RailRiders Complete Sweep of PawSox

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) finished off a four-game sweep of the Pawtucket Red Sox with a 3-2 finish on Thursday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders (68-52) claimed their eighth straight against the PawSox (44-75) and climbed back to .500 (31-31) at home.

SWB received a strong relief effort from Eric Wooten (2-3). The southpaw blanked the PawSox over 5.2 innings behind starter Joel De La Cruz, yielding four hits and two walks with four strikeouts. James Pazos struck out the final batter he faced for his second save. Shawn Haviland shouldered the loss after allowing three runs on six hits over 7.1 innings. He walked two and whiffed three.

The RailRiders grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Aaron Judge singled home Ben Gamel and Rob Refsnyder on a two-out liner to center. Pawtucket rallied to knot the score at two in the third against De La Cruz. The right-hander yielded two runs on a pair of hits and three walks.

Tied in the last of the eighth, Gamel and Refsnyder and combined on consecutive hits to set the table for Jose Pirela. Reliever Noe Ramirez entered and Pirela slammed a single into right that brought around Gamel. Ramirez would get a double play grounder to escape the inning without further damage.

The RailRiders journey to Rochester for a three-game series with the third place Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) on Friday night. First pitch at Frontier Field is set for 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Brady Lail (1-1, 5.23) faces right-hander Michael Bowden (1-1, 5.74). The RailRiders return to PNC Field on Tuesday, August 18, to host the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and will give away a Mr. Incrediball t-shirt, courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Lines. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders Baseball – The Place to Be! –

 

SWB Game Notes 8-13-15

CLICK HERE for the Aug. 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 earned their fourth walk-off win of the season, outlasting the Pawtucket Red Sox in 12 innings on Thursday night, 4-3.The PawSox have lost 10 straight. SWB stands 15 games above .500 for the first time since the then-SWB Yankees won the division in 2013 at 84-60.

WITH CONVICTION: Aaron Judge won the game with a 12th-inning single that scored Rico Noel from third base. Judge finished the game 3-for-5 with that RBI, a walk and a strikeout. He leads the Yankees’ farm in overall home runs while the next three spots are all occupied by his teammates: 2. Gary Sanchez (16); 3. Kyle Roller (13); 4. Greg Bird (12). Judge also paces the farm system with 63 RBIs. Nine of his last 15 hits have gone for extra bases including four home runs.

ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US: Noel pinch ran for Bird in the 12th. He stole both second and third before Judge’s one-out blooper sent him home. Before last night the RailRiders had a man steal multiple bags in a game just once all season. Rob Refsnyder took two on the Louisville Bats on June 24. Like Noel, each swipe came in the same journey around the bases. He stole second and third in the sixth inning on the battery of Sam LeCure and Chris Berset.

NOT-SO-GENTLE BEN: Ben Gamel homered to tie the game in the seventh, part of a 2-for-4 night with two walks and a pair of runs scored. His efforts stretched the IL’s longest active hitting streak to 11 games (19-for-45, .422/.469/.800/1.269). 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 posted multiple hits in 11 of his last 18 games, hitting .408/.469/.775/1.244 in that time. He has lifted his overall contact clip to .302, good for fourth in the IL. He ranks among the IL’s best in hits (4th, 125), runs scored (T-3rd, 66), slugging (3rd, .481), extra-base hits (4th, 42) and total bases (3rd, 199). Gamel entered 2015 with 10 home runs in 415 games and 1,634 at-bats as a pro. In his first Triple-A season, he has bashed nine homers in 107 games played and 414 at-bats.

BULLISH ‘PEN: The triumvirate of Nick Rumbelow, Caleb Cotham and Johnny Barbato (2-0) combined to retire 18 of 20 to end the game. The only two baserunners came on an Humberto Quintero infield single and a full-count walk to Mike Miller. Rumbelow has struck out 54 men while walking 13 in 49 innings. Cotham has allowed just three earned runs in 16 outings and 26.1 innings (1.03 ERA). He has held the IL to a .198 average while posting 27 strikeouts against two walks. Barbato has allowed just one run in his 12.2 innings (0.71 ERA). He has been perfect in three save tries.

