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SWB Game Notes 5-5-15

CLICK HERE for the May 5 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with John Sadak and Darren Headrick. Pregame coverage starts at 6:05 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: Jose Pirela led the RailRiders to a 6-5 win over the Charlotte Knights on Sunday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark. The RailRiders salvaged a split of the series with the Knights (14-9) and finished the road trip 3-4.

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING: Last week, the RailRiders lost back-to-back games at Gwinnett for the first time in a single season. Before the Monday and Tuesday setbacks, the last consecutive losses at Coolray Field had come in the final 2010 clash on June 7 and in the first 2011 meeting on April 30. The Braves moved their Triple-A team from Richmond to Gwinnett in 2009. SWB had won eight straight in Lawrenceville entering last week’s set.

ROCKIN’ ROB: Rob Refsnyder returns home on the longest hitting streak of his Triple-A tenure, an eight-game run that started in game two of the April 25 doubleheader against Pawtucket. During his string of swinging success, the RailRiders’ second baseman is 14-for-34 (.412) with four doubles and seven RBIs.

ON THE MEND: Pirela continues to mash as he rehabs from a concussion suffered in spring training. In his fourth SWB rehab game he finished 4-for-5 with three doubles, an RBI and three runs scored. He is 11-for-19 (.579/.600/.947/1.547) with a home run, four doubles and four RBIs during his rehab stint with SWB. He has stroked at least three hits in each of the last three games.

A GAMEL-ING MAN: Ben Gamel ranks among the IL’s best in batting average (5th, .368) and slugging percentage (5th, .574). His four triples have him trailing only Toledo’s Daniel Fields (5). Gamel has more triples than four IL teams (Buffalo, Lehigh Valley, Norfolk, Pawtucket).

ON A ROLL: Kyle Roller doubled and homered on Sunday for his fourth multi-hit showing in his last seven games. During that time he has gone 10-for-29 (.345) with five doubles, two homers and six RBIs. His surge has lifted his season-long batting average by 30 points (.267-.297).

SOLO ARTISTS: Roller’s shot on Sunday came with nobody on base. Twelve of the RailRiders’ 13 home runs (92%) have been solo shots. The exception also came thanks to Roller, a two-run job off Lehigh Valley’s Jason Berken at PNC Field on

ABSORBING HITS: RailRiders pitchers have allowed 63 base knocks over the last five games (10+ in each). The team is 3-2 during this stretch. For the year, RailRiders hurlers have surrendered 229 hits, the second-most in the IL. Only Lehigh Valley (272) has yielded more hits.

STOLEN-BASE STRIFE: The RailRiders sit at the bottom of the IL for patrolling the bases. The team has nabbed just three of 29 attempting to steal (.103). Only Indianapolis has allowed more total steals (28), but owns a better efficiency (.243). Charlotte has also allowed 26 pilfered bags, but throws out runners at a .133 clip.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders pitching staff ranks third in the IL with 196 strikeouts…SWB’s Cole Figueroa entered today as the toughest hitter to whiff in the IL (44.5 PA/K)…Kyle Roller‘s 15 walks have him tied for 2nd in the IL…Slade Heathcott has a team-high 10 multi-hit games…The usual leadoff hitter also paces the squad with 13 RBIs…With a swipe apiece, Rob Refsnyder and Ben Gamel gave the RailRiders their first multi-steal performance as a team on Sunday…The RailRiders’ six steals on the season have them dead last in the IL…Rochester (8) is the only other team shy of double figures and the league mean average is 19 with Gwinnett leading the way at 28.

Pirela Doubles RailRiders Past Knights

Charlotte, N.C.Jose Pirela led the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) to a 6-5 win over the Charlotte Knights on Sunday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark.  The RailRiders (12-13) salvaged a split of the series with the Knights (14-9) and finished the road trip 3-4. Pirela finished 4-for-5 with three doubles, an RBI and three runs scored. He is 11-for-19 (.579) with a home run, four doubles and four RBI during his rehab stint with SWB.

Eric Wooten (1-3) earned his first Triple-A victory. The left-hander allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits across five innings. He walked three and struck out three. Brad Penny (1-3) shouldered the loss for Charlotte after allowing five runs on nine hits over four innings. Jose Ramirez earned his third save by retiring the final six batters in order.

