Columbus Earns Series Sweep

Columbus, Ohio. – Sunday’s game had it all. The Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) combined for four home runs, including the first inside the park home run in Huntington Park’s history. SWB’s Zoilo Almonte cut down a runner trying to take an extra-base, but all night Columbus had answer in an 11-3 win Sunday night.

Columbus (36-33) chased starter Joel De La Cruz after four complete frames, adding a run in each of the first four innings. The Clippers tagged the right-hander for seven hits, before a run-scoring double by Tim Fedroff in the fourth sent De La Cruz packing after the inning.

The two teams exchanged a run early, Audy Ciriaco blasted a ball off the centerfield wall that led to an inside the park home run, but Corban Joseph brought the tilt back to sea level at 2-2 with a majestic home run to right, his second of the season.

Back-to-back one-out walks for Columbus led to the go-ahead run, as Roberto Perez delivered a run-scoring base hit that plated Elliot Johnson. Two extra-base hits by Justin Sellers and Tim Fedroff in the fourth pushed the Columbus lead to 4-2.

A three-run shot by Carlos Moncrief made it a four-run deficit and Elliot Johnson added salt to the wound with a two-run double of his own eighth. De La Cruz (2-5) took the loss, as the RailRiders were forced to trot out a series of bullpen arms to finish off the day. Danny Salazar (1-3) twirled five efficient innings and combined with three other pitchers to pick up the win.

The RailRiders begin the second leg of the road trip with the series opener against the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers) Monday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m. The RailRiders will toss the right-hander Shane Greene (3-2, 6.17) while Toledo sends the right-hander Drew VerHagen (3-6, 4.08). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:30 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio —The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest 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 swbrailirders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Robert Refsnyder picked snapped a 0-for-14 skid with a triple in the seventh. The extra-base hit by Refsnyder marked his first at the Triple-A level.

Zoilo Almonte extended a season-best 13-game hitting streak with a base knock in seventh. During the 13-game run Almonte is 18-for-55 (.327) with four home runs and 11 RBI during the stretch.

Columbus’ four-game run marked the second time this season the RailRiders have been swept, with the last such occurrence coming via a rain-shortened series against the Rochester Red Wings April 7-9.

SWB has dropped a season-high five-straight games, while also falling a season-worst four-games under .500 at 32-36

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! -

 

Porcupine Points: June 15 at Columbus

GAME NOTE 6-15-14

SHUTOUT SILENCE: Four Columbus pitchers combined to allow just seven hits (six singles) in a 7-0 blanking of the RailRiders Saturday night. SWB’s fifth shutout loss of the season ran its losing streak to a season-long-tying four games. The squad sits a season-worst-tying three games below .500.

SO CLOSE, YET SO FAR: The RailRiders have lost 10 straight clashes with Columbus going back to last season. However, 12 of the last 20 meetings have been one-run games. That includes seven of the last 11 and two of this year’s three.

FLASHING BACK: For last season’s RailRiders, the Columbus/Toledo journey was a season-changing odyssey. SWB dropped the last two of a home set against Gwinnett before heading to Toledo. The Mud Hens blew out the RailRiders in the opener, 10-2, and took three of the four games in the series. The Clippers then swept the RailRiders as the Ohio road trip made up the meat of the RailRiders’ 12 losses in a 13-game span. The team was a season-high tying six games over .500 at the nosedive’s start (20-14), but five under (21-26) at the close. The 2013 RailRiders would not own a winning record again.

BEST IN THE WEST: The RailRiders kicked off an eight-game road trip Thursday night. The journey wraps up a stretch of 24 straight games against non-divisional foes with the bulk of those contests coming against the IL West. The team is 8-11 through the first 19 games of this spurt, but 11-8 against IL West teams on the year. When SWB returns home, it begins the second half of its 144-game schedule and plunges back into IL North play against Pawtucket. Two-thirds of the team’s remaining 72 contests will pit it against its Northern brothers.