ONE-SIDED RELATIONSHIP: The RailRiders have more wins against Pawtucket (12-3) than any other team this season, including a 5-0 mark in the Ocean State. They have taken seven straight and 18 of 21 going back to last season.

NAILBITERS: Half of the RailRiders’ last 22 games have been decided by one run and 15 have come down to two runs or less. SWB has gone 16-6 over its last 22 and owns the IL’s best record in single-score games at 23-14 (.622).

FEATHERED FIGHT: Greg Bird went 2-for-6 with a pair of singles. The IL Batter of the Week (Aug. 3-9) has hits in 12 of 13, slashing .370/.379/.630/1.009 in that time to lift his Triple-A batting average to .301.

SEÑOR SWING: Gary Sanchez walked and drove in a run. After starting his Triple-A time 2-for-11 (.182/.286/.455/.740), he has gone 25-for-71 (.352/.420/.563/.983). He has hit .329 at Triple-A with 21 RBIs in 23 games.

UNDER MY PIRELA: Jose Pirela singled and walked. Since the All-Star break, he has hit .383/.455/.489/.944 while lifting his batting average to .341. If he had enough plate appearances to qualify (min. 2.7/team game), he would trail only Buffalo’s Matt Hague (.345) in the batting title chase.

RailRiders Work Overtime for Series Win

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) earned their fourth walk-off win of the season, outlasting the Pawtucket Red Sox 4-3 in 12 innings on Thursday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders (67-52) won their seventh in a row against the PawSox (44-74).

Aaron Judge finished the night with three hits, but none were bigger than his last. Greg Bird opened the deciding frame with a single to left off reliever Heath Hembree (0-5). Rico Noel was inserted as a pinch runner for Bird and stole his way to second and third. After Gary Sanchez lined out to shallow center, Judge lifted a fly ball to the left gap. Left fielder Garin Cecchini could not make the grab and Noel scored the winning run.

Johnny Barbato (3-0) led a stellar effort from the RailRiders bullpen, hurling three scoreless, hitless innings. Barbato combined with Nick Rumbelow and Caleb Cotham to retire 18 of the last 20, including nine straight by Barbato.

The RailRiders got a quality start from Eric Ruth in his return to Triple-A. The right-hander allowed three runs on seven hits over six innings.

The PawSox built a 3-0 advantage going into the bottom of the sixth, but SWB mounted a rally to tie the score. Ben Gamel singled to chase starter Edwin Escobar. Rob Refsnyder drove a double into the left-center alley off reliever Jonathan Aro to score Gamel. Refsnyder came around on a pair of groundouts to cut the deficit to one, 3-2.

With two away in the seventh, Gamel crushed a long home run to right for the tying run. It was his ninth of the year.

The RailRiders go for the four-game sweep of the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) on Thursday night. First pitch at PNC Field is set for 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Joel De La Cruz (7-0, 3.10) opposes right-hander Shawn Haviland (4-6, 4.37). Join the fun with the RailRiders’ Thirsty Thursday. $1 Drafts and Pepsi products courtesy of Budweiser from 6-8 p.m. and live music from Dashboard Mary. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders Baseball – The Place to Be! –

SWB Game Notes 8-12-15

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

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The RailRiders secured their sixth straight win over the PawSox with a 5-2 triumph on Tuesday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders got a huge lift with a three-run homer by Aaron Judge in the sixth. The PawSox have lost nine straight. SWB stands 14 games above .500 for the first time since the then-SWB Yankees won the division in 2013 at 84-60.

WITH CONVICTION: Judge’s home run was his fifth at Triple-A and his 17th overall this season. He leads the Yankees’ farm in overall home runs while the next three spots are all occupied by his teammates: 2. Gary Sanchez (16); 3. Kyle Roller (13); 4. Greg Bird (12). Judge also paces the farm system with 62 RBIs. Nine of his last 12 hits have gone for extra bases including four home runs.

JUST WAIT ‘TILL WE GET OUR HAYNES ON YOU: Right-hander Kyle Haynes (1-1) secured his first Triple-A win. He tossed 5.2 innings of one-run ball on three hits (one home run) and three walks while whiffing a season-high-tying six. The player to be named later in the Dec. 2013 Chris Stewart trade to the Pirates, Haynes had never pitched above Advanced-A before this season. He had started just eight games on his pro career before moving to the Double-A Trenton rotation in late May.

