Bulls Best Sloppy RailRiders

Moosic, PA – The Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) fell to the Durham Bulls 4-1 Friday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders (22-21) committed three errors and issued a season-worst eight walks. The Bulls (22-22) grabbed their first win of the season against SWB.

Everett Teaford (3-3) limited the RailRiders to a one run on six hits over 5.2 innings. Danny Burawa (1-1) absorbed his first loss of the year after yielding two unearned runs. The right-hander battled an erratic command, surrendering four walks over 1.1 innings. Preston Guilmet tossed a scoreless ninth for his first save with Durham.

The Bulls plated the first run with a two-out rally against starter Kyle Davies in the second inning. Corey Brown reached on an infield single and moved to second on soft hit by Luke Maile. Leonardo Reginatto slammed a single to center that brought in Brown before Maile was thrown out at third to end the inning.

Tyler Austin willed his team onto the scoreboard in the fourth. The designated hitter singled and stole second. Austin then made an aggressive move to third on a fly out to center by Ben Gamel.  With two out and Jonathan Galvez batting, Teaford uncorked a wild pitch through the legs of Maile. Austin scored on the play to knot the score 1-1.

Durham took advantage of defensive miscues to grab the lead for good in the sixth. Burawa allowed a walk to Allan Dykstra on the outset before striking out J.P. Arencibia. Brown drew a base on balls before Maile hit into a force out at second. The RailRiders attempted to turn the double play, but Rob Refsnyder’s throw bounced past first baseman Kyle Roller. The error allowed Dykstra to score for a 2-1 lead.

The advantage grew to 3-1 for Durham the next at-bat when a throwing error by Nick Noonan also got away from Roller. Maile scored from second. The Bulls capped the scoring on an RBI-double by Jake Elmore in the eighth.

Ramon Flores had three hits, and got on base four at out of his five at bats. Rob Refsnyder extended his on-base streak to 23 with a walk in the seventh. He finished the night 0-for-4, snapping his season-long hitting streak at 11. Friday’s loss marked the third time the RailRiders committed three or more errors in the game.

The RailRiders continue their series against the Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) at PNC Field on Saturday night. Right-hander Bryan Mitchell (2-3, 3.68) opposes RHP Matt Buschmann (3-3, 3.44). The RailRiders will give away a CHAMP Vader Bobblewaist doll to the first 2,500 fans in attendance as part of Star Wars Night. 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 5-22-15

CLICK HERE for the May 22 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.

WALK IT OFF: Ben Gamel‘s infield single in the bottom of the 10th inning capped a four-run rally by the RailRiders in a 4-3 win over the Durham Bulls.

TANAKA TIME: In his first rehab start since hitting the DL on April 29, Masahiro Tanaka tossed three scoreless innings. He allowed two hits, no walks and struck out two on 41 pitches (25 strikes).

EXTRA, EXTRA!: The RailRiders improved to 4-0 in extra-inning games while the Bulls fell to 0-5 in free baseball. No other IL team stands undefeated or winelss in extra-inning play.

RALLY RIDERS: The three-run deficit was the largest overcome by the RailRiders in a victory this season. The team rallied from a multi-run hole to win only once before this season, on May 16 at Durham in a 3-2 final. That game also saw Dylan Floro as the starter.

SEVENTH HEAVEN: The RailRiders came back when trailing after seven innings for the first time this season. The team had been 0-15 in such circumstances. Durham lost for just the second time when leading after seven. The Bulls entered the game 20-1 with a lead entering the eighth.

INHERITANCE TAX: The bullpen inherited three runners and two scored including both hand-me-down men given to Jacob Lindgren. He had stranded every inherited runner but one on his short pro career including his first seven with SWB. The only prior inherited runner that crossed came on Aug. 12, 2014 while with Double-A at Altoona. Mark Montgomery (1-0) stranded a hand-me-down man en route to the win. He has left all three of his inherited runners on the bases this year. The righty left 15 of his 17 inherited runners on last year between Double-A Trenton and SWB. The RailRiders’ 2015 bullpen has allowed 23 of its 54 (43%) inherited runners to cross the plate.

SCOOOOOORRRRRREEEEE!: Mason Williams made his Triple-A debut as the leadoff man and center fielder. He connected on his first Triple-A hit with the first of four straight SWB knocks during the three-run rally to tie the game.

