Roller, Goody Carry RailRiders’ Rebound

SWB Blows Five-Run Ninth-Inning Lead, Wins in 11 

Louisville, Ky. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) led by as many as six and owned a five-run lead in the ninth. But the host Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) roared back to deadlock the game and force free baseball before a Kyle Roller home run and a perfect inning from Nick Goody gave the RailRiders an 8-7 win in 11 innings at Louisville Slugger Field on Thursday night.

SWB (49-44) scored six runs against prospect starter Robert Stephenson starting with a two-run homer by Aaron Judge in the first inning, his second at Triple-A. A four-run fifth saw run-scoring contact by Ben Gamel, Jose Pirela, Ramon Flores for a 6-0 advantage. That seemed to be enough thanks to a fourth straight quality start by Kyle Davies who allowed two runs on four hits in his six frames.

Then came the ninth. Pirela singled Gamel home in the top half of the inning for a gaudy 7-2 lead. But in the home ninth, the Bats (45-48) sent a man to the plate 10 times and scored five runs with the Chris Dominguez’s tying tally hitting the plate thanks to Pirela’s second error of the game.

Nick Rumbelow started the inning out of the bullpen but recorded one out while allowing four runs on three hits and a walk. Caleb Cotham (1-0) blew the save as he allowed an inherited runner to cross along with the unearned game-tying score on his own line.

But in the 11th Roller, coming off an outstanding showing in the Triple-A All-Star Game, smashed a no-doubter to right for his team-leading 13th home run and the 8-7 margin that would go final. In the bottom half of the inning, Goody jumped ahead of all three hitters he faced 0-2 and struck each man out for his first career Triple-A save.

The four-game series continues at 7:05 p.m. on Friday with veteran right-hander Esmil Rogers (0-0, 3.63) facing southpaw Tony Cingrani (0-0, 0.00). The RailRiders will give away a special copy of Yankees Magazine to the first 2,500 fans in attendance on Friday, July 24, when the team hosts the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 7-16-15

CLICK HERE for the July 16 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with John Sadak and Darren Headrick. Pregame coverage starts at 6:35 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: The RailRiders rode dominant performances from their two youngest stars for an 8-1 win over the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) on Sunday afternoon. The win allowed the RailRiders to avoid a sweep defeat at the hands of the Bisons (45-46).

SEVERINO TIME: Starter Luis Severino (5-0) retired 15 of the 17 batters he faced over five scoreless innings. The 21-year-old allowed one hit, walked one and struck out four in efficient fashion on 64 pitches (41 strikes). All of his wins with SWB have come on the road. He has received 60 runs of support in his nine starts for a team-best 6.7/game. The RailRiders are 7-2 when he gets the nod.

BIRD IS THE WORD: SWB’s first runs came in the third inning when 22-year-old Greg Bird smashed his second home run in as many days, a three-run shot to right-center off starter Daniel Norris (2-9). Bird would collect another RBI with a single in the fifth as part of a 2-for-3 day with four RBIs, two walks and two runs scored. Bird has hit safely in eight straight games and has reached base safely in all of his nine Triple-A games.

DOWNARD SPIRAL: The RailRiders have dropped 13 of 18. The slide began with a 15-2 loss to Louisville on June 25 that saw a number of franchise records tied. SWB has outscored its foes 70-69 since the lopsided loss to Louisville.

GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: After going 2-5 last homestand, the RailRiders stand eight games below .500 at PNC Field (21-29) and 12 games over on the road (27-15). The team has hit .282 on the road compared to a .262 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 223 runs in 42 games (5.3/game). At home, the squad has plated 182 runs in 50 games (3.6/game). The pitching has performed worse on the road (3.62 ERA) than at home (3.44 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.643), who had won 17 of 20 away from Moosic before dropping five of their last eight.

