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Mitchell Tosses Seven Strong in Birthday Win

Prospect Hurler Leads SWB to Series Victory

Syracuse, N.Y.Bryan Mitchell celebrated his 24th birthday with seven innings of three-hit baseball as his Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) bested the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) on Sunday, 4-1. Mitchell (1-1) logged his first win of the season while southpaw Jacob Lindgren notched his second save with a pair of scoreless innings. The RailRiders’ (5-6) third straight win gave them the series over the Chiefs (4-7), 3-1.

Syracuse struck first when Jason Martinson bounced into a run-scoring 6-4-3 double play in the fourth inning. But that play ignited a fierce finish by Mitchell who retired 11 of the last 12 he faced including the final seven in succession. He struck out four and walked three on 94 pitches (59 strikes).

Rob Segedin began the home fifth with a single. Two outs later, the red-hot Ben Gamel scored him from second base with a first-pitch single up the middle to tie the game.

The game ultimately tipped in the sixth when the first three RailRiders reached and all three scored. Each of those runs went unearned on starter Taylor Jordan (1-1) thanks to a pair of Chiefs errors including one by Jordan himself. Nick Noonan and Eddy Rodriguez each notched an RBI in the inning that made it 4-1.

The RailRiders return home on Monday for a seven-game homestand. It starts with the first of three against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) at 6:35 p.m. on a Dollar Dog Monday. In a battle of right-handers, SWB will send Jaron Long (0-1, 7.59) out against Jason Berken (1-1, 12.79) for the first IronRail series of the season. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Ben Gamel posted a pair of hits and an RBI. He returns home with a .464 average on the young season (13-for-28) with a .531 on-base percentage. He has multiple hits in five consecutive games. He served as the SWB leadoff man for the second time this season and for the 30th time in his now 423-game professional career.

Bryan Mitchell became the first RailRiders hurler to last seven innings in a game this season. He fell one out shy of his longest professional outing. He went 7.1 innings for Double-A Trenton against New Britain on Aug. 29, 2013.

Rob Refsnyder made a fielding error in the eighth inning, his team-worst fifth of the year.

The Chiefs failed to notch an extra-base hit and went 0-for-9 with men in scoring position.

After facing the Chiefs in eight of their first 11 games this season, the RailRiders will not see Syracuse again until June 4.

– SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

SWB Game Notes 4-19-15

CLICK HERE for the April 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 12:35 p.m.

BOOKEND EFFORT: Kyle Davies weaved together five strong innings and the offense backed up the right-hander with 12 hits as the RailRiders shut out the Syracuse Chiefs on Saturday afternoon, 6-0.

THAT’S A START: Davies retired 13 of the first 14 men he faced before allowing a pair of baserunners in his fifth and final frame. He struck out six and walked one on 70 pitches (46 strikes).

DOWN THE STRETCH: Danny Burawa and Tyler Webb combined to pitch the final four scoreless frames for SWB. Burawa allowed two hits and walked a batter. Webb surrendered a triple, but struck out two.

NO SOUP FOR YOU: The Chiefs only advanced one baserunner to third, a two-out triple by Tony Gwynn, Jr. in the eighth inning.

GREAT SUCCESS: The RailRiders’ first shutout of the season leaves the league with only two teams that have yet to blank a foe: Gwinnett and Lehigh Valley.

TEAM EFFORT: Seven of the nine RailRiders recorded a hit and four of them finished with at least two hits.

RAZOR RAMON: Ramon Flores cranked his league-leading fourth home run of the season. He has as many dingers as six other IL teams. He outright paces the circuit in home runs and stands tied for the most big flies in all of MiLB. His brisk beginning to the season has him on pace to club 58 homers this season. He entered 2015 with 36 career home runs in 588 games. Flores has bashed double-digit home runs in a season just once when he collected 11 with Low-A Charleston in 2011.

LORD I WAS BORN A GAMELING MAN: Ben Gamel recorded three hits, two runs scored and an RBI. His fourth straight multi-hit effort of the season lifted his average to .478 (11-for-23). He owns an OBP of .556.

