Bats Back Mitchell as RailRiders Take Series Opener

Moosic, Pa. – One of the most anticipated pitching match-ups of the year didn’t disappoint. Rising prospects Byran Mitchell and Henry Owens took to the hill for their respective clubs, with each dazzling along the way. It was the offence that provided the highlights in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders’ (Triple-A/New York Yankees) 4-1 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) Friday night.

Mitchell needed 27 pitches to work through the first inning. Mookie Betts and Alex Hassan poked singles to left and Mitchell loaded the bases on a walk before retiring Blake Swihart on a weakly tapped ground ball. Mitchell (4-1) issued just two base hits the rest of the way, retiring 11 of 12 batters from the second inning on before exiting after five complete frames in the win. He struck out three batters on 86 pitches for his fourth straight win.

The offense gave Mitchell some early support. Kyle Roller tripled for the third time this season and scored on Zelous Wheeler’s blistered ball to center for the initial run in the second. Two more runs circled the bases on Carmen Angelini’s crushing two-out two-run tater in the fifth. Wheeler followed successive strikeouts in the sixth with a solo blast to exten the SWB lead to 4-0.

Diego Moreno relieved Mitchell and promptly issued back-to-back knocks to open the seventh. The lone Paw Sox run crossed on a sacrifice fly by Carlos Rivero that drew it to 4-1. Moreno spun two innings before relievers Nick Rumbelow and Edgmer Escalona closed the game with scoreless frames. Escalona’s (3) perfect ninth also meant a save. Owens (1-1) spun six innings and issued two home runs and hit a pair of hitters in the loss.

The RailRiders will continue the four-game road trip against the Pawtucket Red Sox Saturday, August 16 at 6:05 p.m. The RailRiders will toss left-handed pitcher Nik Turley (2-2, 5.58) while Pawtucket spins left-hander Chris Hernandez (4-7, 3.95). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 5:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS

Bryan Mitchell claimed his fourth straight winning decision with SWB. During the run of success, Mitchell has spun 22 innings and allowed two runs during that span (0.82 ERA). He has not lost since a start against the Charlotte Knights on July 17.

Pawtucket combined to go 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position while stranding nine runners.

The RailRiders improved to 4-1 this season at McCoy Stadium, claiming each of the last four meetings between the two clubs at Pawtucket’s home field.

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

Neal Homers as Bats Top RailRiders 8-5

Moosic, Pa. – SWB alumnus Thomas Neal capped a five-run fourth inning with a three-run home run and Donald Lutz collected three hits and doubled in an 8-5 loss to the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) Thursday night at PNC Field. The loss to Louisville (62-64) meant a series defeat for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees), while also closing out the RailRiders’ (59-66) eight-game homestand with a 2-6 ledger.

The two team’s combined to plate five runs by way of the sacrifice fly, with the first of the five scoring on Jose Pirela’s lifted bomb to left in the third for the 1-0 lead. The advantage was short-lived, as back-to-back skied balls by Jake Elmore and Hernan Iribarren gave the Bats the 2-1 lead. Neal’s thunderous home run followed with two-on and two-out to make it 5-1 Louisville.

The two team’s exchanged runs the rest of the way, with Louisville plating tallies in the fifth and seventh inning with two more run-scoring flies by Elmore and Iribarren. A double by catcher Bryan Anderson meant the final run for Louisville in the seventh.

Facing a big deficit, the RailRiders made a charge. SWB answered Louisville’s five-run frame with a run of its own in the home fourth. With men at second and third, Carmen Angelini’s groundball RBI avoided the shutdown frame. Three more SWB runs crossed in the game’s final three frames on RBI’s by Zoilo Almonte and Taylor Dugas in the 8-5 defeat.

Zach Nuding (3-5) took the loss, firing 94 pitches across five innings. Nuding was tagged for three in the short outing, while issuing three walks and a home run. Right-hander Josh Smith (10-5) tossed for the second time against SWB, working six innings and scattering two runs in the win. Smith struck out five before handing the game to relievers Chad Rogers and Tim Crabbe for the eighth and ninth. Crabbe (2) took the save, working around a run in the ninth before getting a double play to end the game.

The RailRiders will embark on a brief four-game road trip against the Pawtucket Red Sox Friday, August 15 at 7:05 p.m. The RailRiders will toss right-handed pitcher Bryan Mitchell (3-1, 2.88) while Pawtucket spins left-hander Henry Owens (1-0, 3.09). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS

Thursday night’s series final against Louisville concluded the season series between the two clubs with each team claiming four victories. The RailRiders took three of four from Louisville at Louisville Slugger Field May 26-29, while the Bats returned the favor by taking three of the four contests at PNC Field. The RailRiders ended the season 15-17 against the IL West.

