated Refsnyder with a first-inning sac fly.

HIGH NOONAN: Nick Noonan went 1-for-3 with an RBI double and a walk. In 15 games played this month, he has hit .382/.435/.527/.963. He ranks among the IL’s best in June in average (1st), OBP (4th), SLG (8th) and OPS (3rd).

TRIPLE THREAT: Ben Gamel stands tied with Indianapolis’ Alen Hanson for the league lead in triples. He matches or exceeds the triple totals of four IL teams: Buffalo (8), Norfolk (7), Lehigh Valley (6) and Pawtucket (6).

ROAD WARRIORS: The RailRiders stand three games below .500 at PNC Field (18-21) and 14 games over on the road (24-10). The team has hit .281 on the road compared to a .258 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 178 runs in 34 games (5.2/game). At home, the squad has plated 147 runs in 39 games (3.8/game). The pitching has performed better at home (3.29 ERA) than on the road (3.45 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.706), who have won 17 of 20 away from PNC Field.

TOUGH TIMES: Rob Refsnyder went 0-for-4 with a bruise, a steal and a run scored. Ten days ago, Refsnyder was hitting .284. He has since gone into a 5-for-32 (.156) funk that has dipped his contact clip to .268, the lowest it has been since he finished play at Charlotte on May 2 at .267.

RailRiders Fight Off Pesky Bats

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) pulled out a 6-4 win over the Louisville Bats on Tuesday night at PNC Field. The Bats (35-37) rallied from a four-run deficit only to see the RailRiders (42-31) plate the deciding runs on an Ali Castillo double in the eighth.

Despite allowing four runs, including a home run to Yorman Rodriguez, in his only inning of work, Jose Ramirez (2-0) got the win in relief. Tyler Webb hurled his seventh straight scoreless appearance to notch his second save. The loss went to Joe Paterson (1-0) after the right-hander allowed two runs on three hits.

Catcher Austin Romine led the RailRiders’ attack with four hits, including two key doubles. His first came in the sixth inning to setup Nick Noonan. SWB’s designated hitter laced a two-baser inside first to score Romine for a 4-0 lead.

Romine’s second double followed a hit by Cole Figueroa in the eighth to set the table for Castillo’s heroics. Following a walk to Noonan, Castillo bashed a fly ball to into left-center that scored Figueroa and Romine for a 6-4 lead.

The RailRiders opened an early 2-0 advantage on the Bats and their starter Donovan Hand. Gregorio Petit raced to third on a throwing error by backstop Ramon Cabrera. Rob Refsnyder then reached on a fielder’s choice. Kyle Roller singled home Petit and Aaron Judge tallied his first Triple-A RBI on a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Refsnyder.

Roller pushed SWB head 3-0 in the third on a solo home run to right field. The blast was Roller’s third in as many days and his team-leading 12th of the year.

Starter Esmil Rogers pitched five scoreless innings for the RailRiders. He yielded two hits, two walks and struck out four.

The Bats rallied off Ramirez in the eighth. Irving Falu walked and scored on a double by Brennan Boesch. Rodriguez tied the score on three-run blast to right.

The boys of SWB continue their seven-game homestand on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds). Right-hander Jordan Foley is expected to make his Triple-A debut for SWB against right-hander Keyvius Sampson (1-0, 4.09). The first 2,500 fans in attendance for the RaiRiders game on Saturday, June 27, against the Buffalo Bisons will receive a Rob Refsnyder bobblehead, presented by Keystone Sanitary Landfill. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 6-23-15

CLICK HERE for the June 23 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.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Dylan Axelrod (4-5) held the RailRiders without a baserunner through four innings and without a hit through five as the Louisville Bats left PNC Field with a 4-2 victory on Monday night.

A LITTLE HELP?: Starter Kyle Davies (5-5) left a two-run game en route to his second straight loss. He has gone 4-1 in six road outings and 1-4 in seven starts at PNC Field. Run support has been a problem. In his five losses, SWB had placed three total runs on the board while he was on the bump. Including runs scored after his departure from those games, he received seven scores in those five setbacks.

ON A ROLL: Kyle Roller slugged his team-leading 11th home run to get SWB on the board in the sixth. He has homered in consecutive games and owns six RBIs in his last three games played. Only Charlotte’s Matt Davidson, who plays at the power-enhancing BB&T Ballpark, has more home runs than Roller in the IL. Ten of Davidson’s 13 were hit in Charlotte.