ON A ROLL: Kyle Roller singled and walked on a 1-for-4 day. The team’s usual first baseman has hit safely in five straight games and shares the team lead in hits. He has gone 11-for-34 (.324) with a team-best seven walks for a .439 OBP.

HIGH NOONAN: Nick Noonan doubled in a run and posted a pair of hits. He had played exclusively shortstop in his first seven SWB games, but started at second base on Saturday. After starting the season 2-for-13 (.154) in his first four games he has gone 5-for-12 (.417) over his last four games with four RBIs.

IT FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME: Saturday’s success made for the team’s first back-to-back victories since winning five straight from Aug. 15-19 last season. That run included a four-game sweep at Pawtucket and a win versus Syracuse.

OUT OF BALANCE: For the first time in the RailRiders era, SWB plays an unbalanced schedule. The IL docket had seen the club face its divisional brothers 16 times (eight home/eight road) and its non-divisional foes eight times (four home/four road). This year proves uneven in an effort to aid travel. Here is the breakdown for the RailRiders’ schedule against their divisional opponents: Rochester (20); Pawtucket (19); Lehigh Valley (18); Buffalo (17); Syracuse (16).

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders will be halfway through the 16-game Syracuse portion of their schedule after today’s road trip finale…They will not see the Chiefs again until June 4…All six of SWB’s home runs this season have been solo shots.

Davies Sharp as RailRiders Blank Chiefs

Syracuse, N.Y.Kyle Davies weaved together five strong innings and the offense backed up their right-hander with 12 hits as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) shutout the Syracuse Chiefs 6-0 on Saturday afternoon at NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse, N.Y. The RailRiders (4-6) took a 2-1 advantage in the four-game series with the win. The Chiefs dropped to an equal record of 4-6.

Davies (1-0) stymied the Chiefs, allowing just two hits and a walk in his SWB debut. He fanned six hitters. Former RailRiders hurler Bruce Billings (0-1) absorbed the loss in his first outing against his former team. The right-hander allowed three runs on five hits across five innings. He walked two and struck out a pair.

Nick Noonan got the RailRiders on the board in the second inning. After Game extended the frame with a single, Noonan drove a double to the right field corner and Game scored easily from first. Jonathan Galvez beat out a potential double play in the second to bring in Tyler Austin for a 2-0 advantage in the third.

Ramon Flores clubbed his fourth home run of the year in the fifth inning. The solo moonshot put SWB up 3-0. Gamel added to the advantage in the sixth. Cole Figueroa doubled with one away and scored on Gamel’s second hit of the afternoon. Figueroa plated a run in the seventh on a two out single that scored Austin from third.

Slade Heathcott drove in the final tally in the ninth. Gamel and Noonan opened the frame with consecutive knocks sandwiching a wild pitch and Heathcott scored Gamel with a hard single to right.

The four-game series wraps up on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Right-hander Bryan Mitchell (0-1, 3.68) is scheduled to throw against RHP Taylor Jordan (1-0, 0.00). The team returns home on Monday, April 20, to host the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Ben Gamel recorded three hits and an RBI. It was his fourth multi-hit effort of the season and increased his average to .478.

Danny Burawa and Tyler Webb combined to pitch the final four scoreless frames for SWB. Burawa allowed two hits and walked a batter. Webb surrendered a triple, but struck out two.

Seven of the nine RailRiders recorded a hit and four of them finished with at least two hits.

The Chiefs only advanced one base runner to third, a two-out triple by Tony Gwynn Jr. in the seventh inning.

– SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

SWB Game Notes 4-18-15

CLICK HERE for the April 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 12:35 p.m.

BOOKEND EFFORT: Slade Heathcott began Friday night’s game at NBT Bank Stadium with his first career Triple-A home run. He ended it with a 10th-inning sacrifice fly that proved the difference in his RailRiders’ win over the host Syracuse Chiefs, 8-7. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the RailRiders and dropped the Chiefs back below .500.

TRIPLE THREAT: Heathcott posted three hits and three RBIs. He has been particularly effective against right-handed hurlers (9-for-28, .321/.367/.500/.867).

TO WHIT: SWB starter Chase Whitley allowed just three hits and three runs over six innings. He overcame a career-high four walks to become the first RailRiders’ starter to toss at least six innings this season.

