SWB Game Notes 8-21-15

CLICK HERE for the Aug. 21 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with Darren Headrick starting at 6:35 p.m. John Sadak and Donnie Collins will have the television call on MyTV starting at 7 p.m.

RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY: Last night’s rubber match with Lehigh Valley was postponed due to rain. The teams will make it up during a doubleheader on Thursday, Aug. 27 with game one starting at 5:35 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: The SWB RailRiders halted a three-game losing skid with a 2-1 victory over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Wednesday night at PNC Field.

FIGHT THE LAW, GUESS WHO WINS?: Aaron Judge launched his seventh SWB homer in the win. The left-center blast in the fourth proved to be the deciding blow. Four of Judge’s last 12 hits have been homers. He leads the Yankees’ farm system with 19 longballs including a dozen at Double-A.

RISPY BUSINESS: The RailRiders went 1-for-10 with men in scoring position on Wednesday while stranding 10. The team has gone 2-for-31 (.065) with men at second and/or third over its last four games with 33 total RailRiders left on base. That includes going 1-for-16 (.063) in consecutive losses at Rochester last weekend.

BACK ON COURSE: The RailRiders snapped their first three-game losing streak since the All-Star Break. They have dropped consecutive games only twice in that span. Wednesday’s win helped avoid the longest skid for Dave Miley‘s team since a run of four straight setbacks from July 8-11.

HOME SWEET HOME: The RailRiders are back to .500 for the year at home. The club has gone 11-3 at PNC Field since July 24 and has a chance tonight to pull above sea level for the first time since an Opening Night-win against Syracuse.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD: The Rochester Red Wings polished off a three-game sweep of the Buffalo Bisons on Wednesday afternoon, 6-0. Pat Dean (10-10) blanked the Bisons on six hits over nine innings for a complete-game shutout. The Red Wings have won five in a row to draw within 4.5 games of the RailRiders while leapfrogging now third-place Buffalo. The Bisons began today 6.5 games out. Both Rochester and Buffalo had last night off. Only three IL games were played between scheduled off days and two rainouts.

A LOOK AHEAD: The RailRiders have five games remaining against both Rochester and Buffalo. SWB has played above .500 against the other three teams in the division (29-15), but has losing ledgers versus the Red Wings (7-8) and Bisons (5-7). SWB has magic numbers of 15 and 13 with Rochester and Buffalo respectively. Any combination of SWB wins and losses by each foe totaling to those figures would cement a higher finish for the RailRiders. SWB’s magic number for both Lehigh Valley and Syracuse’s divisional eliminations sits at five.

WHITE KNUCKLERS: Fifteen (54%) of SWB’s last 28 games have been decided by one run and 21 (75%) have come down to two or less. It has gone 19-9 (.679) over the longer span and owns the IL’s best one-run record at 25-16 (.610).

ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMIN: Ben Gamel has hits in 21 of his last 23 with multiple knocks in 14 of those games. In that time, he has slashed .404/.465/.708/1.173 with 14 extra-base hits (5-3B, 4HR), 17RBIs and 20 runs scored. SWB’s MVP candidate leads the IL with 12 outfield assists and co-paces all of MiLB with 14 triples, two shy of the single-season franchise record set by Shane Victorino in his 2005 IL MVP season. Gamel entered today with the IL’s fourth-best batting average (.306). He also ranks among the IL’s best in hits (4th, 132), slugging (2nd, .479), extra-base hits (5th, 43), runs scored (T-2nd, 68) and total bases (4th, 207).

GETTIN’ FIGGY WITH IT: Cole Figueroa has also enjoyed a fantastic 2015. He stands in front of Gamel with a .307 average, good for third in the IL, and ranks among the circuit’s best in OBP (5th, .366) and TPA/K ratio (1st, 19.52:1).