POWER SURGE: The RailRiders have homered in a season-best three straight games. Only three IL teams have bashed more June homers than SWB (16): Charlotte (23), Pawtucket (20) and Durham (19). The RailRiders are an IL-best 15-6 in June.

STREAKING STROKE: Despite a nearly week-long layoff in the wake of being hit in the head with a fastball, Austin Romine has assembled a 10-game hitting streak. He has hit .317 (13-for-41) over his run with 12 RBIs. On the season, he has hit nearly 40 points better on the road than at home (.271-.235) with four of his five home runs and 21 of his 29 RBIs. Only Rob Refsnyder owns a longer hit streak for SWB this season. He authored an 11-game run from May 10-21.

HERE COMES THE JUDGE: Aaron Judge assembled a solid Triple-A debut. He gloved Irving Falu’s falling-fast contact with a lunge in right field on the game’s second pitch. He lined out to shortstop in his first Triple-A plate appearance and finished the game 1-for-4.

LORD I WAS BORN A GAMELING MAN: Ben Gamel went 1-for-4 with his team-best eighth triple and a run scored. Thrust into the role after the promotions of Slade Heathcott and Mason Williams, Gamel has hit .333 in 15 games played atop the SWB lineup with six extra-base hits and eight RBIs. He leads the team with 24 multi-hit efforts.

TRIPLE THREAT: Gamel stands tied with Indianapolis’ Alen Hanson for the league lead in triples. He matches or exceeds the triple totals of four IL teams: Buffalo (8), Norfolk (7), Lehigh Valley (6) and Pawtucket (6).

ROAD WARRIORS: The RailRiders stand four games below .500 at PNC Field (17-20) and 14 games over on the road (24-10). The team has hit .281 on the road compared to a .257 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 178 runs in 34 games (5.2/game). At home, the squad has plated 141 runs in 38 games (3.7/game). The pitching has performed better at home (3.27 ERA) than on the road (3.45 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.706), who have won 17 of 20 away from PNC Field.

HALFWAY HOME: After Monday’s game, the RailRiders are halfway through their 144-game campaign. The team is currently on pace to win 82 games this season. No IL North team has won that many games since the 2012 SWB squad took the division at 84-60. No IL team other than SWB has won that many games since Pawtucket went 85-58 in 2009 when the Red Sox took the wild-card spot behind the 88-56 SWB Yankees.

¡FELICIDADES!: Diego Moreno made his MLB debut last night with one scoreless inning in the Yanks’ 11-8 loss to the Phillies. He struck out two with no walks.

Bats Swarm RailRiders

Moosic, Pa. – Dylan Axelrod held the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) without a hit through five innings and the Louisville Bats left PNC Field with a 4-2 victory on Monday night. The RailRiders (41-31) fell to 17-21 at home while the Bats (35-36) climbed to within a game of .500.

Kyle Davies (5-5) shouldered his fifth loss after allowing four runs on 10 hits over five innings. Axelrod (4-5) allowed two runs on five hits over 6.1 frames. Jumbo Diaz tossed a scoreless ninth for his third save.

Aaron Judge finished 1-for-4 in his Triple-A debut. The outfielder bounced an infield single to short in the seventh for his first hit with the RailRiders.

While Axelrod held SWB without a hit through four innings, the Bats built a 4-0 lead against Davies. Jason Bourgeois cracked the seal on a scoreless game with a two-out triple in the fifth that scored Ryan LaMarre. Hernan Irribarren followed with a hit to score Bourgeois. A two-run single by Irving Falu in the sixth gave the Bats their largest lead of the evening.

Ben Gamel finally solved Axelrod in the last of the sixth. The center fielder bombed his eighth triple of the season over LaMarre’s head in straightaway center. Jose Pirela laced a double into the left field corner immediately after to plate Gamel.

Kyle Roller capped the scoring by launching his 11th home run of the season. The solo shot left over the right-center wall in the seventh.

The boys of SWB continue their seven-game homestand on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds). Right-hander Esmil Rogers (0-0, 13.50) is scheduled to face right-hander Donovan Hand (1-3, 4.50). The first 2,500 fans in attendance for the RaiRiders game on Saturday, June 27, against the Buffalo Bisons will receive a Rob Refsnyder bobblehead, presented by Keystone Sanitary Landfill. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 6-22-15

CLICK HERE for the June 22 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.