Thursday night’s contest marked the 2014-pitching debut for catcher Jose Gil. Gil spun a scoreless ninth inning while walking two on 15 pitches. It marked the second straight evening that a position player took to the hill for SWB, and fourth time a position player has had to throw in a game.

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

Banuelos Strong in RailRiders Debut

Moosic, Pa. -A night that almost didn’t happen due to heavy rain in NEPA saw the skies clear and rain stall just in time for 40-man member Manny Banuelos to take the hill for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) Tuesday night. Banuelos, making his first appearance for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre since May of 2012, spun five innings of one-run ball and scattered two hits while striking out four en route to a 6-1 win over the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds).

Banuelos retired each of his first seven batters faced before allowing his first runner to reach on a bruise in the third. A wild pitch allowed Bryan Anderson to take second before Jason Bourgeois sliced a single to center to give the Bats (60-64) the one-run lead.

The RailRiders had a response, using a crooked number in the home half of the frame to take the lead. A four-pitch walk to Jose Pirela set the table for thunderous run-scoring knocks by Zoilo Almonte and Kyle Roller to tilt the game back in favor of the RailRiders, 2-1. SWB added to the lead in the sixth, using a four-run frame sparked by a costly miscue by outfielder Ruben Gotay. Zelous Wheeler ignited the frame with a leadoff double, and Gotay’s missed-catch error on Corban Joseph’s fly ball to right allowed Wheeler to plate the inning’s first run. RBI extra-base knocks byRob Segedin and Pirela followed to bring the game to its final resting point of 6-1.

Branden Pinder, Tyler Webb and Diego Moreno bridged the final four innings of the game holding the Bats’ offense to three hits over the game’s final four innings. Banuelos (1-0) notched the win, while SWB alumnus Brett Marshall (0-9) took the loss. Marshall was tagged for six runs and 11 hits, but struck out seven RailRiders before departing in favor of reliever Chad Rogers in the sixth.

The RailRiders will host the Louisville Bats in the third game of the four game series Wednesday, August 13 at 7:05 p.m. The RailRiders will toss the switch-pitcher Pat Venditte (2-4, 3.56) while Louisville sends the left-hander David Holmberg (1-6, 4.74) to the hill. Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! -

Axelrod Tames RailRiders in 8-4 Loss

Moosic, Pa. – Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) starting pitcher Dylan Axelrod pitched well into the seventh inning and Donald Lutz led the charge for the Bats (60-63) with a 3-for-5 effort that included two extra-base hits in an 8-4 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) Monday night.

Already trailing 3-0 after a bases loaded walk and a well-placed double by Juan Siverio in the second, the RailRiders (58-64) responded with their own crooked number in the home half of the frame. Zolio Almonte set the table with a leadoff single, and Kyle Roller blasted his second home run in as many days to draw the deficit to one. Carmen Angelini’s sacrifice fly to center field platedZelous Wheeler from third to even the tilt at 3-3.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s Matt Tracy fired a perfect fourth before allowing the go-ahead run in the fifth. Neftali Soto’s double in the same inning plated Felix Perez who reached on a two-out base hit. Against right-handed reliever Matt Daley, the Bats’ offense came alive. All nine men marched to plate in the frame, highlighted by Lutz’ majestic home run to open the frame and an bases loaded RBI knock by Jason Bourgeois that helped push the game out of reach.

Rob Refsnyder clubbed a solo home run in the eighth, his first since July 23, but the deficit proved too much to overcome. Axelrod (8-8) spun 7.2 innings and allowed seven hits and two home runs while striking out four in the win. Tracy (1-6) took the loss, last just five innings and allowing four runs in his sixth of the season with SWB.

The RailRiders continue the eight-game home swing with the second game against the Louisville Bats Tuesday, August 12 at 7:05 p.m. SWB is still yet to announce a starter while the Bats counter with right-hander Brett Marshall (0-8, 8.14). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Kyle Roller slammed his 15th homer at Triple-A and his 24th of the season including his time at Double-A Trenton. In ten games this month he has hit .324 (13-for-38) with two doubles, five homers and eight RBIs. He is tied for the 11th-most homers in all of minor league baseball.

Matt Tracy took the loss for the fourth straight time. He has not won since he fired 5.1 innings against the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) on July 20. During the skid Tracy has worked 16.2 innings and allowed 28 hits and 12 earned runs while pitching to an ERA of 6.61.

