Pirela and Flores Club Home Runs in RailRiders Victory

Allentown, Pa. – Trailing 4-3 in the seventh inning, Jose Pirela belted a two-run shot to left that put the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) up to stay in a 7-5 win over Lehigh Valley on Saturday night at Coca-Cola Park. Ramon Flores pushed the advantaged to 7-4 with a two-run blast to right in the ninth. The RailRiders (40-30) even the series against the IronPigs (27-44) and take a 3-2 edge in the “Iron-Rail Series.”

James Pazos (1-0) took home the win in pitching 1.2 innings in relief. The southpaw surrendered a two-run single to Gabriel Lino in the sixth inning. Jose Ramirez yielded a run in the ninth, but struck out Chase d’Arnaud swinging to notch his team-leading ninth save. Anthony Vasquez (3-2) suffered the loss after allowing five runs on eight hits over 6.2 innings.

The RailRiders opened a 2-0 lead in the first inning on run-scoring hits by Austin Romine and Kyle Roller. The IronPigs battled back to knot the score with a tally in the bottom of the first and second.

Playing even through the fifth, SWB took the advantage back in the top of the sixth. Rob Refsnyder singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. Flores worked a walk and the pair was safe on a double-steal to move into scoring position. After an intentional walk to Romine, Roller bounced into a fielder’s choice to score Refsnyder.

Russ Canzler singled with one out in the last of the sixth and moved to second when Cord Phelps reached on a fielding error at third. With two out, Lino bounced a single inside first to plate both for a 4-3 IronPigs lead.

Pirela quickly followed with his second home run as RailRiders this year. Ali Castillo scored on the deep fly off Vasquez. Flores launched his out to right off reliever Paul Clemens and scored Refsnyder.

The three-game series concludes at 1:35 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Right-hander Luis Severino (2-0, 2.91) will get the ball against Lehigh Valley right-hander Chad Billingsley (2-1, 4.09).

The Father’s Day Legends Game presented by Mohegan Sun Pocono will take place at PNC Field Sunday afternoon. It will feature names like Reggie Jackson, Don Larsen and more. Gates will open at 12:15 p.m. in advance of a 2:05 p.m. first pitch. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 6-20-15

CLICK HERE for the June 20 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with John Sadak and Darren Headrick. Pregame coverage starts at 6:05 p.m.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Triple-A rehab start No. 2 for Ivan Nova did not go as well as the first. Nova (1-1) allowed five runs over five frames as his RailRiders fell to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in Friday night’s series opener, 5-2.

EIGHT IS GREAT: Despite a nearly week-long layoff in the wake of being hit in the head with a fastball, Austin Romine has assembled an eight-game hitting streak. Thanks to multiple knocks in each of his two games since his return, Romine has hit .333 (11-for-33) over his run with 11 RBIs. On the season, he has hit nearly 40 points better on the road than at home (.272-.235) with four of his five home runs and 20 of his 28 RBIs.

ON THE MEND: Nova saw crooked numbers hit the board in the first and third innings. He gave up seven hits (three doubles), walked two, hit a batter and saw the IronPigs post two steals in as many attempts. Just 49 of his 84 pitches (58%) went for strikes. He also committed the team’s lone error with a missed catch while covering at first base.

LET’S GET READY TO RUMBELOW: Nick Rumbelow dominated over three innings of scoreless relief behind Nova. He struck out six and walked none. Over his 35.1 innings this season, he has struck out 41 while walking seven. He has not allowed a run in 9.1 frames this month. June has seen him strand all five inherited runners, strike out 11 and walk none.

WHAT GOES UP…: Jose Pirela‘s first game in his latest stint as a RailRider saw him go 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored against Rochester on June 12. That effort brought his Triple-A batting average this season to .583 in five games played. In six games played since, he has hit just .080 (2-for-25) with eight strikeouts, one walk and no runs scored, extra-base hits or RBIs.

SINGLE CITY: All of the RailRiders’ six hits were singles.

LORD I WAS BORN A GAMELING MAN: Ben Gamel logged a hit as the leadoff man. Thrust into the role after the promotions of Slade Heathcott and Mason Williams, Gamel has hit .308 in 12 games played atop the SWB lineup.

HIT MACHINE: Gregorio Petit went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in his first game as the SWB DH. In six games as a RailRider, Petit has hit .524 (11-for-21) with a .583 OBP, .619 SLG, 1.202 OPS.