UP, UP & AWAY: Rob Refsnyder followed up his MLB debut on Saturday with a special game two on Sunday. He went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer over the Green Monster that proved the difference in the 8-6 win. He left SWB as one of its hottest hitters, going 20-for-49 (.408) over his last 15 games including an active seven-game hitting streak. His 16 walks in that time tied for tops in the IL while his season-long .387 OBP ranked third. He had homered twice in his last four games played, both pull jobs hit with authority. His error total had also dropped dramatically month by month: April (7E in 20GP), May (4E in 24GP), June (2E in 27GP), July (0E in 10GP). He left with a .290 average, his best contact clip since he was at the same mark after play on May 30.

ALL-STAR UPDATE: Kyle Roller and Austin Romine each made an impact in the IL’s 4-3 defeat of the PCL in last night’s Triple-A All-Star Game. Roller took “Top Star” honors for the IL thanks chiefly to his two-run hit in the ninth that tied the game at 3-all. He came off the bench to go 2-for-2 with a walk. Romine also came off the bench worked a walk while going 0-for-1. He caught the game’s final three innings. The PCL’s “Top Star” was former Yankees farmhand Peter O’Brien who blasted a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth. He went 1-for-3 with a walk.

FUTURES PAST: Meanwhile, on Sunday in the prestigious Futures Game, SWB outfielder Aaron Judge posted an infield single in the 10-1 blowout win for the United States team over the World team. He went 1-for-4 as the starting DH with a run scored and a pair of strikeouts. Double-A Trenton catcher Gary Sanchez started as the World backstop. He doubled on a 1-for-2 day.

Severino, Bird Dominate in Lopsided Win

Young Guns Fuel Road Triumph

Buffalo, N.Y. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) rode dominant performances from their two youngest stars for an 8-1 win over the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) on Sunday afternoon. The win allowed the RailRiders (48-44) to avoid a sweep defeat at the hands of the Bisons (45-46).

The tone was set by 21-year-old starter Luis Severino (5-0) who retired 15 of the 17 batters he faced over five scoreless innings. He allowed one hit, walked one and struck out four in efficient fashion on 64 pitches (41 strikes).

SWB’s first runs came in the third inning when 22-year-old Greg Bird smashed his second home run in as many days, a three-run shot to right-center off starter Daniel Norris (2-9). Bird would collect another RBI with a single in the fifth as part of a 2-for-3 day with four RBIs, two walks and two runs scored. Bird has hit safely in eight straight games and has reached base safely in all of his nine Triple-A games.

Kyle Roller snapped an extended hitting funk with a three-hit performance that included a run-scoring single in that same fifth frame. He doubled twice to match his extra-base hit total over his prior 16 games. Dan Fiorito drove home a third run in that fifth inning as Norris allowed six runs on nine hits over 4.2 innings.

Ramon Flores’ sac fly made it 7-0 in the sixth and Jose Rosario connected on an RBI single in the seventh for his first Triple-A hit and an 8-0 margin.

Former SWB star Melky Mesa was hit by Caleb Cotham’s first pitch out of the bullpen to begin the ninth. He would later spoil the shutout by scoring on Ryan Schimpf’s sac fly that made for the game’s penultimate out.

The RailRiders will enjoy a three-game respite for the All-Star break before returning to play on Thursday at Louisville against the Bats (Cincinnati Reds) at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Kyle Davies (6-6, 4.34) will get the ball for SWB against fellow righty Robert Stephenson (2-0, 1.64). The RailRiders will give away a special copy of Yankees Magazine to the first 2,500 fans in attendance on Friday, July 24, when the team hosts the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 7-12-15

CLICK HERE for the July 12 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 12:35 p.m.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The RailRiders rallied from a four-run hole, but saw the Bisons push home the difference-making run in a 5-4 final at Coca-Cola Field on Saturday night.

RAZOR RAMON: Ramon Flores smashed his seventh home run, a three-run job, to right field in the sixth. It was his first dinger since June 20 at Lehigh Valley.

BIRD IS THE WORD: Greg Bird bashed his first career Triple-A home run in the RailRiders’ four-run sixth. Bird’s shot, his seventh of the season including his time at Double-A Trenton, tied the game. He has hit safely in seven straight games.