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! -

RailRiders Solve Columbus Riddle

Moosic, Pa. – An impressive display of power and crafty pitching helped propel the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) passed the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) Sunday afternoon in a 5-1 win. Two thunderous home runs by Antoan Richardson and Kyle Rollerwere combined with five plus innings of two-hit ball from starter Nik Turley to help and end the club’s longest losing streak of the season at five games. The two home runs accounted for three of SWB’s five runs and concluded the season series between the two clubs with Columbus (65-57) taking seven of the eight clashes.

The RailRiders led wire-to-wire, with three of the club’s five tallies scoring courtesy of home runs. Richardson provided Turley with some early run support by launching a majestic bomb in the first for the initial lead. Roller joined the party with an impressive two-run opposite-way laser off starter Tyler Cloyd to extend the lead to 3-0 in the fourth.

Turley danced around four walks and didn’t yield a hit until Jesus Aguilar ripped a line drive to right field to leadoff the sixth. A fielder’s choice by Giovanny Urshela erased Aguilar before a base hit via Carlos Moncrief chased Turley from game. Reliever Nick Rumbelow tossed behind Turley, promptly issuing a fly ball and a walk before retiring Matt Carson on fielder’s choice to end the threat. Two more RailRider runs crossed on a run-scoring knock by Richardson and sacrifice fly by Rob Refsnyder to extend the SWB lead, 5-0.

Turley (2-2) notched the win, pitching into the sixth and striking out five batters, while Cloyd (9-7) spun a quality start, spinning six innings and yielding three runs on four hits and striking out four in the loss, his first since July 3 against the Toledo Mud Hens. Three SWB relievers combined to finish off the game, with Edgmer Escalona yielding the only run on Luke Carlin’s RBI double.

The RailRiders continue the eight-game home swing with the series opener against the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds), August 11 at 7:05 p.m. SWB will start left-hander Matt Tracy (1-5, 3.99) while the Bats counter with right-hander Dylan Axelrod (7-8, 4.05). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Antoan Richardson’s home run in the first inning marked his third of the season and first since May 4 off Suk-min Yoon of the Norfolk Tides in the fourth inning. The home run ended a drought that lasted 62 games and spanned 183 at-bats.

Richardson’s home run in the first marked just the second time a RailRider a lead off a game with a home run this season, with Jose Pirela’s solo blast off Pawtucket’s Steven Wright on June 23 the lone other occurrence.

The win over the Clippers snapped a 14-game losing streak against Columbus dating back to the 2013 season, marking the longest successful run by a Columbus in the history of the series. It trumped a 12-game domination from June 1, 1993-April 9, 1994 when the then-Red Barons got outscored 97-27. The win was SWB’s first against Columbus since April 23, 2013.

The RailRiders series finale win avoided a historic loss for SWB. Only once has SWB ever lost every meeting with a team in a single season. That came in 1989 when the first-ever Red Barons dropped each of their three games against Buffalo, all on the road. The SWB franchise has only lost every home match-up against a team in a single season five times (1989 vs. Iowa, 0-3; 1999 vs. Charlotte, 0-3 and vs. Indianapolis, 0-4; 2004 vs. Norfolk, 0-4; 2011 vs. Durham, 0-4). Today’s contest is the final meeting with Columbus on the regular season.

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! -

Back-And-Forth Game Goes to Columbus

Moosic, Pa. – A back-and-forth ballgame went the way for the first-place Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) Saturday night at PNC Field. Carlos Moncrief and Audy Ciriaco delivered crushing back-to-back home run in the eighth inning against reliever Pat Venditte to erase a one-run Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) lead en route to a 5-3 win. The loss extended SWB’s (57-63) current skid to six games, the longest of the season. Columbus (65-56) improved its current run of success to four-straight wins.

The two teams combined for five early runs in the first three frames. Antoan Richardson led off the home first with a single and stole second before scoring on Zoilo Almonte’s base hit to left. After Columbus plated a run in the second on Matt Carnes’ two-out base knock, Rob Segedin’s sacrifice fly to right plated Corban Joseph from third to push the RailRiders’ back ahead in the second, 2-1.

Columbus had a response, this time using a bouncing ball fielder’s choice by Moncrief to plate Giovanny Urshela who doubled to open the frame. Richardson scored SWB’s go-ahead run by threading his fourth triple of the season down the right-field line. Rob Refsnyder’s bloop base hit to right-center field followed to plate Richardson from third for the 3-2 lead after three complete.