LET’S GET HIM ON: Rob Refsnyder connected on an RBI single during the team’s game-tying rally in the eighth to extend the IL’s best on-base streak of the year to 22 games. His run started in game two of the April 25 doubleheader versus Pawtucket. In that time, he has hit .382 while posting an OBP of .455 and 14 of his 17 RBIs. No IL player has assembled a better on-base streak in 2015. Both Charlotte’s Dan Black (Apr. 11-May 7) and Toledo’s Daniel Fields (Apr. 17-May 12) had 20-gamers that halted earlier this month. Buffalo’s Matt Hague also has a 22-gamer currently that began on April 29. On Monday, Refsnyder was named the IL’s Batter of the Week for May 11-17. The second baseman hit .400 with a league-best six extra-base hits and 22 total bases.

HIT IT: Refsnyder extended his hitting streak to 11 games, surpassing his 10-game run from April 25-May 6 as the longest by a 2015 RailRider. He stands tied with Rochester’s Argenis Diaz (May 11-Present) for the IL’s best active hitting streak after Charlotte’s Jason Coats saw his string snap at 11 games yesterday.

OFF THE RAILS: For the second time in as many days, PNC Field saw its largest crowd of the year…A paid gathering of 7,737 trumped Wednesday’s schoolkid special (7,670)…Gamel drove in the winning run for the team’s second walk-off win of the year…He scored the deciding tally in the first walk-off win, a 15-inning triumph over Lehigh Valley on April 20, thanks to Nick Noonan‘s single.

RailRiders Rally for Victory in Extras

Moosic, PABen Gamel’s infield single in the bottom of the 10th inning capped a four-run rally by the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) in a 4-3 win. The RailRiders (22-20) improved to 4-0 in extra-inning games while the Bulls (21-22) fell to 0-5 in overtime. The three-run deficit was the largest overcome by the RailRiders in a victory this season.

Continuing his return from a wrist and forearm injury, the New York Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka pitched effectively. The right-hander was able to work through three innings, striking out two and allowing just two hits. Tanaka threw 41 pitches, 25 for strikes.

Mark Montgomery (1-0) picked up the win with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. Ronald Belisario (0-2) shouldered the loss after 1.2 innings of work, allowing the winning run to cross in the last of the 10th.

The two teams blew through the front five innings without a run scoring. Eugenio Velez finally cracked the seal for Durham when he doubled home Jake Elmore against reliever Joel De La Cruz.

Leading 1-0, the Bulls added two more runs when Velez stroked a double down the left field line. The two-baser off Jacob Lindgren plated Leonardo Reginatto and Taylor Motter.

Stymied for much of the game, the RailRiders’ bats came alive against Andrew Bellatti in the eighth. Rob Segedin drew a walk and outfielder Mason Williams’ first Triple-A hit was a smash to right. Ramon Flores followed with a single to score Segedin, who just beat the tag on a close play at the plate.

Rob Refsnyder extended his hitting streak to 11 games on a hard single to left that scored Williams. Behind only 3-2, Tyler Austin launched a double to the right-center gap to push across Flores. Bellatti dug in with the go-ahead run at third and kept the RailRiders from doing further damage.

In the 10th, Refsnyder reached on a force out at second. With two out, Refsnyder stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Gamel’s high bounder up the middle glanced off Jake Elmore’s glove, allowing Refsnyder to cross home for the winning run.

The RailRiders continue their series against the Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) at PNC Field on Friday night. Right-hander Kyle Davies (2-3, 5.17) opposes LHP Everett Teaford (2-3, 6.28). It’s an action-packed night at PNC Field as the team will wear special flannel jerseys as part of Country Night. A post-game fireworks show will follow as part of Fireworks Friday. 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.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 5-21-15

CLICK HERE for the May 21 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with Darren Headrick. John Sadak and Fox 56 sports director Bob Ide will have the TV call on MyTV and the YES Network.

LAST TIME OUT: A dominant pitching performance from Erik Johnson clinched the series for the Charlotte Knights with a 5-2 win over the RailRiders yesterday morning.

LET’S GET HIM ON: Rob Refsnyder singled twice, walked once and scored a run as he extended the IL’s best on-base streak of the year to 21 games on Tuesday. His run started in game two of the April 25 doubleheader versus Pawtucket. In that time, he has hit .393 while posting an OBP of .469 and 13 of his 16 RBIs. No IL player has assembled a better on-base streak in 2015. Both Charlotte’s Dan Black (Apr. 11-May 7) and Toledo’s Daniel Fields (Apr. 17-May 12) had 20-gamers that halted earlier this month. On Monday, Refsnyder was named the IL’s Batter of the Week for May 11-17. The second baseman hit .400 with a league-best six extra-base hits and 22 total bases.

