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Mitchell Stumps Red Sox as RailRiders Snap Pawtucket’s Run

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

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

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

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

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

The RailRiders continue the ten-game homestand Monday, July 28 when SWB hosts Pawtucket for the final game of the four-game set at 7:05 p.m. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has yet to announce a starter, while the Red Sox counter with the righty Steven Wright (5-1, 2.21).  John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio -The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailirders.com.

OFF THE RAILS

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

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

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

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RailRiders Drop Marathon Affair, 8-5

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

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

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

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

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

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

The RailRiders continue the ten-game homestand Sunday, July 27 when SWB hosts the Red Sox for a 1:05 p.m. start. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will toss left-hander Bryan Mitchell (1-1, 4.15) while the Red Sox counter with the righty Matt Barnes (5-7, 4.89).  John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on MyNetwork TV while Jim Riley fills in on radio with the pregame show beginning at 12:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio -The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailirders.com.

OFF THE RAILS

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

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

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

Eight-Run Fourth Dooms RailRiders in Loss

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

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

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

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

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

The RailRiders continue the ten-game homestand Saturday, July 26 when SWB hosts Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) for the second of four at 7:05 p.m. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has yet to announce a starter, while the Red Sox counter with the righty Allen Webster (4-4, 3.10).  John Sadak andAaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio -The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailirders.com.

OFF THE RAILS

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

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

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RailRiders Sweep G-Braves with Twinbill Win

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The RailRiders begin a ten-game homestand Friday, July 25 when SWB welcomes in the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) for the first of four at 7:05 p.m. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will toss left-hander Matt Tracy (1-2, 3.57) while the Red Sox counter with the righty Anothny Ranaudo (11-4, 2.54).  John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio -The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailirders.com.

OFF THE RAILS

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

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

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

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

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RailRiders and Braves Suspended by Rain

Lawrenceville, Ga. – The good times kept on rolling for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) Wednesday night, that is until an 1:02 rain delay spoiled the RailRiders’ fun through the first 2.2 innings with SWB leading 8-0. Zoilo Almonte clubbed two home runs in his first two at-bats, and the RailRiders marched 10 men to the plate in a seven-run third inning prior to the driving rain halting play. The RailRiders and Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves) will resume Wednesday night’s suspended affair on Thursday, July 24 at 11 a.m. with Taylor Dugas at the plate and the RailRiders batting with two outs in the third.

Following the completion of the nine-inning game, both clubs will play a seven-inning contest to complete the four-game series.

Almonte had led the charge from the start, blasting the first of his two home runs on a 2-2 pitch off G-Braves’ starter and SWB alumnus Kanekoa Texeira on a moonshot home run over the right field wall for the initial lead, 1-0. The RailRiders added to the advantage in a seven-run third. Almonte gave SWB the plush 4-0 cushion on his second dinger of the night, a three-run tater to right. Kyle Rollerand Austin Romine followed an Adonis Garcia fly out with back-to-back base hits to center and a walk to Corban Joseph loaded the bases for Rob Segedin. The newest RailRider collected his seventh RBI in three games with a bases loaded walk before Carmen Angelini followed with a two-run single that made the lead 8-0.

The RailRiders and G-Braves conclude the four-game series Thursday, July 24 when the two resume tonight’s game in the visiting third at 11:00 a.m. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will toss left-hander Nik Turley (0-2, 6.14) in game No. 2 while the Braves counter with the righty Terry Doyle (6-5, 3.65).  John Sadak will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 10:30 a.m. on NEPA Sports Radio -The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailirders.com.

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Segedin Collects Five RBI as RailRiders Hammer G-Braves

Lawrenceville, Ga. – The Rob Segedin show began Monday with a run-scoring sacrifice fly and continued Tuesday night at Coolray Field in suburban Atlanta as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders’ (Triple-A/New York Yankees) recently received infielder collected a career-high five RBI and blasted his first-career grand slam in a 7-0 route of the Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves).

Gwinette’s Aaron Northcraft and SWB’s Bryan Mitchell dueled to a scoreless tie through the first three frames, with Mitchell striking out four G-Braves along the way. A walk to John Ryan Murphy gave the RailRiders a runner in the fourth before Segedin collected his first Triple-A hit and RBI with a swing a of the bat, a base hit left field that plated Murphy from second for the lead, 1-0.

A pair of miscues by the Braves helped hang a crooked number in the visiting sixth. A pair of errors by shortstop Ozzie Martinez and third baseman Joe Leonard loaded the bases, before Segidin capped the frame with a his first home run as a RailRider, a grand slam to left field that cleared the bases and gave the RailRiders the comfortable 5-0 lead.