IT FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME: IL All-Star catcher Austin Romine started at first base for the first time this season. He played first base 13 times as a RailRider last season when the Yankees’ current back-up catcher, John Ryan Murphy, was the regular SWB starter in 2014. He also played first base once in the bigs on Sept. 28, 2014 in a 9-5 win over the Red Sox. Romine entered that game as a pinch hitter and stayed in as the first baseman.

BAILEY BONDS: In his fourth SWB appearance, Andrew Bailey recorded his third save. He tossed 1.2 hitless innings with a season-best four strikeouts. He has held the IL to a .235 batting average while composing a 1.07 WHIP. The two-time American League All-Star and 2009 A.L. Rookie of the Year has allowed just one run while issuing only one walk during his short time at Triple-A this year.

LORD I WAS BORN A GAMELING MAN: Ben Gamel doubled to stretch the team’s longest active hitting streak to 10 games. He leads the IL with 12 outfield assists and 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 posted multiple hits in 10 of his last 17 games, hitting .403/.453/.746/1.200 in that time. He has lifted his overall contact clip to .300, good for sixth in the IL. He ranks among the IL’s best in hits (T-3rd, 123), runs scored (4th, 64), slugging (4th, .473), extra-base hits (4th, 41) and total bases (3rd, 194).

WHO OWN DA PAW SOX?: The RailRiders have more wins against Pawtucket (11-3) than any other team this season, including a 5-0 mark in the Ocean State. They have taken 16 of the last 19 meetings going back to last season including each of the last six. The PawSox have lost nine in a row overall.

CLOSE CALLS: Ten of the RailRiders’ last 21 games have been decided by one run and 14 have come down to two runs or less. SWB has gone 15-6 over its last 21 and owns the IL’s best record in single-score games at 22-14 (.611).

FLYING HIGH: Greg Bird singled and scored. The current IL Batter of the Week (Aug. 3-9) has hits in 11 of 12, slashing .375/.385/.667/1.051 in that time to lift his Triple-A batting average to .300.

HOW GARY GOT HIS GROOVE BACK: Gary Sanchez singled, scored and picked Sandy Leon off of first base in the eighth. After starting his Triple-A time 2-for-11 (.182/.286/.455/.740), he has gone 25-for-66 (.379/.440/.606/1.046). He enters tonight as a .351 hitter at Triple-A with 20 RBIs in 22 games played.

UNDER MY PIRELA: Jose Pirela twice worked leadoff walks and scored. Since the All-Star break, he has hit .389/.457/.500/.957 while lifting his batting average to .344. If he had enough plate appearances to qualify (min. 2.7/team game), he would trail only Buffalo’s Matt Hague (.346) in the batting title chase.

Judge Homers as RailRiders Roll

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) secured their seventh straight win over the Pawtucket Red Sox with a 5-2 triumph on Tuesday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders (66-52) got a huge lift in the win thanks to a three-run homer by Aaron Judge in the sixth. The PawSox (44-73) dropped their ninth straight decision.

Starter Kyle Haynes (1-1) took home his first Triple-A victory by limiting Pawtucket to a solo home run from Quintin Berry in the fifth. Haynes yielded three hits and three walks, but struck out six over 5.2 innings. William Cuevas (0-2) shouldered the loss after allowing two runs on two hits and three walks over five frames. Andrew Bailey recorded the final five outs for his third save in four appearances with SWB.

The RailRiders struck first when Jose Pirela came across home on a bases-loaded wild pitch in the third. After Berry’s round-tripper to right-center squared the game at one in the fifth, SWB immediately reclaimed the advantage. Pirela worked his second walk and raced home on a two-out double to center by Ben Gamel.

Robby Scott relieved Cuevas in the sixth, but promptly surrendered singles to Greg Bird and Gary Sanchez. Judge worked the count full against Scott and then uncorked a thunderous home run off the concourse bridge beyond left field. For Judge, it was his fifth homer with SWB and 17th on the year.

The PawSox had one last rally, loading the bases against reliever Nick Goody. Bailey entered and allowed a walk to Humberto Quintero that forced in Carlos Rivero. The right-hander then settled in to strike out four of the final five batters he faced.