CURSES, ZOILED AGAIN: Zoilo Almonte’s 1-for-4 night extended the league’s best active hitting streak to 12 games. The string’s early stage was disrupted by a nearly month-long stay in the bigs. Despite that, he leads the team in home runs (10) and RBIs (34). During his hitting streak he has gone 17-for-51 (.346) with four home runs, 11 RBIs and eight runs scored.

BASES-LOADED WOES: The RailRiders loaded the bases with nobody out in the fourth, but three outs followed. The team has hit just .203 with the bases juiced, but that’s not nearly the worst mark in the circuit. Five teams have fared worse in Indianapolis (.125), Durham (.138), Charlotte (.149), Syracuse (.192) and Toledo (.196). The IL’s best bases-loaded contact clip belongs to Columbus (.471).

TRY HIM ON FOR SIZE: Scott Sizemore doubled on a 4-for-4 night and lifted his season-long contact clip by 18 points (.248-.266). He had last enjoyed a four-hit game on Aug. 24, 2011 at Yankee Stadium when he was with Oakland. Three of those hits, two of them doubles, came against starter CC Sabathia. Sizemore has only had more than four hits in a game once in his pro career. In his first pro season with SS-A Oneonta, Sizemore had five hits…in 10 at-bats. The longest game in New York-Penn League history had his Tigers winning at Brooklyn in 26 innings, 6-1. The teams combined for 34 hits, seven errors, 15 pitchers and 43 men left on base. The contest took 6:40. Brooklyn outfielder Mark Wright tossed a scoreless 25th but gave up five runs in the 26th when the Cyclones ran out of pitchers. Brooklyn lost its manager, George Greer, in the opening inning due to an ejection for arguing a force play at second base. The putout went to the covering shortstop, Scott Sizemore. Greer was Buffalo’s hitting coach in 2012.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders lost a season-best nine-game homer streak…They have allowed a homer in a season-worst six straight games…Russ Canzler committed his first outfield error of 2014…Almonte started in center field for the second time this season (last April 18 versus Lehigh Valley)…He saw time in center in 14 games with last year’s RailRiders…Through three games on the trip, Rob Refsnyder has gone 0-for-12 with five strikeouts while bouncing into two double plays…Outside of Sizemore, the rest of the team went 3-for-29 (.103)…SWB sits in a tie for last place in the IL North…The team stands 6.5 games out of both first in the division and in pursuit of a wild-card spot…Nine* teams are either tied with or standing in front of the RailRiders in the wild-card standings…*That includes the two IL North teams tied atop the division in Rochester and Syracuse.

Offense Silenced as RailRiders Drop Fourth-Straight

Columbus, Ohio. –  Armed with the right arm of big league rehabber Zach McCallister, the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) belted their way to a 7-0 drilling of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) Saturday night at Huntington Park.  Jesus Aguilar treated the home crowd of 12, 202 to a show, blasting a three-run home run and driving in four runs in the lopsided tilt.

Brian Gordon worked two perfect frames before the Columbus bats caught up in the third. A leadoff walk to Roberto Perez ignited the four-run frame as Tm Fedroff put the Clippers on the board with a base hit as Jesus Aguilar followed suit with a three-run tater that pushed the ledger to 4-0.

Columbus added to the lead with three runs in the middle frames. Aguilar drove in his fourth run of the night on a double in the left-field corner before a missed catch by Russ Canzler hung the crooked number. The final shot came courtesy of a leadoff blast in the sixth by Roberto Perez that made the game 7-0.

Scott Sizemore was the lone bright spot for SWB, tallying four hits on the evening, including a double. Gordon (4-6) was tagged with the loss in the five-inning effort, while Gabriel Arias (2-2) worked three scoreless frames to pick up the win.

The RailRiders continue the road trip with the series finale against the Columbus Clippers Sunday, June 15 at 6:05 p.m.  The RailRiders will toss the right-hander Joel De La Cruz (2-4, 3.57) while Columbus is still TBA. 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 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 swbrailirders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Scott Sizemore went 4-for-4 with a double. The perfect night at the plate marked the first time this season Sizemore has totaled four hits. The four-hit night raised his season-long average 18 points to .266.