Mother Nature Wins on Thursday

Moosic, Pa. – Persistent rains and the forecast for more forced the postponement of the SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) and Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Thursday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders and IronPigs will square off in a doubleheader on Thursday, August 27. The twin bill will feature two seven-inning games. First pitch of game one is set for 5:35 p.m. and game two will follow 30 minutes after.

The RailRiders welcome the second-place Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) to PNC Field on Friday night. New York Yankees’ right-hander Michael Pineda (0-0, 0.00) will make a rehab start for SWB. He will oppose the Twins’ top pitching prospect, right-hander Jose Berrios (3-2, 3.38). The game will also feature a postgame fireworks show.

The RailRiders will host “Mariano Rivera Day” on Thursday, September 3rd, against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) with an appearance by the Yankees’ legendary closer himself. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders Baseball – The Place to Be! –

 

 

SWB Game Notes 8-20-15

CLICK HERE for the Aug. 20 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with CORY NIDOH. Pregame coverage starts at 6:35 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: The SWB RailRiders halted their skid at three games with a 2-1 victory over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Wednesday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders (70-55) kept a 4.5 game advantage over second place Rochester in the International League North Division with the win.

THE LAW: Aaron Judge launched his seventh home run with SWB in last night’s win. The blast to LCF was the deciding blow and came in the fourth inning. Judge has stroked two round-trippers in his last five games and has three homers over his last eight. He leads the Yankees’ farm system with 19 longballs for the year (12 w/ AA-Trenton).

THINK WE NEED ONE MORE?: The RailRiders were 1-for-10 with men in scoring position on Wednesday while stranding 10 runners. The team has gone 2-for-31 with men at 2nd and 3rd during over their last four games with 32 left on base.

BACK ON COURSE: The RailRiders endured their first three-game losing streak since the All-Star Break and have dropped consecutive games only twice in that span. Wednesday’s win helped avoid the longest skid since a run of four straight setbacks, July 8-11.

HOME SWEET HOME: The RailRiders are back to .500 for the year at home. The club has gone 11-3 at PNC Field since July 24 and have a chance tonight to pull above water since an Opening Night win against SYR. A win would also give SWB series wins at home in 4-of-5 sets.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD: The Rochester Red Wings polished off a three-game sweep of the Buffalo Bisons on Wednesday afternoon. Pat Dean (10-10) blanked the Bisons on six hits over nine innings for a complete game SHO. The Red Wings’ 6-0 win marked their fifth straight. The Red Wings are in sole possession of second place by two games over Buffalo and 4.5 behind the RailRiders.

A LOOK AHEAD: The RailRiders still have five games remaining against both Buffalo and Rochester. SWB has played above .500 against the other three teams in the division, but has losing ledgers versus the Red Wings (7-8) and Bisons (5-7).

BEST SEASON EVER: At 70-55, the RailRiders have surpassed the efforts of the first two RailRiders teams. Both the 2013 and 2014 RailRiders went 68-76 and each unit finished in fifth place in the IL North.

WHITE KNUCKLERS: Fifteen (53%) of SWB’s last 28 games have been decided by one run and 21 (75%) have come down to two or less. It has gone 19-9 (.692) over the longer span and owns the IL’s best one-run record at 25-16 (.610).

BACK ON TRACK: After losing his 12-game hitting streak by going 0-for-4 on Friday, Ben Gamel has recorded a hit in three straight. Moreover, SWB’s MVP candi- date has a hit in five of his last 10 AB’s (.500). Gamel leads the IL with 12 outfield assists and co-paces all of MiLB with 14 triples, two shy of the single-season franchise record set by Shane Victorino in his 2005 IL MVP season. Gamel has multiple hits in 14 of 23. He entered today with the IL’s fourth-best batting average (.306). He also ranks among the IL’s best in hits (4th, 132), slugging (2nd, .479), extra-base hits (T-4th, 43), runs scored (T-2nd, 68) and total bases (3rd, 207).

