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RailRiders Split Doubleheader with Bisons

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) scored a 4-0 win in the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday at PNC Field before dropping the nightcap to the Buffalo Bisons 6-4. The RailRiders (46-39) and Bisons (41-43) have split their eight meetings this season. The shutout victory in game one was the RailRiders’ seventh of the season and third at home.

Joel De La Cruz (6-0) shined in matinee by blanking the Bisons over six innings on 53 pitches. He yielded two runs. Joel Pineiro (0-1) shouldered the loss despite pitching seven frames. He allowed four runs on 10 hits.

Ben Gamel led the offense with three hits, including his ninth triple of the season. Kyle Roller scored Gamel on a single in the first inning. Aaron Judge followed Gamel’s triple in the third with a single to score the RailRiders’ center fielder for a 2-0 lead. RBI from Gamel and Nick Noonan capped the scoring.

In game two, the Bisons crossed four times against starter Esmil Rogers in the third inning for a 4-0 lead. SWB battled back with a sacrifice fly to right by Judge in the fifth. Juan Graterol belted a three-run shot down the left field line just fair to square the game 4-4 in the sixth.

Buffalo responded with two runs in the seventh on a double by Luke Scott and a groundout to short by Andy Burns.

Jordan Foley (0-1) absorbed the loss in relief. The right-hander allowed two runs on two hits and three walks over two innings. Miguel Castro (1-2) took home the win despite a blown save. Castro surrendered three runs on the home run to Graterol in his single inning of work. Rob Rasmussen notched his first save of the year by tossing a scoreless ninth.

Cole Figueroa played both ends of the twinbill and combined for four hits. He has multi-hit showings in 11 of his last 13 games, including nine straight.

The RailRiders finish their four-game series with the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Jaron Long (5-5, 4.74) squares off against left-hander Matt Boyd (1-1, 2.25). The Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) invade PNC Field for a three-game series beginning Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a RailRiders patriotic logo t-shirt, presented by Norwegian Cruise Lines. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 7-5-15

CLICK HERE for the July 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 12:35 p.m. for Game 1 and at 6:35 p.m. for Game 2.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The RailRiders fell to the visiting Buffalo Bisons 4-2 in front of a sellout crowd on Saturday night at PNC Field.

LET’S GET SERIESOUS: The RailRiders and Bisons have split their six meetings thus far with the road team winning each time. SWB swept the Bisons at Buffalo from June 8-10, but Buffalo has won three straight at PNC Field including a two-game sweep of last weekend’s rain-shortened set.

DOUBLE DIPPIN': Today the teams will play a day-night doubleheader with a pair of nine-inning games. This was prompted by the June 27 rainout in Moosic. This marks the RailRiders’ first day-night doubleheader since a scheduled such twinbill at home against Norfolk on June 22, 2013.

FULL HOUSE: Last night saw a complete sellout of 10,000 fans, the first of the season for the RailRiders. PNC Field last boasted 10,000 in attendance for the July 25, 2014 contest against Pawtucket.

HOME WOES: With a season-worst four straight losses in Moosic, the RailRiders stand six games below .500 at PNC Field (19-25) and 13 games over on the road (26-13). The team has hit .283 on the road compared to a .258 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 207 runs in 39 games (5.3/game). At home, the squad has plated 161 runs in 44 games (3.7/game). The pitching has performed worse on the road (3.67 ERA) than at home (3.49 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.667), who have won 19 of 25 away from PNC Field.

ALL GOOD THINGS: Austin Romine lost the IL’s longest hitting streak of 2015 at 19 games. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and a line drive out to second base. Romine hit .377 (29-for-77) during his run, one that came despite a nearly week-long layoff in the wake of being hit in the head with a fastball. Adonis Garcia set the RailRiders era record with a 21-gamer from July 17-Aug. 30, 2014 that tied for the longest in the league last season. Red Barons shortstop Pablo Ozuna set the overall SWB mark with a 27-gamer from July 27-Aug. 24, 2004.