MULTIPLICITY: Ramon Flores doubled on a 2-for-6 night with two RBIs. The RailRiders also got multi-hit showings from Jonathan Galvez and Austin Romine with each man scoring a pair of runs.

FOR THE WIN: Jose Ramirez (1-0) fired 1.2 scoreless innings for the victory. The former starter had not won since his penultimate SWB outing of 2014, a Fourth of July relief effort versus Buffalo in the team’s most dramatic victory of the season. Rob Refsnyder capped a comeback from 5-2 deficit with a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth. The two-out, three-run shot won the MiLBY for “Home Run of the Year” from MiLB.com.

UNEARNED: The teams combined for five errors last night with one of the RailRiders’ two boo boos placing a Chief on base. Mark Minicozzi not only got aboard on Cole Figueroa‘s eighth-inning mistake, he also scored. Fifteen of the 51 runs (29%) scored by SWB foes have gone unearned on the pitching staff. The RailRiders and Chiefs are tied for the second-most errors in the league (11), trailing only Durham (16). SWB has the circuit’s second-worst fielding percentage outright at .967.

TSUNAMI OF RUNS: Since besting Syracuse on Opening Night 8-3, the RailRiders have lost six of eight. In that time, SWB has been outscored 48-26.

NOT-SO-GENTLE BEN: Ben Gamel went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Through six games played he has gone 8-for-19 (.421) with two triples and a pair of walks (.522 OBP).

ROCKY START: SWB has not started seasons particularly well since adopting the nickname RailRiders. In 2013 the record stood at 3-6 through nine games en route to a fifth-place finish and a 68-76 mark. In 2014, the club was 4-5 through and again finished in fifth place at 68-76. But bad beginnings don’t always lead to rough finishes. The 2012 SWB Yankees began the year 4-5 and rebounded to win the division at 84-60. A win today would make for the team’s first back-to-back victories since winning five straight from Aug. 15-19 last season. That run included a four-game sweep at Pawtucket and a win versus Syracuse.

OUT OF BALANCE: For the first time in the RailRiders era, SWB plays an unbalanced schedule. The IL docket had seen the club face its divisional brothers 16 times (eight home/eight road) and its non-divisional foes eight times (four home/four road). This year proves uneven in an effort to aid travel. Here is the breakdown for the RailRiders’ schedule against their divisional opponents: Rochester (20); Pawtucket (19); Lehigh Valley (18); Buffalo (17); Syracuse (16).

OFF THE RAILS: Neither team had played an extra-inning game this season entering the game…The RailRiders will be halfway through the Syracuse portion of their schedule after Sunday’s road trip finale.

Heathcott Plays Hero in Extra-Inning Victory

Leadoff Man Delivers Game’s First and Final Runs 

Syracuse, N.Y.Slade Heathcott began Friday night’s game at NBT Bank Stadium with his first career Triple-A home run. He ended it with a 10th-inning sacrifice fly that proved the difference in his Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders’ (Triple-A/New York Yankees) win over the host Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals), 8-7. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the RailRiders (3-6) and dropped the Chiefs back below .500 (4-5).

Heathcott’s leadoff homer off Scott McGregor gave SWB a 1-0 lead. Two walks, a McGregor error and a pair of two-out hits then combined for a three-run second inning that ballooned the advantage to 4-0. The Chiefs responded with a picket fence when they plated single scores in four of the next five innings.

With the lead slimmed to a single score at 5-4, the RailRiders found breathing room in the top of the eighth thanks to RBIs from Nick Noonan and Ramon Flores. In the home half of the frame, however, Syracuse’s Kila Ka’aihue slammed a three-run homer to right field off of Nick Rumbelow to tie the game at 7.

Jose Ramirez (1-0) entered in relief thereafter and authored 1.2 scoreless innings of one-hit ball en route to the win. That was possible thanks to some late small ball. Jonathan Galvez singled off third baseman Ian Stewart’s glove to start the visiting 10th and Austin Romine followed with a single of his own. Noonan then dropped a successful sacrifice to advance the runners and Heathcott followed with a sac fly to center for the 8-7 edge.