GETTIN’ FIGGY WITH IT: Since his 0-for-3 day dropped his average to .184 on May 11 at Norfolk, Cole Figueroa has gone 44-for-118 in a span of 31 games played. He ranks 2nd or 3rd in the IL in all four slashes over that time: .373/.422/.525/.947.

ROAD WARRIORS: The RailRiders stand three games below .500 at PNC Field (17-20) and 12 games over on the road (22-10). The team has hit .278 on the road compared to a .259 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 163 runs in 32 games (5.1/game). At home, the squad has plated 139 runs in 37 games (3.8/game). The pitching has performed better at home (3.25 ERA) than on the road (3.57 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.688), who have won 15 of 18 away from PNC Field.

UP, UP & AWAY: Before yesterday’s game, the New York Yankees called today’s scheduled starter Bryan Mitchell and reliever Branden Pinder back to the bigs. Since a rough showing at Norfolk on May 11, Mitchell assembled a 2-2 record and 1.50 ERA over six starts and 36 innings. The team went 4-2 in those nods while the league hit .189 against him (23-for-122).

IronPigs Best Nova, Even IronRail Series

Lehigh Valley Plates Five Against Rehabber 

Allentown, Pa. – Triple-A rehab start No. 2 for Ivan Nova did not go as well as the first. Nova (1-1) allowed five runs over five frames as his Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) fell to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) in Friday night’s series opener, 5-2. The IronPigs deadlocked the season-long IronRail series, 2-2.

Lehigh Valley (27-43) plated a pair in the first and third against Nova. Tyler Henson and Darin Ruf reached on a walk and bruise respectively in the opening frame. NEPA native Russ Canzler doubled Henson home while Cord Phelps’ groundout pushed Ruf across the plate. A double by Phelps and a groundout by Chris McGuiness in the third each resulted in an RBI for a 4-1 score.

McGuiness’ two-out single sent Ruf home in the fifth to round out the home squad’s scoring. Nova gave up seven hits, walked two and whiffed four on 84 pitches (49 strikes).

The RailRiders (39-30) posted single scores in the third and fourth against starter Jason Berken (4-4). Nick Noonan’s groundball double play got Cole Figueroa across the dish in the third while Gregorio Petit’s two-out single sent Kyle Roller home an inning later.

Reliever Nick Rumbelow fired three dominant shutout innings behind Nova. He struck out six and walked none.

Lehigh Valley’s Seth Rosin faced the minimum in the ninth for his third save.

The three-game series continues at 6:35 p.m. on Saturday evening. Right-hander Jaron Long (5-4, 4.09) will get the ball against Lehigh Valley lefty Anthony Vasquez (3-1, 2.37).

The Father’s Day Legends Game will take place at PNC Field this coming Sunday featuring names like Reggie Jackson, Don Larsen and more. Gates will open at 12:15 p.m. in advance of a 2:05 p.m. first pitch. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 6-19-15

CLICK HERE for the June 19 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: On Friday of last week, Austin Romine was hit in the head with a fastball that prompted the ejection and subsequent suspension of Rochester Red Wings pitcher Lester Oliveros. While he never hit the DL, he did not return to the field until last night at the Red Wings’ Frontier Field. Romine, who was felled after two big home runs hit by his teammates at PNC Field, posted six RBIs including his first career grand slam to lead his RailRiders over the Red Wings (Minnesota Twins), 10-7. The victory gave the RailRiders the three-game series and their third rubber-match win of the season.

AIN’T IT GRAND?: Romine thundered his first career grand slam in 64 at-bats with the bases loaded. It marked the second slugged by a 2015 RailRider. Tyler Austin went deep with the bases full on May 19 at PNC Field. His grand slam tied that game at 4-4, but the RailRiders went on to lose, 5-4.

CALL IT A COMEBACK: Last night’s rally from a three-run deficit tied for SWB’s biggest come-from-behind win of the season. The club also rallied from three down against Durham on May 21 for a 4-3 victory in 10 innings.

DRIVE ‘EM HOME: Romine became the first RailRider with at least six RBIs in a game since Zoilo Almonte hammered home seven at Gwinnett on July 23, 2014.

GETTIN’ FIGGY WITH IT: Since his 0-for-3 day dropped his average to .184 on May 11 at Norfolk, Cole Figueroa has gone 44-for-115 in a span of 30 games played. He ranks 1st of 2nd in the IL in three of the four slashes over that time: .383/.432/.539/.971.