I AM THE LAW: Aaron Judge went 0-for-4 as his modest six-game string of swinging success came to an end. In his first five Triple-A affairs, he went 2-for-17 (.118) with five strikeouts. In the six games thereafter he went 10-for-23 (.435) with six walks. During his short SWB tenure, he has crushed left-handed pitchers (7-for-13, .538/.684/.923/1.607) while he has struggled against right-handers (5-for-31, .161/.229/.161/.390).

KNOW YOUR COLE: Cole Figueroa posted his ninth multi-hit showing in 11 games and his seventh in a row. He went 3-for-4 with a steal of home for a run scored. He has lifted his batting average to a season-best .313. His average sat at .184 after an 0-for-3 day at Norfolk on May 11. Since then, he has hit .388/.438/.529/.967 over 43 games played. In that time he ranks among the IL’s best in AVG (1st), OBP (1st), SLG (2nd) and OPS (2nd).

BIRD IS THE WORD: A series of roster moves yesterday included the arrival of first base prospect Greg Bird from Double-A Trenton. The Arizona Fall League MVP this past off-season walked in his first Triple-A plate appearance during an 0-for-3 night.

BOBBY’S WORLD: Rob Segedin was sent do Double-A Trenton yesterday despite much-improved play of late. Through May, he owned slashes of .236/.299/.360/.659. Since the calendar flipped to June, his season has changed dramatically. He has hit safely in 11 of his 13 games played in that time, going 18-for-50 (.360) with six extra-base hits, eight RBIs, three walks and 10 runs scored. His efforts have shot his average up to .281, the best it has been since he closed play on April 26 at .303.

Bisons Spoil RailRiders’ Party

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) fell to the visiting Buffalo Bisons 4-2 in front of a sellout crowd on Saturday night at PNC Field. The Bisons (40-42) have won three straight over the RailRiders (45-38).

Scott Copeland (5-1) limited the RailRiders to a pair of runs over seven innings for the win. After retiring 11 straight, Jose De Paula (2-2) allowed the three, deciding runs in the fifth. The southpaw finished after five innings, allowing four runs on six hits. Gregory Infante hurled a perfect ninth for his fifth save.

Trailing 1-0 in the second, the RailRiders tied the game on some heads-up base running. With two out, Nick Noonan stole second base and Cole Figueroa seized a chance by swiping home. Taylor Dugas followed with a single to center that scored Noonan for a 2-1 lead.

The Bisons plated three with one away in the fifth off De Paula. Buffalo used four hits, including a double by Melky Mesa. Jonathan Diaz followed with a run-scoring single for what proved the game-winner.

Austin Romine finished the night 0-for-4, snapping the International League’s longest hitting streak at 19 games. Aaron Judge also finished hitless to end a six-game hitting streak.

The home series against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) continues on Sunday with a day-night doubleheader that features separate nine-inning games at 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. The first 2,500 fans in attendance for the Sunday nightcap will receive a Rob Refsnyder bobblehead, presented by Keystone Sanitary Landfill. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders

SWB Game Notes 7-4-15

CLICK HERE for the July 4 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with Darren Headrick. Pregame coverage starts at 6:35 p.m. John Sadak will have the television call starting at 7 p.m. on MyTV.

NO RUNS FOR YOU: Kyle Davies (6-6) and two relievers combined on a five-hitter as the RailRiders shut out the Pawtucket Red Sox at McCoy Stadium on Friday night, 4-0. SWB swept the short two-game set with its 12th straight win at McCoy Stadium. Pawtucket (38-45) fell to a season-worst seven games under .500.

WHO OWN DA PAW SOX?: The RailRiders have fared better against Pawtucket (9-3) better than any other team this season, including a 5-0 mark in the Ocean State. In fact, they have taken 14 of their last 17 meetings with the PawSox going back to last season.