SWB failed to mash a home run, ending it’s season-best total of nine-straight games with a home run.

Zoilo Almonte collected a base hit in the fourth, extending a 12-game hitting streak for the RailRiders’ slugger. During the 12-game run Almonte has gone 14-for-42 with four home runs and 10 RBI.

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

 

Billings Stumbles as RailRiders Rally Falls Short

Columbus, Ohio. – Zoilo Almonte collected his team-leading 10th home run of the season and drove in a pair, but a wave of home runs by the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians led to four early tallies that proved too much in 4-3 loss Friday night at Huntington Park.  The one-run loss by the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) marked the second-straight for SWB and the third consecutive loss for the RailRiders.

All four Columbus runs scored with two outs in a frame, the first three courtesy of two-out three-run tater by Audy Ciriaco in the second that leapt the Clippers out to the early 3-0 lead. Travis Banwart settled until a rhythm, spinning four scoreless frames until Antoan Richardson laced a triple to center and scored on a two-run home run by Almonte, his second in as many days. The home run by Almonte brought the game to within one at 3-2.

A Tyler Holt homer in the fifth pushed the lead to 4-2, but the resilient RailRiders responded with a run on an infield hit by Austin Romine in the seventh that plated Zelous Wheeler to make the score 4-3.

Alfredo Aceves and Heath Bell spun three scoreless innings in relief, but five shaky frames from starter Bruce Billings (4-2) doomed the RailRiders in the loss. Banwart (4-2) picked up the win, tossing 6.2 innings and tying a single-high strikeout total with eight, while Vinnie Pestano (5) notched the save for the second-straight night.

The RailRiders continue an eight-game road trip with the second game of the odyssey occurring against the Columbus Clippers Friday, June 12 at 7:15 p.m.  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre sends right-hander Brian Gordon (4-5, 4.46) to the hill, while Columbus counters with righty Zach McCallister.  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 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 swbrailirders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Zoilo Almonte homered for the second-straight evening. The RaiRiders outfielder mashed his team-leading 10th home run of the season while also collecting RBI’s 33 and 34, both good team leads. Since his return from the Big Leagues, Almonte is 14-for-40 with four home runs and 10 RBI.

Almonte’s home run marked the ninth-straight ballgame the RailRiders’ offense has clubbed a long ball, a season-best.

SWB has now lost nine-straight clashes with Columbus dating back to the 2013 campaign, with 12 of the last 19 meetings between the two clubs decided by a single run.

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

 

Porcupine Points 6-13-14

GAME NOTES 6-13-14

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: It was all going so well. Scott Sizemore had ignited two tough double plays and launched a home run. The RailRiders had jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Jeremy Bleich had dazzled in his Triple-A debut, allowing just one run through six. Then came the seventh. Five straight Clippers reached base, four scored (three on Bleich’s line) and the Clippers posted a 5-4 win.

SO CLOSE, YET SO FAR: The RailRiders have lost eight straight clashes with the Clippers going back to last season. However, 11 of the last 18 meetings have been decided by one run.

FALLING FROM AHEAD: For the second time in as many games, the RailRiders blew a three-run lead. The team had not lost once all season in a game that included a lead of three or more runs before these successive stumbles. The RailRiders have held a lead in 14 of their 33 losses (42%) this season.

INHERITANCE TAX: Danny Burawa allowed two inherited runners to cross and blew his first save, which also meant a loss for Bleich (0-1). Five of Burawa’s six hand-me-down me this season have eventually crossed the plate. The team’s relief corps has allowed 31 of its 78 (40%) total inherited runners to score.