HAVE YOU HEARD?: Former RailRider Greg Bird launched his first MLB home run to RF at Yankees Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. He followed with another 2R shot into the bullpen to earn a curtain call e for all four runs in the Yankees’ 4-3 triumph over the Twins.

SWB Wins Nail-Biter to Even Series

Moosic, Pa. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) halted their skid at three games with a 2-1 victory over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Wednesday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders (70-55) kept a 4.5 game advantage over second place Rochester in the International League North Division with the win. The IronPigs fell to 55-70.

Brady Lail (2-1) fired his second quality start with SWB, limiting the IronPigs to a run on four hits over six innings. James Pazos guided the RailRiders into the eighth and gave way to Andrew Bailey. The right-hander recorded the final four outs to earn his fourth save with the club.

Anthony Vasquez (7-6) absorbed the loss after allowing two runs across 6.2 innings. He yielded five hits, walked three and failed to a record a strikeout for the first time this season.

The IronPigs struck the first blow when Brian Bogusevic launched a backside home run to left. The solo shot with two away in the third was Bogusevic’s 11th of the year and put Lehigh Valley up 1-0.

Ben Gamel came through a clutch hit to even the score in the last of the inning. Cole Figueroa reached on a fielding error by shortstop Chase d’Arnaud and Gregorio Petit roped a double into left to put men at second and third. Gamel followed with a hit to score Figueroa.

Aaron Judge began the fourth with a thunderous home run to left-center. The shot proved to be the game-winner and was Judge’s seventh with SWB. He now leads the New York Yankees farm system with 19 round-trippers for the year.

The RailRiders go for a series win against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. at PNC Field. Right-hander Kyle Davies (8-7, 3.41) will oppose left-hander Jesse Biddle (2-3, 5.91). The RailRiders will host “Mariano Rivera Day” on Thursday, September 3rd, against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) with an appearance by the Yankees’ legendary closer himself. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders Baseball – The Place to Be! –

 

 

SWB Game Notes 8-19-15

CLICK HERE for the Aug. 19 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.

LAST TIME OUT: The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) dropped their third straight game, falling 3-1 to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Tuesday night at PNC Field. The three-game slide is the first since the All-Star Break for the RailRiders (69-55).
NOT-SO-FUN FACT: The RailRiders went 0-for-5 with men in scoring position on Monday while stranding six runners. The team has gone 1-for-21 with men at 2nd and 3rd during their three-game skid with 22 left on base.
THAT’S BASEBALL: The RailRiders had only endured consecutive losses one other time since the All-Star Break, dropping a pair to Indianapolis (July 20-21). Their current streak of three straight defeats is the longest since suffering four straight losses July 8-11.
WE NEED MORE POWER: During the recent hard times, the RailRiders offense has produced 26 hits (8.7 per game), but only four have gone for extra-bases. The team had three doubles in Saturday’s 3-2 loss in Rochester and Kyle Roller mashed his second triple in Sunday’s setback.
BAD TIMING: Sean O’Sullivan tossed his best outing of the year at the RailRiders’ expense on Tuesday. O’Sullivan authored 8.1 innings on 110 pitches, allowing one runner into scoring position. His nine strikeouts were a high mark for his campaign. The 8.1 innings were the most since he tossed a nine-inning, no-hitter for the Salt Lake Bees (LAA) of the Pacific Coast League in 2009.
HOME SWEET HOME: The RailRiders saw their season-high tying five-game home winning streak snapped with Tuesday’s loss. The club had brought their record in Moosic back to .500 by going 10-2 at PNC Field since July 24. That stretch included sweeps of Toledo (three games) and Pawtucket (four games).
OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD: In a battle of the IL North’s main challengers to the RailRiders’ supremacy, Rochester clipped Buffalo last night, 6-5. The Wings jumped out to a 6-0 lead against Jeff Francis and held on. With two straight over Buffalo and four in a row overall, Rochester now sits second to SWB in the IL North, trailing by 4.5 games.
A LOOK AHEAD: The RailRiders still have five games remaining against both Buffalo and Rochester. SWB has played .500 or better against the other three teams in the division, but has losing ledgers versus the Red Wings (7-8) and Bisons (5-7).
BEST SEASON EVER: At 69-55, the RailRiders have surpassed the efforts of the first two RailRiders teams. Both the 2013 and 2014 RailRiders went 68-76 and each unit finished in fifth place in the IL North.
WHITE KNUCKLERS: Fourteen (52%) of SWB’s last 27 games have been decided by one run and 20 (74%) have come down to two or less. It has gone 18-9 (.692) over the longer span and owns the IL’s best one-run record at 24-16 (.600).
BACK ON TRACK: After an 0-for-4 hiccup last Friday snapped Ben Gamel’s 12-game hitting streak, the squad’s MVP candidate has put together three hits in his last six at-bats. Gamel leads the IL with 12 outfield assists and co-paces all of MiLB with 14 triples, two shy of the single-season franchise record set by Shane Victorino in his 2005 IL MVP season. Gamel has multiple hits in 13 of 22. He entered today with the IL’s fourth-best batting average (.304). He also ranks among the IL’s best in hits (4th, 130), slugging (2nd, .479), extra-base hits (T-4th, 43), runs scored (T-2nd, 68) and total bases (4th, 205).
OFF THE RAILS: Aaron Judge ended his six-game hitting streak with an 0-for-4 night on Tuesday…former RailRider Greg Bird notched his first MLB RBI on Tuesday and followed with his first two MLB home runs (4RBI) today…Nick Rumbelow and Chris Capuano were recalled to New York prior to Tuesday’s game while Caleb Cotham was optioned back to SWB…