YESTERDAY: The RailRiders jumped out to an early seven-run lead and cruised to an 8-2 victory behind a dominant Luis Severino on Sunday afternoon. The RailRiders claimed two of three from the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (27-45) at Coca-Cola Park to earn their fourth consecutive series triumph. SWB went 4-2 on its road trip through Rochester and Allentown.

THAT’S A START: Severino (3-0) hurled a career-best 7.2 innings while striking out seven against no walks. He yielded two unearned runs on four hits en route to his third win in as many starts.

NINE IS FINE: Despite a nearly week-long layoff in the wake of being hit in the head with a fastball, Austin Romine has assembled a nine-game hitting streak. He has hit .333 (12-for-37) over his run with 12 RBIs. On the season, he has hit nearly 40 points better on the road than at home (.271-.235) with four of his five home runs and 21 of his 29 RBIs.

WHAT GOES UP…: Jose Pirela‘s first game in his latest stint as a RailRider saw him go 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored against Rochester on June 12. That effort brought his Triple-A batting average this season to .583 in five games played. In eight games played since, he has hit just .080 (4-for-33) with eight strikeouts, two walks, one extra-base hit and two RBIs.

LORD I WAS BORN A GAMELING MAN: Ben Gamel went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and two runs scored. Thrust into the role after the promotions of Slade Heathcott and Mason Williams, Gamel has hit .339 in 14 games played atop the SWB lineup with five extra-base hits and eight RBIs. He leads the team with 24 multi-hit efforts.

HIT MACHINE: In seven games as a RailRider, Gregorio Petit has hit .480 (12-for-25) with a .552 OBP, .560 SLG, 1.112 OPS.

GETTIN’ FIGGY WITH IT: Since his 0-for-3 day dropped his average to .184 on May 11 at Norfolk, Cole Figueroa has gone 44-for-122 in a span of 32 games played. He ranks among the IL’s top four in all four slashes over that time: .361/.414/.508/.922.

ROAD WARRIORS: The RailRiders stand three games below .500 at PNC Field (17-20) and 14 games over on the road (24-10). The team has hit .281 on the road compared to a .259 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 178 runs in 34 games (5.2/game). At home, the squad has plated 139 runs in 37 games (3.8/game). The pitching has performed better at home (3.25 ERA) than on the road (3.45 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.706), who have won 17 of 20 away from PNC Field.

HALFWAY HOME: After tonight, the RailRiders will be halfway through their 144-game campaign. The team is currently on pace to win 83 games this season. No IL North team has won that many games since the 2012 SWB squad took the division at 84-60. No IL team other than SWB has won that many games since Pawtucket went 85-58 in 2009 when the Red Sox took the wild-card spot behind the 88-56 SWB Yankees.

LET’S GET READY TO RUMBELOW: Nick Rumbelow is likely to be promoted to the Yankees today. On Friday he dominated over three scoreless innings behind Ivan Nova. He struck out six and walked none. Over his 35.1 innings, he struck out 41 and walked just seven. His June consisted of 9.1 scoreless innings while stranding all five inherited men with 11 whiffs and no walks.

OFF THE RAILS: SWB leads the IronRail Series with Lehigh Valley, 4-2…In winning their last four series, the RailRiders have gone 10-3…Tyler Webb finished the game by retiring all four batters he faced…Kyle Roller smashed his team-best 10th home run yesterday…He ranks 5th in the IL behind four IL South hitters.

Severino Tosses Career Outing in RailRiders Win

Allentown, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) jumped out to an early seven-run lead and cruised to an 8-2 victory behind a dominant Luis Severino on Sunday afternoon. The Railriders (41-30) claimed two-of-three from the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (27-45) at Coca-Cola Park to earn their fourth consecutive series triumph.

Severino (3-0) hurled a career-best 7.2 innings while striking out seven against no walks. He yielded two unearned runs on four hits. Chad Billingsley (2-2) was hit hard in his second rehab start for the IronPigs. The right-hander surrendered seven runs, five earned, on seven hits before he was lifted with two out in the third.

The RailRiders started on time for the second straight game. Kyle Roller crushed a moonshot to the right of the batter’s eye beyond center that scored Ben Gamel and Jose Pirela for a 3-0 advantage.

Gamel followed with a two-run blast down the right field line in the second inning for a 5-0 advantage. A pair of fielding errors by Lehigh Valley sandwiched two outs. Nick Noonan and Rob Segedin delivered consecutive run-scoring hits to pad the score at 7-0.

Lehigh Valley scratched across two runs in the sixth on a force play and sacrifice fly before Noonan scored on a wild pitch in the seventh to end the scoring.