DAVIES’ DAY: Davies improved to 5-1 in seven road outings. He has gone 1-5 in eight starts at PNC Field. His one true jam came in his sixth and final inning when Pawtucket loaded the bases with one out. Davies induced a foul pop to third and a weak check-swing grounder to first from former big leaguers Carlos Peguero and Allen Craig to quell the threat. Run support has been a problem. In his six losses, SWB had plated three total runs before he was yanked. Including runs scored after his departure from those games, he received nine scores in those six setbacks.

TIME TO MAKE THE DONUTS: The RailRiders earned their sixth shutout win and their first since a 7-0 final on May 29 versus Norfolk. Davies started the team’s first shutout of the season in his SWB debut at Syracuse on April 18. Pawtucket is the only team the RailRiders have blanked more than once. Jaren Long, Tyler Webb and Jose Ramirez combined on a 2-0 win at McCoy Stadium on May 25.

STREAKING SLUGGER: Despite a nearly week-long layoff in the wake of being hit in the head with a fastball, Austin Romine owns the IL’s longest hitting streak of 2015. His 1-for-2 effort with a pair of walks and two runs scored has given him a 19-gamer. Romine has hit .377 (29-for-77) during his run. Adonis Garcia set the RailRiders era record with a 21-gamer from July 17-Aug. 30, 2014 that tied for the longest in the league last season. Red Barons shortstop Pablo Ozuna set the overall SWB mark with a 27-gamer from July 27-Aug. 24, 2004.

I AM THE LAW: Aaron Judge singled and walked on a 1-for-3 night, extending his hitting streak to six games. In his first five Triple-A affairs, he went 2-for-17 (.118) with five strikeouts. In the six games since, he has gone 10-for-23 (.435) with six walks. During his short SWB tenure, he has crushed left-handed pitchers (7-for-13, .538/.684/.923/1.607) while he has struggled against right-handers (5-for-27, .185/.258/.185/.443).

KNOW YOUR COLE: Cole Figueroa posted his eighth multi-hit showing in 10 games and his sixth in a row. He went 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored, lifting his batting average to a season-best .307. His average sat at .184 after an 0-for-3 day at Norfolk on May 11. Since then, he has hit .380/.431/.524/.955 over 43 games played. In that time he ranks among the IL’s best in AVG (1st), OBP (1st), SLG (2nd) and OPS (2nd).

BOBBY’S WORLD: Through May, Rob Segedin owned slashes of .236/.299/.360/.659. Since the calendar flipped to June, his season has changed dramatically. He has hit safely in 11 of his 13 games played in that time, going 18-for-50 (.360) with six extra-base hits, eight RBIs, three walks and 10 runs scored. His efforts have shot his average up to .281, the best it has been since he closed play on April 26 at .303.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders went 2-3 on their road trip…They still own the IL’s best road record (26-13, .667)…Buffalo comes off a 2-3 homestand…After sweeping a rain-shortened two-game set in Moosic last weekend, the Bisons were swept in three games by Gwinnett, but rebounded by taking two from Syracuse.

Davies & Co. Shut Out PawSox, 4-0

Romine Extends Hitting Streak to 19 Games

Pawtucket, R.I.Kyle Davies (6-6) and two relievers combined on a five-hitter as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) shut out the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) at McCoy Stadium on Friday night, 4-0. SWB (45-37) swept the short two-game set with its 12th straight win at McCoy Stadium. Pawtucket (38-45) fell to a season-worst seven games under .500. The RailRiders have won 14 of 17 against Pawtucket going back to last season.

The RailRiders got the only run they needed in the second inning when Juan Graterol’s groundout to second plated Austin Romine from third base. They added two more runs against starter Joe Kelly (0-1) in the seventh on a Rob Segedin RBI single and a sac fly from Graterol.

Davies authored six innings of four-hit baseball before handing the baton the Chris Martin and Branden Pinder. Martin tossed two perfect frames and Pinder logged a scoreless ninth.

Cole Figueroa added insurance with a ninth-inning home run off of Dalier Hinojosa.