The Railriders tallied the game’s first run in the opening frame against Penny. Pirela doubled on the game’s first pitch and scored on a single by Rob Refsnyder. Pirela made it 2-0 in the second inning when he drove in Cole Figueroa with a single. Slade Heathcott brought around two with a double for a 4-0 lead.

The Knights tied the game with four runs off Wooten in their half of the second. Matt Davidson and Dan Black worked walks to sandwich a single by Trayce Thompson. With the bases loaded, Engel Beltre grounded to second, scoring Davidson. Jason Coats launched a sacrifice fly to the warning track in center, but Heathcott missed the catch. The error allowed two runs to score. Jeremy Dowdy tied the game with a double that scored Coats from second.

Kyle Roller pushed the RailRiders back in front in the fourth. Pirela cracked his second double of the day and scored when Roller lashed a double into the left-center gap. The first baseman for the RailRiders launched his third home run of the year in the seventh, muscling a solo shot over the LF wall for a 6-4 lead.

Charlotte threatened in the bottom of the frame against reliever Branden Pinder. Leury Garcia led off with a walk and moved to third on a double by Carlos Sanchez. Matt Davidson earned a one-out walk to load the bases. Trayce Thompson blooped a single to left, scoring Garcia. Pinder dug in to retire Black on a flyout to shallow left and struck out Engel Beltre to end the inning.

The RailRiders return to PNC Field on May 5 for the first of three against the Gwinnett Braves at 6:35 p.m. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 5-3-15

CLICK HERE for the May 3 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: Second baseman Carlos Sanchez vaulted the Charlotte Knights passed the visiting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 10-4 on Saturday night at BB&T Ballpark. Sanchez hit a homer from both sides of the plate and brought in seven runs for the Knights (14-8). The RailRiders slid to 11-13 on the campaign.

ROCKIN’ ROB: Rob Refsnyder enters Sunday on a seven-game hitting streak, his longest Triple-A hitting streak. Refsnyder recorded a six-gamer June 26-30, 2014. The RailRiders’ second baseman is 12-for-29 (.414) with four doubles and six RBI.

ON THE MEND: In his third game coming back from a concussion suffered in spring training, Jose Pirela finished 3-for-5. He is 7-for-14 (.500) with a double, home run, three RBI and two runs scored during his rehab stint with SWB. Pirela recorded three hits in each of the last two games.

GOOD THINGS COME IN THREES: Tyler Austin went 3-for-5. Austin owns a team-best three three-hit games. Entering Saturday, the Yankees’ No. 16 prospect per Baseball America had just three hits in his last 27 at-bats (.111) over a span of eight games. He struck out six times during the drought.

A GAMEL-ING MAN: Ben Gamel ranks among the IL’s best in batting average (4th, .375), on-base percentage (5th, .437) and slugging percentage (3rd, .594). His four triples have him trailing only Toledo’s Daniel Fields (5). Gamel has more triples than four IL teams (Buffalo, Lehigh Valley, Norfolk, Pawtucket).

ABSORBING HITS: RailRiders pitchers have allowed 53 base knocks over the last four games (10+ in each). The team is 2-2 during this stretch. For the year, RailRiders hurlers have surrendered 219 hits, the 2nd most in the IL. Only Lehigh Valley (251) has yielded more hits.

STOLEN-BASE STRIFE: The RailRiders sit at the bottom of the IL for patrolling the bases. The team has nabbed just three of 27 attempting to steal (.111). Only Indianapolis has allowed more total steals (26), but owns a better efficiency (.235). Charlotte has also allowed 24 pilfered bags, but throw out runners at a .143 clip.

