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SWB Game Notes 6-13-15

CLICK HERE for the June 13 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with John Sadak and Darren Headrick. Pregame coverage starts at 6:35 p.m.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The RailRiders bashed two home runs in the first inning and stormed by the Red Wings, 13-3, in a rain-shortened affair on Friday night. The game was mired by a benches-clearing incident in the opening stanza. After Rob Refsnyder and Kyle Roller bashed back-to-back home runs for a 4-0 lead, starter Lester Oliveros drilled catcher Austin Romine in the head and was immediately ejected. Both benches and bullpens emptied before order was restored.

PIRELA POP: Jose Pirela went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored in his first game back from the big leagues. Including his four-game rehab stint from April 30-May 3, he has gone 14-for-24 with SWB for slashes of .583/.600/.917/1.517. Last night he played the outfield for the first time since he suffered a concussion following a head-long crash into the wall as the Yankees’ center fielder during a Mar. 22 spring training game against the Mets. His last outfield play in a regular season game came Aug. 27, 2014 versus Buffalo.

GETTIN’ FIGGY WITH IT: Cole Figueroa went 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored. Since his 0-for-3 day dropped his average to .184 on May 11 at Norfolk, he has gone 39-for-100 in a span of 26 games played. He has led the league with all four slashes over that time: .390/.440/.570/1.010.

HIGH NOONAN: Nick Noonan posted a pair of hits and a walk. He has dominated in the month of June, going 17-for-38 (.447/.500/.632/1.132) with five extra-base hits and eight RBIs in 10 games played. His June average and OBP lead the IL while his OPS ranks 2nd and his SLG 3rd.

#WINNING: The RailRiders have won five straight and 10 of 11. They stand a season-best nine games above .500. The SWB franchise has not stood that tall since the 2012 IL North champion SWB Yankees finished the year at 84-60.

TROUBLE AT HOME: The RailRiders stand three games below .500 at PNC Field (16-19) and 12 games over on the road (20-8). The team has hit .282 on the road compared to a .258 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 144 runs in 28 games (5.1/game). At home, the squad has plated 133 runs in 35 games (3.8/game). The pitching has performed better on the road (3.26 ERA) than in Moosic (3.35 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.714), who have won 13 of 14 away from PNC Field.

TURN THE BEAT AROUND: Despite the season-long numbers, the RailRiders have trended better at home of late. They have won a season-best four straight games at PNC Field. That has not happened since the 2014 squad won four straight in Moosic from July 31-Aug. 3.

HOMER SIR, SECTOR 7G: Mason Williams went 4-for-12 during the Buffalo series with a double and three RBIs. Yesterday, he homered in his Major League debut, a two-run shot off Ubaldo Jimenez in his second plate appearance. He departed SWB with hits in six straight games, going 9-for-22 (.409) with three walks (.480 OBP). After five-plus pro seasons and 443 games played below the Triple-A level, he spent three weeks and 20 games played with SWB before getting the call to the Bronx.

OFF THE RAILS: Ben Gamel snapped an 0-for-15 slide with a single in the first inning as part of a 2-for-4 night with a walk and two runs scored…SWB amassed a season-best 13 runs on a season-high 18 hits…It marked the most runs for the RailRiders since a 13-0 defeat of Syracuse on Aug. 2, 2014 at PNC Field and the highest hit total since an 18-hit showing in a 12-4 win at Gwinnett on July 23, 2014…Through two games this series, Kyle Roller has gone 5-for-10 with two extra-base hits and five RBIs…Of his team-high 34 RBIs, 11 have come in 11 games played this month alone.

RailRiders Continue Surge with Rout of Red Wings

Moosic, PA – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) bashed two home runs in the first inning and stormed past the Rochester Red Wings 13-3 in a rain-shortened affair on Friday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders (36-27) posted their fifth straight win and 10th in the last 11 games. The Red Wings (31-29) slipped to 3.5 games behind the first place RailRiders in the International League North Division.

Jose De Paula (2-0) limited the Red Wings to two runs on seven hits over 5.2 innings for the win. Rochester starter Lester Oliveros (2-2) shouldered the loss after surrendering five runs on four hits without recording an out.

The game was mired by a benches-clearing incident in the opening stanza. Rob Refsnyder crushed a three-run blast down the left field line and Kyle Roller demolished a mammoth blast out to left-center for his ninth home run and a 4-0 lead.