The RailRiders return to PNC Field for a six-day, seven-game homestand starting tomorrow with a Fourth of July contest against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) at 7:05 p.m. SWB southpaw Jose De Paula (2-1, 4.12) will face right-hander Scott Copeland (4-2, 2.05). Fans 18 and over will receive a voucher for a scratch-off ticket courtesy of the PA Lottery which will also present a post-game fireworks extravaganza. On Sunday, July 5 a day-night doubleheader will have separate nine-inning games at 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. The first 2,500 fans in attendance for the Sunday nightcap will receive a Rob Refsnyder bobblehead, presented by Keystone Sanitary Landfill. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Austin Romine extended the IL’s longest hitting streak of the season to 19 games with a 1-for-2 night. He walked twice and scored two runs. He has hit .377 (29-for-77) during his run.

The RailRiders earned their sixth shutout win and their first since a 7-0 final on May 29 versus Norfolk. Davies started the team’s first shutout of the season in his SWB debut at Syracuse on April 18. Pawtucket is the only team the RailRiders have blanked more than once. Jaren Long, Tyler Webb and Jose Ramirez combined on a 2-0 win at McCoy Stadium on May 25.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 7-3-15

CLICK HERE for the July 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 5:45 p.m.

STREAK STOPPER: In desperate need of a win, the RailRiders left no doubt with a commanding 14-2 defeat of the host Pawtucket Red Sox at McCoy Stadium on Thursday night. SWB snapped a season-worst six-game losing streak with its best run-scoring output and most lopsided win of the season while Pawtucket fell to a season-worst six games under .500. The RailRiders have won 13 of 16 against Pawtucket going back to last season. That includes 11 straight at McCoy Stadium.

SIMPLY THE BEST: Despite a nearly week-long layoff in the wake of being hit in the head with a fastball, Austin Romine owns the IL’s longest hitting streak of 2015. His 2-for-5 effort with a double last night has given him an 18-gamer, suprassing the 17-game run of Columbus shortstop Jose Ramirez (June 9-28). Romine has hit .373 (28-for-75) during his run. Adonis Garcia set the RailRiders era record with a 21-gamer from July 17-Aug. 30, 2014 that tied for the longest in the league last season. Red Barons shortstop Pablo Ozuna set the overall SWB mark with a 27-gamer from July 27-Aug. 24, 2004.

A LITTLE HELP FROM HIS FRIENDS: Starter Luis Severino (4-0) earned his fourth win in five starts with five innings of two-run ball. He made multiple athletic plays defensively, but also left the game up 14-2. In his seven starts, the RailRiders have scored 47 runs (6.7/game). He has received the rotation’s best run support and boasts its best ERA (1.96), BAA (.190) and WHIP (0.97).

AIN’T IT GRAND?: Ben Gamel bashed his first career grand slam in the team’s seven-run sixth inning. He entered 2015 with 10 home runs in five seasons and 415 games played as a pro. His blast last night gave him five home runs in 71 games this season. Gamel delivered the team’s third grand slam of the season. Tyler Austin cracked one to center field versus Charlotte on May 19. Romine did the same at Rochester on June 18.

GETTIN’ FIGGY WITH IT: Cole Figueroa posted his seventh multi-hit showing in nine games. He went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored, lifting his batting average to a season-best .300. His average sat at .184 after an 0-for-3 day at Norfolk on May 11. Since then, he has hit .370/.424/.500/.924 over 42 games played. In that time he ranks among the IL’s best in AVG (1st), OBP (1st), SLG (6th) and OPS (2nd).

FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME: The RailRiders’ 14 runs made for their highest run-scoring output since a 16-5 win at Charlotte on July 20, 2014. The 12-run margin created the team’s most lopsided victory since a 16-2 triumph at Norfolk on May 4, 2014.

BACK ON TOP: Combined with Rochester’s 7-1 loss at Lehigh Valley, the RailRiders climbed right back into first place in the IL North. SWB has lived in the division’s penthouse for every day but one since June 9.