KNIGHTED: The RailRiders finished the 2014 regular-season series 2-6 against the Knights. The RailRiders had a tough time retiring Charlotte hitters. The Knights hit .341/.417/.594/1.011 as a team against SWB pitching. That included an eye-popping 17 home runs in just 65 innings. Charlotte hit just .256 against the rest of the IL while posting a 57-79 record (.419). Before losing each set last season, SWB had not lost a series to Charlotte since dropping three of four from June 8-11, 2010 at Knights Stadium. That SWB squad still won five of the eight overall clashes though. The SWB franchise had not lost a season series to Charlotte since at least 2004 and suffered zero sweep defeats in that time.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders pitching staff ranks third in the IL with 176 strikeouts…RailRiders pitchers have tallied 190 strikeouts, 2nd most in the IL…SWB’s Cole Figueroa entered today as the toughest hitter to whiff in the IL (42.5 PA/K)…Kyle Roller‘s 15 walks are 2nd most in the IL…Danny Burawa struck out the only batter he faced on Saturday and has not allowed an earned run in his last eight appearances…with two hits, Slade Heathcott has a team-high 10 multi-hit games…the first timer violation occurred on May 1 in the 4th inning at 7:49 p.m. against Charlotte pitcher Shawn Haviland.

RailRiders Fall to Sanchez, Knights

Charlotte, N.C. – Second baseman Carlos Sanchez vaulted the Charlotte Knights passed the visiting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) 10-4 on Saturday night at BB&T Ballpark. Sanchez hit a homer from both sides of the plate and brought in seven runs for the Knights (14-8). The RailRiders slid to 11-13 on the campaign.

Jaron Long (0-2) surrendered five runs on seven hits in the first three innings before giving way to Diego Moreno. Long issued one walk and struck out four. Right-hander Chris Beck (1-1) earned the win by holding the RailRiders to two runs on eight hits over six innings. He whiffed four.

Sanchez opened the scoring in the first inning with a two-run homer to right. He made it 4-0 in the second inning with a two-run double to left. Neftali Soto followed with a single to score Sanchez for a 5-0 advantage.

Jose Pirela cut into the deficit with a solo home run off Beck in the third. SWB had a chance to trim the deficit more in the fifth. The RailRiders loaded the bases with one out. Rob Segedin scored from third on a wild pitch to draw the game closer, 5-2. But Rob Refsnyder flied into a double play to right when Pirela was out in a rundown between third and home.

A single by Leury Garcia off Moreno and a double play led to two more runs for the Knights in the sixth. Sanchez capped the Knights’ scoring in the last of the eighth by blasting a three-run round-tripper off reliever Tyler Webb.

Nick Noonan sparked a rally in the ninth by singling off Jairo Asencio. The RailRiders’ shortstop advanced to third on a throwing error by Asencio and scored on an infield hit by Pirela. A throwing error by first baseman Dan Black allowed Jonathan Galvez to score from second. Refsnyder singled to load the bases, but Asencio struck out the final two hitters to slam the door.

The RailRiders finish their road trip against the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) on Sunday. First pitch at BB&T Ballpark is set for 2:05 p.m. LHP Eric Wooten (0-3, 5.09) goes for SWB against RHP Brad Penny (1-2, 6.08) of Charlotte. The RailRiders return to PNC Field on May 5 to host the Gwinnett Braves at 6:35 p.m. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Jose Pirela went 3-for-5 for a second straight night and is hitting .500 (7-for-14) with a home run, double and three RBI in his rehab stint with the RailRiders.

Rob Refsnyder extended his hitting streak to seven games with two hits. The streak is the longest of his Triple-A career.

Slade Heathcott recorded his team-leading 10th multi-hit effort with two singles.

-Reliever Danny Burawa pitched to one batter, striking out Matt Davidson. Burawa has not allowed an earned run in his last eight appearances.

-Carlos Sanchez is 9-for-9 against the RailRiders over the last two games with two home runs, three doubles, seven RBI and a walk.

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SWB Game Notes 5-2-15

CLICK HERE for the May 2 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.

THE GREAT ESCAPE: The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders withstood a pair of late-inning rallies by the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) to grab a 5-4 win on Friday night. The RailRiders (11-12) earned their second victory at BB&T Ballpark (opened in 2014). All five SWB runs came with two outs in the inning. Nick Rumbelow secured the victory by striking out two with the tying run in scoring position.

DOWN TO THE WIRE: The RailRiders played in their fourth one-run game of the road trip. The team dropped two at Gwinnett (6-5, 3-2) and fell to the Knights 8-7 on Thursday. SWB has played in seven games decided by one run, winning four. Durham has played the fewest one-run games (1-3).

ROCKIN’ REF: Rob Refsnyder enters Saturday on a six-game hitting streak. The run matches his longest Triple-A hitting streak set June 26-30, 2014. The RailRiders’ second baseman is 10-for-24 (.416) with four doubles and six RBI.