DOWNARD SPIRAL: While Buffalo has won eight of 11, the RailRiders have dropped 13 of their last 17. The slide began with a 15-2 loss to the Louisville Bats on June 25 that saw a number of franchise records tied. The team has been outscored by a slim 68-62 combined margin since the lopsided loss to Louisville.

GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: After going 2-5 last homestand, the RailRiders stand eight games below .500 at PNC Field (21-29) and 11 games over on the road (26-13). The team has hit .280 on the road compared to a .262 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 215 runs in 41 games (5.2/game). At home, the squad has plated 182 runs in 50 games (3.6/game). The pitching has performed worse on the road (3.67 ERA) than at home (3.44 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.634), who had won 17 of 20 away from Moosic before dropping five of their last seven.

UP, UP & AWAY: Rob Refsnyder got the call to the bigs yesterday and made his MLB debut as the Yankees’ second baseman and nine-hole hitter at Fenway. He left SWB as one of its hottest hitters, going 20-for-49 (.408) over his last 15 games including an active seven-game hitting streak. His 16 walks in that time tied for tops in the IL while his season-long .387 OBP ranked third. He had homered twice in his last four games played, both pull jobs hit with authority. His error total had also dropped dramatically month by month: April (7E in 20GP), May (4E in 24GP), June (2E in 27GP), July (0E in 10GP). He left with a .290 average, his best contact clip since he was at the same mark after play on May 30.

WHAT GOES UP…: All-Star first baseman/DH Kyle Roller leads the team in homers (12), RBIs (48) and shares the lead in walks (44) with Refsnyder, but finds himself in a 10-for-62 (.161) funk over his last 16 games played with 16 strikeouts and just two extra-base hits (.177 SLG).

HEAD-TO-HEAD: The Bisons lead the season set with the RailRiders 7-4. The road team has won eight of the 11 meetings thus far. SWB lost four of its last five at Coca-Cola Field in 2014, but swept the Bisons in Buffalo from June 8-10 this season. The RailRiders must win five of the six remaining meetings to post the franchise’s first winning record against Buffalo since 2012.

THAT’S A FIRST: Vince Conde went 1-for-3 to collect his first Triple-A hit in his second such game. A ninth-round pick in 2014 out of Vanderbilt, the infielder has played at all four full-season levels of the minors this year: Charleston (A, 38G); Tampa (A+, 17G); Trenton (AA, 6G) and SWB. After hitting .286 at Charleston with a .373 OBP, he has gone 8-for-78 (.103) with 31 strikeouts. He has played first, second, third and shortstop.

OFF THE RAILS: In a game that saw SWB charged with two errors and two passed balls, only two of the five runs allowed by the pitching staff were earned…The RailRiders have won just four times in their last 17 games and today’s starter, Luis Severino, started half of those wins and tossed seven scoreless innings in the lone team loss he started over that time on June 26 vs. Buffalo…Today the Bisons seek their first winning record since they were 26-25 after a June 1 win at Indy…Buffalo’s Matt Hague reached safely in three of his four plate appearances…His .436 OBP ranks second in all of full-season MiLB and best among all players above Advanced-A…Buffalo entered the series an IL-worst 10-22 (.313) in one-run games…It has won each of the first two games on the series by a 5-4 score.

Bird Bombs First Career Triple-A Home Run in Loss

Bisons Claim Series, Flores Goes Deep as Well

Buffalo, N.Y. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) rallied from a four-run hole, but saw the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) push home the difference-making run in a 5-4 final at Coca-Cola Field on Saturday night. SWB (47-44) suffered its 13th loss in 17 games while Buffalo (45-45) has won eight of 11.

Buffalo’s Luke Scott singled home Melky Mesa for a 1-0 margin in the opening inning. A run-scoring groundout by Caleb Gindl and an Austin Romine passed ball led to two more runs in the fourth against fill-in starter Diego Moreno.