HIGH NOONAN: Nick Noonan has dominated June, going 18-for-45 (.400/.440/.556/.996) with five extra-base hits and nine RBIs in 12 games played. His June AVG (2nd), OBP (4th), SLG (9th) and OPS (7th) all rank among the IL’s best.

RED WINGING IT: Despite taking two of three at Frontier Field to being this road trip, the RailRiders have lost 12 of their last 16 games at Rochester. That hurt the team en route to a 5-11 performance against the Red Wings last season. The SWB franchise had not logged a losing season against Rochester since the 2007 unit also went 5-11. The RailRiders have lost 20 of their last 29 against the Red Wings overall going back to 2013. Yesterday SWB claimed its first series win at Frontier Field since the 2013 team took three of four from April 15-18.

I WANNA ROCH!: Rochester (6-6) is the lone IL North team that owns a non-winning record against the RailRiders this season. SWB has gone 19-7 against Buffalo (3-0), Lehigh Valley (2-1), Pawtucket (7-3) and Syracuse (7-3). The RailRiders have posted a 2-2 record at Frontier Field compared to an 11-0 road ledger against Buffalo (3-0), Pawtucket (3-0) and Syracuse (5-1). Tonight they will play their first game of the season at Lehigh Valley, their closest foe.

ROAD WARRIORS: The RailRiders stand three games below .500 at PNC Field (17-20) and 13 games over on the road (22-9). The team has hit .281 on the road compared to a .259 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 161 runs in 31 games (5.2/game). At home, the squad has plated 139 runs in 37 games (3.8/game). The pitching has performed better at home (3.25 ERA) than on the road (3.51 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.710), who have won 15 of 17 away from PNC Field.

MULTIPLICITY: The RailRiders enjoyed multi-hit efforts by Ben Gamel, Gregorio Petit and Romine. Gamel has hit .313 in 11 games as the SWB leadoff man with six RBIs and seven runs scored. Petit has hit .556 (10-for-18) in four games as a RailRider.

Father’s Day Legends Game Adds Richardson, Montefusco

Limited Seats Remain for Signature Summer Event, On Rain or Shine

Moosic, Pa. – The Father’s Day Legends Game presented by Mohegan Sun Pocono roster continues to take shape. Bobby Richardson, a World Series MVP for the Yankees in 1960, and John “Count” Montefusco add to the June 21 event’s pageantry. Tommy John, originally scheduled to appear at the Father’s Day Legends Game, will unfortunately miss due to health reasons. The event will be held rain or shine.

Additionally, local celebrities Jim Coles of WNEP and Donnie Collins of the Scranton Times-Tribune will participate with more to be added in the coming days.

Tickets for the Budweiser RailHouse, Bleachers and VIP seating are SOLD OUT. Tickets remain, but are going quickly, for Lawn, Infield Box and Club. Ticket prices can be found below.

A full roster of the Legends can be found below along with a series of other notable events:

-A legend in his own right, sports talk host, baseball historian and noted pundit Ed Randall will host his critically-acclaimed “Talking Baseball” show live from PNC Field the morning of the game. The broadcast will air live Sunday morning from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Randall will hold conduct interviews during the show with the following players: Roy White, Joe Pepitone, Rick Cerone, Gene “Stick” Michael, Chris Hammond, Stump Merrill and John “Count” Montefusco.

-Live bands will play before and after the game.

-The 1978 World Series trophy will be on display throughout the day for fans to both see in person and pose with for photographs.

-A post-game BBQ with full-field access including photos in the dugouts, catch on the field and more.

-A charity auction will take place to benefit Parkinson’s disease research with proceeds benefitting the National Parkinson Foundation and the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Father’s Day Legends Game presented by Mohegan Sun Pocono Participants (as of June 19)

Reggie Jackson

Don Larsen

Bucky Dent

Bobby Richardson

Gene Michael

Scott Bradley
Tanyon Sturtze
Homer Bush
Chris Hammond
Jesse Barfield
Dan Pasqua
Charlie Hayes
Stump Merrill
Hector Lopez
Ron Blomberg
Graeme Lloyd
Jeff Nelson
Brian Doyle
Roy White
Brian Boehringer
Pat Kelly
Oscar Gamble
Scott Kamieniecki
Al Downing
Jim Coates
Andy Phillips
Joe Pepitone
Rick Cerone
Mickey Rivers

John “Count” Montefusco

Gates will open at 12:15 p.m. in advance of a 2:05 p.m. first pitch. Ticket prices include:

Lawn – $10

Infield Box – $30

Mohegan Sun Club Level – $40

All fans will receive a commemorative game ticket as well. The Father’s Day barbeque commences at 3:30 p.m., and costs $25 for adults, $12 for children under 12, and is free for children under 2.