JOHNNY BE GOOD: Jonathan Galvez has doubled in three of his last four games, going 6-for-15 (.400) with three RBIs, three walks and a run scored in that time. He has started at first, third, designated hitter and in left field on the year.

ROLLING ALONG: Kyle Roller finished 0-for-4, snapping a five-game hitting streak. Roller owns a pair of five-game streaks, but has not had a six-game streak since Aug. 24-29, 2014. His 15 walks have him behind only Durham’s Vince Belnome (19) among IL hitters.

NOT-SO-GENTLE BEN: Ben Gamel finished 1-for-4 with 2RBI. He ranks among the IL’s best in batting average (5th, .375), on-base percentage (5th, .437) and slugging percentage (4th, .594). His four triples have him trailing only Toledo’s Daniel Fields (5). Gamel has more triples than four IL teams (Buffalo, Lehigh Valley, Norfolk, Pawtucket).

STOLEN-BASE STRIFE: The RailRiders have nabbed just three men in 26 tries on the year (.115). Only Charlotte has allowed more total steals (24), but owns a better efficiency (.143). The Louisville Bats have also allowed 23 pilfered bags, but own a .303 efficiency.

KNIGHTED: The RailRiders finished the 2014 regular-season series 2-6 against the Knights. The RailRiders had a tough time retiring Charlotte hitters. The Knights hit .341/.417/.594/1.011 as a team against SWB pitching. That included an eye-popping 17 home runs in just 65 innings. Charlotte hit just .256 against the rest of the IL while posting a 57-79 record (.419). Before losing each set last season, SWB had not lost a series to Charlotte since dropping three of four from June 8-11, 2010 at Knights Stadium. That SWB squad still won five of the eight overall clashes though. The SWB franchise had not lost a season series to Charlotte since at least 2004 and suffered zero sweep defeats in that time.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders pitching staff ranks third in the IL with 176 strikeouts…the RailRiders own 182 strikesouts, the third most in the IL…SWB’s Cole Figueroa entered today as the toughest hitter to whiff in the IL (42.5 PA/K)…Matt Tracy has started two games for SWB, leading with the lead each time (2-0 when he pitches)…the first timer violation occurred in the 4th inning at 7:49 p.m. against Charlotte pitcher Shawn Haviland…Austin Romine extended his hitting streak to six with a two-run double…Jose Pirela is 4-for-9 (.444) during his rehab stint with a double and an RBI…Pirela has played third and second base, committing an error at each position…A wild pitch charged to Kyle Drabek on 4/30 (6R, 3ER)was changed to a passed ball against catcher Kevan Smith after the game on 5/1.

RailRiders Survive Knights’ Late Surge

Charlotte, N.C. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) withstood a pair of late-inning rallies by the Charlotte Knights to grab a 5-4 win on Friday night. The RailRiders (11-12) earned their second victory at BB&T Ballpark (opened in 2014). The Knights fell to 13-8.

Joel De La Cruz (2-0) picked up the win in relief after dealing 3.1 scoreless innings. The right-hander allowed three hits and struck out one. Nick Rumbelow earned his second save by tossing the final 1.2 innings. He allowed a run on five hits. He struck out two in the ninth with the tying run in scoring position.

Shawn Haviland (0-2) shouldered the loss for Charlotte after allowing four runs on five hits in six innings. He fanned six and walked one. The right-hander was perfect through three, but ran into trouble in the fourth. Jose Pirela and Ramon Flores set the table with two hits around a pair of outs. Tyler Austin was plunked on the side, loading the bases for Ben Gamel. SWB’s center fielder connected on single to center that score two. Austin Romine followed with a two-run double for a 4-0 lead.

Charlotte responded with two in the last of the fourth. The Knights sliced the deficit to one in the eighth when Jason Coats brought in Dan Black with a hit off Rumbelow.

Flores provided a pivotal insurance run in the ninth, scoring Jonathan Galvez from second on a single to center. The two-out knock came off reliever Maikel Cleto, who had not allowed a run in his prior six outings.