HIT IT: Refsnyder entered today’s tilt on a 10-game hitting streak to tie his own April 25-May 6 string as the longest by a 2015 RailRider. He stands a game behind the 11-game runs of Charlotte’s Jason Coats (May 9-Present) and Rochester’s Argenis Diaz (May 11-Present) for the IL’s best active hitting streak.

UP, UP & AWAY: Slade Heathcott got his first call to the big leagues yesterday and appeared as a pinch runner for Mark Teixeira in the eighth inning. He then stayed in the game as the center fielder. Originally a first-round pick (29th overall) by the Yankees in 2009, Heathcott hit .285/.335/.358/.693 over 37 games in his first season of Triple-A baseball. The RailRiders’ leadoff man delivered a pinch-hit single in the ninth two nights ago for his final at-bat with SWB. He led the team with five stolen bases and his 43 hits trailed only Refsnyder (44) for the team lead. This spring Heathcott won the James P. Dawson Award as the most outstanding rookie in spring training for the Yankees after hitting .333 in 23 games.

LORD I WAS BORN A GAMELING MAN: Ben Gamel lined a home run to right, his second of the season, as part of a two-hit day. His 14 multi-hit efforts on the year tie him for the team lead. The outfielder entered today ranked among the IL’s leaders in batting average (7th, .339), slugging percentage (5th, .504) and triples (T-3rd, 4). Over his last eight games, Gamel has gone 13-for-33 (.394) with seven of his 18 RBIs while lifting his average by over 20 points (.318-.339).

GETTIN’ FIGGY WITH IT: Cole Figueroa registered a season-best three hits. Since the start of last week’s series against his former club, Durham, Figueroa has gone 8-for-19 (.421) with three doubles. He entered today as the IL’s hardest hitter to strike out with a PA/K ratio of 22.5:1.

PACKED HOUSE: The crowd of 7,670 on a schoolkid special Wednesday made for the RailRiders’ biggest home crowd of the season, trumping the Opening Day gathering of 7,493 on April 9.

LONG & WINDING ROAD: Starter Jaron Long (2-3) became the third RailRider to last seven innings this season. He also allowed a career-worst 10 hits. Two of his three losses have come in his two starts against Charlotte along with both of his home runs allowed, an 8.10 ERA, 1.90 WHIP and a .378 batting average against. Kyle Davies (once) and Bryan Mitchell (twice) are the other RailRiders that have lasted seven or more innings this season.

OFF THE RAILS: Erik Johnson’s nine strikeouts for Charlotte marked the most by any opposing pitcher against the RailRiders this season…A double steal by Gamel and Ramon Flores made for SWB’s second game of the season with multiple steals…The first also came against the Knights, at Charlotte on May 3…The RailRiders fell to 1-3 in rubber matches…The RailRiders lost the season series to the Knights, 4-3.

Knights Strike Early, Wrestle Series from SWB

Moosic, Pa. – A dominant pitching performance from Erik Johnson clinched the series for the Charlotte Knights with a 5-2 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees). The Knights took four of seven from the RailRiders (21-20) in the season set.

Johnson (4-3) went seven innings for Charlotte, striking out a season-high nine batters and surrendering just one run on six hits. Jaron Long (2-3) shouldered the loss for SWB after yielding a career-high 10 hits across seven innings. The Knights tallied four runs off Long.

Charlotte jumped to the early advantage with a run in the top of the first inning. Leury Garcia and Jason Coats opened the game with consecutive hits. Matt Davidson ripped a single to left that scored Garcia before Long could work out of the jam.

Tyler Colvin bashed a two-run home run to right field scoring Matt Tuiasosopo. Drew Garcia followed with a single and scored on a double by Jason Coats to push the lead out to 4-0.

The RailRiders were held off of the scoreboard by Johnson until the seventh inning. After Cole Figueroa reached base, Rob Segedin smoked an RBI-double to right-center to score the RailRiders’ first run.

The Knights got the run back in the eighth thanks to a triple by Trayce Thompson that brought around George Kottaras.  

Ben Gamel capped the scoring when he crushed a line drive over the right field railing for his second home run of the year. Trailing 5-2 in the ninth, the RailRiders brought the tying run to the plate before reliever Eric Surkamp induced a routine fly to center that ended it.