The RailRiders look for a series win against the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) on Wednesday night. First pitch at PNC Field is set for 7:05 p.m. Left-hander Chris Capuano (1-1, 1.93) opposes left-hander Edwin Escobar (0-2, 7.54). The iconic Budweiser Clydesdales will make an appearance at PNC Field courtesy of Budweiser and Northeast Eagle Distributors. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

Thu., Aug. 13 – Join the fun with the RailRiders’ Thirsty Thursday. $1 Drafts and Pepsi products courtesy of Budweiser from 6-8 p.m. and live music from Dashboard Mary.

– SWB RailRiders Baseball – The Place to Be! –

SWB Game Notes 8-11-15

CLICK HERE for the Aug. 11 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: A wild Monday night at PNC Field finished in exhilarating fashion as the RailRiders earned a 2-1 win over the PawSox on Ben Gamel‘s walk-off, inside-the-park home run to right. SWB stands 13 games above .500 for the first time since the then-SWB Yankees won the division in 2013 at 84-60.

GAMEL HAD A SECRETARY NAMED REFSNYDER: Gamel’s inside-the-park home run was his eighth homer of the season, tying him with Rob Refsnyder for second on the team with eight in an SWB uniform. Refsnyder, who was the on-deck hitter last night during Gamel’s game-winning plate appearance, delivered the team’s prior inside-the-parker at Lehigh Valley on June 28, 2014. The 2014 RailRiders had two walk-off homers: Refsnyder on July 4 off of Buffalo’s Steve Delabar and Adonis Garcia on July 10 against Rochester’s A.J. Achter.

LORD I WAS BORN A GAMELING MAN: Gamel went 2-for-5 with a double and his homer. He leads the IL with 12 outfield assists and 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 posted multiple hits in 10 of his last 16 games, hitting .413/.465/.76/1.227 in that time. He has lifted his overall contact clip to .300, good for sixth in the IL. He ranks among the IL’s best in hits (T-2nd, 122), runs scored (T-3rd, 64), slugging (4th, .473) and total bases (3rd, 192).

WHO OWN DA PAW SOX?: The RailRiders have more wins against Pawtucket (10-3) than any other team this season, including a 5-0 mark in the Ocean State. They have taken 15 of the last 18 meetings going back to last season including each of the last five. The PawSox have lost eight in a row overall.

QUALITY EFFORT: Starter Kyle Davies settled for a no-decision but logged his seventh quality start over his last nine. In that time he is 3-1 with a 2.09 ERA, .204 BAA and 1.04 WHIP. Last night, he allowed one unearned run on three hits and one walk over seven innings while whiffing a season-best eight. He leads SWB in wins (8), but also shares the lead in losses (6). Part of the reason has been run support. He gets just 3.7 runs/start including nine runs in his six setbacks (1.5/loss).

CLOSE CALLS: Half of the RailRiders’ last 20 games have been decided by one run and 14 have come down to two runs or less. SWB has gone 14-6 over its last 20 and owns the IL’s best record in single-score games at 22-14 (.611).

FLYING HIGH: Greg Bird went 2-for-4 on the day he was named IL Batter of the Week (Aug. 3-9) after hitting .348 while pacing the circuit in RBIs (10) and slugging (.783). Bird has hits in 10 of his last 11 games, slashing .386/.396/.705/1.100 in that time to lift his Triple-A batting average to .302.

HOW GARY GOT HIS GROOVE BACK: Gary Sanchez went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. After starting his Triple-A time 2-for-11 (.182/.286/.455/.740), he has gone 24-for-62 (.387/.451/.629/1.080). He enters tonight as a .356 hitter at Triple-A with 20 RBIs in 21 games played. Including his Double-A numbers, he co-leads the Yankees’ farm in home runs with Aaron Judge at 16.

UNDER MY PIRELA: Jose Pirela went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base. Since the All-Star break, he has hit .398/.455/.511/.967 while lifting his batting average to .348. If he had enough plate appearances to qualify (min. 2.7/team game), he would trail only Buffalo’s Matt Hague (.349) in the batting title chase.