Yankees’ Michael Pineda to Rehab with SWB

Moosic, Pa. – New York Yankees star right-hander Michael Pineda will make a rehabilitation appearance for the SWB RailRiders on Friday, August 21, when the club hosts the Rochester Red Wings at 7:05 p.m. Coming back from a right forearm strain, Pineda threw 42 pitches in a start with the Trenton Thunder on Sunday, August 16.

The San Cristobal, D.R., native made 19 starts for New York prior to the injury. He posted a 9-7 record and a 3.97 ERA. He had two strong, back-to-back outings May 5 and 10. He blanked the Toronto Blue Jays over eight innings and struck out a career-high 16 against the Baltimore Orioles the following start.

Pineda made eight starts with the RailRiders over the 2013-2014 seasons. His career mark with the SWB includes a 1-2 record and 3.19 ERA. His last outing with SWB came on August 8, 2014, against the Columbus Clippers. He allowed a run on six hits over 4.1 innings while striking out seven.

Friday’s game will also feature a spectacular postgame fireworks show. Great seats are still available. Fans can purchase tickets by calling (570) 969-BALL or by visiting swbrailriders.com.

The RailRiders continue their series with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) on Wednesday night with a first pitch at 7:05 p.m. from PNC Field. Right-hander Brady Lail (1-1, 4.50) makes his fourth start for SWB and is scheduled to face left-hander Anthony Vasquez (7-5, 4.45). The RailRiders will host “Mariano Rivera Day” on Thursday, September 3rd, against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) with an appearance by the Yankees’ legendary closer himself. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders Baseball – The Place to Be! –

 

RailRiders Sputter against O’Sullivan, IronPigs

Moosic, Pa. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) dropped their third straight game, falling 3-1 to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Tuesday night at PNC Field. The three-game slide is the first since the All-Star Break for the RailRiders (69-55). The IronPigs (55-69) evened the “IronRail Series” at 7-7.

Starter Eric Wooten (2-4) shouldered the loss after allowing three runs on six hits over five innings. The left-hander also walked four and whiffed a quartet of IronPigs. Sean O’Sullivan (2-2) turned in his best performance with Lehigh Valley. The right-hander blanked SWB over eight innings. He finished the night allowing an unearned run on three hits while weaving together a season-high nine strikeouts over 8.1 innings. Dustin McGowan pitched out of a bases loaded jam for his 10th save.