The RailRiders tacked on a few more insurance run from there, as a double by Adonis Garcia and back-to-back walks by Kyle Roller and Murphy loaded the bases before Austin Romine plated two runs with a base hit up the middle.

Bryan Mitchell (1-1) spun five scoreless innings and combined with two other RailRiders’ relievers in the win, while Northcraft (0-3) scattered six hits and was tagged for three runs in the loss.

The RailRiders and continue the four-game series with the Braves Wednesday, July 22 with the third game of the series scheduled for a 6:35 p.m. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will toss right-hander Kris Leroux (2-2, 5.08) while the Braves counter with the righty Kanekoa Texeira (1-2, 3.94).  John Sadak will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:05 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio -The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailirders.com.

OFF THE RAILS

The RailRiders recorded their eighth shutout win of 2014 and second of the eight-game road trip. The shutout win coincided with the RailRiders current 15 inning scoreless streak. The RailRiders have not allowed the G-Braves to plate a run since Joey Terdoslavich’s solo home run in the home second on July 21.

Bryan Mitchell recorded his first career win above the Double-A level. The decision came in his third start with SWB.

Catcher John Ryan Murphy continues to heat up, going 1-for-2 with three walks in Tuesday’s 7-0 win. The base hit extended Murphy’s current hitting streak to a season-high four games. During the four-game run Murphy’s average has risen nearly 31 points from .200 on July 18 to .231 on July 22.

Prior to today’s contest against Gwinnett the New York Yankees announced the trade of ING Yangervis Solarte and RHP Rafael De Paula to the San Diego Padres in exchange for INF Chase Headley and cash considerations. Solarte appeared in five games for SWB this season from July 5-9, going 12-for-20 with four extra-base hits and five RBI.

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RailRider Take Pitcher’s Duel and Series Opener

Lawrenceville, Ga. – A pair of clubs in desperate need of some innings from their starting pitchers got just that and more Monday evening at Coolray Field in suburban Atlanta. A night after the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) plated a season-high 16 runs the RailRiders struggled to solve the puzzle of Cody Martin. Fortunately for SWB, right-hander Bruce Billings was equally impressive in a 2-1 come-from-behind victory.

Billings and Martin dueled to a 1-1 tie through the first six frames. Billings’ lone blemish came courtesy of a mammoth solo jack by Braves’ first baseman Joey Terdoslovich in home second. He settled down from there, retiring 15 of his next 16 batters before Terdoslavich snapped a strand of eight-straight retired with a single to center. Terdoslavich went first-to-third on the following base knock to right, but Billings danced around the Gwinnett threat by retiring Mark Hamilton on an infield fly and Elmer Reyes on a strikeout to strand the go-ahead runners.

The RailRiders offence struggled mightily, totaling a pair of base hits before breaking through with the tying run in visiting third. Taylor Dugas reached on and infield single and took second on a throwing error by Phillip Gosselin. Rob Refsnyder tied the game at run apiece with a booming double to left. Martin settled from there retiring the next 11 in a row before handing the baton to Atahualpa Severino in the visiting eighth.

With Martin out of the game, the RailRiders took advantage. Adonis Garcia led off the visiting ninth with a bouncing single down the first base line. Kyle Roller’s opposite-way single to left-center pushed the go-ahead run to second before John Ryan Murphy followed with a sacrifice bunt that advanced both runners. Newest RailRiders Rob Segedin joined the party with a deep sacrifice fly right that plated Garcia from third and gave the RailRiders the lead 2-1.

Edgmer Escalona (2-2) picked up the win for SWB, spinning two scoreless frames and receiving some help by Jose Pirela on a couple of tough ground balls in the ninth to secure the win. Severino (3-3) was slated with loss after a hand-me-down man scored in the visiting ninth.

The RailRiders and continue the four-game series with the Braves Tuesday, July 21 with the second game of the series scheduled for a 6:35 p.m. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will toss right-hander Bryan Mitchell (0-1, 6.75) while the Braves counter with the righty Aaron Northcraft (0-3, 7.84).  John Sadak will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:05 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio -The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailirders.com.

OFF THE RAILS

Bruce Billings gave the RailRiders his team team-best fourth outing of seven innings or more. In contract, Billings has four of the RailRiders’ 10 outings of seven innings or more this season. No other RailRiders has done it twice.

Rob Refsnyder’s RBI double in third inning snapped a string of eight-straight games without an extra-base hit. His last such hit occured on July 10 against the Rochester Red Wings when he went 1-for-4 with a home run.