TOUGH TIMES: In eight games played on his latest SWB tenure, Slade Heathcott has gone 2-for-30 (.067) with three walks and 14 strikeouts. Kyle Roller went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. The IL All-Star has gone 5-for-51 (.098) since the break with 21 strikeouts, lowering his average to a season-worst .220. Gregorio Petit enters tonight in a 1-for-17 (.059) slide with five strikeouts, lowering his average to a season-worst .239. He hit .297 with 19 doubles and 10 homers as a PCL All-Star for Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2014.

LIGHTS OUT: Stadium lights on the left side of PNC Field went out with the bases empty, two outs and Jemile Weeks at the plate in the seventh. It resulted in an 18-minute delay before Davies resumed the plate appearance by issuing ball four on a payoff pitch for his lone walk. It made for the second time in the modern PNC Field’s three-year run that a game was delayed by the darkening of stadium lights. On July 10, 2013, with a rehabbing Derek Jeter in the lineup, the lights went out for a 21-minute delay that The Captain filled by signing autographs.

Gamel’s Heroics Plates a Victory for RailRiders

Moosic, Pa. – A wild Monday night at PNC Field finished in exhilarating fashion as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) scored a 2-1 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox on Ben Gamel’s walk-off, inside-the-park home run to right. The RailRiders (65-52) earned their fifth straight win over the PawSox (44-72), a club that has lost eight straight.

The two clubs ventured into the ninth inning tied at one. Caleb Cotham (2-0) made it through his second scoreless inning of relief work, catching Allen Craig looking for a frame-ending strike three. Gamel led off the final stanza and blistered a lien drive to right. Jonathan Roof attempted a sliding stop, but missed. The ball rolled to the base of the wall as Gamel raced around the bases to score the winning run.

The walk-off handed the loss to Heath Hembree (0-1). It was the first inside-the-park home run turned by the RailRiders since Rob Refsnyder came around at Lehigh Valley on June 28, 2014.

Kyle Davies authored another strong start, but left with a no decision. The right-hander fanned a season-high eight batters across seven innings of three-hit ball. Roof scored an unearned run in the sixth on a throwing error by Davies for his only blemish.

The RailRiders took a 1-0 lead against Pawtucket starter Matt Barnes in the second on a bases-loaded, sacrifice fly to center by Cole Figueroa. SWB had chances to expand the lead, but stranded nine men on base through six innings.

The RailRiders continue their four-game series with the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) at PNC Field on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Kyle Haynes (0-1, 11.42) opposes right-hander William Cuevas (0-1, 2.57). The first 1,00 fans receive a RailRiders t-shirt, presented by Norwegian Cruise Lines. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

Wed., Aug. 12 – The iconic Budweiser Clydesdales will be making their way to PNC Field courtesy of Budweiser and the RailRiders’ friends at Northeast Eagle Distributors. Fans will be treated to a pre-game on-field parade as well as access to the horses throughout the game for photo ops.

Thu., Aug. 13 – Join the fun with the RailRiders’ Thirsty Thursday. $1 Drafts and Pepsi products courtesy of Budweiser from 6-8 p.m. and live music from Dashboard Mary.

– SWB RailRiders Baseball – The Place to Be! –

SWB Game Notes 8-10-15

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

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Backed by an explosive effort from his offense, right-hander Brady Lail celebrated his 22nd birthday with his first Triple-A win as his RailRiders crushed the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers) in a rain-shortened series finale on Sunday evening, 9-1. The RailRiders recorded the SWB franchise’s best record against the Mud Hens (47-68) as a Yankees affiliate at 5-1.

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

ROAD WARRIORS: SWB owns Triple-A’s best road record at 37-21 (.638). Last night’s win locked down a winning record outside of NEPA for the first time in the RailRiders era. Only three teams in full-season MiLB entered today with a better road record: A Quad Cities (Astros) at 37-17 (.685) and both AA Corpus Christi (Astros) and A+ Visalia (Diamondbacks) at 38-19 (.667).

TRIPLE THREAT: Ben Gamel went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a pair of RBIs. He also picked up his IL-best 12th outfield assist to snap a tie with Pawtucket’s Bryce Brentz. The team’s usual leadoff man, Gamel has belted an MiLB-best 14 triples on the year, two shy of the franchise record set by Shane Victorino in his 2005 IL MVP season. Gamel has posted multiple hits in nine of his last 15 games, hitting .414/.470/.724/1.194 in that time. He has lifted his overall contact clip to .299, good for seventh in the IL. He ranks among the IL’s best in hits (T-4th, 120), runs scored (4th, 63) and total bases (4th, 186).