The RailRiders kick off their series against the Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) at PNC Field on Thursday night. Masahiro Tanaka (2-1, 3.22) comes to town for a rehab start with the RailRiders. He opposes RHP Dylan Floro (3-4, 4.37). First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. For tickets or more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit the team’s website,  www.swbrailriders.com.

 – SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 5-20-15

CLICK HERE for the May 20 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.

FOUR SCORE AND A GRAND SLAM AGO: A third-inning grand slam by Tyler Austin was not enough on Tuesday night as the Charlotte Knights edged the RailRiders at PNC Field, 5-4. The loss snapped the RailRiders’ season-long winning streak at five.

FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME: Matt Tracy (0-1) suffered his first loss after yielding five runs on nine hits across 4.1 innings. SWB owned a 3-1 record in his first four starts. Tracy had not lost since an Aug. 11, 2014 nod versus Louisville.

ALL GOOD THINGS: The RailRiders carried a season-long 27-inning scoreless streak into the second frame before a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to center by Drew Garcia ended the run. The Knights built a 4-0 advantage with run-producing singles by Leury Garcia, Neftali Soto and Dan Black. Charlotte tried for two on Black’s single, but Ben Gamel threw out Jason Coats at the plate to end the inning.

LOAD ‘EM UP: SWB loaded the bases against starter Brad Penny (3-3) in the third. A walk to Ramon Flores was sandwiched by singles from Gamel and Rob Refsnyder. Penny whiffed Kyle Roller for the first out of the inning before Austin stepped to the plate and crushed a pitch over the center-field wall.

GRANNY SHOTS: Austin’s grand slam was the first by a RailRider since Rob Segedin hit a bases-loaded bomb off of Gwinnett’s Pedro Beato on July 22, 2014 in suburban Atlanta. It was the first grand slam hit by an SWB player at PNC Field since a May 17, 2010 effort by Jesus Montero. That home run also came against Charlotte, a first-inning shot with two outs off of Matt Zaleski.

INTERNATIONAL (LEAGUE) MAN OF MYSTERY: Austin’s grand slam was his second home run of the season and his first grand slam since Aug. 30, 2012 while with Advanced-A Tampa against Detroit’s Florida State League affiliate, Lakeland. That roundtripper came against lefty Matt Crouse.

LOST: The RailRiders lost their longest winning streak since the 2014 squad won five in a row from Aug. 15-19. That streak saw SWB sweep Pawtucket in four games at McCoy Stadium alongside a home win over Syracuse.

LET’S GET HIM ON: Refsnyder singled twice, walked once and scored a run as he extended the IL’s best on-base streak of the year to 21 games. His run started in game two of the April 25 doubleheader versus Pawtucket. In that time, he has hit .393 while posting an OBP of .469 and 13 of his 16 RBIs. No IL player has assembled a better on-base streak in 2015. Both Charlotte’s Dan Black (Apr. 11-May 7) and Toledo’s Daniel Fields (Apr. 17-May 12) had 20-gamers that halted earlier this month. On Monday, Refsnyder was named the IL’s Batter of the Week for May 11-17. The second baseman hit .400 with a league-best six extra-base hits and 22 total bases. He hit safely in all seven games played for his first such honor at the Triple-A level.

HIT IT: Refsnyder entered today’s tilt on a 10-game hitting streak. to tie his own April 25-May 6 string as the longest by a 2015 RailRider. He is tied with Charlotte’s Jason Coats (May 9-Present) and Rochester’s Argenis Diaz (May 11-Present) for the IL’s best active hitting streak.

OFF THE RAILS: Slade Heathcott delivered a pinch-hit single to start the home ninth…He entered last night in a 3-for-30 (.100) slump…Danny Burawa tossed 1.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen…He has not allowed an earned run in all but two of his 17 outings…He has allowed just 13 hits in his 22.2 innings for a .167 batting average against and owns a 2.3:1 GO:AO ratio.

Knights Nip RailRiders

Moosic, Pa. – A third inning grand slam by Tyler Austin wasn’t enough on Tuesday night as the Charlotte Knights edged the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) 5-4 at PNC Field. The loss snapped the RailRiders’ winning streak at five. Charlotte improves to 22-16 while SWB slips to 21-19.

Veteran starter Brad Penny (3-3) took the win despite allowing four runs on seven hits over six innings. He walked three and struck out eight. Matt Tracy (0-1) suffered his first loss after yielding five runs on nine hits across 4.1 innings. Jairo Asencio tossed a scoreless ninth for his seventh save.