To purchase tickets or for more information, please call (570) 969-BALL (2255), buy online at ticketmaster.com or via the RailRiders website at swbrailriders.com.

One of the unique aspects of the Father’s Day Legends Game presented by Mohegan Sun Pocono is the ability to participate in the game itself and spend time with the Yankees Legends in an informal setting. Some of these experiences include: playing in the game, coaching / managing a Legends team, being a batboy and a meet-and-greet with Legends players at PNC Field.

– SWB RailRiders –

Romine Hammers Home Six in Return

Belts First Pro Grand Slam in Series-Clinching Win

Rochester, N.Y. – On Friday of last week, Austin Romine was hit in the head with a fastball that prompted the ejection and subsequent suspension of Rochester Red Wings’ pitcher Lester Oliveros. While he never hit the DL, he did not return to the field until Thursday night at the Red Wings’ Frontier Field. Romine, who was felled after two big home runs hit by his teammates at PNC Field, posted six RBIs including his first career grand slam to lead his Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) over the Red Wings (Minnesota Twins), 10-7. The victory gave the RailRiders the three-game series and their third rubber-match win of the season.

The game did not start well for SWB as Esmil Rogers allowed four extra-base hits and three runs in the first inning. Rogers failed to last three innings, but left with the lead thanks to the RailRiders’ second-best frame of the season.

Rochester starter Jason Wheeler was chased in the seven-run frame with the highlight shot delivered by Romine, a two-out grand slam to center field that snapped a 3-3 tie.

The 7-3 advantage fell to a single score thanks to a two-run homer and a sac fly by Reynaldo Rodriguez in the third and fifth respectively. Again, Romine rose to the task. The catcher ripped a two-run single with two down in the seventh to chase one of the Twins’ top prospects, Alex Meyer, while giving the RailRiders breathing room at 9-6.

Right-hander Diego Moreno (3-0) fired two innings of one-run ball for the win and southpaw Tyler Webb tossed two scoreless innings for his first save.

The RailRiders’ six-game road trip shifts to Allentown as the IronRail series continues at Lehigh Valley (Philadelphia Phillies). The RailRiders will look to the rehabbing Ivan Nova (1-0, 1.50) against right-hander Jason Berken (3-4, 3.88). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. It will be the RailRiders’ first game of 2015 at Coca-Cola Park.

The Father’s Day Legends Game will take place at PNC Field this coming Sunday featuring names like Reggie Jackson, Don Larsen and more. Gates will open at 12:30 p.m. in advance of a 2:05 p.m. first pitch. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

The RailRiders’ have won 15 of 17 on the road and stand a season-high-tying 10 games above .500 at 39-29.

SWB and Rochester have split their first 12 meetings. The IL North’s top two teams will not meet again for two months.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 6-18-15

CLICK HERE for the June 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.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: A fatal fourth inning saw six runs cross as the RailRiders lost to the host Rochester Red Wings on Wednesday night, 7-1. The six-run inning fell a tally shy of the worst endured by the RailRiders this season.

DUFF STUFF: Rochester’s Tyler Duffey (1-4) logged his first win of the season with eight shutout innings. He struck out nine and walked one while allowing six hits (five singles). His prior two starts had come against SWB, both losses with a 7.59 ERA in those nods.

GETTIN’ FIGGY WITH IT: Cole Figueroa went 2-for-4 with an RBI last night. Since his 0-for-3 day dropped his average to .184 on May 11 at Norfolk, he has gone 44-for-112 in a span of 29 games played. He has led the league in three of the four slashes over that time: .393/.438/.554/.992, ranking 2nd in OBP to Buffalo’s Matt Hague (.448).

HIGH NOONAN: Nick Noonan has dominated June, going 17-for-41 (.415/.467/.585/1.052) with five extra-base hits and eight RBIs in 11 games played. His June average and OPS lead the IL. His OBP ranks 2nd and SLG 8th.

