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SWB Game Notes 7-20-15

CLICK HERE for the July 20 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: A five-run third partnered with potent pitching as the RailRiders crushed the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) on Sunday night, 7-1. The RailRiders have won four of five. The Bats (46-50) avoided a shutout with a run in the ninth.

THAT’S A START: Spot starter Diego Moreno faced the minimum over four scoreless and hitless innings. He posted a 7:1 groundout-to-airout ratio in the game. He has allowed just two earned runs over 11.1 innings (1.59 ERA) during his three starts this season. As a starter, Moreno has held the IL to a .162 average while posting a 0.88 WHIP. His Louisville counterpart on Sunday, Keyvius Sampson (1-4), allowed six runs on five hits and four walks over 2.1 innings to shoulder the loss. In two starts against the RailRiders this season, Sampson allowed 10 runs in 5.1 innings (16.88 ERA). The RailRiders hit .400 against him with 10 hits and nine walks allowed (3.56 WHIP).

THE BIG INNING: Gary Sanchez got SWB on the board with a first-inning sac fly for his fourth RBI in just two Triple-A games, but the major noise came in the third. The RailRiders sent a man to the plate 10 times and chased Sampson thanks to two-run hits by Greg Bird and Gregorio Petit.

BIRDMAN: The third-inning blow was part of a career-high-tying four-hit night for Bird. He has posted four hits in a game six times as a pro. Before last night, it last occurred on Aug. 6, 2014 versus Altoona (Pittsburgh Pirates) while Bird was with Double-A Trenton.

MAKING AN ENTRANCE: Sanchez went 2-for-4 in his Triple-A debut on Saturday with a home run in his first plate appearance. He has 13 home runs including his Double-A time, tying him with Kyle Roller for second on the farm. Only another current RailRider, outfielder Aaron Judge (14), has more total taters in 2015. Sanchez left the Eastern League pacing the circuit in HR/AB ratio (1:19.4) and fifth among catchers in caught-stealing percentage at .367 (22 of 60). He also posted the highest error total among EL catchers (8).

LET’S GET SERIESOUS: The RailRiders took three of four on the series at Louisville Slugger Field and cemented the season set against the Bats for the first time since 2011 by taking five of the eight meetings. In the Yankees era, the franchise has gone 35-37 against the Gateway to the South’s squad.

GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: After going 2-5 last homestand, the RailRiders stand eight games below .500 at PNC Field (21-29) and 14 games over on the road (30-16). The team has hit .284 on the road compared to a .262 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 245 runs in 46 games (5.3/game). At home, the squad has plated 182 runs in 50 games (3.6/game). The pitching has performed worse on the road (3.59 ERA) than at home (3.44 ERA). No IL team has a better road win percentage than the RailRiders (.652), who have won 23 of 32 away from Moosic.

COLE HEARTED: Cole Figueroa got aboard three times, going 1-for-3 with two walks and a run scored. He has posted multiple knocks in 13 of his last 16 Triple-A games. Since an 0-for-3 effort at Norfolk on May 11 lowered his average to .184, Figueroa has slashed .393/.436/.524/.960 with those numbers ranking 1st/2nd/4th/4th in the IL. On the season, he checks in among the IL’s best in batting average (2nd, .326), hits (4th, 99), OBP (T-4th, .381) and plate appearance:strikeout ratio (1st, 20:1).

PIRELA POP: Jose Pirela went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and three runs scored. He entered the series in a 2-for-12 (.167) funk since rejoining the team from the bigs and in a 10-for-54 (.185) slide at Triple-A overall. He has gone 9-for-16 (.563) on the road trip with three doubles and three RBIs.

OFF THE RAILS: Tyler Austin entered the game in a 3-for-24 (.125) slump with nine whiffs in his modest six games played since June 25…He busted out of his funk with two hits and an RBI…The RailRiders lead the IL in batting average (.273) and on-base percentage (.342).

Bird Ties Career-High Mark in Rout

Prospect Posts Four Hits, Moreno Logs Impressive Spot Start 

Louisville, Ky. – A five-run third partnered with potent pitching as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees) crushed the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) on Sunday night, 7-1. The RailRiders (51-45) took three of four on the series and cemented the season set against the Bats for the first time since 2011. The Bats (46-50) avoided a shutout with a run in the ninth.