OFF THE RAILS: Rob Refsnyder went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, a walk and three runs scored…Since moving to the clean-up position, he is 7-for-16 (.438) with four RBIs, six walks (.583 OBP) and six runs scored…All nine men in the SWB lineup had at least one hit…Shortly before yesterday’s game, the New York Yankees announced the signing of outfielder Rico Noel to a minor league deal and assigned him to the RailRiders…Noel came on defensively in the seventh inning, but did not have a plate appearance…The RailRiders ended a six-game losing streak, their longest since a seven-game dip from May 18-25, 2013…That slide started with a four-game sweep at Columbus and carried into three losses at home against Durham…Yesterday, former SWB hurler Manny Banuelos (2011-12, 2014) was named an IL All-Star and made his MLB debut for the Braves against Max Scherzer and the Nationals…He left in line for the win: (5.2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 7K).

RailRiders Snap Skid, Crush Pawtucket

Romine Extends Hitting Streak, Gamel Slams, Severino Wins

Pawtucket, R.I. – In desperate need of a win, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) left no doubt with a commanding 14-2 defeat of the host Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) at McCoy Stadium on Thursday night. SWB (44-37) snapped a season-worst six-game losing streak with its best run-scoring output of the season while Pawtucket (38-44) fell to a season-worst six games under .500. The RailRiders have won 13 of 16 against Pawtucket going back to last season.

Down 2-1 after three, the RailRiders plated 13 unanswered runs in the middle innings. Rob Segedin bashed a two-run homer in a five-run fourth, Rob Refsnyder’s sac fly got Aaron Judge home for a run in the fifth and Ben Gamel’s grand slam highlighted a seven-run sixth.

SWB starter Luis Severino (4-0) allowed two runs in five innings for his fourth win in five starts. Pawtucket’s Zeke Spruill (4-4) gave up 10 runs on 11 hits in 5.1 innings for the loss.

The RailRiders’ road trip concludes at 6:15 p.m. on Friday night at McCoy Stadium. SWB right-hander Kyle Davies (5-6, 4.68) will face fellow right-hander Joe Kelly (0-0, 1.29).

The RailRiders return to PNC Field for a six-day, seven-game homestand starting on the Fourth of July against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) at 7:05 p.m. Fans 18 and over will receive a voucher for a scratch-off ticket courtesy of the PA Lottery which will also present a post-game fireworks extravaganza. On Sunday, July 5 a day-night doubleheader will have separate nine-inning games at 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. The first 2,500 fans in attendance for the Sunday nightcap will receive a Rob Refsnyder bobblehead, presented by Keystone Sanitary Landfill. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Austin Romine extended the IL’s longest hitting streak of the season to 18 games with a 2-for-5 night. He doubled and scored. He has hit .373 (28-for-75) during his run.

Rob Refsnyder went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, a walk and three runs scored. Since he moved to the clean-up position, he is 7-for-16 (.438) with six walks, four RBIs and six runs scored.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 7-2-15

CLICK HERE for the July 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 5:45 p.m.

SWEPT AWAY: Russ Canzler singled over shortstop with a drawn-in infield to plate Tyler Henson from third base and the RailRiders lost in 10 innings and walk-off fashion to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs at Coca-Cola Park last night, 3-2. SWB left 15 men on base and went 2-for-14 with men in scoring position.

HEY NOW, YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR: Earlier today, catcher Austin Romine (more on Romine below) and first baseman/DH Kyle Roller were named to the IL All-Star team. Romine boasts a 17-game hitting streak, tied for the longest string of swinging success in the league all season. He has hit .371 (26-for-70) over his run with 16 RBIs. Roller leads SWB and ranks among the IL’s best in homers (12, T-4th), RBI (43, T-5th), walks (41, 2nd) and HR/AB ratio (1:22.25, 5th).