The RailRiders 2-1 victory marked the four-strait error-free contest for SWB, tying a season-high. The last time the RailRiders went four-straight games without a miscue was from June 5-8.

Edgmer Escalona spun two scoreless innings of relief and notched his second win with the RailRiders in the process. Since signing with the New York Yankees on July 2, Escalona has spun 14 innings without allowing an earned run. The lone run given up came in his debut for SWB on July 2 against the Buffalo Bisons.

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Hit Parade Marches RailRiders Past Knights

Charlotte, N.C. – A rare recipe of solid pitching and powerful hitting helped the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) solve the riddle of the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) in a 16-5 drilling of the Knights Sunday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark. Carmen Angelini, Kyle Roller and Adonis Garcia each blasted home runs and all nine members of the RailRiders offensive nine collected a base hit to help the club avoid the series sweep.

And early 1-0 deficit was promptly erased in the second. Garcia jumped on an early pitch for a leadoff single and took third on Austin Romine’s double to left. With runners at second and third, John Ryan Murphy put the RailRiders on the board with a sacrifice fly to center. A bruised batter followed before Angelini’s three-run tater put SWB up for good at 4-1 and the route was on.

SWB tacked on two more after a string of singles by Rob Refsnyder, Zoilo Almonte and Garcia loaded the bases to open the third. A wild pitch plated Refsnyder from third and Romine’s groundball doubleplay plated another to hang the crooked number. Murphy rounded out the frame with his second RBI of the night, a base hit to right that scored Garcia and pushed the lead to 7-1.

A scoreless fourth followed, but the local nine wasn’t done just yet. The RailRiders continued to let out a cry of frustration, this time with a five-run fifth inning the chased starter Daniel McCutchen. A two-run moonshot dinger by Roller and run-scoring knocks by Angelini and Jose Pirela highlighted the frame and put the contest out of reach at 12-1.

Charlotte would a get a few runs back in fifth and sixth and Andy Wilkins clubbed two home run in a 3-for-5 effort, but the RailRiders followed with crooked numbers in the seventh and eighth to pad the lead and finish off the Knights. Matt Tracy spun 5.1 innings and issued two home runs before departing in favor of Jim Miller in the sixth. The win was the first for Tracy at the Triple-A level while McCutchen was slated with the loss, his first decision as a member of the Knights pitching staff.

The RailRiders and continue the eight-game road trip Monday, July 21 when the club opens a four-game series with the Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves). Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will toss right-hander Bruce Billings (4-5, 5.34) while the Braves counter with the righty Cody Martin (6-6, 3.52).  John Sadak will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:05 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio —The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailirders.com.

OFF THE RAILS

Carmen Angelini collected four RBI and homered for the first time since August 8, 2013 against the Erie Sea Wolves with Double-A Trenton. The four RBI tied a career high for Angelini and also tied for the most runs driven in by a RailRider this year.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the RailRiders and allowed the club to avoid dropping to season-worst nine games under .500. Conversely, the RailRiders snapped Charlotte’s five-game run, which had been the Knights’ longest run of success since the team won eight straight from August 11-18, 2012.

The 16-runs for the RailRiders marked the club’s highest run-scoring output since the club also scored 16 on May 4 against the Norfolk Tides. 

John Ryan Murphy’s sacrifice fly RBI in visiting second ended a 13 inning scoreless streak for the RailRiders’ offense.

 

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Charlotte Retires 16-Straight RailRiders in Win

Charlotte, N.C. – Micah Johson’s leadoff triple in the first was just a sign of things to come Saturday night at BB&T Ballpark, as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders’ (Triple-A/New York Yankees) Southern nemesis got the best of them once again, this time in the form of a 7-0 loss. The Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) rode the arms of Andre Rienzo and four Knights relievers to the shutout victory, while a triumvirate of crooked numbers by Charlotte’s juggernaut offensive attack paved the way.

Rienzo received his first start for the Knights since April 14 and carried a one-hitter through five innings pitched. Rienzo retired his final 10 batters faced before handing the baton to Matt Zaleski in the visiting sixth. Charlotte pitching retired 16-straight RailRiders after Antoan Richardson’s two-out walk loaded the bases in the second, marking the RailRiders’ last base runner until Taylor Dugas’ leadoff knock in the visiting eighth.

The Knights’ offence took advantage of the solid outing, hanging crooked numbers in the first, fourth and seventh innings en route to the shutout victory. The omen wasn’t good from the beginning. Starter Nik Turley yielded a free-swinging first-pitch triple to Micah Johnson who later scored on a run-scoring base hit by Josh Phegley for Charlotte’s initial run. The second tally came courtesy of Jordan Danks’ sacrifice fly to center that plated Marcus Semien from third for the 2-0 lead.