Southpaw Jacob Lindgren struck out two in a scoreless 10th to log his first Triple-A save.

The four-game series continues on Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Right-hander Kyle Davies is scheduled to make his SWB debut against the RailRiders’ Opening Day man from a year ago, Bruce Billings (0-0, 1.80). The team returns home on Monday, April 20, to host the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Slade Heathcott posted three hits and three RBIs.

Neither team had played an extra-inning game this season entering the game.

SWB starter Chase Whitley allowed just three hits and three runs over six innings.

Ramon Flores doubled on a 2-for-6 night with two RBIs. The RailRiders also got multi-hit showings from Jonathan Galvez and Austin Romine with each man scoring a pair of runs. 

– SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

SWB Game Notes 4-17-15

CLICK HERE for the April 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 5:35 p.m.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The RailRiders dropped their first road game of 2015 at Syracuse on Thursday afternoon, 10-2. The RailRiders dropped their fourth straight affair while the Chiefs got back to .500.

TSUNAMI OF RUNS: Since besting Syracuse on Opening Night 8-3, the RailRiders have lost six of seven. In that time, SWB has been outscored 41-18.

MASTER CHIEFS: Eight of the nine men in Syracuse’s lineup notched a hit. The lone exception, nine-hole hitter Josh Johnson, worked a walk on an 0-for-3 day. Seven different Chiefs had at least one RBI.

EIGHT? NOT SO GREAT: The Chiefs sent all nine men to the plate in the third inning and had eight take a turn at the dish in the sixth. The day before, Rochester batted around in the sixth and ninth innings at PNC Field. Entering today, opposing lineups have sent eight or more to the plate in four of the last 12 innings.

SLADE OF STEAL: Twice Slade Heathcott had a chance to rob Ian Stewart of a home run. He just missed grabbing Stewart’s shot to right-center in the sixth. It cleared the wall for Stewart’s first dinger of the year. But Heathcott’s seventh-inning leap in true right saw him reach over the fence to bring a ball back for an out. Heathcott singled and drove in a run on Thursday.

NOT-SO-GENTLE BEN: Ben Gamel went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Through six games played he has gone 8-for-19 (.421) with two triples and a pair of walks (.522 OBP).

WHAT GOES UP: Tyler Austin hit third in the order for the first time with SWB on Wednesday, but he endured a rare bad day. Austin went 0-for-4 with a walk and wore the golden sombrero for the first time in his now 356-game pro career with four strikeouts. Usual three-hole hitter Rob Refsnyder got his first day off of the season. Austin has hit fifth most often through the RailRiders’ early stage of the season, a spot he saw more than any other with Double-A Trenton last year (46 times in 105 games played). He was the regular three-hole stick for the Thunder in 2013 (76 times in 83 games played).

ROCKY START: SWB has not started seasons particularly well since adopting the nickname RailRiders. In 2013 the record stood at 2-6 through eight games en route to a fifth-place finish and a 68-76 mark. In 2014, the club was 3-5 through eight contests and again finished in fifth place at 68-76. But bad beginnings don’t always lead to rough finishes. The 2012 SWB Yankees began the year 3-5 and rebounded to win the division at 84-60. A loss tonight would make for the team’s worst start through nine games in the Yankees era and since at least 2004.

OUT OF BALANCE: For the first time in the RailRiders era, SWB plays an unbalanced schedule. The IL docket had seen the club face its divisional brothers 16 times (eight home/eight road) and its non-divisional foes eight times (four home/four road). This year proves uneven in an effort to aid travel. Here is the breakdown for the RailRiders’ schedule against their divisional opponents: Rochester (20); Pawtucket (19); Lehigh Valley (18); Buffalo (17); Syracuse (16).

OFF THE RAILS: Jonathan Galvez doubled once, walked twice and scored a run…Rob Refsnyder was charged with his fourth error of the season when he made an off-line throw to first in the fifth inning…Former RailRider Rich Hill walked two and struck out two in the final frame for Syracuse…The RailRiders will be halfway through the Syracuse portion of their schedule after Sunday’s road trip finale.