CURSES, ZOILED AGAIN: Zoilo Almonte went 2-for-4 with a home run and has hit safely in 10 straight games as a RailRider. In eight games since coming back from New York, he has gone 12-for-34 (.353) with three home runs, eight RBIs and seven runs scored. Despite missing nearly a month while with the big league team, Almonte leads the squad in homers (9) and RBIs (32).

CARLOS THE CANNON: Carlos Moncrief gunned down Zoilo Almonte trying to leg out a first-inning double. The Clippers usual right fielder leads the IL with 13 outfield assists.

ON A ROLL: Kyle Roller enjoyed a 2-for-4 night with a double and a run scored. Between his time at Double-A Trenton and SWB, Roller ranks among the best both on the Yankees’ farm and in all of MiLB. His 15 home runs place him just outside of the top 10 in the minors (T-11th) and only behind the man who essentially replaced him at Trenton, Pete O’Brien. O’Brien’s 22 home runs slate him in a tie for second in the minors. Roller ranks among the farm’s best in batting average (1st, .342) and RBIs (T-2nd, 41).

BEST IN THE WEST: The RailRiders kicked off an eight-game road trip Thursday night. The journey wraps up a stretch of 24 straight games against non-divisional foes with the bulk of those contests coming against the IL West. The team is 8-9 through the first 17 games of this spurt, but 11-6 against IL West teams on the year. When SWB returns home, it begins the second half of its 144-game schedule and plunges back into IL North play against Pawtucket. Two thirds of the team’s remaining 72 contests will pit it against its Northern brothers.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders have homered in a season-best eight straight contests…It’s the franchise’s best run in the RailRiders era…Last year’s RailRiders led the IL with 133 homers…This year’s unit leads the IL in batting average (.275) and slugging percentage (.412)…The team’s 125 doubles (T-3rd) and 19 triples (2nd) help buoy the slugging number…Its league-low walk total (186/2.9/g) has its OBP at .336 (6th)…The RailRiders struck out 11 times on Thursday…They have struck out double-digit times in 11 games this season…Only five RailRiders have been on the team and active every day from Opening Day through today: Russ Canzler, Jim Miller, Mark Montgomery, Jose Pirela and Antoan Richardson…The team has had 52 players listed on its roster this season.

Wave of Home Runs Help Wash Away Dirty Birds

Moosic, Pa. –Armed with a battery of big league rehabbers, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) rode the wave of home runs and solid relief to a 7-4 win over the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers) Monday night at PNC Field.

Shawn Kelley received the start and by design spun a single frame. Kelley was tagged for an infield hit in the first and did not allow a run before giving way to originally scheduled starter Joel De La Cruz in the second.

Zoilo Almonte put the RailRiders (32-31) ahead with a ground ball RBI, before Zelous Wheeler hung a crooked number in the first with a run-scoring base hit of his own.

A one-run game in the third after Toledo’s Hernan Perez tripled home Ezequiel Carrera, Scott Sizemore changed the ominous tone swiftly with an opposite-way three-run shot that made the game 6-1 in favor of the local nine. The Mud Hens climbed to within two, plating three runs against De La Cruz after a botched-ground ball led to a two-run home run by Wade Gaynor in the fifth.

Much like the recent tale of days past, the resolute RailRiders had an answer of their own, a solo homer by Austin Romine that pushed the lead to the final line of 7-4. De La Cruz (2-4) picked up the win, his first since his Triple-A debut on May 4 against the Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) while SWB marched out three relievers to finish the game. Francisco Rondon, Danny Burawa and Robert Coello combined on four scoreless frames and tallied four strikeouts, while Coello (3) picked up the save. Kyle Lobsteain twirled six tough innings, allowing two home runs in the loss.

The RailRiders conclude the eight-game homestand with the final game of the series against the Toledo Mud Hens Tuesday, June 10 at 7:05 p.m.  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will send right-hander Shane Greene (3-2, 6.57) to the hill while Toledo counters with righty Drew Verhagen (3-6, 4.04) 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 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 swbrailirders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Adonis Garcia collected two base hits in his only two plate appearances. Through the first seven games of the homestand Garcia is 8-for-21 (.380) with five extra-base hits. The two-hit evening helped push his season-long average to .312, just behind teammate Jose Pirela.