BIRDMAN: Greg Bird went 1-for-2 with three RBIs including a sac fly and a walk. In 12 home games, Bird has slashed .188/.235/.271/.506. He has all of his six home runs and 23 RBIs in 19 road games while slashing .365/.424/.676/1.099. Earlier today, he was named IL Batter of the Week (Aug. 3-9) after hitting .348 while pacing the circuit in RBIs (10) and slugging (.783).

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Gary Sanchez doubled twice in a 3-for-4 showing with three RBIs. After starting his Triple-A tenure 2-for-11 (.182/.286/.455/.740), he has gone 23-for-59 (.390/.448/.644/1.092). He enters tonight as a .357 hitter at Triple-A with  20 RBIs in 20 games played. Including his Double-A numbers, he co-leads the Yankees’ farm in home runs with Judge at 16.

LET’S GET HIM ON: Rob Refsnyder walked and scored three times. He has tied Kyle Roller for the team lead in walks at 51. Refsnyder’s .374 OBP ranks fourth in the IL and he has scored 58 runs, good for fifth in the loop. Since the start of July, he has hit .300 (30-for-100) with a .393 OBP.

PIRELA POP: Jose Pirela went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Since the All-Star break, he has hit .388/.443/.506/.949 while lifting his batting average to .342. If he had enough plate appearances to qualify (min. 2.7/team game), he would trail only Buffalo’s Matt Hague (.349) in the batting title chase.

TOUGH TIMES: In seven games played on his latest SWB tenure, Slade Heathcott has gone 2-for-27 (.074) with two walks and 11 strikeouts. Kyle Roller went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout on Saturday. The IL All-Star has gone 5-for-47 (.106) since the break with 18 strikeouts, lowering his average to a season-worst .223. Gregorio Petit enters tonight in a 1-for-17 (.059) slide with five strikeouts, lowering his average to a season-worst .239. He hit .297 with 19 doubles and 10 homers as a PCL All-Star for Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2014.

HOW THE WEST WAS WON: The RailRiders went 17-10 against the IL West: Columbus (3-3), Indianapolis (4-3), Louisville (5-3), Toledo (5-1).

KINGS OF THE NORTH: The first-place RailRiders will play only divisional foes from now until the end of the regular season. The remaining 28 games will be evenly split home and road, but 11 of the squad’s last 15 games will be played outside of NEPA. The number of games remaining against each foe: Rochester (8), Pawtucket (7), Buffalo (5), Lehigh Valley (5), Syracuse (3). SWB has gone 35-27 in divisional play. Its only losing record has come against Buffalo (5-7).

PLAYOFF PROJECTION: Buffalo and Rochester enter today tied for second in the North at 59-56, 4.5 out. If either team played .650 baseball down the stretch, it would finish 78-66. The RailRiders would need .500 play (14-14) to match that.

Bird Named Batter of the Week

Paced IL in RBIs & Slugging 

Moosic, Pa. – A powerful week from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) first baseman Greg Bird has earned the 22-year-old Batter of the Week (Aug. 3-9) honors from the International League. He is the third RailRider to receive a weekly honor this year joining fellow infielders Rob Refsnyder (May 11‐17) and Cole Figueroa (May 25‐31). Lehigh Valley pitcher Jerad Eickhoff was named Pitcher of the Week.

Bird hit .348 over the past week with five of his eight hits going for extra‐bases. During that time, he led the IL in RBIs (10) and slugging (.783). His most productive game came Wednesday night in Columbus with his third career multi‐homer effort and his first triple of 2015 in a 7‐2 rout of the Clippers. Bird collected an RBI in five of his six games played on the week, including three in a 9-1 triumph at Toledo on Sunday. Since his Triple-A debut on the Fourth of July, Bird ranks among the IL’s best in extra‐base hits (T-8th), home runs (T-7th), RBIs (T-8th), and slugging (8th).

The fifth-year pro was a fifth-round pick by the Yankees in 2011. The Aurora, Colo. native is 4.8 years younger than the league average per Baseball-Reference.com.