Chiefs Take Series Opener from RailRiders

Chiefs Take Series Opener from RailRiders

SWB Drops First Road Game of 2015

Syracuse, N.Y. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) dropped their first road game of the 2015 season on Thursday afternoon at NBT Bank Stadium to the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals), 10-2. The RailRiders (2-6) dropped their fourth straight affair while the Chiefs (4-4) got back to .500.

Taylor Hill (1-0) earned the win by limiting the RailRiders to two runs on five hits over 6.2 innings. Eric Wooten (0-1) took the loss in his first Triple-A start. Wooten surrendered four runs on seven hits across his four frames of work.

The RailRiders tallied their two runs in the seventh. Taylor Hill was an out away from making it through seven up 9-0 when Jonathan Galvez worked a walk to extend the inning. Ben Gamel followed with a single to chase the starter. Reliever Eric Fornataro entered and promptly gave up a run-scoring single to Nick Noonan that spoiled the Chiefs’ shutout bid. Slade Heathcott sliced the hole to seven with a single that scored Gamel before Fornataro escaped the inning on a grounder.

The four-game series continues on Friday night at 6:05 p.m. Right-hander Chase Whitley (1-0, 0.00) is scheduled to toss for the RailRiders against fellow righty Scott McGregor (0-1, 3.86). The team returns home on Monday, April 20, to host the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Before the game, right-hander Joel De La Cruz joined the RailRiders.  He was needed as the first man out of the bullpen behind Wooten.  De La Cruz gave up five runs (three earned) in two innings of work on 57 pitches (40 strikes).

Eight of the nine men in Syracuse’s lineup notched a hit. The lone exception, nine-hole hitter Josh Johnson, worked a walk on an 0-for-3 day. Seven different Chiefs had at least one RBI.

Former RailRider Rich Hill walked two and struck out two in the final frame for Syracuse.

Twice Slade Heathcott had a chance to rob Ian Stewart of a home run. He just missed grabbing Stewart’s shot to right-center in the sixth. It cleared the wall for Stewart’s first dinger of the year. But in the seventh in true right Heathcott’s leap saw him reach over the fence to bring a ball back for an out.

Ben Gamel went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.  Through six games he has gone 8-for-19 (.421) with two triples and a pair of walks (.522 OBP).

Jonathan Galvez doubled once, walked twice and scored a run.

– SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

SWB Game Notes 4-16-15

CLICK HERE for the April 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 1:35 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: The RailRiders jumped out to an early lead, but the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) scored nine of the game’s final 10 runs to pull out an 11-6 victory on Wednesday afternoon at PNC Field. The Red Wings (5-1) swept the three-game set.

FULL BLOOM: One of the silver linings from the loss was the play of outfielder Ramon Flores. His southpaw swing generated a pair of home runs to give him a team-best three on the young year. Flores had been in a 1-for-18 funk since he hit for the cycle against Syracuse on Opening Night until his first blast yesterday. He had a pair of games with two homers in 2014. The most recent occasion before Wednesday came on Aug. 24, also against the Red Wings. Coincidentally enough, his second home run that day at Frontier Field also came against reliever Stephen Pryor.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE: Flores also notched his second outfield assist of the year when he cut James Beresford down at the plate on Eric Fryer’s single to end the top of the eighth. His dime kept the game tied, 6-6. Flores notched eight assists in 56 games as an outfielder with last year’s RailRiders. Despite the low number of games played, his assist total ranked among the top 10 in the 14-team International League. His 13 dimes with Double-A Trenton in 2013 ranked him fourth in the Eastern League.

WHAT GOES UP: Tyler Austin hit third in the order for the first time with SWB, but he endured a rare bad day. Austin went 0-for-4 with a walk and wore the golden sombrero for the first time in his now 356-game pro career with four strikeouts. He co-leads the team in hits (8) and outright paces the club in RBIs (7). Usual three-hole hitter Rob Refsnyder got his first day off of the season. Austin has hit fifth most often through the RailRiders’ first week of play, a spot he saw more than any other with Double-A Trenton last year (46 times in 105 games played). He was the regular three-hole stick for the Thunder in 2013 (76 times in 83 games played).