Reliever Jose Ramirez surrendered an unearned run in the fifth on Andy Burns’ double, but the RailRiders rallied against Buffalo starter Matt Boyd with a four-run sixth.

Boyd, who retired the first 11 men he faced, gave up all four runs on homers in the sixth. Ramon Flores launched a three-run job to right, his seventh, while Greg Bird bashed his first career Triple-A home run to right two batters later.

IL All-Star Matt Hague singled Burns home in the seventh against Branden Pinder (0-3) for the game-winning tally. The run went unearned due to a passed ball earlier in the frame.

Buffalo’s Joel Pineiro (1-1) got the win with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief while Bobby Korecky retired the lone man he faced for his sixth save.

The three-game series concludes at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday. Right-hander Luis Severino (4-0, 1.99) gets the nod against southpaw Daniel Norris (2-8, 3.62). The RailRiders will give away a special copy of Yankees Magazine to the first 2,500 fans in attendance on Friday, July 24, when the team hosts the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

The New York Yankees called up SWB second baseman Rob Refsnyder. He made his MLB debut as the Yankees’ starting second baseman and nine-hole hitter against the Boston Red Sox.

Greg Bird has hit safely in seven straight games.

Only two of the five runs allowed by the RailRiders were earned.

Buffalo entered the series an IL-worst 10-22 (.313) in one-run games. It has won each of the first two games on the series by a 5-4 score.

The Buffalo bullpen fired a combined three innings of scoreless baseball. Three relievers faced the minimum and allowed just one hit.

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SWB Game Notes 7-11-15

CLICK HERE for the July 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: They trailed once all night. But it came at the worst possible time. The RailRiders saw former RailRider and New York Yankee Melky Mesa belt a two-out, two-run homer off Nick Rumbelow (2-2) that just cleared both the wall and Ramon Flores‘ leap in left-center field as the Buffalo Bisons walked it off at Coca-Cola Field on Friday night, 5-4.

WALK IT OFF: The RailRiders suffered their fifth walk-off loss of the season and second this month. Three of them have come on home runs. Cedric Hunter hit a two-out, two-run homer off Rumbelow on April 27 at Gwinnett. Matt Davidson followed a Neftali Soto game-tying solo shot with a game-winning blast off Tyler Webb on April 30 at Charlotte.

WRONG WAY!: While Buffalo has won seven of 10, the RailRiders have dropped 12 of their last 16. The slide began with a 15-2 loss to the Louisville Bats on June 25 that saw a number of franchise records tied. The team has been outscored by a slim 63-58 combined margin since the lopsided loss to Louisville.

ARE YOU TOO GOOD FOR YOUR HOME?!: After going 2-5 last homestand, the RailRiders stand eight games below .500 at PNC Field (21-29) and 12 games over on the road (26-14). The team has hit .281 on the road compared to a .262 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 211 runs in 40 games (5.3/game). At home, the squad has plated 182 runs in 50 games (3.6/game). The pitching has performed worse on the road (3.70 ERA) than at home (3.44 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.650), who had won 17 of 20 away from Moosic before dropping four of their last six.

SECOND (BASE) LIFE: Rob Refsnyder has gone 20-for-49 (.408) over his last 15 games and owns a seven-game hitting streak. His 16 walks in that time rank tie for tops in the IL while his season-long .387 OBP ranks third. He has homered twice in his last four games played, both pull jobs hit with authority. His error total has also dropped dramatically month by month: April (7E in 20GP), May (4E in 24GP), June (2E in 27GP), July (0E in 10GP). He owns a .290 batting average, his best contact clip since he was at the same mark after play on May 30.

UP & DOWN: All-Star first baseman/DH Kyle Roller leads the team in homers (12), RBIs (48) and shares the lead in walks (44) with Refsnyder, but finds himself in a 10-for-58 (.172) funk over his last 15 games played with 16 strikeouts and just two extra-base hits (.190 SLG).

LET’S GETS SERIESOUS: The Bisons lead the season set with the RailRiders 6-4. The road team has won eight of the 10 meetings thus far. SWB lost four of its last five at Coca-Cola Field in 2014, but swept the Bisons in Buffalo from June 8-10 this season.