Oliveros then drilled catcher Austin Romine in the head and was immediately ejected. Both benches and bullpens emptied before order was restored. Eddy Rodriguez entered as a pinch runner for Romine and stayed in as catcher. He scored from third on a single by Cole Figueroa.

Rochester tallied a run in the second on a hit by Wilkin Ramirez before the RailRiders put the game away with a seven-run fifth. Rodriguez and Ramon Flores stroked consecutive doubles off reliever Mark Hamburger for a 6-1 advantage. A Figueroa walk and Nick Noonan single loaded the bases. Ali Castillo bounced into a fielder’s choice to score Flores. Ben Gamel, Jose Pirela, Refsnyder and Roller followed with run-producing hits for an 11-1 lead. Rodriguez capped the barrage with a sacrifice fly to right.

The Red Wings squeezed across runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Nick Rumbelow and manager Dave Miley were ejected in the seventh after the reliever pitched in on Argenis Diaz.

Pirela scored the final run in the eighth on a double by Refsnyder and a fielding error by second baseman James Beresford. Heavy rains arrived in the ninth inning and the game was declared final.

Refsnyder finished the night with a season-high four hits and four RBI. The 13 runs and 18 hits by the RailRiders were all season bests. Of the nine RailRiders that had official at-bats, eight registered hits. Six finished with multiple knocks.

The RailRiders go for the series win against the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) on Saturday night. Right-hander Ivan Nova will make rehab start for the RailRiders against Red Wings left-hander Jason Wheeler (1-4, 6.20). Saturday’s game features a Derek Jeter bobblehead giveaway, presented by Allied Services and postgame fireworks. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. For tickets or more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit the team’s website, www.swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 6-12-15

CLICK HERE for the June 12 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. John Sadak will have the call regionally on MyTV starting at 7 p.m. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with Darren Headrick. Radio pregame coverage starts at 6:35 p.m.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The RailRiders scored six early runs and cruised past the Red Wings on Thursday night, 9-2.

GETTIN’ FIGGY WITH IT: Cole Figueroa hammered a pair of doubles on a 3-for-5 night with an RBI and two runs scored. Since his 0-for-3 day dropped his average to .184 on May 11at Norfolk, he has gone 37-for-96 and has led the league with all four slashes over that time: .385/.433/.573/1.006.

HIGH NOONAN: Nick Noonan posted a pair of hits and scored twice. He has dominated in the month of June, going 15-for-34 (.441/.486/.647/1.134) with five extra-base hits and eight RBIs in nine games played. His June average leads the IL while his OBP, SLG and OPS rank 2nd to Louisville’s Josh Satin.

HOME COOKING: Starter Kyle Davies (5-3) allowed two runs over 6.1 innings to post his first home win of the season. He has won each of his last three decisions over a four-outing, three-start span overall. Four starts into his SWB tenure he stood 2-2 with a 6.20 ERA. Since then, he has gone 3-1 with a team-best 2.87 ERA.

#WINNING: The RailRiders have won four straight and nine of 10. They stand a season-best eight games above .500. The SWB franchise has not stood that tall since the 2012 IL North champion SWB Yankees finished the year at 84-60.

TROUBLE AT HOME: The RailRiders stand four games below .500 at PNC Field (15-19) and 12 games over on the road (20-8). The team has hit .282 on the road compared to a .251 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 144 runs in 28 games (5.1/game). At home, the squad has plated 120 runs in 34 games (3.5/game). The pitching has performed better on the road (3.26 ERA) than in Moosic (3.35 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.714), who have won 13 of 14 away from PNC Field.

TURN THE BEAT AROUND: Despite the season-long numbers, the RailRiders have trended better at home of late. They have won a season-best three straight games at PNC Field. That has not happened since the 2014 squad won four straight in Moosic from July 31-Aug. 3.

THE AIR UP THERE: Mason Williams went 4-for-12 during the Buffalo series with a double and three RBIs. Yesterday, he was called up to the New York Yankees. He departed SWB with hits in six straight games, going 9-for-22 (.409) with three walks (.480 OBP). After five-plus pro seasons and 443 games played below the Triple-A level, he spent three weeks and 20 games played with SWB before getting the call to the Bronx.

RED WINGING IT: The RailRiders have lost 11 of their last 13 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 18 of their last 25 against the Red Wings overall going back to 2013 and stand 2-4 against the Red Wings this season.