The Knights’ offense sparked one last time in the ninth against Rumbelow. Sanchez doubled to left and moved to third on a deep flyout to right by Neftali Soto. Matt Davidson scored Sanchez with a hit and moved to second on a bloop single by Trayce Thompson.

The RailRiders’ right-hander bounced back to whiff Dan Black and Engel Beltre to preserve the victory.

The RailRiders continue their series against the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) on Saturday. First pitch at BB&T Ballpark is set for 7:05 p.m. RHP Jaron Long (0-1, 6.1) goes for SWB against RHP Chris Beck (0-1, 5.31) of Charlotte. The RailRiders return to PNC Field on May 5 to host the Gwinnett Braves at 6:35 p.m. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

The first timer violation occurred in the fourth inning at 7:49 p.m. when Charlotte’s Shawn Haviland was charged an automatic ball.

Jose Pirela finished the night 3-for-5 and now owns four hits and a .444 average in his rehab stint with SWB.

-Starter Matt Tracy pitched 3.1 innings (5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, K) and has left both starts with a lead (SWB 2-0).

-Ben Gamel’s two RBI tie him with Slade Heathcott (11) for the team lead.

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SWB Game Notes 5-1-15

CLICK HERE for the May 1 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.

QUEEN CITY HEARTBREAK: It started so well. The RailRiders leapt out to a 6-0 lead and starter Bryan Mitchell was dealing. Then came the comeback. The host Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) roared back for a 6-6 deadlock, then answered a 9th-inning deficit with back-to-back home runs for an 8-7 walk-off win on Thursday night.

ROCKIN’ REF: Rob Refsnyder enters Friday on a six-game hitting streak. The run matches his longest Triple-A hitting streak set June 26-30, 2014. The RailRiders’ second baseman is 10-for-24 (.416) with four doubles and six RBI.

JOHNNY BE GOOD: Jonathan Galvez has doubled in each of his last three games, going 5-for-11 (.455) with three RBIs, three walks and a run scored in that time. He has started at first, third, designated hitter and in left field on the year.

ON A ROLL: Kyle Roller went 2-for-5 with a double and his 2nd home run of the year. His 15 walks have him behind only Durham’s Vince Belnome (18) among IL hitters.

NOT-SO-GENTLE BEN: Ben Gamel finished 1-for-3. He ranks among the IL’s best in batting average (1st, .383), on-base percentage (5th, .448) and slugging percentage (4th, .617). His four triples have him trailing only Toledo’s Daniel Fields (5). Gamel has more triples than four IL teams (Buffalo, Lehigh Valley, Norfolk, Pawtucket).

WHO YOU GONNA CALL?: The RailRiders suffered two blown saves Thursday. On the year, the SWB bullpenners own just five saves in 14 tries. Since  an April 24 doubleheader against Pawtucket, the RailRiders have surrendered leads of three or more four times.

STOLEN-BASE STRIFE: Trayce Thompson earned his 3rd stolen base Thursday. The RailRiders have nabbed just three men in 26 tries on the year (.115). Only Charlotte has allowed more total steals (24), but owns a better efficiency (.143). The lone IL team that has proven less effective at nabbing would-be thieves: Buffalo (.100).

KNIGHTED: The RailRiders finished the 2014 regular-season series 2-6 against the Knights. The RailRiders had a tough time retiring Charlotte hitters. The Knights hit .341/.417/.594/1.011 as a team against SWB pitching. That included an eye-popping 17 home runs in just 65 innings. Charlotte hit just .256 against the rest of the IL while posting a 57-79 record (.419). Before losing each set last season, SWB had not lost a series to Charlotte since dropping three of four from June 8-11, 2010 at Knights Stadium. That SWB squad still won five of the eight overall clashes though. The SWB franchise had not lost a season series to Charlotte since at least 2004 and suffered zero sweep defeats in that time.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders pitching staff ranks third in the IL with 176 strikeouts…SWB’s Cole Figueroa entered today as the toughest hitter to whiff in the IL (40.5 PA/K)…SWB blew a six-run advantage on Thursday night, the largest of the RailRiders era (since 2013)…On this same road trip, the RailRiders suffered a series-opening loss to Gwinnett on a walk-off home run in the ninth inning…The team hit into a season-high four double plays on Thursday…Jose Pirela went 1-for-4 with a run-scoring double in his rehab appearance with the RailRiders…Playing third base, Pirela committed a throwing error which ended a run of five consecutive games without a miscue for the club…RHP Andrew Bailey was added to the roster on Thursday and placed on the disabled list…