THE NEW GUY: Vicente Conde went 0-for-3 in his Triple-A debut. A ninth-round pick in 2014 out of Vanderbilt, the infielder has played at all four full-season levels of the minors this year: Charleston (A, 38G); Tampa (A+, 17G); Trenton (AA, 6G) and SWB. After hitting .286 at Charleston with a .373 OBP, he has gone 7-for-75 (.093) with 31 strikeouts. He has played first, second, third and shortstop.

OFF THE RAILS: Conde became the 57th different player to see game action as a RailRider this season (24 position players, 33 pitchers)…Greg Bird went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI…He has hit safely in six straight…Former Bison Esmil Rogers was in line for a win and his first SWB decision after 5.2 innings of one -run ball…He allowed three hits, all singles, and struck out a season-best six…Rumbelow suffered his fifth blown save, but his first since May 15 at Durham…His last save came on June 9 at Buffalo…The RailRiders lost for the third time when leading after eight innings…Only two IL teams have lost more such affairs: Buffalo and Lehigh Valley with five each…Buffalo held SWB hitless after Dan Fiorito‘s leadoff double in the fifth…The Bisons have not had a winning record since they were 26-25 after a June 1 win at Indy…Buffalo’s Matt Hague reached safely in all four of his plate appearances…His .432 OBP ranks third in all of full-season MiLB and best among all players above Advanced-A.

Mesa Homers Buffalo to Victory

Former RailRider/Yankee Connects on Walk-Off Dinger

Buffalo, N.Y. – They trailed once all night. But it came at the worst possible time. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) saw former RailRider and New York Yankee Melky Mesa belt a two-out, two-run homer that just cleared both the wall and Ramon Flores‘ leap in left-center field as the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) walked it off at Coca-Cola Field on Friday night, 5-4. SWB (47-43) suffered its 12th loss in 16 games while Buffalo (44-45) has won seven of 10.

The RailRiders claimed a 3-0 lead thanks to a sea of singles in the fourth. The five-hit frame included run-scoring blows by Greg Bird and Austin Romine against former SWB Red Baron Randy Wolf. Buffalo scratched out a run against former Bison Esmil Rogers in the bottom of the inning without a knock. Matt Hague began the inning with a bruise, took second on Luke Scott’s walk and advanced to third when Sean Ochinko bounced into a 5-4-3 double play. A wild pitch gave Hague the plate and Buffalo had its first run.

In the fifth, Ben Gamel’s sac fly scored Dan Fiorito for a 4-1 cushion. But Diaz delivered a two-out, two-strike RBI single that made it 4-2 in the seventh, setting the stage for Mesa’s ninth-inning theatrics.

Reliever Nick Rumbelow (2-2) blew a save for the fifth time and took the loss. Bobby Korecky (3-4) earned the win.

The three-game series continues at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday night. Right-hander Diego Moreno (3-0, 2.34) will make a fill-in start for SWB against southpaw Matt Boyd (2-1, 2.37). The RailRiders will give away a special copy of Yankees Magazine to the first 2,500 fans in attendance on Friday, July 24, when the team hosts the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

The RailRiders suffered their fifth walk-off loss of the season and second in 10 days.

Esmil Rogers left in line for his first SWB win. He gave up one run on three hits (all singles) in 5.2 innings. The right-hander struck out six and walked two.

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SWB Game Notes 7-10-15

CLICK HERE for the July 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: The RailRiders fell to the Syracuse Chiefs 5-2 on Thursday afternoon at PNC Field. SWB dropped 2-of-3 against Syracuse, their first series loss to the Chiefs this season.

WRONG WAY!: With yesterday’s setback, the RailRiders have dropped 11 of their last 15. The slide began with a 15-2 loss to the Louisville Bats on June 25. The team has been outscored 58-54 in the games following the rout to Louisville.