The IronPigs scored the game’s first tally when Tyler Pastornicky was awarded home on a balk in the third inning. Following a hit by Brian Bogusevic and a walk to Russ Canzler, Tyler Henson unloaded a two-run double of the left-field wall to push the advantage to 3-0.

O’Sullivan held the RailRiders to four base runners over eight innings before issuing a lead-off walk to Ben Gamel in the ninth. Rob Refsnyder hit into a fielder’s choice at second and McGowan entered for O’Sullivan. Jose Pirela lined a clean single through the right side. SWB broke up the shutout when a Gary Sanchez grounder towards shortstop Chase d’Arnaud was airmailed into right field.

Refsnyder scored on the error and the RailRiders managed to load the bases on a walk to Slade Heathcott. Third baseman Cole Figueroa narrowly missed a potential game-winning grounder down the first base line before grounding out to first to end the game.

The RailRiders continue their series with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) on Wednesday night with a first pitch at 7:05 p.m. from PNC Field. Right-hander Brady Lail (1-1, 4.50) makes his fourth start for SWB and is scheduled to face left-hander Anthony Vasquez (7-5, 4.45). The RailRiders will host “Mariano Rivera Day” on Thursday, September 3rd, against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) with an appearance by the Yankees’ legendary closer himself. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders Baseball – The Place to Be! –

 

 

SWB Game Notes 8-18-15

CLICK HERE for the Aug. 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 6:35 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: Called by the game’s No. 1 prospect by a number of pundits and publications, Byron Buxton’s skills were on full display at Frontier Field on Sunday. The star outfielder homered to tie the game in the fifth and delivered the walk-off winner in the 12th as the RailRiders fell to Buxton’s Red Wings, 3-2.

NOT-SO-FUN FACT: The RailRiders went 0-for-11 with men in scoring position on Sunday to strand 11 men on base. They went 1-for-16 with runners at second and/or third in the back-to-back 3-2 losses to drop the series.

HOUSE OF HORRORS: SWB lost for the 14th time in 19 games at Rochester.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD: In a battle of the IL North’s main challengers to the RailRiders’ supremacy, Rochester clipped Buffalo last night, 4-3. Jose Martinez clubbed a sixth-inning homer off of former Red Barons star Randy Wolf to snap a 3-3 deadlock. That has created a second-place tie between the Red Wings and Bisons. Each club now stands 5.5 games back of the RailRiders.

A LOOK AHEAD: The RailRiders still have five games remaining against both Buffalo and Rochester. SWB boasts a winning record against the IL North’s other three teams, but has losing ledgers versus the Red Wings (7-8) and Bisons (5-7).

BEST SEASON EVER: At 69-54, the RailRiders have surpassed the efforts of the first two RailRiders teams. Both the 2013 and 2014 RailRiders went 68-76 and each unit finished in fifth place in the IL North.

JUST WAIT ‘TILL WE GET OUR HAYNES ON YOU: Kyle Haynes delivered another solid start for SWB. After starting his Triple-A time 0-1 through two starts with an 11.42 ERA and .419 batting average against, he has gone 1-0 in a pair of nods with a 2.45 ERA and .200 batting average against.

BREAKOUT DAY: Kyle Roller entered Sunday in an 0-for-20 slump with 13 strikeouts. As the first baseman he went 3-for-5 with the team’s only extra-base hit, his second triple of the season, and a run scored. Including his Sunday exploits, the IL All-Star has hit .131/.260/.246/.506 since the break going 8-for-61 with 24K.

WHITE KNUCKLERS: Fourteen (54%) of SWB’s last 26 games have been decided by one run and 19 (73%) have come down to two or less. It has gone 18-8 (.692) over the longer span and owns the IL’s best one-run record at 24-16 (.600).