Gary Sanchez got SWB on the board with a first-inning sac fly to score Jose Pirela, but the major noise came in the third. The RailRiders sent a man to the plate 10 times and chased Louisville starter Keyvius Sampson (1-4) thanks to two-run hits by Greg Bird and Gregorio Petit. It was part of a career-high-tying four-hit night for Bird.

Spot starter Diego Moreno faced the minimum over four scoreless and hitless innings. He has allowed just two earned runs over 11.1 innings (1.59 ERA) during his three starts this season. Sampson allowed six runs on five hits and four walks over 2.1 innings to shoulder the loss. In two starts against the RailRiders this season, Sampson allowed 10 runs in 5.1 innings (16.88 ERA).

Kyle Roller connected on a sixth-inning sac fly to round out SWB’s scoring.

Jose Ramirez (3-0) earned the win with three innings of scoreless baseball. He left the bases loaded in the fifth and enjoyed double plays behind him in the sixth and seventh. Caleb Cotham allowed a just-fair RBI double to Ramon Cabrera with one out in the night to spoil the shutout as Jermaine Curtis scored from first.

The RailRiders’ road trip shifts to Indianapolis for a four-game series against the Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates). It will get underway at 7:05 p.m. on Monday night from Victory Field. SWB is expected to add right-hander Eric Ruth from Double-A Trenton to start against a TBA Indy starter. The RailRiders will give away a special copy of Yankees Magazine to the first 2,500 fans in attendance on Friday, July 24, when the team hosts the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Greg Bird has recorded four hits in a game six times as a pro. Tonight marked his first four-hit showing since Aug. 6, 2014 against Altoona (Pittsburgh Pirates) while with Double-A Trenton.

Diego Moreno posted a 7:1 groundout-to-airout ratio in the game.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 7-19-15

CLICK HERE for the July 19 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 5:35 p.m.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Prized catching prospect Gary Sanchez bashed a three-run homer in his first Triple-A plate appearance, but his RailRiders fell to the Louisville Bats on Saturday night, 6-3.

MAKING AN ENTRANCE: Sanchez went 2-for-4 in his debut. He has 13 home runs including his time with Double-A Trenton, tying him with Kyle Roller for second on the farm. Only another current RailRider, outfielder Aaron Judge (14), has more total taters in 2015. Sanchez left the Eastern League pacing the circuit in HR/AB ratio (1:19.4) and fifth among catchers in caught-stealing percentage at .367 (22 of 60). He also posted the highest error total among EL catchers (8).

REVERSE COURSE: The RailRiders’ best winning streak in over a month halted at three. The team had won back-to-back games three other times since June 13. The Bats posted their first win since the All-Star break.

DINGO & THE BABY: Bryan Mitchell struggled in his first start and Triple-A outing since June 14. He left a 3-3 draw after 2.1 innings (4H, 2BB). He allowed his first homer of 2015 at any level and failed to record a strikeout for the first time all year. He entered the game with 20 outings and 77 innings between the minors and bigs. He had not allowed a home run since an Aug. 20, 2014 loss at Syracuse and had not failed to record a strikeout since a May 25, 2014 setback at Richmond with Double-A Trenton. Mitchell has posted some wide home-road splits. In nine nods at home, he has gone 3-4 with a 1.72 ERA, .189 batting average against, and a 1.15 WHIP. Over his five road starts, he has gone 1-1, 7.13, .324, 1.92.

LET’S GET SERIESOUS: The RailRiders must win today to claim the season series from Louisville. SWB has not won the season series against the Bats since the 2011 squad went 5-3. In the Yankees era, the franchise has gone 34-37 against the Gateway to the South’s squad. Louisville finishes its run against IL North teams today and has not lost a season series to any team yet this season.

GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: After going 2-5 last homestand, the RailRiders stand eight games below .500 at PNC Field (21-29) and 13 games over on the road (29-16). The team has hit .283 on the road compared to a .262 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 238 runs in 45 games (5.3/game). At home, the squad has plated 182 runs in 50 games (3.6/game). The pitching has performed worse on the road (3.65 ERA) than at home (3.44 ERA). No IL team has a better road win percentage than the RailRiders (.644), who have won 22 of 31 away from Moosic.