RED WINGING IT: The RailRiders have lost 12 of their last 15 games at Rochester’s home, Frontier Field. That hurt the team en route to a 5-11 performance against the Red Wings last season. The SWB franchise had not logged a losing season against Rochester since the 2007 unit also went 5-11. The RailRiders have lost 20 of their last 28 against the Red Wings overall going back to 2013. Today SWB bids for its first series win at Frontier Field since the 2013 team took three of four from April 15-18.

I WANNA ROCH!: Rochester (6-5) is the lone IL North team that owns a winning record against the RailRiders this season. SWB has gone 19-7 against Buffalo (3-0), Lehigh Valley (2-1), Pawtucket (7-3) and Syracuse (7-3). The RailRiders have posted a 2-2 record at Frontier Field compared to an 11-0 road ledger against Buffalo (3-0), Pawtucket (3-0) and Syracuse (5-1). Tomorrow night they will play their first game of the season at Lehigh Valley, their closest foe.

ROAD WARRIORS: The RailRiders stand three games below .500 at PNC Field (17-20) and 12 games over on the road (21-9). The team has hit .281 on the road compared to a .259 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 151 runs in 30 games (5.0/game). At home, the squad has plated 139 runs in 37 games (3.8/game). The pitching has performed slightly better at home (3.25 ERA) than on the road (3.29 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.700), who have won 14 of 16 away from PNC Field.

MULTIPLICITY: The RailRiders enjoyed multi-hit efforts by Ben Gamel, Gregorio Petit and Cole Figueroa. Gamel and Petit each doubled for SWB’s only extra-base hits. Gamel has hit .310 in 10 games as the SWB leadoff man with six RBIs and six runs scored. Petit has hit .500 (7-for-14) in four games as a RailRider.

OFF THE RAILS: Tyler Duffey’s nine strikeouts tied a season-high mark now reached thrice for most strikeouts by a single opposing pitcher in a game this season…Duffey also struck out nine RailRiders in his June 11 loss at SWB…The Red Wings amassed 12 hits…SWB pitching had not allowed double-digit knocks in the month of June before last night…SWB went 1-for-13 (.077) with runners in scoring position…Kyle Davies (5-4) suffered his first road loss as a RailRider…He had been 4-0 away from PNC Field…He had not lost in six total outings since a May 10 setback versus Indianapolis…He was 3-0 over that time and the team was 4-2, including a 2-0 mark over his prior two nods, both against Rochester with a 2.31 ERA over those outings…Southpaw James Pazos relieved Davies and tossed two innings of one-run ball in his Triple-A debut.

Six-Run Fourth Dooms SWB

Red Wings Tie Series, Force Thursday Rubber Match 

Rochester, N.Y. – A fatal fourth inning saw six runs cross as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) fell to the host Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) on Wednesday night, 7-1. SWB (38-29) has lost 12 of its last 15 at Frontier Field against the Red Wings (33-31).

The Red Wings had a man come to the plate 10 times in the deciding frame against starter Kyle Davies (5-4). Five of those runs came with two outs.

On the other side, Rochester starter Tyler Duffey (1-4) dominated over eight scoreless innings. He allowed six hits, five singles, while walking one and striking out nine.

The RailRiders avoided their first road shutout defeat by scratching out a run against Caleb Thielbar in the ninth. Cole Figueroa’s first-pitch swing singled Ramon Flores home.

The three-game series concludes on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Esmil Rogers will make his SWB debut against southpaw Jason Wheeler (1-5, 6.00). The Father’s Day Legends Game will take place at PNC Field this coming Sunday featuring names like Reggie Jackson, Don Larsen and more. Gates will open at 12:30 p.m. in advance of a 2:05 p.m. first pitch. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

SWB went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

The RailRiders enjoyed multi-hit showings by Ben Gamel, Gregorio Petit and Cole Figueroa.

Southpaw James Pazos relieved Davies and tossed two innings of one-run ball in his Triple-A debut.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 6-17-15

CLICK HERE for the June 17 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’ road success continued on Tuesday night at Frontier Field with a 6-4 defeat of the Rochester Red Wings.

RAZOR RAMON: Ramon Flores amassed three hits including a line drive home run, his fifth of the season. Flores delivered four home runs in his first nine games of the year including an Opening Night effort that saw him hit for the cycle. He had not homered in nearly 40 Triple-A games played since an April 18 solo shot off former SWB Opening Day hurler Bruce Billings at Syracuse. In five games since coming back from the big leagues, Flores has gone 7-for-20 (.350) with four RBIs and five runs scored. He has hit .346 against lefties but his shot off southpaw Ryan O’Rourke marked his first of the year against a lefty. O’Rourke had not allowed a home run to a fellow southpaw since he was with Low-A Beloit in 2011.