Zach Nuding received the start, twirling five innings and allowing two runs on six hits before giving way to Venditte in the sixth. Venditte (2-4) retired each of his first six batters faced before allowing the two home runs to Moncrief and Ciriaco in the loss. Josh Outman (2-1) worked a perfect seventh inning in relief of starter Toru Murata in the win. Austin Adams (4) worked around successive walks toKyle Roller and Zelous Wheeler in the ninth inning to secure the save.

The RailRiders continue the eight-game home swing with the series finale against the Columbus Clippers, August 10 at 1:05 p.m. SWB will start left-hander Nik Turley (1-2, 6.43) while the Clippers counter with right-hander Tyler Cloyd (9-6, 4.03). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 12:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Carlos Moncrief and Audy Ciriaco’s successive home runs off Pat Venditte in the eighth marked the second time a team has turned the trick against SWB this year, with the Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) accomplishing the feat on May 3 against Zach Nuding. That day Xavier Paul and Brett Wallace went back-to-back before chasing Nuding from the ballgame.

SWB has now lost each of the seven meetings this season against the Columbus Clippers and each of the last 14 meetings between the two clubs dating back to last season. During the seven-game run the Clippers have outscored the RailRiders 78-34.

SWB’s current six-game slide marks the club’s longest run this season without a win, topping a five-game skid from June 10-15, a stall started with an extra-inning home loss to the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers) followed by a four-game sweet at Columbus.

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! -

Columbus Leapfrogs Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2-1 Win

Moosic, Pa. – A night that saw the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchise don a new name and new uniforms, didn’t result in a new outcome. Giovanny Urshela homered and drove in both of the Columbus Clippers’ (Cleveland Indians), runs while veteran right-hander Kyle Davies fired seven shutout frames for the Clippers in a 2-1 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Trolley Frogs (Triple-A/New York Yankees) Friday night. The loss marked the ‘Frogs’ fourth straight defeat and made Columbus victorious in 13-straight contest over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Big league rehabber Michael Pineda (0-1) worked 4.1 innings struck out seven batters and scattered six hits, including Urshela’s RBI fielder’s choice in the first. He departed after retiring Francisco Lindor with his 72 pitch of the night, a ground ball to second. Two scoreless frames followed before Urshela struck again, this time with a solo home run in the seventh off Nick Rumbelow for the 2-0 lead.

The Trolley Frogs collected just two base hits off Davies before Kyle Roller brought the club to within one with a solo jack in the ninth. Roller’s home run chased reliever Josh Outman and ended a drought of 23.2 innings with an SWB run. Rigt-hander Mark Lowe finished the contest by retiringTaylor Dugas on a weak ground ball to second to second the 2-1 win.

Pineda retired eight of his final nine batters in the loss while Davies (7-7) allowed just two base hits and retired 13 of his finals 14 batters faced before handing the baton off to reliever Tyler Sturdevant in the eighth.

The Trolley Frogs continue the eight-game home swing against the Columbus Clippers Saturday, August 9 at 7:05 p.m. SWB will start right-hander Zach Nuding (3-4, 5.80) while the Clippers counter with right-hander Toru Murata (2-2, 4.93). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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RailRiders Shutout to Open Eight-Game Homestand

Moosic, Pa. – Rob Refsnyder collected three hits and doubled, but the rest of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders’ (Triple-A/New York Yankees) offense combined for just one more hit in a 7-0 loss to the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) Thursday night at PNC Field. The loss opened the RailRiders’ (57-61) eight-game homestand and dropped SWB to 0-5 this season against the Clippers.

Columbus (63-56) tagged Chris Leroux for five early runs before chasing the RailRiders’ starter after five quick innings.  Dusty Brown added an RBI in the third and Audy Ciriaco’s two-run home run in fourth made it 4-0. A walk and a stolen base put a runner at second before Francisco Lindor’s base hit to right capped the 5-0 lead.

Tyler Webb, working his second inning of relief, allowed two more Columbus runs to cross in the ninth courtesy of a triple by Carlos Moncrief and a James Ramsey two-run home run.

Gabrial Arias (6-2) fired seven shutout frames and allowed three base hits while striking out three in the win. Leroux (4-3) lasted five innings and walked a batter in the loss. A trio of SWB relievers finished off the game.  

The RailRiders continue the eight-game home swing against the Columbus Clippers, August 8 at 7:05 p.m. SWB will start right-hander Micharl Pineda (0-0, 0.00) while the Clippers counter with right-hander Kyle Davies (6-7, 4.01). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on MyNet TV while Jim Riley fills in on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

The shutout loss marked SWB’s eighth shutout of the season and second to Columbus this season. It also marked the first nine-inning shutout loss for the RailRiders since Charlotte turned the trick on July 19, also a 7-0 loss.