STOP! THIEF!: The Syracuse Chiefs stole five bases off the RailRiders battery on Thursday. It marked the most pilfered bags allowed this season and the most since Gwinnett stole four on May 7. SWB has caught only 19 of 94 would-be stealers (.202). Only Indianapolis (18) and Charlotte (15) have nabbed fewer.

ARE YOU TOO GOOD FOR YOUR HOME?!: After going 2-5 on the homestand, the RailRiders stand eight games below .500 at PNC Field (21-29) and 13 games over on the road (26-13). The team has hit .283 on the road compared to a .262 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 207 runs in 39 games (5.3/game). At home, the squad has plated 182 runs in 50 games (3.6/game). The pitching has performed worse on the road (3.67 ERA) than at home (3.44 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.667), who have won 19 of 25 away from Moosic.

THE BIG FIG: Cole Figueroa made his debut with the New York Yankees on Thursday, going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and scoring twice in the club’s 6-2 win over the visiting Athletics. At the time of his promotion, Figueroa owned a .317 average, 2nd best in the IL. He recorded mult-hit efforts in 10 straight games from June 28-July 6 (.548).

SECOND (BASE) LIFE: Rob Refsnyder has gone 20-for-49 (.408) over his last 15G and owns a 7G hitting streak. His 16 walks in that time rank second in the IL. His season-long .387 OBP ranks third in the IL. He has homered twice in the last four games, both pull jobs hit with authority. His error total has also dropped dramatically month by month: April (7E in 20GP), May (4E in 24GP), June (2E in 27GP), July (0E in 9GP).

UP & DOWN: All-Star first baseman/DH Kyle Roller leads the team in homers (12), RBIs (47) and walks (44), but finds himself in a 10-for-58 (.172) funk over his last 14 games played with 15 strikeouts and just one extra-base hit (.185 SLG). Roller will not be among the IL’s three participants in the 2015 Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday, July 13 at Omaha’s Wener Park, but two former Yankees’ minor leaguers will participate for the PCL in Tacoma’s Jesus Montero, an SWB alumnus, and Reno’s Peter O’Brien.

OFF THE RAILS: Danny Burawa fired a career-high four innings on Thursday…the right-hander allowed a run on two hits with three strikeouts…The RailRiders were 2-for-10 with RISP on Thursday and hit .296 in scoring chances for the series…Both teams left 23 runners on base in the three-game set…SWB totaled 69 hits during their 7G homestand, but only 13 XHB…

LETS GETS SERIESOUS: The Bisons lead the season set with the RailRiders 5-4. The road team has won all but one game thus far, a 4-0 triumph by SWB at PNC Field. SWB is 3-0 at Coca-Cola Field.

AS THE ROSTER TURNS: Since June 9, the RailRiders have made 103 player transactions. Counting rehabbers, 56 players have donned an SWB uni this year.

RailRiders Drop Matinee to Chiefs

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) fell to the visiting Syracuse Chiefs by a final of 5-2 on Thursday afternoon at PNC Field. The RailRiders (47-42) finished the homestand 2-5 and have dropped 11 of their last 15. It was the first series victory over SWB this year for the Chiefs (33-55).

Starter Jose De Paula (2-3) battled his command for much of the outing. The southpaw walked four over three innings while allowing three runs on five hits. He departed with the bases loaded and no one out in the fourth. Bruce Billings (5-3) limited the RailRiders to two runs on seven hits across five innings for the win. Jose Valverde tossed a perfect ninth for his seventh save.

The Chiefs built a 4-0 lead on a two-run single by Tony Gwynn Jr. in the second frame and tallies in the fourth and fifth innings. SWB came around twice against Syracuse in the sixth. Ramon Flores opened the stanza with a walk. Aaron Judge and Greg Bird followed with singles to load the bases.

Rob Refsnyder worked a walk to score Flores before Rafael Martin relieved Billings. Kyle Roller wasted no time driving a single up the middle to score Judge, but Martin would escape the inning with a strikeout and a double play.

Syracuse capped the scoring with an unearned run in the ninth.