COLE HEARTED: Cole Figueroa delivered his team-best 34th multi-hit game, going 2-for-4. He has posted multiple knocks in 13 of his last 15 Triple-A games. Since an 0-for-3 effort at Norfolk on May 11 lowered his average to .184, Figueroa has slashed .394/.432/.527/.960 with those numbers ranking 1st/2nd/4th/3rd in the IL. On the season, he checks in among the IL’s best in batting average (2nd, .326), hits (T-4th, 98) and plate appearance:strikeout ratio (1st, 19.71:1).

PIRELA POP: Jose Pirela went 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored. He entered the series in a 2-for-12 (.167) funk since rejoining the team from the bigs and in a 10-for-54 (.185) slide at Triple-A overall. He has gone 7-for-12 (.583) on the series with two doubles and three RBIs.

UP AND DOWN: Kyle Roller received his team-high seventh bruise on an 0-for-3 night. While his home run on Thursday proved the difference-making run in the 11th, Roller has had a tough July overall. The IL All-Star has hit .197 in 15 games this month and has bounced into as many double plays over that span (6) has he did in the season’s first three months and his first 73 contests.

OFF THE RAILS: Tyler Austin went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and a groundball double play…He sits in a 3-for-24 (.125) slump with nine whiffs in his modest six games played since June 25…Louisville pitching retired 14 of the final 15 SWB hitters…Danny Burawa (1-3) faced 13 men and delivered just five first-pitch strikes…Only 24 of his 53 pitches (45%) went for strikes…The RailRiders and Bats rank first and second in the IL in batting average (.272/.265) and on-base percentage (.341/.334)…Louisville has the IL’s second-worst fielding percentage (.977) and error total (82) including four errors on this series and two unearned runs allowed…The Bats also by far lead the loop in double plays turned (116).

Sanchez Homers in Triple-A Debut

Catching Prospect Slams First-Inning Shot 

Louisville, Ky. – Prized catching prospect Gary Sanchez bashed a three-run homer in his first Triple-A plate appearance, but his Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees) fell to the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) on Saturday night, 6-3. The RailRiders’ (50-45) best winning streak in over a month halted at three in a row. The Bats (46-49) posted their first win since the All-Star break.

Sanchez crushed his 13th home run overall including his time at Double-A Trenton to provide the only SWB runs on the night. After allowing the round-tripper, Louisville starter David Holmberg (6-6) settled en route to seven innings of work, a quality start and his second win in as many starts against the RailRiders.

Louisville deadlocked the game in the second inning against starter Bryan Mitchell. Sent down from the bigs earlier in the day, Mitchell allowed a home run to Ryan LaMarre to start the second while Hernan Iribarren and Irving Falu delivered run-scoring contact later in the frame to tie it up.

Mitchell left a draw after 2.1 innings. He allowed three runs and four hits while walking two and tossing a wild pitch.

Danny Burawa (1-3), who was the originally announced Saturday starter, allowed a pair of doubles in the third with LaMarre’s effort plating Jermaine Curtis for the go-ahead run. LaMarre doubled home another run in the fifth and scored on a wild pitch that same frame to round out the scoring.

Burawa was charged with three runs on five hits, one walk and three wild pitches against two strikeouts over 2.2 innings.

The four-game series concludes at 6:05 p.m. on Sunday with usual reliever Diego Moreno (3-0, 2.56) facing fellow right-hander Keyvius Sampson (1-3, 5.02). The RailRiders will give away a special copy of Yankees Magazine to the first 2,500 fans in attendance on Friday, July 24, when the team hosts the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Gary Sanchez went 2-for-4 in his Triple-A debut. He left the Double-A Eastern League pacing the circuit in HR/AB ratio (1:19.4).

Cole Figueroa logged his team-best 34th multi-hit game, going 2-for-4. He has posted multiple hits in 13 of 15 at Triple-A.

Louisville pitching retired 14 of 15 to end the game.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 7-18-15

CLICK HERE for the July 18 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 5:35 p.m.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The RailRiders scored the game’s last four runs including three in the ninth to best the Bats on Friday night, 4-1.

MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD: Starter Esmil Rogers tossed a season-best seven innings of one-run ball. He struck out three and walked one. It marked his first quality start since his final outing as a Buffalo Bison on July 18, 2014 at Pawtucket (6IP, 6H, 3R, 2BB, 3K).

MY FAVORITE MARTIN: Chris Martin recorded his first Triple-A save of the season with a scoreless ninth. He also recorded a save for the Yankees against Tampa Bay on April 28 in the Bronx. All four Yankees pitchers that day have some time with SWB this season: starting pitcher/victor Chase Whitley and relievers Chasen Shreve, Rogers and Martin. Since a rough loss at Lehigh Valley on June 30 (1.2IP, 5H, 6R, 3BB, 2K) Martin has allowed just one unearned run over his last five outings and eight innings (6H, 1BB, 7K).

THREEPEAT?: The RailRiders have won three straight games for the first time since a six-game win streak from June 8-13. The team has only won back-to-back games four times since that spurt, including this current run.

FOR THE RECORD: The RailRiders recorded their second win of the season when trailing after seven innings. Every other IL team has multiple wins in such circumstances. SWB’s only other win when trailing after seven came versus Durham on May 21 when a 1-0 deficit after seven became 3-0 in the eighth. The home half of that inning saw run-scoring contact from Ramon Flores, Rob Refsnyder and Tyler Austin to deadlock the game. In the 10th, Ben Gamel‘s two-out single to deep center plated Refsnyder with the walk-off winner.

GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: After going 2-5 last homestand, the RailRiders stand eight games below .500 at PNC Field (21-29) and 14 games over on the road (29-15). The team has hit .283 on the road compared to a .262 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 235 runs in 44 games (5.3/game). At home, the squad has plated 182 runs in 50 games (3.6/game). The pitching has performed worse on the road (3.58 ERA) than at home (3.44 ERA). No IL team has a better road win percentage than the RailRiders (.659), who have won 22 of 30 away from Moosic.

GETTING FIGGY WITH IT: Cole Figueroa delivered his team-best 33rd multi-hit game, going 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored. He has posted multiple knocks in 12 of his last 14 Triple-A games. Since an 0-for-3 effort at Norfolk on May 11 lowered his average to .184, Figueroa has slashed .392/.431/.528/.959 with those numbers ranking 1st/2nd/4th/3rd in the IL. On the season, he checks in among the IL’s best in batting average (2nd, .323), hits (4th, 96) and plate appearance:strikeout ratio (1st, 19.47:1).

OLE JOSE: Jose Pirela went 2-for-4 with the game-winning RBI, a walk and a run scored. He entered the series in a 2-for-12 (.167) funk since rejoining the team from the bigs and in a 10-for-54 (.185) slide at Triple-A overall. He has gone 6-for-9 on the series with two doubles and three RBIs.

GUILTY AS CHARGED: Aaron Judge made his second professional start in center field, a position he played while attending Fresno State. He went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Through his first seven Triple-A games, Judge was 4-for-25 (.160/.267/.320/.587). In 14 games since, he has gone 18-for-55 (.327/.400/.418/.818).

OFF THE RAILS: Only Toledo (8) has lost more IL games than Louisville (6) this season when leading after seven innings…Kyle Roller received his team-high third intentional walk in the eighth inning…Tyler Austin went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and sits in a 3-for-20 slump with six whiffs in his modest five games played since June 25…The RailRiders and Bats rank first and second in the IL in batting average (.273/.264) and on-base percentage (.341/.333)…Louisville has the IL’s second-worst fielding percentage (.977) and error total (81) including three errors on this series  and two unearned runs last night…The Bats also by far lead the loop in double plays turned (115).

RailRiders Best Bats, 4-1

SWB Rallies Late for Third Straight Win 

Louisville, Ky. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) scored the game’s last four runs including three in the ninth to best the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) on Friday night, 4-1. The RailRiders have won three in a row for the first time since a six-game run from June 8-13.

SWB struggled against Major League rehabber Tony Cingrani. The southpaw tossed five scoreless innings, but loaded the bases in the fifth before striking out Jose Rosario looking after an 11-pitch plate appearance.