BOUNCING BACK: In his first effort after a records-tying loss to Lousiville, starter Jaron Long fired six scoreless innings. He worked his way out of a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam thanks in large part to a 1-2-3 double play againts Canzler in the opening inning. After three straight hits began the game to create that tough spot, he allowed only two more knocks and one walk the rest of the way while whiffing four. In nine games (eight starts) on the road, he has gone 4-1 with a 2.42 ERA. In seven home starts, he has gone 1-4 with a 7.54 ERA.

HERE COMES THE JUDGE: Aaron Judge went 2-for-4 with a pair of walks. He has reached base safely in 10 of his last 12 plate appearances.

SIMPLY THE BEST: Despite a nearly week-long layoff in the wake of being hit in the head with a fastball, Romine owns the IL’s longest active hitting streak, matching Columbus shortstop Jose Ramirez (17-gamer from June 9-28) for the IL’s best all year. Adonis Garcia set the RailRiders era record with a 21-gamer from July 17-Aug. 30, 2014 that tied for the longest in the league last season. Red Barons shortstop Pablo Ozuna set the overall SWB mark with a 27-gamer from July 27-Aug. 24, 2004.

GETTIN’ FIGGY WITH IT: Cole Figueroa posted his sixth multi-hit showing in eight games. He went 2-for-4 with a sacrifice and an RBI to lift his batting average to .294. His average sat at .184 after an 0-for-3 day at Norfolk on May 11. Since then, he has hit .363/.419/.497/.915 over 41 games played. In that time he ranks among the IL’s best in AVG (1st), OBP (2nd), SLG (5th) and OPS (2nd).

FALL FROM GRACE: Combined with Rochester’s 8-4 win over Pawtucket, the RailRiders fell out of first place for the first time since claiming the catbird seat on June 9 by sweeping an impromptu doubleheader against Buffalo that included the conclusion of a suspended game. The Red Wings have won five in a row.

SINISTER SIX: The RailRiders have lost a season-worst six straight while being outscored 43-15. SWB had not lost six in a row since a seven-game dip from May 18-25, 2013. That slide started with a four-game sweep at Columbus and carried into three losses at home against Durham.

OFF THE RAILS: Rob Refsnyder singled once and walked twice…Since moving to the clean-up position, he is 5-for-13 (.385) with three RBIs, five walks (.579 OBP) and three runs scored…The IronPigs lead the season-long IronRail series, 5-4…SWB lost for the first time in six extra-inning games to become the IL’s final team to suffer its first shutout defeat of the year…Only Rochester (2-2) has played fewer games with free baseball than SWB…The RailRiders suffered their fourth walk-off loss of 2015 and their first since June 7 at Rochester…Lehigh Valley swept SWB in a series longer than two games for the first time since claiming all three in a rain-shortened set in Moosic from May 17-20, 2011…The RailRiders have been swept in consecutive series.

Romine, Roller Named All-Stars

Duo to Represent SWB in Omaha on July 15 

Moosic, Pa. – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) catcher Austin Romine and first baseman/DH Kyle Roller have been named to the 2015 International League All-Star team. The duo will represent SWB in the 28th-Annual First National Bank Triple-A All-Star Game, presented by Gildan, on July 15 in Omaha, Neb. The exhibition between the best of the IL and the Pacific Coast League will be broadcast live from Werner Park on MLB Network, American Forces Network, MiLB.TV and the Triple-A All-Star Game Radio Network beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

The 2015 International League All-Star squad is made up of 13 elected players who have received the most votes from ballots submitted by club’s field managers and general managers (1/3), members of the media (1/3), and online fan voting (1/3). The elected players are joined by 17 additional All-Stars selected by the International League office. Each of the IL’s fourteen clubs will be represented in Omaha.

Both Romine and Roller were selected to the team. Romine enters today on a 17-game hitting streak, tied for the longest string of swinging success in the league all season. He has hit .371 (26-for-70) over his run with 16 RBIs. He ranks sixth among the loop’s catchers in caught-stealing percentage and has nabbed the third-highest total of would-be base stealers among the ranked backstops. Roller leads the team and ranks among the IL’s best in home runs (12, T-4th), RBI (43, T-5th), walks (41, 2nd) and HR/AB ratio (1:22.25, 5th).