ROCKY START: SWB has not started seasons particularly well since adopting the nickname RailRiders. In 2013 the record stood at 1-6 through seven games en route to a fifth-place finish and a 68-76 mark. In 2014, the club was 3-4 through seven contests and again finished in fifth place at 68-76. But bad beginnings don’t always lead to rough finishes. The 2012 SWB Yankees began the year 2-5 and rebounded to win the division at 84-60.

LET’S GET SERIESOUS: The RailRiders’ first sweep of 2015 came in their second set, a PNC Field-based three-gamer at the hands of the Red Wings. SWB’s first sweep setback a season ago also came in its second series of the year when the Red Wings took three in a row at Rochester. The RailRiders have lost 17 of 22 to the Red Wings going back to 2013.

OUT OF BALANCE: For the first time in the RailRiders era, SWB plays an unbalanced schedule. The IL docket had seen the club face its divisional brothers 16 times (eight home/eight road) and its non-divisional foes eight times (four home/four road). This year proves uneven in an effort to aid travel. The RailRiders and Red Wings will collide 20 times in 2015 with the meetings split evenly by location. That makes Rochester SWB’s most frequent 2015 foe. Here is the breakdown for the RailRiders’ schedule this season against their divisional opponents: Rochester (20); Pawtucket (19); Lehigh Valley (18); Buffalo (17); Syracuse (16).

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders’ four home runs this season have all been solo shots…With three dingers in seven team games, Flores finds himself on pace to club 62 home runs this season…He has hit more home runs than six IL teams and stands tied with Charlotte and Lehigh Valley…SWB pitching has struck out 67 men in 63 innings, good for the third-most strikeouts in the league.

Late-Inning Rally Dooms RailRiders

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) jumped out to an early lead, but the Rochester Red Wings scored nine of the final 10 runs to pull out an 11-6 victory on Wednesday afternoon at PNC Field. The Red Wings (5-1) swept the three-game set. The RailRiders fell to 2-5 with the loss.

A.J. Achter (2-0) took home his second win in the series after dealing 1.2 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Tyler Webb (0-1) surrendered five runs, all unearned, on three hits in defeat.

Jaron Long looked strong in his second start for SWB before things unraveled in the sixth. The right-hander allowed just two runs in the first five frames and, at one point, retired seven straight batters.

With Long holding Rochester at bay, the RailRiders built a three-run advantage. Slade Heathcott opened the first inning with a single on the first pitch off of Red Wings starter Alex Meyer and stole second with one out. Tyler Austin drew a walk and Kyle Roller lashed a single to left-center that scored Heathcott for a 1-0 lead.

The Red Wings briefly tasted the lead in the third. Argenis Diaz and Eric Fryer began the inning with consecutive doubles. Aaron Hicks scored Diaz on a groundout and a single by Josmil Pinto brought in Fryer for a 2-1 lead.

Roller sparked the RailRiders response in the last of the third by stroking a one-out double to right-center. Austin Romine worked a walk and Cole Figueroa singled to right. Rochester right fielder Eddie Rosario fumbled the ball on the play, allowing Roller across home to knot the score 2-2. With two away, Ben Gamel punched a single to right-center, scoring Romine and Figueroa for a 4-2 advantage.

Ramon Flores bashed a moon shot out to right for his first home run of the afternoon in the fifth. His second round-tripper of the year put the RailRiders up 5-2.

Rochester began their surge against Long and SWB in the sixth. Rosario and Pinto recorded back-to-back singles to set the table. The RailRiders narrowly missed on two chances at a double play to escape the inning when Long induced consecutive grounders. Rosario scored when Reynaldo Rodriguez was ruled safe on a close play at first.

James Beresford worked a walk to bring up Jose Martinez, who singled home Rodriguez. Chasen Shreve relieved Long, but could not hold the Red Wings at bay. After a walk to Diaz, Shreve surrendered a two-run single to Fryer before escaping the inning.

Trailing 6-5 in the sixth, Flores wasted no time pulling the RailRiders even as a lined his second homer of the afternoon, this one off Stephen Pryor, just over the wall in right. The run was the first allowed by Rochester’s bullpen this season.