OFF THE RAILS: Other roster moves yesterday saw Caleb Cotham activated off the DL…In his second SWB outing this season, he fired a scoreless ninth with a strikeout against a Red Wings club that had his number during his first two tours of duty with SWB…He had 4G/3GS against Rochester in his career before Thursday, going 0-2 with a 16.20 ERA, 3.30 WHIP and .449 BAA…Ramon Flores rejoined the RailRiders after hitting .269 with the New York Yankees including a three-hit effort on Tuesday…He picked up two RBIs and collected an outfield assist when he nabbed Danny Santana attempting to leg out a double in the seventh…Five RailRiders enjoyed a multi-hit effort last night with Kyle Roller going 2-for-5 night with a three-run double…He leads SWB in RBIs (32) and the IL in walks (36).

RailRiders Roll Red Wings

Moosic, PA – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) scored six early runs and cruised past the Rochester Red Wings 9-2 on Thursday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders (35-27) won their fourth straight, and ninth in 10 games. The club leads the Red Wings (31-28) by 2.5 games in the International League North Division.

Starter Kyles Davies (5-4) earned his fifth win by limiting the Red Wings to two runs on six hits over 6.1 frames. The win tied him for the team lead in victories. Davies struck out three and yielded one walk. Tyler Duffey (0-4) suffered his fourth straight defeat in as many starts after allowing seven runs on nine hits, both season worsts.

SWB built a 2-0 advantage in the first inning on a run-producing single by Rob Refsnyder and a sacrifice fly to right by Austin Romine. Jonathan Galvez made hit 3-0 on a sacrifice fly to left in the second inning before Kyle Roller unloaded a bases-loaded double. The two-bagger plated three for a 6-0 lead.

Rochester tallied a run in the fourth, but the RailRiders got it back on thanks to single by Ramon Flores that scored Nick Noonan.

Leading 7-2 in the eighth, SWB put the game away with a pair of runs. Cole Figueroa doubled home Rob Segedin and Galvez scored from third when center fielder Danny Ortiz missed a catch in the right-center gap.

Caleb Cotham returned from a stint on the disabled list to fire a scoreless ninth inning. He surrendered a single and struck out the final batter.

Five RailRiders finished with multiple hits. Figueroa led the group with three knocks, including two doubles.

The RailRiders continue their weekend homestand with the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) on Friday night at PNC Field. Southpaw Jose De Paula (1-0, 075) makes his third start for SWB. The 7:05 p.m. first pitch will feature “What If?” Night and Friday Fireworks. Saturday’s game features a Derek Jeter bobblehead giveaway, presented by Allied Services. For tickets or more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit the team’s website, www.swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 6-11-15

CLICK HERE for the June 11 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. John Sadak and Donnie Collins will have the call regionally on MyTV starting at 7 p.m. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with Darren Headrick. Radio pregame coverage starts at 6:35 p.m.

WEDNESDAY WIN: The dominance continues. Consensus No. 1 Yankees prospect Luis Severino (1-0) logged his first Triple-A win and his RailRiders pounded the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) on Wednesday afternoon, 7-2.

IT FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME: Severino’s first Triple-A victory was his first overall since he won his final Trenton outing on May 26. He was perfect yesterday before he took Matt Hague’s comeback single off his leg with two outs in the fourth. After a visit from athletic trainer Darren London and the coaching staff, Severino stayed in the game a struck out Brad Glenn. He faced the minimum in the fifth and left with a shutout lead, but the bases loaded in the sixth.

INHERITANCE TAX: Reliever Danny Burawa inherited the one-out, bases-loaded jam from Severino and allowed a two-run single to Hague. While his line read two scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.99, he has now allowed eight of his 16 inherited runners to score.

WINNING WAYS: The RailRiders have won eight of nine overall and stand a season-best seven games above .500. The SWB franchise has not stood that tall since the 2012 IL North champion SWB Yankees finished the year at 84-60.

GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: The RailRiders stand five games below .500 at PNC Field (14-19) and 12 games over on the road (20-8). The team has hit .282 on the road compared to a .246 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 144 runs in 28 games (5.1/game). At home, the squad has plated 111 runs in 33 games (3.4/game). The pitching has performed better on the road (3.26 ERA) than in Moosic (3.39 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.714), who have won 13 of 14 away from PNC Field.

HOT HITTER: Mason Williams went 4-for-12 on the series with a double and three RBIs. He has hit safely in six straight games, going 9-for-22 (.409) with three walks (.480 OBP).