Rob Refsnyder went 3-for-4 with a double. It marked his 19th multi-hit ballgame and third tri-hit game as a RailRider.

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

Pineda Starts, Roller Homers in RailRiders Win

Moosic, Pa. – Armed with big league rehabber Michael Pineda on the bump, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) used a recipe of timely hitting and solid pitching to sweep the two-game series with the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals), 3-1, Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. The win concluded the RailRiders (57-58) 10-game homestand with a 6-4 ledger, while claiming their fourth-straight contest in the process.

Pineda began his major league rehab assignment with SWB by spinning his first start since April 23 against the Boston Red Sox. Pineda worked 3.1 shutout frames, allowing three base hits and striking out four Chiefs before departing in the fourth after a ground out by Brandon Laird. Reliever Tyler Webb finished off the inning by retiring successive batters to strand a runner at third.

Behind the solid start by Pineda and Webb, the RailRiders offense ignited for three runs between the fifth and sixth. Antoan Richardson reached in the home fifth on a one-out base hit and came around to score on Jose Pirela’s double down the right-field line for the 1-0 lead. Kyle Roller provided some insurance with a majestic two-run home run to right-center for the 3-0 lead in the sixth.

Zach Nuding entered in the fifth inning and fired three scoreless frames before a wild pitch in the eighth with Tyler Moore standing at the plate scored the Chiefs only run. Branden Pinder, making his first appearance with the RailRiders since May 25, struck out his only batter faced to finish off the 3-1 RailRiders victory. Nuding (3-4) notched the win in relief, spinning 4.2 innings and scattering four hits and a run, marking his first win with the RailRiders since May 23. Aaron Laffey (11-4), the Chiefs’ wins leader, was slated with loss.

The RailRiders will embark on a brief two-game road swing against the Syracuse Chiefs, August 4 at 7:05 p.m. SWB will start left-hander Nik Turley (1-2, 6.03) while the Chiefs counter with right-hander A.J. Cole (3-0, 2.78). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the RailRiders pregame show will begin at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

RailRiders Ride Big Inning to 7-2 Win

Moosic, Pa. - For the second straight night, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) used a five-run inning to top the Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves) 7-2 Friday night at PNC Field. This time, the RailRiders used some fireworks. The five-run frame included back-to-back home runs by Adonis Garcia and Kyle Roller, while starter Bryan Mitchell fired five innings of one-run ball en route to the win. The second straight win over the G-Braves gave the RailRiders the series split and brought the club to 4-4 on the current homestand.

Before they even grabbed their bats, they already trailed. Gwinnett took the lead in the first, using a leadoff double by Jose Constanza and a run-scoring knock by Joey Terdoslavich to take the early 1-0 advantage. SWB threatened in the home half, loading the bases before John Ryan Murphy struck out swinging to end the frame.

From there, it was all RailRiders. Corban Joseph and Taylor Dugas opened up the home second with successive base knocks. A Dugas ground ball to short took an awkward hop passed a waving glove by G-Braves shortstop Elmer Reyes that allowed Joseph to go first-to-third on the play. A sacrifice fly by Antoan Richardson followed to tie the game at 1-1. The inning continued when Jose Pirela walked to setup Garcia’s three-run home run. Roller proceeded with a solo bomb to cap the five-run inning and put the RailRiders in the driver’s seat with the 5-1 advantage.

Gwinnett climbed to within three when a ground ball by Todd Cunningham plated Constanza from third. The RailRiders responded with single tallies in the fifth and sixth courtesy of run scoring knocks by Pirela and Murphy to push the lead to the final score, 7-2.

SWB starter Bryan Mitchell (3-1, 2.88) picked up the win, spinning five innings and scattering two runs on seven hits and six strikeouts. Cody Martin (6-7, 3.73) suffered the loss for Gwinnett, laboring through three innings and allowing five runs on seven hits and four walks in the loss.

The RailRiders continue the 10-game homestand when the club welcomes in the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) for the first of two games on Saturday, August 2 at 7:05 p.m. SWB will start right-hander Chris Leroux (3-2, 4.46) while the Chiefs counter with right-hander Josh Roenicke (4-5, 5.02). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame beginning at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Adonis Garcia’s home run in the second inning extended the team’s best active hitting streak to 14 games. Since the All-Star break, Garcia has reached safely in every game played, going 22-for-59 (.373) with two home runs and six extra-base hits.

Adonis Garcia and Kyle Roller’s back-to-back jacks in the home second marked the second time the RailRiders have hit successive home runs in an inning the season. The last such occurrence came when Austin Romine and Corban Joseph turned the trick of July 23 against the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox).

 

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