The RailRiders carried a 27-inning scoreless streak into the second frame before a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to center by Drew Garcia ended the run. The Knights built a 4-0 advantage with run-producing singles by Luery Garcia, Neftali Soto and Dan Black. Charlotte tried for two on Black’s single, but Ben Gamel threw out Jason Coats at the plate to end the inning.

SWB loaded the bases against Penny in the third. A walk to Ramon Flores was sandwiched by singles from Gamel and Rob Refsnyder. Penny whiffed Kyle Roller for the first out of the inning. Austin stepped to the plate and crushed a pitch left up over the center field wall.

Austin’s grand slam was the first by a RailRider this year and his second home run. Refsnyder finished with two hits and a walk to extend his on-base streak to 21 games.

Charlotte got the eventual game winner across in the fifth. Trayce Thompson singled with one out and Tracy was lifted for reliever Danny Burawa. Thompson stole second and scored on a hit by Matt Tuiasosopo.

The RailRiders wrap up their series and the season set against the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) on Wednesday morning. SWB is slated to start right-hander Jaron Long (2-2, 5.19) against right-hander Erik Johnson (3-3, 4.55). The RailRiders and Commonwealth Connections Academy present School Day – BATtle Bullying. For tickets or more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit the team’s website, www.swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders –

RailRiders Move Winning Streak to Five

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) made his five straight wins by stifling the Charlotte Knights 3-0 on Monday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders (21-18) own consecutive shutouts and three overall. The Knights fell to 21-16.

Bryan Mitchell and Junior Guerra (0-2) waited through a one hour rain delay before squaring off on the mound. Mitchell dealt five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and issuing four walks. He struck out five. Guerra allowed a run in two out in the sixth inning as part of five hits on the night. He walked three and fanned seven.

Tyler Webb (1-2), Mark Montgomery and Jacob Lindgren combined for the final four innings. Webb held the Knights scoreless for 1.1 innings. Montgomery dealt a perfect frame and Lindgren nailed down his third save. The southpaw overcame an erratic command to hold the Knights off the scoreboard for 1.2 innings. SWB pitching has not allowed a run in their last 26 innings.

Ben Gamel broke the stalemate in the sixth inning. Kyle Roller singled with two away and moved to second on walk by Tyler Austin. Gamel drove in Roller with a hard single to center.

Looking for some insurance, Ramon Flores and Rob Refsnyder worked back-to-back bases on balls to set the table in the eighth. Roller bounced a comebacker to reliever Shawn Haviland, allowing the runners to advance into scoring position. Austin drove a 1-2 pitch into right, scoring Flores on the sacrifice fly. Gamel followed with his second hit, this one a single to right, allowing Refsnyder to score from third.

Refsnyder extended his on-base streak to 20 games with a double in the first inning. He finished the night with two walks and a run scored.

The RailRiders continue their homestand on Tueday, May 19 against the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox). SWB is slated to start southpaw Matt Tracy (0-0, 3.50) against right-hander Brad Penny (2-3, 5.40). It will be a T-Shirt Tuesday, presented by Norwegian Cruise Lines. For tickets or more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit the team’s website, www.swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 5-18-15

CLICK HERE for the May 18 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with John Sadak and Darren Headrick. Pregame coverage starts at 6:05 p.m.

BROOMING OF THE BULLS: The RailRiders completed a 4-game sweep of Durham on Sunday with a 5-0 win. It was the first sweep for SWB at the DBAP since 2012, when the club was known as the SWB Yankees. The last 4-game sweep for the RailRiders came at Pawtucket, August 15-18, 2014.

GLAD YOU COULD JOIN US: LHP Miguel Sulbaran won his Triple-A debut and tossed five scoreless innings. Counting seven starts with Double-A Trenton, teams Sulbaran starts for have gone 7-1 this year.

THE MOUNTAIN: Kyle Roller clubbed his team-leading seventh homer of the year. Six of his round-trippers have come over his last 16 games. Roller has gone consecutive games with a long ball and sits tied with Syracuse’s Ian Stewart for the most in the IL.

YOU DOWN WITH OBP?: Rob Refsnyder sanwiched a single with a pair of home runs as he extended the IL’s best active on-base streak to 19 games. His run started in game two of the April 25 doubleheader versus Pawtucket. In that time, he has hit .385 while posting an OBP of .448 and 13 of his 16 RBIs. His 11 doubles had him second in the IL. Refsnyder has crushed in 16 road games (.353/.413/.544/.957) compared to his 17 home contests (.254/.306/.313/.619).