WELCOME BACK: On Tuesday, Tyler Austin saw his first game action since he was removed from the June 5 game at Syracuse after diving for a ball on the warning track. He has gone 4-for-8 with two RBIs in two games since his return and has hit safely in seven straight games overall. Since an 0-for-2 effort versus Charlotte on May 18 lowered his batting average to .191, he has gone 20-for-67 (.299/.390/.463/.852) with five extra-base hits (three home runs) and 12 RBIs.

RISPY BUSINESS: On the series, Buffalo went 5-for-19 (.263) with men in scoring position, stranding 21 men in the process. The RailRiders went 9-for-29 (.310) while leaving 27 men on.

HOW SWEEP IT IS: SWB posted its first three-game sweep of the Bisons at Buffalo since the 2012 Yankees won three at Coca-Cola Field from Aug. 22-24. Both of the first two games in the older series required extra innings. It started with a 2-1 win in 12 followed by a 4-3 victory in 11. The finale also proved taut, a 6-4 SWB triumph championed by current Bison Chris Dickerson’s four-hit showing.

RED WINGING IT: The RailRiders have lost 11 of their last 13 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 18 of their last 24 against the Red Wings overall going back to 2013.

OFF THE RAILS: Austin Romine hit clean-up yesterday for the first time this season…SWB outscored Buffalo 14-4 on the series and outscored its opponents 39-13 on the seven-game road trip…The announced paid crowd of 15,614 was the largest to see the RailRiders play since an Aug. 22, 2014 loss at Buffalo had a paid crowd of 16,252.

Severino Sizzles, RailRiders Complete Series Sweep

Prospect Starter Posts First Triple-A Win

Buffalo, N.Y. – The dominance continues. Consensus No. 1 Yankees prospect Luis Severino (1-0) logged his first Triple-A win and his Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) pounded the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) on Wednesday afternoon, 7-2. The win gave SWB its first three-game sweep at Coca-Cola Field since 2012. The RailRiders went 6-1 on their three-city road trip and have won 13 of their last 14 road games.

All nine RailRiders came to the plate in a three-run opening inning with Tyler Austin delivering the big blow, a two-run single off starter Felix Doubront (0-2). Doubront needed 41 pitches to grind through that first frame, but managed to toss four in total. A wild pitch and a run-scoring single by Nick Noonan made it 5-0 in the third.

During that time, Severino rolled. He did not allow a baserunner until he took Matt Hague’s comeback single off his leg with two outs in the fourth. After a visit from athletic trainer Darren London and the coaching staff, Severino stayed in the game a struck out Brad Glenn. He faced the minimum in the fifth and left with a shutout lead, but the bases loaded in the sixth. Reliever Danny Burawa inherited the one-out jam and allowed a two-run single to Hague.

Cole Figueroa’s second run-scoring double of the day made it 6-2 in the seventh while Taylor Dugas walked with the bases loaded in the eighth to account for the 7-2 final.

SWB returns home to host the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) from June 11-14. The four-game set includes two fireworks nights and a Derek Jeter bobblehead giveaway on Saturday, June 13 courtesy of Allied Services. For tickets or more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit the team’s website, www.swbrailriders.com. It starts on Thursday night with SWB’s Kyle Davies (4-3, 4.18) facing fellow righty Tyler Duffey (0-3, 3.71). The game will air live regionally on MyTV.

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SWB Game Notes 6-10-15

CLICK HERE for the June 10 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 10:05 a.m.

MOVIN’ ON UP: It’s been a long time coming. The RailRiders own first place all by themselves. SWB took a pair of games from the Bisons on Tuesday night, winning 2-1 and 5-1 to guarantee a series victory. Combined with Rochester’s 5-4 loss to Indianapolis, SWB has first place all by itself for the first time since the then-SWB Yankees claimed the IL North in 2012.

PENTHOUSE POINTS: SWB shared first place after its season-opening win against Syracuse both this year and last. It owned a piece of the penthouse for one day to start 2015 and for three days to begin last year.

ONE-RUN FUN: The RailRiders own the IL’s best record in one-run games at 14-5. Buffalo sits in the basement at 7-14.

COMEBACK KIDS: The RailRiders’ 10th comeback win of the year proved a rarity. Buffalo entered yesterday a league-best 20-2 when scoring first, but fell in the scheduled nightcap despite plating the game’s first run.

GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: The RailRiders stand five games below .500 at PNC Field (14-19) and 11 games over on the road (19-8). The team has hit .281 on the road compared to a .246 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 137 runs in 27 games (5.1/game). At home, the squad has plated 111 runs in 33 games (3.4/game). The pitching has performed slightly better on the road (3.31 ERA) than in Moosic (3.39 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.704), who have won 12 of 13 away from PNC Field.