Zoilo Almonte drove in his team-leading 31st RBI of the season with a groundball in the first. Almonte, who missed three-weeks of the season due to a Major League promotion, leads Adonis Garcia (27) for the most on the team.

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

 

RailRiders Turn the Tides to Avoid Sweep

Moosic, Pa. – Sometimes all you need to do is to pay homage to those that have come before you to regain your swagger. On 90’s night at PNC Field, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) did just that, while letting out a bit of frustration in a 12-6 demolition of the Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) Friday night. SWB combined for 19 base hits, 11 of which went for extra bases to avoid the series sweep. As four different RailRiders (30-30) clubbed home runs on the evening, including two doubles and a home run by Adonis Garcia.

The thrashing began with run-scoring knocks by Garcia and Kyle Roller in the third before Zelous Wheeler plated two more runs with the RailRiders’ first big fly of the night to put SWB up 4-0. The RailRiders added runs in each of the next four frames, including solo taters by Garcia, Roller and Jose Pirela to extend the lead. The four home runs tied for the most by the RailRiders this season. Runs came in bunches as SWB pushed across two more in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Pirela and a solo home run, courtesy of Garcia. Crooked numbers followed in the sixth on RBI hits by Pirela, Garcia and Zoilo Almonte.

Eight of the nine RailRiders in the lineup reached safely as Roller and Garcia led the charge offensively combining for eight hits in 10 plate appearances. Pirela chipped in with a 3-for-3 night, including three RBI’s and three runs scored, while Wheeler and Austin Romine each hung multiple hits.

Bruce Billings (4-1) spun five innings and combined with three other SWB relievers to earn his first win since April 14, while Mike Wright (1-4) was tagged for seven hits and four home runs in his fourth loss in his last five appearances.

The RailRiders continue the eight-game homestand with the series opener against the Toledo Mud Hen (Detroit Tigers) Saturday, June 7 at 7:05 p.m.  Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will send right-hander Brian Gordon (3-5, 4.73) while Toledo counters with righty Derek Hankins (2-6, 6.47) John Sadak and Aaron Berlin  have the call on MyNetwork 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 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 swbrailirders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Jose Pirela collected three more base knocks Friday night. The reigning International League hitter of the week has now reached safely in his last 13 ballgames dating back to May 24 against the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins).

Bruce Billings (4-1) picked up his first win since April 19. Billings now and co-leads the team with four wins, tying right-handed reliever Jim Miller.

Kyle Roller blasted his 14th home run of the year between the Double-A and Triple-A ranks. The home run came against his former teammate at ECU Mike Wright. Entering the day the 14th home run put Roller at No. 11 overall in the minor league ranks.

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

 

Five-Run Ninth Nips RailRiders in Roller Coaster Affair

Moosic, Pa. –Minor league baseball games mean more than just baseball.  Between-inning antics, promotions, and giveaways – you got it.  On Thursday night, they added rollercoaster rides to the fray. The Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) leapt out to an early 8-0 lead with all the scores coming against highly-regard starter Shane Greene. But the resolute Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) responded, battling back from the monumental deficit to take a 9-8 lead. But A four-run ninth by the Tides  proved too much to overcome in disappointing 13-9 loss Thursday night at PNC Field.

The Tides’ offense roared early, plating eight runs against RaiRiders (29-30) in the first two frames. Behind 8-0, crooked numbers in the third, fourth and fifth helped fuel an epic comeback. Zoilo Almonte put the RailRiders on the board with a three-run home run and two more RailRider runs crossed in the fourth on RBI base knocks by Corban Joseph and Jose Pirela.