HEATING UP: Rob Segedin posted a pair of RBIs on a 2-for-4 night with a double. He has hit safely in six straight games, going 9-for-23 (.391) to raise his average to .268, the best it has been in a month. He closed play May 17 at Durham with a .270 contact clip. He has excelled against lefties (.325/.372/.475/.847) and on the road (.298/.353/.426/.778).

SAVIOR: Diego Moreno retired three of the four men charged to his ledger en route to his first save since July 21, 2014 with Double-A Trenton. He became the seventh different RailRider to log a save this season. In 18 appearances including a spot start and 33.2 innings pitched, Moreno has struck out 27 men while walking just eight. The IL has hit a slim .198 against him with only 23 hits (16 singles).

GETTIN’ FIGGY WITH IT: Cole Figueroa went 1-for-4 with an RBI last night. Since his 0-for-3 day dropped his average to .184 on May 11 at Norfolk, he has gone 42-for-108 in a span of 28 games played. He has led the league with all four slashes over that time: .389/.436/.556/.991.

HIGH NOONAN: Nick Noonan has dominated the month of June, going 17-for-41 (.415/.467/.585/1.052) with five extra-base hits and eight RBIs in 11 games played. His June average, OBP and OPS lead the IL while his SLG ranks 6th.

#WINNING: The RailRiders have won seven of eight and 12 of 14 overall. They stand a season-high-tying 10 games above .500. Before this run, the SWB franchise had not stood that tall since the 2012 IL North champion SWB Yankees finished the year at 84-60.

ROAD WARRIORS: The RailRiders stand three games below .500 at PNC Field (17-20) and 13 games over on the road (21-8). The team has hit .282 on the road compared to a .259 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 150 runs in 29 games (5.2/game). At home, the squad has plated 139 runs in 37 games (3.8/game). The pitching has performed slightly better at home (3.25 ERA) than on the road (3.29 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.724), who have won 14 of 15 away from PNC Field.

OFF THE RAILS: With five-plus innings of two-run ball, starter Luis Severino (2-0) picked up his second win in as many starts…Jaron Long relieved Severino for his first bullpen outing as a RailRider…He allowed two inherited runners to cross…Long had last tossed in relief in his Double-A debut on July 8, 2014 at Reading…Branden Pinder faced one man, Reynaldo Rodriguez, and threw a 2-0 pitch behind him…Pinder was immediately ejected by home plate umpire Jansen Visconti and both benches received a warning.

Road ‘Riders Win Again

IL’s Best Road Squad Bests Rochester, Lengthens Divisional Lead

Rochester, N.Y. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders’ (Triple-A/New York Yankees) road success continued at Frontier Field on Tuesday night with a 6-4 defeat of the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins). The IL’s best road team improved to 21-8 (.724) away from PNC Field. SWB has won 14 of 15 outside of NEPA.

The RailRiders led 5-0 thanks to run-scoring hits by Juan Graterol, Rob Segedin, Gregorio Petit and Cole Figueroa. Starter Luis Severino (2-0) earned the win with five-plus innings of work while his counterpart Pat Dean (5-5) gave up five scores to suffer the loss.

Some late theatrics saw Branden Pinder enter to start the ninth with a 6-2 lead. But after Oswaldo Arcia thundered an impressive home run to right field, Pinder threw a 2-0 pitch behind Reynaldo Rodriguez and received an immediate ejection from home plate umpire Jansen Visconti. Rodriguez took strides toward Pinder before Graterol and Visconti intervened. Diego Moreno entered and retired three of the four men charged to his ledger en route to his first save.

The three-game series continues on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. Southpaw Jose De Paula (2-0, 1.53) will get the ball for SWB against right-hander Tyler Duffey 0-4, 5.64). The Father’s Day Legends Game will take place at PNC Field this coming Sunday featuring names like Reggie Jackson, Don Larsen and more. Gates will open at 12:30 p.m. in advance of a 2:05 p.m. first pitch. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Ramon Flores went 3-for-4 with a home run, his fifth.

Rob Segedin doubled and drove in two on a two-hit night.

– SWB RailRiders –

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