ALL GOOD THINGS: The opening game, started Monday by Bryan Mitchell, saw the prospect starter’s scoreless streak stall at 18 innings on Sean Ochinko’s two-out double in the fourth. Since a tough loss at Norfolk on May 11, Mitchell has gone 2-1 and the team 4-1 over his last five outings. Over that time, he has amassed a 1.24 ERA while holding foes to a .194 batting average. In his last three starts, he has given up one run in 18 innings (0.50 ERA) with nine hits allowed over 18 innings (.158 BAA).

THAT’S A START: In game two, Jaron Long (5-4) gave up one run over five frames for his second win in as many starts. In six road nods he has gone 4-1 with a 2.87 ERA. Over his six home starts, he has gone 1-3 with a 5.51 ERA. Long has won five of his last seven nods, allowing just three earned runs.

HOT HITTER: Mason Williams went 3-for-8 with a double and three RBIs between the two games. He has hit safely in five straight games, going 8-for-18 (.444) with four walks (.524 OBP).

WELCOME BACK: Tyler Austin saw action in game two, his first since he was removed from the June 5 game at Syracuse after diving for a ball on the warning track. He went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored to extend his hitting streak to six games. Since an 0-for-2 effort versus Charlotte on May 19 lowered his batting average to .191, he has gone 18-for-62 (.290/.389/.468/.857) with five extra-base hits (three home runs) and 10 RBIs.

RISPY BUSINESS: Through two games on the series, Buffalo has gone 2-for-14 (.143) with men in scoring position, stranding 17 men in the process. The RailRiders have gone 5-for-19 (.263) while leaving 20 men on.

HOW SWEEP IT IS: Today SWB bids for its first three-game sweep of the Bisons at Buffalo since the 2012 Yankees won three at Coca-Cola Field from Aug. 22-24. Both of the first two games that series required extra innings. It started with a 2-1 win in 12 followed by a 4-3 victory in 11. The finale also proved taut, a 6-4 SWB triumph championed by current Bison Chris Dickerson’s four-hit showing.

RailRiders Sweep Path to First Place

SWB Owns First Solo for First Time since Winning IL North in 2012

Buffalo, N.Y. – It’s been a long time coming. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) own first place all by themselves. SWB took a pair of games from the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) on Tuesday night, winning 2-1 and 5-1 to guarantee a series victory. Combined with Rochester’s 5-4 loss to Indianapolis, SWB has first place all by itself for the first time since the then-SWB Yankees claimed the IL North in 2012.

In the resumption of Monday’s suspended affair due to fog, Diego Moreno (2-0), Chris Martin and Jose Ramirez combined on five frames of one-hit scoreless relief. Moreno tossed three innings while Martin and Ramirez each logged a perfect frame with the latter posting his team-best eighth save.

The RailRiders led that game thanks to two-out run-scoring hits recorded Monday night by Kyle Roller and Mason Williams in the first and second inning respectively. Bryan Mitchell started the game and allowed one run over his four innings.

The scheduled affair saw Buffalo draw first blood on Andy Burns’ RBI single in the opening inning against starter Jaron Long (5-4). The next inning, Taylor Dugas drove Austin Romine home with a single to left for a 1-1 tie. In the fifth, an intentional walk to Roller brought Romine to the plate with two on and two out against reliever Todd Redmond (1-2). The RailRiders catcher then delivered a two-run double over Caleb Gindl’s head in right for a 3-1 lead. An inning later, Williams chased Redmond with his own two-run double for the 5-1 margin that went final.

That final saw brief peril. With two outs and the bases empty, Tyler Webb was one out away from finishing the contest. Matt Hague’s contact to second saw Rob Refsnyder’s throw take Roller off the bag at first. However, the first baseman appeared to get the tag on Hague, who was ruled safe. Chris Dickerson then singled prompting the RailRiders to summon Nick Rumbelow. The right-hander got a groundout from Burns for his seventh save.

The three-game series concludes at 10:35 a.m. on Wednesday. SWB will hand the ball to right-hander Luis Severino (0-0, 2.38) while Buffalo is expected to start southpaw Felix Doubront (0-1, 1.00). SWB returns home to host the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) from June 11-14. The four-game set includes two fireworks nights and a Derek Jeter bobblehead giveaway on Saturday, June 13 courtesy of Allied Services. For tickets or more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit the team’s website, www.swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

The RailRiders owned a share of first place after winning on Opening Day 2015.