Almonte continued the surge with a leadoff single and scored an RBI base hit from Zelous Wheeler. Russ Canzler blasted a double to plate a run before Antoan Richardson’s two-run singlepushed the rising RailRiders over the mountaintop, 9-8. Had the RailRiders won, it would have tied for the largest comeback win in franchise history with the 2000 Red Barons’ effort against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) on Aug. 23 of that year.

On Thursday, the RailRiders brush with history came to a screeching halt, as the red-hot Tides’ offense plated five-run in the ninth against RailRiders’ pitching to deny SWB the win and claim the season series. Reliever Pat Venditte (1-1) wore the loss while Heath Bell (2-0) twirled two scoreless frames in the win for the Tides.

The RailRiders look avoid the sweep in the four-game series with Norfolk on Friday, June 6 at 7:05 p.m. SWB sends righty Bruce Billings (3-1, 5.02) to the hill while the Tides will counter with right-hander Mike Wright (1-3, 5.61) 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:

Russ Canzler made his professional pitching debut, spinning 0.2 innings to conclude the ninth. The pitching performance marked the first for NEPA’s own in 1,067 games between the Major League and minor league ranks.

Norfolk tallied five more runs in the first frame of Thursday night’s affair. In the first three games of the four-game run the Tides have sent 22 men to the plate, tallying 10 runs. For the series the Tides have scored 34 runs and collected 56 hits.

Jose Pirela collected three more base hits and an RBI Thursday night. The RailRiders usual second basemen is 53-for-138 since April 28. The .384 average during that time span is tops in the International League leading Norfolk’s Brett Wallace (3rd) by .28 points.

Russ Canzler extended a season’s-best hitting streak to 10 games with a double in fifth. During the 10-game run Canzler is 16-for-40 with six extra-base hits and eight RBI.

-        SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

 

 

Romine Leads Hot-Hitting RailRiders Past Tribe

Indianapolis, Ind. – In downtown Indianapolis, the hot-hitting journey for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) continued Saturday night at Victory Field in a 7-3 triumph over the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates). The league’s top offense hung crooked numbers in successive innings paced by an 11-hit attack. Austin Romine led the way with three base knocks and RailRiders’ (28-26) starter Shane Greene spun five shutout innings before departing in the seventh in a well-rounded win.

After a 1-2-3 first inning, the SWB bats tagged Indianapolis starter Adam Wilk for four hits in the visiting second. Zelous Wheeler reached on an infield hit and advanced to third on a double down the left-field line by Russ Canzler. Francisco Arcia and Romine put the RailRiders on the board with back-to-back RBI base hits for the 2-0 lead.

Indianapolis (33-22) added a tally in the home sixth before the RailRiders responded with two runs in the visiting seventh. Arcia and Romine connected on consecutive base knocks followed by an intentional walk to Jose Pirela that loaded the bases for Corban Joseph. A miscue by the Tribe’s Tony Sanchez cleared the bases and extended the RailRiders lead to 4-1.

Romine closed the book on Wilk with a thunderous three-run home run in the eighth off reliever Tyler Waldron that cemented Indianapolis’ fate. Greene (3-2) won his third-straight outing while Wilk (3-5) was tagged with the loss in the 116-pitch effort.

The RailRiders continue the second leg of an eight-game road trip against the Tribe Sunday, May 31 at 1:35 p.m. The RailRiders will send right-hander Bruce Billings (3-1, 3.86) to the hill opposite Indianapolis left-hander Jeff Locke (3-1, 3.60). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame beginning at 1:05 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:

SWB’s 7-3 victory over Indianapolis guaranteed a series win over the Indians. At 5-1 through the team’s first six contests, the RailRiders can do no worst than 5-3 against the Tribe.

Austin Romine went 3-for-4 including a three-run home run. His 4RBI night ties a team-high for most runs driven in

With 11 base hits Saturday night, the RailRiders’ offensive surge continued. During the club’s last six games the club has gone 88-for-241 (.365) with 25 extra-base hits.

SWB’s 7-3 win moved the RaiRiders to 17-13 in the month of May, marking the club’s best monthly total since the then Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees went 22-9 in August of 2012.