A bruised batter in the fourth was followed by a two-run bomb by Dan Black that was aided by the friendly confines of of the ballpark for the 4-0 lead. All nine men in Knights’ offensive nine marched to plate off reliever Joel De La Cruz, plating three runs on RBI singles plate appearances by Jordan Danks, Matt Davidson and Andy Wilkins brought the game to its final score of 7-0.

The Knights’ pitching staff faced just one batter over the minimum after Richardson’s walk in the second en route to the win. Turley spun four innings and struck out a season-high six batters in the loss while Rienzo notched his first win for the Knights as one of five pitchers used on the evening.

The RailRiders and Knights conclude the four-game run Sunday, July 20 with the first pitch scheduled for 5:05 p.m. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will toss left-hander Matt Tracy (0-2, 3.12) while Charlotte counters with the righty Daniel McCutchen (0-0, 7.20).  John Sadak will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 4:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio —The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailirders.com.

OFF THE RAILS

Rob Refsnyder went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the ninth inning, dipping his July batting average down to .226. His fifteen strikeouts in 16 games this month even his total output or the month of June while his on-base percentage has dipped from a June best of .494 to .304 in July. 

The 7-0 defeat marked the seventh time the RailRiders have been shutout this season. The loss was the RailRiders’ second shutout loss of the month (1-0 to Buffalo on July 7 in eight innings) and first nine-inning blanking since a 7-0 loss to the Columbus Clippers on June 14. 

The loss dropped the RailRiders to a season-worst eight-games under .500 at 46-54 and brought the RailRiders to 1-6 this season against the Charlotte Knights.

The win for Charlotte marked the club’s first five-game winning streak since 2012. The Knights have now won nine of their last 12 ballgames.

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

 

Charlotte Bashes its Way Past RailRiders

Charlotte, N.C. – They rallied and tied it, overcoming an early three-run deficit along the way, but a two-run sixth inning went the way of the local nine in an 8-4 loss for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) to the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) Friday night at BB&T Bank Stadium. The loss to Chicago’s top satellite dropped the RailRiders to 1-5 against their IL South brethren this season.

A story that began well quickly turned sour. Zoilo Almonte doubled with two outs in the first and scored on Adonis Garcia’s single to left-center that gave the RailRiders the 1-0 lead. Starter Chris Leroux faced a batter over the minimum his first time through the lineup, striking out three in the process before it all began to unwind.

Marred by a sea of singles, Leroux allowed Charlotte to plate its first two runs in the home third. Four-straight batters reached with two outs in the frame, before Marcus Semien and Josh Phelgley delivered back-to-back base knocks to tilt the game in the Knights’ favor, 2-1. A passed ball plated another run in the home third, and Micah Johnson made the deficit three with his second base hit of the night, a drive to center that pushed the lead to 4-1.

Much the like the night that came before, the resolute RailRiders mounted a rally. SWB sent nine men to the plate in the sixth-inning, receiving successive run-scoring knocks by John Ryan MurphyCorban Joseph and Carmen Angelini that brought the game back even at 6-6. Crooked numbers would bridge the Knights’ sixth and seventh, highlighted by Danks’ two-run dinger to right that brought the game to its final resting point of 8-4.

Jeremy Bleich (0-3) tossed an 1.1 innings and was tagged for two hand-me down runs in the loss, while former Yankee and SWB product Chen-Ming Wang (9-5) notched his first win as a Knight.

The RailRiders and Knights continue the four-game run Saturday, July 19 with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will toss left-hander Nik Turley (0-1, 5.82) while Charlotte counters with the righty Andre Rienzo (0-2, 4.80).  John Sadak will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio -The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailirders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Charlotte’s Jordan Danks connected on his IL-leading 19th home run of the season in the 8-4 win. The home run was Danks’ fifth home run in six games against the Railriders this season and his third in the first two games of the four-game series.

Chris Leroux was tagged for four runs and six hits in the 8-4 loss to the Knights. The four-inning outing by Leroux marked his shortest appearance with the RailRiders since he went four complete a 4-2 loss to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on April 21.

With the loss SWB fell to a seasons-worst 13.5 games back of first place in the IL North, while following to a season-low seven games below .500.

The RailRiders fell 1-5 against the Charlotte Knights and 7-15 against the IL South. In contrast the RailRiders have claimed have gone 3-7 against IL South opponents on the road.

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! -

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