Knights Roar Back for 8-7 Win

RailRiders Blow Six-Run Lead, Charlotte Hits Back-to-Back Ninth-Inning Homers

Charlotte, N.C. – It started so well. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) leapt out to a 6-0 lead and starter Bryan Mitchell was dealing. Then came the comeback. The host Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) roared back for a 6-6 deadlock, then answered a ninth-inning deficit with back-to-back home runs for an 8-7 walk-off win on Thursday night.

Run-scoring hits by Kyle Roller and Ramon Flores highlighted a three-run first frame for SWB against starter Kyle Drabek. Roller went opposite field for his second home run and a 4-0 margin in the third and Austin Romine began the fourth with his first home run to make it 5-0. Big-league rehabber Jose Pirela doubled in a run that same frame to round out the early offensive.

During that time, Mitchell appeared unhittable. He had allowed just one baserunner with a full-count walk through three before Carlos Sanchez sparked the fourth with a broken-bat blooper for a single. All nine men in Charlotte’s lineup came to the plate in the three-run inning that saw run-scoring hits from Dan Black and Jason Coats along with a bases-loaded walk drawn by Kevan Smith. Mitchell left the bases loaded by striking out Leury Garcia to end the inning.

Reliever Jacob Lindgren surrendered a pair of runs in the fifth with a Pirela error plating Neftali Soto and Black scoring Matt Davidson on a sac fly to left. Consecutive extra-base hits courtesy of Trayce Thompson and Black off Branden Pinder in the seventh tied the game, 6-6.

Cole Figueroa worked a leadoff walk against Eric Surkamp (2-0) in the ninth and later scored from second on Rob Refsnyder’s single to center. However, Charlotte again responded  when Soto and Davidson hit back-to-back home runs to left-center off southpaw Tyler Webb (0-2) to end it.

The four-game series continues on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. Southpaw Matt Tracy (0-0, 6.00) will get the nod for SWB against Charlotte right-hander Shawn Haviland (0-1, 3.45).

OFF THE RAILS:

Both Branden Pinder and Tyler Webb were charged with a blown save. The RailRiders have blown nine saves in 14 tries on the season.

It marked the second time this road trip the RailRiders lost on a ninth-inning walk-off homer. Gwinnett’s Cedric Hunter blasted a walk-off winner in Lawrenceville on Monday night.

The RailRiders fell to 1-3 on their road trip.

The RailRiders hit into a season-worst four double plays.

No IL team has a better record in one-run games than Charlotte (5-1).

SWB suffered its biggest blown lead in a loss in the RailRiders era (since 2013).

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 4-30-15

CLICK HERE for the April 30 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.

CUT IT IN HALF AND DOUBLE IT: A gaudy offensive attack carried the RailRiders to an 8-5 win over the Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves) at Coolray Field on Wednesday night. The RailRiders banged out seven doubles among their 14 hits to avoid a sweep defeat at the hands of the G-Braves (8-12).

HEATING UP: Rob Refsnyder doubled, walked and scored. Over his last five games he has gone 9-for-19 (.533), lifting his average by 70 points (.193-.263). In that time he has logged four doubles, five RBIs and three runs scored while whiffing just twice.

JOHNNY BE GOOD: Jonathan Galvez has doubled in each of his last three games, going 5-for-11 (.455) with three RBIs, three walks and a run scored in that time. He has started at first, third, designated hitter and in left field on the year.

ON A ROLL: Kyle Roller went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. His 15 walks have him behind only Durham’s Vince Belnome (17) among IL hitters. Roller’s .447 OBP ties him with Buffalo’s Matt Hague for 3rd in the IL.

NOT-SO-GENTLE BEN: Ben Gamel cracked his team-best fourth triple to drive in a second-inning score. He ranks among the IL’s best in batting average (T-1st, .386), on-base percentage (5th, .444) and slugging percentage (4th, .632). His four triples have him trailing only Toledo’s Daniel Fields (5). Gamel has more triples than four IL teams (Buffalo, Lehigh Valley, Norfolk, Pawtucket).