WALK IT OFF: The RailRiders lost for the seventh time in walk-off fashion on Sunday. Four of those losses have come since the start of July when SWB was tripped up at Lehigh Valley in 10 innings on July 1, 3-2. That day NEPA native and former RailRider Russ Canzler singled over shortstop with a drawn-in infield to plate Tyler Henson from third base to win it. That marked SWB’s sixth straight loss and combined with an 8-4 Rochester win over Pawtucket, knocked the RailRiders out of first place for the first time since claiming the catbird seat on June 9.

BACK ON TRACK: After an 0-for-4 Friday snapped the IL’s then-longest active hitting streak at a dozen games, Ben Gamel went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk on Saturday. He got a day of rest on Sunday. Gamel leads the IL with 12 outfield assists and co-paces all of MiLB with 14 triples, two shy of the single-season franchise record set by Shane Victorino in his 2005 IL MVP season. Gamel has multiple hits in 12 of 21, hitting .390/.452/.720/1.171 in that time. He entered today with the IL’s fourth-best batting average (.301). He also ranks among the IL’s best in hits (4th, 128), slugging (T-2nd, .478), extra-base hits (T-4th, 43), runs scored (T-2nd, 68) and total bases (4th, 203).

HOME SWEET HOME: The RailRiders enter tonight on a season-high-tying five-game winning streak at PNC Field. They bid for their first winning record in Moosic since they started the season 1-0 with an April 9 win over Syracuse. A win would also make for the franchise’s first six-game winning streak at home since the 2013 RailRiders won seven straight at PNC Field from June 23-July 9.

OFF THE RAILS: Gary Sanchez hit third for the first time as a RailRider on Sunday…As the DH, he went 2-for-6…SWB dropped to 7-3 in extras, but still owns the IL’s best winning percentage in such affairs…Nick Rumbelow stranded both of his inherited runners in the win…He left 11 of his 13 hand-me-down men on the bases as a RailRider…Aaron Judge has hit safely in six straight and eight of nine.

Buxton Beats RailRiders

SWB Goes 0-for-11 with Men in Scoring Position

Rochester, N.Y. – Called by the game’s No. 1 prospect by a number of pundits and publications, Byron Buxton’s skills were on full display at Frontier Field on Sunday. The star outfielder homered to tie the game in the fifth and delivered the walk-off winner in the 12th as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) fell to Buxton’s Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins), 3-2. The RailRiders (69-54) lost for the 14th time in 19 games at Frontier Field while Rochester (63-60) sliced its divisional deficit to 6.0 games.

The RailRiders led 2-0 after single scores in the first two innings. Rob Refsnyder came home on a David Hurlbut wild pitch in the first while Kyle Roller’s leadoff triple in the second was followed by an RBI groundout from Gregorio Petit.

The Red Wings got on the board with a run-scoring fielder’s choice from Danny Ortiz in the fourth that plated James Beresford. An inning later, Buxton slammed a two-out solo homer to left for a 2-2 draw.

The stalemate lasted until the 12th when Jose Martinez welcomed reliever Andury Acevedo (0-2) to the game with a leadoff single. Carlos Paulino sacrificed him to second before Buxton delivered the walk-off single to center.

It made a winner out of Mark Hamburger (4-2) who tossed a scoreless inning.

After a scheduled day off on Monday, the RailRiders return to PNC Field for a six-game homestand on Tuesday, Aug. 18 as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) and Red Wings come to town. It starts with T-Shirt Tuesday presented by Norwegian Cruise Lines. The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a Mr. IncrediBall T-shirt.

For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders Baseball – The Place to Be! –

SWB Game Notes 8-16-15

CLICK HERE for the Aug. 16 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with John Sadak and Darren Headrick. Pregame coverage starts at 1:05 p.m.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: All the run scoring came in the seventh. Unfortunately for the RailRiders, their two-spot was answered with a three-run effort by the Red Wings in a 3-2 SWB loss at Frontier Field on Saturday night. The RailRiders’ season-high-tying winning streak stalled at six while Rochester staved off a fall to .500.