A FEAT NOT SEEN SINCE…: Refsnyder’s two-homer game was his first since he went yard twice in a game with the Charleston RiverDogs on August 23, 2012. Entering Sunday, Refsnyder owned a 52-game homerless drought. He took the Bulls’ Everett Teaford deep twice in the span of two at-bats.

GET OFF MY LAWN: Durham struggled to get on base in the series. The RailRiders limited the Bulls to a .210 team average and .276 OBP. Durham hit 2-for-28 (.071) with runners in scoring position.

THE PEN IS MIGHTIER: SWB reliever stifled the Bulls, allowing just one earned run (two total) across 18IP for a 0.50 ERA. The bullpenners combined for 23 strikeouts in the series while issuing only five walks.

GOING ON AN EGG HUNT: The RailRiders earned their second shutout victory of the season. Their last came on April 18 at Syracuse. Kyle Davies (5.0) combined with Danny Burawa (2.1) and Tyler Webb (1.2) to blank the Chiefs that day. Lehigh Valley is the only IL team without a shutout win.

GETTIN’ FIGGY WITH IT: Figueroa went 2-for-4 with an RBI doubleon Saturday. He went 4-for-9 with three doubles and two RBIs against his former club. He is the IL’s hardest man to strike out with a plate appearance-to-strikeout ratio of 24.8:1.

THREE FOR THE SHOW: Today, the RailRiders will try to lift their record to three games above .500 for the first time since the 2014 squad was 27-24 after a 6-5 win at Louisville on May 28.

ONE-RUN FUN: SWB improved to 9-4 in one-run games.

MAN OF THE HOUR: The International League named Rob Refsnyder the circuit’s Batter of the Week for May 11-17 after the second baseman hit .400 with a league-best six extra-base hits and 22 total bases. He hit safely in all seven games played. It is his first such honor at the Triple-A level.

A TOUGH KNIGHT: Since going 7-1 against Charlotte in 2013, the RaiRiders are 4-8 against the White Sox’s top satellite. The clubs split a 4-game series at BB&T Ballpark. The Knights took three-of-four in their last visit to PNC Field.

RailRiders Blank Bulls

SWB Earns First Sweep of Bulls at DBAP Since 2012

Durham, N.C.Rob Refsnyder launched a pair of home runs and Miguel Sulbaran authored a successful debut as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) shutout the Durham Bulls 5-0 on Sunday afternoon at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The RailRiders (20-18) finished off a four-game sweep of the Bulls (20-18) and earned their second shutout victory of 2015.

Sulbaran (1-0) weaved together five scoreless innings while yielding five hits. He walked two and struck out three. Everett Teaford (2-3) shouldered the loss for Durham after allowing five runs on eight hits over five innings. He surrendered three home runs.

Refsnyder tallied the RailRiders’ first run on a towering blast over the high, blue wall in left-center. Nick Noonan singled home Rob Segedin following a double in the second inning for a 2-0 lead. Ramon Flores reached on a one-out hit in the fifth and came around on Refsnyder’s second round-tripper, this one clanging off the left field foul pole. Kyle Roller made it back-to-back jacks when the first baseman lined his team-leading seventh home run over the fence in the right-field corner to cap the scoring.

The RailRiders return home on Monday, May 18 to start a seven-game homestand with the first of three against the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox). SWB is slated to start southpaw Matt Tracy (0-0, 3.50) against right-hander Junior Guerra (0-1, 2.45). It will be a Dollar Dog Night with all hot dogs priced at $1. For tickets or more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit the team’s website, www.swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Rob Refsnyder entered the day without a home run and finished with two as part of a three-hit, three-RBI performance. It was his first homer since August 11, 2014, and his first multi-home run effort since he tagged two with Single-A Charleston on August 23, 2012. Refsnyder extended his on-base streak, dating to April 25, to 19 games.

Ramon Flores singled and has reached safely in 25 of 26 games.

Kyle Roller cracked his team-leading seventh home run, tying Syracuse’s Ian Stewart for the most long balls in the IL.

Danny Burawa, Diego Moreno and Nick Rumbelow combined to hold the Bulls scoreless over the final four innings. Burawa struck out two in the sixth and Moreno tossed two scoreless frames.

– SWB RailRiders –

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