Louisville scored just once against starter Esmil Rogers who tossed a season-best seven innings. The run came in the sixth when Irving Falu’s leadoff triple was followed by a just-fair single from Jermaine Curtis.

The RailRiders used a similar recipe to tie the game in the eighth when Rosario tripled to start the inning against reliever Drew Hayes. Aaron Judge followed with an RBI double for a 1-1 deadlock.

In the ninth, run-scoring contact by Jose Pirela, Judge and Juan Graterol gave the RailRiders the 4-1 lead that would go final. It did so thanks to a scoreless inning by Chris Martin for his first save. Fellow reliever James Pazos (2-1) tossed a scoreless and hitless eighth for the victory.

The four-game series continues at 6:05 p.m. on Saturday with usual reliever, right-hander Danny Burawa (1-2, 2.12), facing southpaw David Holmberg (5-6, 4.63). The RailRiders will give away a special copy of Yankees Magazine to the first 2,500 fans in attendance on Friday, July 24, when the team hosts the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Cole Figueroa went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored. He leads the team with 33 multi-hit efforts including 12 of his last 14 with SWB.

Jose Pirela went 2-for-4 with the game-winning RBI, a walk and a run scored. He has gone 6-for-9 on the series.

Aaron Judge made his second professional start in center field, a position he played while attending Fresno State. He went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.

Kyle Roller received his team-high third intentional walk in the eighth inning.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 7-17-15

CLICK HERE for the July 17 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.

RALLY RIDERS: The RailRiders led by as many as six and owned a five-run lead in the ninth. But the Bats roared back to deadlock the game and force free baseball before a Kyle Roller home run and a perfect inning from Nick Goody gave the RailRiders an 8-7 win in 11 innings last night.

SIMPSON SIR, SECTOR 7G: A day removed from his “Top Star” showing in the Triple-A All-Star Game, Roller delivered his team-best 13th homer and became the first 2015 RailRider to reach 50 RBIs. The RailRiders’ first runs came off Aaron Judge‘s second Triple-A homer, a two-run, two-out line shot in the first inning. Including his time with Double-A Trenton, Judge paces the Yankees’ farm with 14 homers and 53 RBIs on the season. Coincidentally, the last homers for both Roller and Judge had come against Louisville. Roller had not homered since June 23 versus the Bats while Judge’s prior shot came against Louisville on June 25.

ALL GOODY: Goody fired a perfect 11th inning for his first Triple-A save. He jumped ahead 0-2 on all three men en route to striking out Ramon Cabrera, Chris Dominguez and Kyle Waldrop in succession (looking, looking, swinging). In 4.2 innings with SWB, Goody has allowed just two hits (.125 BAA), has issued no walks (0.43 WHIP) and has yet to allow a run while whiffing eight (15.43/9 IP).

SAVE IT: Goody has converted on five of his six save tries on the season including his Double-A tenure. However, the RailRiders’ bullpen has struggled bolting down games. Caleb Cotham (1-0) blew the save last night but got the win. The team has only converted on 27 of their 44 save opportunities (.614) on the year.

THREEPEAT?: The RailRiders have won back-to-back games for the first time since sweeping Pawtucket at McCoy Stadium July 3-4. SWB has not won three straight games since a six-game win streak from June 8-13. The team has only won back-to-back games four times since that spurt, including this current run.

NEAR MISS: Last night’s win saw the RailRiders avoid tying for their largest blown lead in a loss this season. They lost after leading by six at Lehigh Valley on June 30 and at Charlotte on April 30.

FOR THE RECORD: The RailRiders improved to an IL-best 6-2 in extra-innings and 15-11 in one-run games, good for the loop’s third-best win percentage (.577).

ALL GOOD THINGS: Greg Bird failed to reach base for the first time in his short 10-game run with SWB. He went 0-for-5 to end an eight-game hitting streak.

DOWNARD SPIRAL: The RailRiders have dropped 13 of 19. The slide began with a 15-2 loss to Louisville on June 25 that saw a number of franchise records tied. SWB has outscored its foes 78-76 since the lopsided loss to Louisville.

GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: After going 2-5 last homestand, the RailRiders stand eight games below .500 at PNC Field (21-29) and 13 games over on the road (28-15). The team has hit .283 on the road compared to a .262 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 231 runs in 43 games (5.4/game). At home, the squad has plated 182 runs in 50 games (3.6/game). The pitching has performed worse on the road (3.64 ERA) than at home (3.44 ERA). No IL team has a better road win percentage than the RailRiders (.651), who have won 21 of 29 away from Moosic.

GETTING FIGGY WITH IT: Cole Figueroa delivered his team-best 32nd multi-hit game. He has posted multiple knocks in 11 of his last 13 Triple-A games. Since an 0-for-3 effort at Norfolk on May 11 lowered his average to .184, Figueroa has slashed .387/.427/.521/.948 with those numbers ranking 1st/2nd/4th/4th in the IL.

QUALITY OVER QUANTITY: Starter Kyle Davies left in line for his team-best seventh win after posting his fourth straight quality start. He has gone 5-1 in eight games (seven starts) on the road with a 3.89 ERA. In nine nods at SWB he is 1-5 with a 4.56 ERA. In three starts this month, he is 1-0 with a 2.50 ERA.

WHAT A RELIEF: SWB used a season-high-tying six pitchers in the game for the first time since the 15-inning game versus Lehigh Valley on April 20.

Roller, Goody Carry RailRiders’ Rebound

SWB Blows Five-Run Ninth-Inning Lead, Wins in 11 

Louisville, Ky. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) led by as many as six and owned a five-run lead in the ninth. But the host Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) roared back to deadlock the game and force free baseball before a Kyle Roller home run and a perfect inning from Nick Goody gave the RailRiders an 8-7 win in 11 innings at Louisville Slugger Field on Thursday night.

SWB (49-44) scored six runs against prospect starter Robert Stephenson starting with a two-run homer by Aaron Judge in the first inning, his second at Triple-A. A four-run fifth saw run-scoring contact by Ben Gamel, Jose Pirela, Ramon Flores for a 6-0 advantage. That seemed to be enough thanks to a fourth straight quality start by Kyle Davies who allowed two runs on four hits in his six frames.

Then came the ninth. Pirela singled Gamel home in the top half of the inning for a gaudy 7-2 lead. But in the home ninth, the Bats (45-48) sent a man to the plate 10 times and scored five runs with the Chris Dominguez’s tying tally hitting the plate thanks to Pirela’s second error of the game.

Nick Rumbelow started the inning out of the bullpen but recorded one out while allowing four runs on three hits and a walk. Caleb Cotham (1-0) blew the save as he allowed an inherited runner to cross along with the unearned game-tying score on his own line.

But in the 11th Roller, coming off an outstanding showing in the Triple-A All-Star Game, smashed a no-doubter to right for his team-leading 13th home run and the 8-7 margin that would go final. In the bottom half of the inning, Goody jumped ahead of all three hitters he faced 0-2 and struck each man out for his first career Triple-A save.

The four-game series continues at 7:05 p.m. on Friday with veteran right-hander Esmil Rogers (0-0, 3.63) facing southpaw Tony Cingrani (0-0, 0.00). The RailRiders will give away a special copy of Yankees Magazine to the first 2,500 fans in attendance on Friday, July 24, when the team hosts the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 7-16-15

CLICK HERE for the July 16 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 rode dominant performances from their two youngest stars for an 8-1 win over the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) on Sunday afternoon. The win allowed the RailRiders to avoid a sweep defeat at the hands of the Bisons (45-46).

SEVERINO TIME: Starter Luis Severino (5-0) retired 15 of the 17 batters he faced over five scoreless innings. The 21-year-old allowed one hit, walked one and struck out four in efficient fashion on 64 pitches (41 strikes). All of his wins with SWB have come on the road. He has received 60 runs of support in his nine starts for a team-best 6.7/game. The RailRiders are 7-2 when he gets the nod.

BIRD IS THE WORD: SWB’s first runs came in the third inning when 22-year-old Greg Bird smashed his second home run in as many days, a three-run shot to right-center off starter Daniel Norris (2-9). Bird would collect another RBI with a single in the fifth as part of a 2-for-3 day with four RBIs, two walks and two runs scored. Bird has hit safely in eight straight games and has reached base safely in all of his nine Triple-A games.