OFF THE RAILS:

– The RailRiders finished the road trip 4-2 and have won 17 of their 20 away from PNC Field

– SWB leads the “IronRail Series” with Lehigh Valley 4-2

– In winning their last four series, the RailRiders have gone 10-3

Ben Gamel and Rob Segedin finished with three hits apiece

– Gamel owns a team-best 24 multi-hit games

Tyler Webb finished the game by retiring all four batters he faced

– Roller’s home run was his team-leading 10th and ties him for the third most in the IL

The boys of SWB return home for a seven-game homestand on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. The Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) make their only trip to PNC Field this summer for a four-game series. Right-hander Kyle Davies (5-4, 4.50) is scheduled to face right-hander Dylan Axelrod (3-5, 4.44). The first 2,500 fans in attendance for the RaiRiders game on Saturday, June 27, against the Buffalo Bisons will receive a Rob Refsnyder bobblehead, presented by Keystone Sanitary Landfill. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 6-21-15

CLICK HERE for the June 21 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 1:05 p.m.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The game seesawed between the RailRiders and IronPigs before Jose Pirela and Ramon Flores cracked two-run shots. Pirela’s put the RailRiders up 5-4 and Flores provided the winning blow in the ninth of a 7-5 final. James Pazos earned his first Triple-A win in relief.

EIGHT IS GREAT: Despite a nearly week-long layoff in the wake of being hit in the head with a fastball, Austin Romine has assembled an nine-game hitting streak. Finishing 1-for-4 on Saturday, Romine has hit .324 (12-for-37) over his run with 12 RBIs. On the season, he has hit nearly 40 points better on the road than at home (.271-.235) with four of his five home runs and 21 of his 29 RBIs.

WAKE UP: Jose Pirela broke a 2-for-28 (.071) funk with a two-run blast to left in the 7th inning. After recording 14 hits in his first five games with the RailRiders (4G on rehab at Cha.), Pirela had two in his prior six games with no runs scored, extra-base hits or RBI.

LAUNCH-A-BALL: Since returning to SWB on June 11, Ramon Flores has clubbed two home runs. Both have come in within the last five games. Through nine games in June, Flores owns a .314 average (11-for-35) with four extra-base hits and six RBI.

WHAT A SAVE!: Reliever Jose Ramirez notched his team-best ninth save. Ramirez allowed a run on one hit with one walk and a strikeout. He fanned the IronPigs’ Chase d’Arnaud with the tying run at first to polish off the win. Ramirez ranks in the IL’s top 10 for saves, one behind Rochester’s A.J. Achter.

STARTING ON TIME: The RailRiders scored two runs in the top of the first. The club is 30-11 when marking the first tally. SWB’s .732 win percentage when scoring first ranks 5th in the IL. Buffalo owns the best record when scoring first at 24-4 (.857).

LORD I WAS BORN A GAMELING MAN: Ben Gamel logged two hits as the leadoff man. Thrust into the role after the promotions of Slade Heathcott and Mason Williams, Gamel has hit .316 in 13 games played atop the SWB lineup.

HIT MACHINE: Gregorio Petit finished Saturday 1-for-4. In seven games as a RailRider, Petit has hit .480 (12-for-25) with a .552 OBP, .560 SLG, 1.112 OPS.

GETTIN’ FIGGY WITH IT: Since his 0-for-3 day dropped his average to .184 on May 11 at Norfolk, Cole Figueroa has gone 44-for-118 in a span of 31 games played. He ranks 2nd or 3rd in the IL in all four slashes over that time: .373/.422/.525/.947.

ROAD WARRIORS
: The RailRiders stand three games below .500 at PNC Field (17-20) and 13 games over on the road (23-10). The team has hit .279 on the road compared to a .259 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 170 runs in 33 games (5.1/game). At home, the squad has plated 139 runs in 37 games (3.8/game). The pitching has performed better at home (3.25 ERA) than on the road (3.55 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.697), who have won 16 of 19 away from PNC Field.

PEBBLES OF KNOWLEDGE: The RailRiders improved to 6-7 in two-run games…Saturday’s win was the 12th come-from-behind victory for the RailRiders…The team is 26-14 against the IL North and owns seven wins over both Syracuse and Pawtucket…Prior to today’s game, the New York Yankees recalled outfielder Ramon Flores and reliever Danny Burawa…right-hander Bryan Mitchell was optioned to SWB…

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