Following last year’s 7-3 victory in the Triple-A All-Star Game, the IL owns a 10-7 advantage in the 17 years since the event changed to the current IL vs. PCL format. The winning league this season will once again earn the right to have its champion play as the “home team” at the Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game which will take place Tuesday, Sept. 22 in El Paso, Texas.

The RailRiders return to PNC Field for a six-day, seven-game homestand starting on the Fourth of July against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) at 7:05 p.m. Fans 18 and over will receive a voucher for a scratch-off ticket courtesy of the PA Lottery which will also present a post-game fireworks extravaganza. On Sunday, July 5 a day-night doubleheader will have separate nine-inning games at 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. The first 2,500 fans in attendance for the Sunday nightcap will receive a Rob Refsnyder bobblehead, presented by Keystone Sanitary Landfill. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders –

IronPigs Sweep RailRiders

SWB Falls From First, Suffers Longest Losing Streak Since 2013

Allentown, Pa. – Russ Canzler singled over shortstop with a drawn-in infield to plate Tyler Henson from third base and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) lost in 10 innings and walk-off fashion to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) at Coca-Cola Park on Wednesday night, 3-2. SWB (43-37) has lost a season-worst six in a row. Combined with Rochester’s 8-4 win over Pawtucket, the RailRiders fell out of first place for the first time since claiming the catbird seat on June 9.

Lehigh Valley (33-48) fell behind in the very first inning when Ramon Flores’ sac fly scored Ben Gamel. Cole Figueroa singled Rob Refsnyder home in the fourth for a 2-0 lead. Spot starter Dustin McGowan allowed two runs on four hits over four frames during a bullpen day for the IronPigs.

SWB starter Jaron Long logged six scoreless innings before handing the ball to Diego Moreno who allowed the tying runs in the seventh. Cord Phelps tripled Aaron Altherr home from first base while Logan Moore’s sac fly plated Phelps to deadlock the game, 2-2.

Tyler Henson tripled off the wall in left-center to start the 10th against reliever Danny Burawa (1-2). After Brian Bogusevic grounded out to second with the infield in, Canzler connected on the walk-off winner.

The RailRiders’ road trip shifts to Pawtucket for a short two-game series against the PawSox (Boston Red Sox) starting at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday night. SWB right-hander Luis Severino (3-0, 1.73) will face right-hander Zeke Spruill (4-2, 4.11).

The RailRiders return to PNC Field for a six-day, seven-game homestand starting on the Fourth of July against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) at 7:05 p.m. Fans 18 and over will receive a voucher for a scratch-off ticket courtesy of the PA Lottery which will also present a post-game fireworks extravaganza. On Sunday, July 5 a day-night doubleheader will have separate nine-inning games at 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. The first 2,500 fans in attendance for the Sunday nightcap will receive a Rob Refsnyder bobblehead, presented by Keystone Sanitary Landfill. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Austin Romine extended the IL’s longest active hitting streak to 17 games with a 3-for-5 night. He has tied Columbus’ Jose Ramirez for the IL’s longest hitting streak of the season.

Aaron Judge went 2-for-4 with a pair of walks. He has reached base safely in 10 of his last 12 plate appearances.

The RailRiders have been outscored 43-15 during their six-game slide.

SWB had not lost six in a row since a seven-game dip from May 18-25, 2013. That slide started with a four-game sweep at Columbus and carried into three losses at home against Durham.

Rob Refsnyder singled once and walked twice. Since moving to the clean-up position, he is 5-for-13 (.385) with five walks.

The IronPigs lead the season-long IronRail series, 5-4.

SWB lost for the first time in six extra-inning games.

The RailRiders suffered their fourth walk-off loss of 2015 and their first since June 7 at Rochester.

– SWB RailRiders –

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