A LITTLE HELP?: Starter Kyle Davies (8-7) suffered his team-worst seventh loss despite allowing just one earned run over 6.1 innings. He left after a missed-catch error and a subsequent throw on the infield put men at second and third with the RailRiders holding a 2-1 lead. Each of those men later scored with Branden Pinder on the hill. Davies, who had not lost since June 28 versus Buffalo, tossed his eighth quality start among his last 10. Over that time he has gone 3-2 with a 2.02 ERA, .205 batting average against and a 1.01 WHIP. While he leads the team in wins, his losses have come about in part thanks to poor run support. He receives just 3.6 runs/start and a total of 11 in his seven losses (1.6/loss). Only the since-promoted Luis Severino (9) has more minor league wins on the Yankees farm this year than Davies, who also boasts the system’s ninth-best ERA at 3.41.

BEST SEASON EVER: At 69-53, the RailRiders have surpassed the efforts of the first two RailRiders teams. Both the 2013 and 2014 RailRiders went 68-76 and each unit finished in fifth place in the IL North.

LUCKY NO. 13: Aaron Judge snapped a string of 13 straight RailRiders retired by starter Michael Bowden with a two-out single in the seventh. It was the first of four consecutive hits. Judge leads the Yankees’ farm in overall home runs (18) while the next three spots are all occupied by men with SWB time in 2015: 2. Gary Sanchez (16); 3. Kyle Roller (13); T-4. Greg Bird (12). Judge also paces the farm with 68 RBIs. Ten of his last 18 hits have gone for extra bases including five home runs. His five stolen bases in 40 Triple-A games trump the two he had in 194 pro games before his SWB stay.

SLADE’S BLADE: Judge scored in the seventh when the next batter, Slade Heathcott, thundered a double beyond the impressive range of Byron Buxton in center. It was part of a two-hit night for Heathcott who entered the game in a 4-for-41 (.098) slump with no RBIs, three walks (.159 OBP) and 17 strikeouts. Heathcott also delivered one of the RailRiders’ best defensive gems of the season when he robbed Xavier Avery of a home run with a leaping catch at the left-field wall in the fifth inning. His efforts earned him a spot on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays.

WHITE KNUCKLERS: Thirteen (52%) of the RailRiders’ last 25 games have been decided by one run and 18 have come down to two runs or less. SWB has gone 18-7 (.720) over that longer span and owns the IL’s best record in one-run games at 24-15 (.615).

BACK ON TRACK: After an 0-for-4 Friday snapped the longest active IL hitting streak at a dozen games, Ben Gamel went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. He leads the IL with 12 outfield assists and co-paces all of MiLB with 14 triples, two shy of the single-season franchise record set by Shane Victorino in his 2005 IL MVP season. Gamel has multiple hits in 12 of 21, hitting .390/.452/.720/1.171 in that time. He entered today with the IL’s fourth-best batting average (.301). He also ranks among the IL’s best in hits (T-2nd, 128), slugging (3rd, .478), extra-base hits (T-4th, 43), runs scored (T-2nd, 68) and total bases (3rd, 203).

OFF THE RAILS: The game-winning run came on a balk against Pinder that plated Avery in the seventh…It was the RailRiders’ sixth balk of the season and the third of Pinder’s career…Two of them have come this season including one in the bigs on April 18 at Tampa Bay…Pinder’s blown save dropped him to 1-for-5 in save tries while the team has blown 19 (33%) of its 58 save opportunities…Kyle Roller walked on an 0-for-2 night with a pair of strikeouts…He has gone 5-for-56 (.089) since the All-Star break with eight walks (.235 OBP), 24 strikeouts and four RBIs…He has gone hitless in 20 straight at-bats with 13 strikeouts.

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