Danny Burawa tossed a season-best four innings in relief of De Paula. The right-hander allowed a run on two hits and fanned three. Chris Martin hurled two frames, allowing an unearned run.

The RailRiders make the trek to Upstate New York for a three-game series against the Buffalo Bisons. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. at Coca-Cola Field on Friday night. Right-hander Esmil Rogers (0-0, 4.63) will oppose left-hander Randy Wolf (5-1, 2.76). The RailRiders will give away a special copy of Yankees Magazine to the first 2,500 fans in attendance on Friday, July 24, when the team hosts the Toledo Mudhens (Detroit Tigers). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 7-9-15

CLICK HERE for the July 9 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 11:35 a.m.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The RailRiders dropped a 6-4 decision to the Syracuse Chiefs in 12 innings on Wednesday night at PNC Field. The Chiefs snapped a six-game losing streak to the RailRiders.

ARE YOU TOO GOOD FOR YOUR HOME?!: With losses in seven of nine at PNC Field, the RailRiders stand seven games below .500 at PNC Field (21-28) and 13 games over on the road (26-13). The team has hit .283 on the road compared to a .263 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 207 runs in 39 games (5.3/game). At home, the squad has plated 180 runs in 49 games (3.7/game). The pitching has performed worse on the road (3.67 ERA) than at home (3.44 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.667), who have won 19 of 25 away from Moosic.

MY SACRIFICE: In the 11th inning, Tyler Austin laid down his first career sacrifice to push Rico Noel into scoring position.

THE FIRST (FOR) NOEL: Noel entered in the top of the ninth when Nick Noonan was lifted. Noel was placed at third base for the first time in his six-year pro career. He had played second base twice as a pro and had no other game experience on the infield.

KNOW YOUR COLE: Cole Figueroa went 1-for-4 with a double and a pair of sac flies. His average sat at .184 after an 0-for-3 day at Norfolk on May 11. Since then, he has hit .386/.428/.524/.952 over 49 games played. In that time he ranks among the IL’s best in AVG (1st), OBP (2nd), SLG (2nd) and OPS (2nd).

SECOND (BASE) LIFE: Since his 0-for-4 showing against Louisville on June 23 dropped his average to .268, the worst it had been since late April, second baseman Rob Refsnyder has gone 18-for-46 in 14 games played for slashes of .391/.547/.565/1.112. His 15 walks in that time rank second in the IL. His season-long .383 OBP ranks third in the IL. He has homered twice in the last three games, both pull jobs hit with authority. His error total has also dropped dramatically month by month: April (7E in 20GP), May (4E in 24GP), June (2E in 27GP), July (0E in 9GP). Refsnyder has hit second in the order in back-to-back games after never hitting above third all season.

OH THE DUGAS DAY: Taylor Dugas doubled in a run in the third inning and received an intentional walk. The former University of Alabama star extended his hitting streak to eight games in a row. After starting his Triple-A tenure 1-for-13 with a .200 OBP, he has hit .393 (11-for-28) while lifting his OBP to .356.

UP & DOWN: All-Star first baseman/DH Kyle Roller leads the team in homers (12), RBIs (47) and walks (44), but finds himself in a 9-for-54 (.167) funk over his last 14 games played with 15 strikeouts and just one extra-base hit (.185 SLG). Roller will not be among the IL’s three participants in the 2015 Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday, July 13 at Omaha’s Wener Park, but two former Yankees’ minor leaguers will participate for the PCL in Tacoma’s Jesus Montero, an SWB alumnus, and Reno’s Peter O’Brien.

OFF THE RAILS: The teams combined for 25 hits (SYR-14, SWB-11), but only three extra-base knocks (SYR-1, SWB-2)…The RailRiders committed three errors, but also turned three double plays…The Chiefs and RailRiders left a combined 18 men on base during the game…Neither team scored from the bottom of the sixth through the 11th inning…Kyle Davies tossed his third straight quality start, but left a 3-3 tie…He has won once in his last five starts.

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