The RailRiders return home to PNC Field for a short four-game run against the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) starting tonight night at 7:05 p.m. The pitching match-up for the opener has SWB right-hander Kyle Davies (8-6, 3.72) facing right-hander Matt Barnes (1-1, 4.50). Below are the highlights each day:

Mon., Aug. 10 – Bark in the Bark 2 presented by Veterinary Referral and Emergency Clinic.  Bring your dog to the park, free dog refuse bags/holder to the first 500 dogs through the gates.  Lawn seating only available for guests choosing to bring their four-legged friends.  All dogs will need to be leashed, with current shot records and license for entry.

Tue., Aug. 11 – National Call 811 Before You Dig Night presented by 811 Call Before You Dig, UGI, PPL, USIC and UGI Energy.  It’s also Gildan National Tour Night.  Gildan will be on hand with product sampling and giveaways.

Wed., Aug. 12 – The iconic Budweiser Clydesdales will be making their way to PNC Field courtesy of Budweiser and the RailRiders’ friends at Northeast Eagle Distributors.  Fans will be treated to a pre-game on-field parade as well as access to the horses throughout the game for photo ops.

Thu., Aug. 13 – Join the fun with the RailRiders’ Thirsty Thursday.  $1 Drafts and Pepsi products courtesy of Budweiser from 6-8 p.m. and live music from Dashboard Mary.

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

– SWB RailRiders Baseball – The Place to Be! –

Birthday Boy Lail Earns First Triple-A Win

SWB Posts Best Record Versus Toledo as Yankees Affiliate

Toledo, Ohio – Backed by an explosive effort from his offense, right-hander Brady Lail celebrated his 22nd birthday with his first Triple-A win as his Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees) crushed the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers) in a rain-shortened series finale on Sunday evening, 9-1. The RailRiders (64-52) recorded the SWB franchise’s best record against the Mud Hens (47-68) as a Yankees affiliate at 5-1.

Greg Bird put the visitors ahead with a first-inning sac fly that scored Ben Gamel, who began the game with a double. In the second, all nine RailRiders came to the plate in a five-run frame. Gamel and Gary Sanchez each delivered two-run doubles while Jose Pirela singled in a run off starter Mike Belfiore (5-11). Belfiore was done after two innings. He allowed six runs on five hits and two walks as he tied Durham’s Dylan Floro for the league lead in losses.

Toledo’s lone run came in the third when Daniel Fields tripled and Dixon Machado’s groundout to third base got him home. That was the lone run allowed by Lail (1-1) over six innings. He gave up four hits (three singles), walked a season-high-tying four and struck out four.

Bird singled Gamel and Rob Refsnyder home in the fourth while Sanchez doubled to drive Refsnyder across the plate in the seventh.

The later stage of play saw a driving rain pummel the playing surface before a delay without a tarp in the ninth. It came with Bird aboard at first base and two outs.  The lake-like infield made the continuation of play impossible and the game was called after a 36-minute delay.

The RailRiders return home to PNC Field for a short four-game run against the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) starting Monday night at 7:05 p.m. The pitching match-up for the opener has SWB right-hander Kyle Davies (8-6, 3.72) facing right-hander Matt Barnes (1-1, 4.50). Below are the highlights each day:

Mon., Aug. 10 – Bark in the Bark 2 presented by Veterinary Referral and Emergency Clinic.  Bring your dog to the park, free dog refuse bags/holder to the first 500 dogs through the gates.  Lawn seating only available for guests choosing to bring their four-legged friends.  All dogs will need to be leashed, with current shot records and license for entry.

Tue., Aug. 11 – National Call 811 Before You Dig Night presented by 811 Call Before You Dig, UGI, PPL, USIC and UGI Energy.  It’s also Gildan National Tour Night.  Gildan will be on hand with product sampling and giveaways.

Wed., Aug. 12 – The iconic Budweiser Clydesdales will be making their way to PNC Field courtesy of Budweiser and the RailRiders’ friends at Northeast Eagle Distributors.  Fans will be treated to a pre-game on-field parade as well as access to the horses throughout the game for photo ops.

Thu., Aug. 13 – Join the fun with the RailRiders’ Thirsty Thursday.  $1 Drafts and Pepsi products courtesy of Budweiser from 6-8 p.m. and live music from Dashboard Mary.

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

– SWB RailRiders Baseball – The Place to Be! –

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