DOWNARD SPIRAL: The RailRiders have dropped 13 of 18. The slide began with a 15-2 loss to Louisville on June 25 that saw a number of franchise records tied. SWB has outscored its foes 70-69 since the lopsided loss to Louisville.

GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: After going 2-5 last homestand, the RailRiders stand eight games below .500 at PNC Field (21-29) and 12 games over on the road (27-15). The team has hit .282 on the road compared to a .262 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 223 runs in 42 games (5.3/game). At home, the squad has plated 182 runs in 50 games (3.6/game). The pitching has performed worse on the road (3.62 ERA) than at home (3.44 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.643), who had won 17 of 20 away from Moosic before dropping five of their last eight.

UP, UP & AWAY: Rob Refsnyder followed up his MLB debut on Saturday with a special game two on Sunday. He went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer over the Green Monster that proved the difference in the 8-6 win. He left SWB as one of its hottest hitters, going 20-for-49 (.408) over his last 15 games including an active seven-game hitting streak. His 16 walks in that time tied for tops in the IL while his season-long .387 OBP ranked third. He had homered twice in his last four games played, both pull jobs hit with authority. His error total had also dropped dramatically month by month: April (7E in 20GP), May (4E in 24GP), June (2E in 27GP), July (0E in 10GP). He left with a .290 average, his best contact clip since he was at the same mark after play on May 30.

ALL-STAR UPDATE: Kyle Roller and Austin Romine each made an impact in the IL’s 4-3 defeat of the PCL in last night’s Triple-A All-Star Game. Roller took “Top Star” honors for the IL thanks chiefly to his two-run hit in the ninth that tied the game at 3-all. He came off the bench to go 2-for-2 with a walk. Romine also came off the bench worked a walk while going 0-for-1. He caught the game’s final three innings. The PCL’s “Top Star” was former Yankees farmhand Peter O’Brien who blasted a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth. He went 1-for-3 with a walk.

FUTURES PAST: Meanwhile, on Sunday in the prestigious Futures Game, SWB outfielder Aaron Judge posted an infield single in the 10-1 blowout win for the United States team over the World team. He went 1-for-4 as the starting DH with a run scored and a pair of strikeouts. Double-A Trenton catcher Gary Sanchez started as the World backstop. He doubled on a 1-for-2 day.

Severino, Bird Dominate in Lopsided Win

Young Guns Fuel Road Triumph

Buffalo, N.Y. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) rode dominant performances from their two youngest stars for an 8-1 win over the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) on Sunday afternoon. The win allowed the RailRiders (48-44) to avoid a sweep defeat at the hands of the Bisons (45-46).

The tone was set by 21-year-old starter Luis Severino (5-0) who retired 15 of the 17 batters he faced over five scoreless innings. He allowed one hit, walked one and struck out four in efficient fashion on 64 pitches (41 strikes).

SWB’s first runs came in the third inning when 22-year-old Greg Bird smashed his second home run in as many days, a three-run shot to right-center off starter Daniel Norris (2-9). Bird would collect another RBI with a single in the fifth as part of a 2-for-3 day with four RBIs, two walks and two runs scored. Bird has hit safely in eight straight games and has reached base safely in all of his nine Triple-A games.

Kyle Roller snapped an extended hitting funk with a three-hit performance that included a run-scoring single in that same fifth frame. He doubled twice to match his extra-base hit total over his prior 16 games. Dan Fiorito drove home a third run in that fifth inning as Norris allowed six runs on nine hits over 4.2 innings.

Ramon Flores’ sac fly made it 7-0 in the sixth and Jose Rosario connected on an RBI single in the seventh for his first Triple-A hit and an 8-0 margin.

Former SWB star Melky Mesa was hit by Caleb Cotham’s first pitch out of the bullpen to begin the ninth. He would later spoil the shutout by scoring on Ryan Schimpf’s sac fly that made for the game’s penultimate out.

The RailRiders will enjoy a three-game respite for the All-Star break before returning to play on Thursday at Louisville against the Bats (Cincinnati Reds) at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Kyle Davies (6-6, 4.34) will get the ball for SWB against fellow righty Robert Stephenson (2-0, 1.64). The RailRiders will give away a special copy of Yankees Magazine to the first 2,500 fans in attendance on Friday, July 24, when the team hosts the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders –

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