 

 

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

Porcupine Points: May 31 at Indianapolis

Game Notes 5-31-14 at Indianapolis

NOT-SO-GREAT EIGHT: An eight-run fifth inning proved the difference as the RailRiders lost their series opener at Indianapolis on Friday night, 11-6.

ON THE OFFENSIVE: Offensive issues were had by the RailRiders as well, with 14 men stranded and a 5-for-21 showing with men in scoring position.

DOWN & UP: The RailRiders fell into a tie for fourth place in the IL North with Friday’s loss, but leapt into first in the league in team batting average at .269. The RailRiders rank fourth in slugging (.395) but have the loop’s second fewest walks (156) and stand seventh in on-base percentage (.334). The contact clip and power numbers have surged on this road trip. Through five games, the team has gone 77-for-205 (.376) with 23 extra-base hits. Last night saw the team log 13 hits including five doubles.

FA SO DE LA: Joel De La Cruz (1-3) lost for the second time in as many starts. He won his Triple-A debut at Norfolk May 4 and the team won his second start, a solid no-decision versus Durham May 9. Since then, the team has gone 1-3 in his last four nods despite a solid 3.74 ERA in that time. Last night he was tagged with a season-worst-tying five runs (three earned) in a season-low four-plus frames.

INHERITANCE TAX: De La Cruz departed a 3-3 draw only to see two of his hand-me-down men cross during Diego Moreno‘s roughest outing as a RailRider. The former Pirates farmhand had not allowed an inherited runner to cross since he was in the Pittsburgh chain with Advanced-A Bradenton on Aug. 21, 2011 – a span of 33 appearances. On the season, the RailRiders’ bullpen has allowed 24 of 62 inherited runners (39%) to eventually cross. Moreno was charged with six runs, five hits and two walks on his own line. He threw 30 pitches (17 strikes) in one inning as his ERA rose from 2.76 to 5.71.

LONG TIME, FIRST TIME: At 3:40, last night was SWB’s longest nine-inning game since a June 9, 2012 loss to Louisville in Rochester also took 3:40. Starter Dellin Betances took the loss in the 9-5 game. Corban Joseph and Doug Bernier knocked in two runs apiece. SWB’s has not played a longer nine-inning game since taking 3:41 to win at Indianapolis in 2010, 10-7. The game started on May 20, endured a 1:50 delay and was suspended before its May 21 conclusion. The franchise’s all-time wins leader, Kei Igawa (33), got the win in relief of an ineffective Ivan Nova. Jonathan Albaladejo earned the 13th of his franchise record 43 saves that season. He also owns the career saves mark at 54.

PACK ‘EM IN: Last night’s crowd was also the largest to see the RailRiders play this season. Victory Field boasted a paid attendance of 11,744, surpassing the 10,011 that saw the RailRiders face the Bulls in Durham on April 26.

BACK IN THE SADDLE: Joseph singled twice, walked once and drove in a run. He did not play for more than a week before starting in Tuesday’s win at Louisville. He has played in each of the team’s last four games, going 7-for-14 with two extra-base hits and six RBIs.

UNDER MY PIRELA: Jose Pirela went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, a walk and a run scored. The usual second baseman has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games. In that time, he has posted slashes of .411/.476/.518/.994. That makes for the fourth-best average in Triple-A over that time. His .306 average ranks sixth in the IL and ties him with Charleston’s Aaron Judge for fifth on the Yankees’ farm.

IT’S GONNA BE MAY: At 16-13 in May, the RailRiders have locked up their first winning month since July of last season (16-13). One more win would mean the franchise’s best month since a 22-9 August in 2012.

OFF THE RAILS: Kyle Roller leads the Yankees’ farm with his composite .338 average…With two errors last night, the RailRiders’ league-high total rose to 53…SWB ranks last in IL fielding percentage (.972)…Former New York Yankee/RailRider Cody Eppley (1-1) got the win last night for the Indians.

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