The game remained tied at six until the top of the ninth. After Webb struck out Hicks looking, Rosario reached on a fielding error by Figueroa. Three straight singles followed to score Rosario for a 7-6 Rochester edge. Martinez and Diaz worked a pair of bases-loaded walks to force home two more runs.

Danny Burawa replaced Webb on the mound, trailing 9-6 with the bases loaded. Fryer provided the final tallies with a two-run single up the middle.

The RailRiders head out on the road for the first time in 2015 Thursday, opening a four-game series at Syracuse. The team returns home on Monday, April 20, to host the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

SWB Game Notes 4-15-15

CLICK AWAY for the full game notes PDF as the RailRiders close out their season-opening homestand. CLICK HERE to listen to the live radio stream for free.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The Rochester Red Wings stymied the RailRiders’ hitters on Tuesday night and flew away with a 3-1 victory at PNC Field.

LET’S GET SERIESOUS: The RailRiders are guaranteed of a series setback but have a chance to avoid sweep defeat. The Red Wings swept the RailRiders in their first series of 2014, also a three-game set.

SILVER LININGS: Starter Bryan Mitchell (0-1) battled through 3.2 innings. The hard-thrower only allowed one run while scattering five hits and two walks. He struck out a Triple-A career-high seven men, but was forced to throw 87 pitches (52 strikes).

QUIRKY MOMENTS: The game sported some odd scenes. The lone run to score against Mitchell came in the third inning when catcher Josmil Pinto scored from second base on a two-out wild pitch. In the fifth, Cole Figueroa grounded out to first base on a ball he thought was foul off his foot. In the sixth, Eric Farris appeared to strike out swinging, but a dispute arose over how many strikes had been logged by reliever Jacob Lindgren. After a delay of more than five minutes, a call to the official scorer in the press box rectified the confusion and confirmed Farris had whiffed for strike three. Argenis Diaz then singled in a run to give Rochester a multi-run advantage.

TYLER TIME: Austin leads the team with seven RBIs. Only Toledo’s Jefry Marte (11), who won the IL’s first Batter of the Week honors on Monday, entered today with more RBIs in the IL.

BULLISH ‘PEN: In relief, Lindgren, Jose Ramirez and Nick Rumbelow combined to strike out seven men in 5.1 innings. Through six games, SWB starters have gone 1-3 with a 4.03 ERA. The men given the nod have struck out 20 while walking 13 in 22.1 innings. The bullpen has gone 1-1 with a save and a 1.71 ERA. In 31.2 combined innings, RailRiders relievers have struck out 42 against just 11 walks. Rumbelow was played a role in each of the team’s two wins with a win and a save. In four innings he has allowed one hit (.077 BAA) and issued one walk (0.50 WHIP) while striking out seven.

BACK ON TRACK: Through the team’s first four games, four different men served as the RailRiders’ DH: Austin, Jonathan Galvez, Ben Gamel and Kyle Roller. They went a collective 1-for-15 (.067) in that role. Galvez and Roller each delivered singles over the last two games to buck the trend.

OUT OF BALANCE: For the first time in the RailRiders era, SWB plays an unbalanced schedule. The International League docket had seen the club face its divisional brothers 16 times (eight home/eight road) and its non-divisional foes eight times (four home/four road). This year proves uneven in an effort to aid travel. The RailRiders and Red Wings will collide 20 times in 2015 with the meetings split evenly by location. That makes Rochester SWB’s most frequent 2015 foe. Here is the breakdown for the RailRiders’ schedule this season against their divisional opponents: Rochester (20); Pawtucket (19); Lehigh Valley (18); Buffalo (17); Syracuse (16).

RED WINGING IT: The RailRiders have lost 10 of their last 11 games at Rochester’s home, Frontier Field. That hurt the team en route to a 5-11 performance against the Red Wings last season. The SWB franchise had not logged a losing season against Rochester since the 2007 unit also went 5-11. The RailRiders have lost 16 of their last 21 against the Red Wings going back to 2013.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders’ lineup totaled five hits while the pitching staff amassed a season-best 14 strikeouts Tuesday…SWB pitching has struck out 62 men in 54 innings, good for the second-most strikeouts in the league….Since hitting for the cycle on Opening, Night, Ramon Flores finds himself in a 1-for-16 funk.

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