Buffalo entered the day a league-best 20-2 when scoring first before falling in the nightcap.

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Fog Suspends Play in Buffalo

Visibility Concerns Press Pause Button

Buffalo, N.Y. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) were three outs away from a win with their ace on the hill. But a dense, low-lying fog created horrific visibility that prompted the delay and eventual suspension of play against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) on Monday night. The teams will finish the game to its full nine-inning conclusion starting at 5:35 p.m. on Tuesday. A seven-inning game will follow.

The RailRiders will have a 2-1 lead when the game picks up at the start of the home fifth. SWB grabbed the lead thanks to a pair of two-out run-scoring hits. Kyle Roller drove Cole Figueroa home in the first and Mason Williams singled Taylor Dugas to the plate in the second.

Dugas also picked up a crucial outfield assist in the fourth. With two on and two out, Sean Ochinko doubled to left to score Luke Scott from second. Daric Barton tried to score from first as well, but Dugas hit Figueroa as the cutoff man and the relay to Eddy Rodriguez at the plate nabbed Barton to end the inning.

SWB starter Bryan Mitchell allowed one run over his four frames. He allowed five hits, issued a single walk and whiffed five. Buffalo’s Daniel Norris gave up two runs on five hits, three walks and three strikeouts over his five innings.

In the regularly-scheduled second affair on Tuesday SWB will hand the ball to right-hander Jaron Long (4-4, 4.42) while Buffalo is expected to start right-hander Scott Copeland (4-1, 1.97). SWB returns home to host the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) from June 11-14. The four-game set includes two fireworks nights and a Derek Jeter bobblehead giveaway on Saturday, June 13 courtesy of Allied Services. For tickets or more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit the team’s website, www.swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 6-8-15

CLICK HERE or the June 8 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.

YESTERDAY: The Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) had one lead all Sunday afternoon. It came at the ideal time. The first-place Red Wings (31-24) plated a pair in the ninth to produce a 4-3 walk-off win over the second-place RailRiders that kept the Red Wings in the IL North penthouse. It snapped the RailRiders’ 10-game road winning streak.

ONE-RUN FUN: The RailRiders entered yesterday with the IL’s best record in one-run games at 13-5. Rochester was tied with Buffalo (7-13) for the loop’s worst record in one-run affairs.

ROAD WARRIORS: SWB had not won 10 straight road games since taking its first 10 in 2009. The 10th triumph in that run came 17-14 in a 13-inning game that took 4:43 at Rochester on April 25. The Red Wings then snapped the streak with a 7-3 win at Frontier Field on April 26. All seven runs came in the opening inning. No Yankees-affiliated SWB team has won more than 10 straight on the road.

HIGH FIVE: NEPA’s team had won a season-high-tying five in a row overall. It also did so from May 14-18 when it swept Durham in four games on the road and took a home affair from Charlotte.

GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: The RailRiders stand five games below .500 at PNC Field (14-19) and nine games over on the road (17-8). The team has hit .281 on the road compared to a .246 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 130 runs in 25 games (5.2/game). At home, the squad has plated 111 runs in 33 games (3.4/game). The pitching has performed slightly better at home (3.39 ERA) than outside of Moosic (3.47). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.680).

RED WINGING IT: The RailRiders have lost 11 of their last 13 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 18 of their last 24 against the Red Wings overall going back to 2013.

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Both Rob Refsnyder and Austin Romine homered in the eighth inning…Refsnyder lined his third of the season while Romine bombed his fourth…Each round-tripper cleared the wall in left field…Mason Williams doubled on a 3-for-5 day…He is hitting .319 through his first 17 games at the Triple-A level.

WHAT WENT WRONG: Branden Pinder blew a save for the third time in four tries with SWB this season…The RailRiders went 1-for-9 with men in scoring position and stranded eight men on base…Nick Noonan‘s game-ending throwing error was the lone miscue on the game between the two teams.

WALK IT OFF: Sunday marked the RailRiders’ third walk-off loss of the season and first since April 30 at Charlotte. SWB entered the game 26-1 when leading after eight innings. The only other loss when leading entering the ninth came at Gwinnett on April 27 when Cedric Hunter hit a two-strike, two-out homer at Coolray Field for a walk-off finish.

FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME: The RailRiders and Bisons, divisional brothers, meet for the first of their 17 clashes, nine of which will take place in Buffalo. Under the balanced schedule in 2014, SWB went 7-9 against the Bisons including a 3-5 mark at Coca-Cola Field. The Bisons claimed five of the last six meetings between the clubs.

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