BOLTING IT DOWN: Jose Ramirez tossed a hitless and scoreless ninth for his second save. He joined Jacob Lindgren as the lone RailRiders to post multiple saves on the young year. Ramirez has struck out 15 men in 13.1 innings. He has allowed just eight hits in that time while holding the league to a .178 average.

STOLEN-BASE STRIFE: Gwinnett went 4-for-4 in stolen-base attempts. The RailRiders have nabbed just three men in 25 tries on the year (.120). Only Charlotte has allowed more total steals (24), but owns a better efficiency (.143). The lone IL team that has proven less effective at nabbing would-be thieves: Buffalo (.100).

KNIGHTED: The RailRiders finished the 2014 regular-season series 2-6 against the Knights. The RailRiders had a tough time retiring Charlotte hitters. The Knights hit .341/.417/.594/1.011 as a team against SWB pitching. That included an eye-popping 17 home runs in just 65 innings. Charlotte hit just .256 against the rest of the IL while posting a 57-79 record (.419). Before losing each set last season, SWB had not lost a series to Charlotte since dropping three of four from June 8-11, 2010 at Knights Stadium. That SWB squad still won five of the eight overall clashes though. The SWB franchise had not lost a season series to Charlotte since at least 2004 and suffered zero sweep defeats in that time.

OFF THE RAILS: Only Norfolk’s pitching staff has more strikeouts (169) than the RailRiders (168) in the IL…SWB’s Cole Figueroa entered today as the toughest hitter to whiff in the IL (38.5 PA/K)…The RailRiders have not been charged with an error over a season-long five-game stretch…SWB has not played six straight error-free games since a nine-game run from July 18-26, 2014…Seven of those games took place during the Gwinnett/Charlotte road trip last year…The RailRiders outscored the G-Braves on the series, 15-14…The SWB franchise record for doubles in a game is 11, set on Aug. 10, 1997 at Syracuse…The RailRiders went 7-for-17 (.412) with men in scoring position last night…Each of the nine men in the lineup registered a hit including multi-hit showings by five RailRiders…Before yesterday’s game, Gregorio Petit was recalled by the Yankees…He had never reported after his option the day before.

Offensive Barrage Leads to 8-5 Win

RailRiders Slam Seven Doubles Among 14 Hits

Lawrenceville, Ga. – A gaudy offensive attack carried the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) to an 8-5 win over the Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves) at Coolray Field on Wednesday night. The RailRiders (10-11) banged out seven doubles among their 14 hits to avoid a sweep defeat at the hands of the G-Braves (8-12).

Four extra-base hits set the tone in a three-run second for SWB. Nick Noonan, Ben Gamel and Ramon Flores smacked three straight extra-base knocks that each drove in a run.

Elmer Reyes’ sac fly got the G-Braves on the board in the bottom half of the frame. He later combined with Joe Benson on a pair of fourth-inning RBIs to tie the game, 3-3.

A five-run fifth by the visitors tilted the game for good and chased starter Matt Wisler (0-3). Cole Figueroa and Jonathan Galvez each smashed two-run doubles while Noonan singled home a tally to make it 8-3.

Benson’s RBI double in the sixth sent SWB starter Kyle Davies (2-1) to the clubhouse. Braeden Schlehuber then singled Benson home to round out the scoring.

Nick Rumbelow authored a perfect eighth for a hold and Jose Ramirez tossed a hitless ninth for his second save.

The RailRiders journey to Charlotte to face the Knights (Chicago White Sox) in the first of four on Thursday night. North Carolina native Bryan Mitchell (1-2, 2.11) will get the ball for Dave Miley’s team against fellow right-hander Kyle Drabek (0-0, 0.00). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

OFF THE RAILS:

All nine RailRiders in the lineup posted a hit including two-hit nights for five men: Ben Gamel, Ramon Flores, Kyle Roller, Cole Figueroa and Nick Noonan. Figueroa, Noonan and Jonathan Galvez each drove in a pair of runs.

Gamel connected on his team-best fourth triple of the season, a run-scoring blow in the second inning.

The RailRiders outscored the G-Braves on the series, 15-14.

The SWB franchise record for doubles in a game is 11, set on Aug. 10, 1997 at Syracuse. 

– SWB RailRiders –

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