RailRiders’ Run at Pawtucket Ends

Winning Streak at McCoy Stadium Stalls at 12

Pawtucket, R.I. – The SWB RailRiders’ (Triple-A/New York Yankees) winning streak at McCoy Stadium halted at a dozen games as the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) took Monday night’s series opener, 5-1. SWB (73-56) saw its overall winning streak end at four with its first loss at Pawtucket (50-80) since May 17, 2014.

Pawtucket earned single scores in the first, third and fourth on run-scoring contact by Allen Craig, Chris Marrero and Mike Miller respectively. Southpaw starter Eric Wooten (2-5) gave up all three runs over his five frames. He also struck out a season-best six men to set a Triple-A career-high mark.

SWB’s lone score came on a Gary Sanchez home run to left in the fifth, his sixth at Triple-A and 18th overall this season.

The PawSox added two more runs in the sixth on singles by Matt Spring and Deven Marrero.

Pawtucket starter Edwin Escobar (2-2) allowed four hits and one walk over seven innings for the win.

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

OFF THE RAILS:

Austin Romine went 2-for-3. Over his last four games he has gone 8-for-13 with six RBIs.

Gary Sanchez’s 18 home runs trail only teammate Aaron Judge’s 20 for the most on the Yankees’ farm this season.

The RailRiders were held to five hits (four singles).

SWB had three men lost on the bases. Romine was gunned down attempting to leg out a double in the second. Rico Noel and Jose Pirela were caught stealing in the third and fourth innings respectively.

Add in the 4-6-3 double play Noel hit into during the sixth and Pawtucket pitching faced just two over the minimum.

The RailRiders had won eight straight against Pawtucket overall and 13 of 14.

SWB has lost a season-high-tying three straight road games for the second time all season. It previously occurred at Lehigh Valley from June 29-July 1.

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SWB Game Notes 8-24-15

CLICK HERE for the Aug. 24 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.

HOW SWEEP IT IS: The RailRiders completed a three-game weekend sweep of the second-place Rochester Red Wings on Sunday afternoon. The win gave the RailRiders their 10th sweep victory of the year and a 7.5-game lead over the second-place Red Wings with 16 games left to play.

18 AGAIN: SWB stands a season-best 18 games above .500. The franchise has not stood this many games above sea level since the 2012 SWB Yankees won the division at 84-60.

BOUNCING BACK: Gary Sanchez doubled twice on a 4-for-4 day with a pair of runs scored. It came a day after his final at-bat three-run homer snapped an 4-for-40 drought. His first four-hit game of 2015 was the fourth of his career to tie his career-high mark. He connected on four hits in a pair of games last season, both in the same series against the Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants) on May 23 and 26.

JUST WAIT ‘TILL WE GET OUR HAYNES ON YOU: Kyle Haynes (2-1) hurled a career-high-tying seven innings to post the win. He allowed just one run and three hits while walking two and striking out four. After two starts, Haynes had an 11.42 ERA and a .419 batting average against. In his three nods since, Haynes has gone 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA and .172 BAA. His only other seven-inning outing came on Aug. 19, 2013 while with Low-A West Virginia (SAL) as a Pirates farmhand. He gave up one earned run on three hits that day, but took a no-decision to Joey Gallo’s Hickory Crawdads.

ONE-SIDED RELATIONSHIP: The RailRiders have more wins against Pawtucket (13-3) than any other team this season, including a 5-0 mark in the Ocean State. They have taken eight straight and 19 of 22 going back to last season. SWB finished the 2015 regular season 8-3 against Pawtucket at PNC Field. The RailRiders have won 12 straight games at McCoy Stadium, outscoring the PawSox 65-26 in that run. The last loss came on May 17, 2014, 6-3.

THE ROCHESTER RIPPER: Austin Romine missed nearly a week after Rochester starter Lester Oliveros drilled him in the head with a fastball on June 12 after allowing back-to-back home runs to Rob Refsnyder and Kyle Roller. Romine returned to action six days later and delivered six RBIs including a grand slam to straightaway center in a June 18 win at the Red Wings’ Frontier Field. He delivered the walk-off contact for the series-opening win in 14 innings on Friday and followed that Saturday night with a 3-for-4 effort that included a two-run double and a run scored. Yesterday he went 1-for-3 with three RBIs.

CRYSTAL BALLIN’: The RailRiders have two games remaining against second-place Rochester and five versus third-place Buffalo. SWB has magic numbers of nine and eight with Rochester and Buffalo respectively. Any combination of SWB wins and losses by each foe totaling to those figures would cement a higher finish for the RailRiders. SWB’s magic number for both Lehigh Valley and Syracuse’s divisional eliminations sits at one.

TIGHTROPE WALKERS: Sixteen (52%) of SWB’s last 31 games have been decided by one run and 23 (74%) have come down to two or less. It has gone 22-9 (.710) in that time and owns the IL’s best one-run record at 26-16 (.619).

ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMIN: Ben Gamel doubled twice and delivered his team-best 58th RBI. The IL MVP candidate has hits in 24 of his last 26 with multiple knocks in 16 of those games. In that time, he has slashed .394/.448/.673/1.121 with 16 extra-base hits (5-3B, 4HR), 19 RBIs and 21 runs scored. He picked up his IL-best 13th outfield assist Saturday 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. He entered today with the IL’s third-best batting average (.306). He also ranks among the IL’s best in hits (4th, 137), slugging (2nd, .479), extra-base hits (T-3rd, 45), runs scored (3rd, 69) and total bases (T-3rd, 214).

THE LEFTORIUM: Gamel doubled twice off out fellow lefty Taylor Rogers. Rogers entered yesterday having allowed just one extra-base hit to a left-handed hitter in 24 appearances/23 starts and 152 innings.

Haynes Weaves Gem in Win over Red Wings

Moosic, Pa. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) completed a three-game weekend sweep of the second place Rochester Red Wings on Sunday afternoon. Gary Sanchez went 4-for-4 and Kyle Haynes hurled seven innings in a 4-2 victory at PNC Field. The triumph helped the RailRiders (73-55) open up a 7.5-game lead over the Red Wings (66-63) in the International League North Division.

Haynes (2-1) went seven innings for the first time since August 19, 2013, and yielded a run on three hits while striking out four. Andury Acevedo earned his first Triple-A save by finishing the game. The right-hander’s only blemish was a solo home run by Kennys Vargas in the ninth.

Taylor Rogers (9-11) absorbed the loss after allowing four runs on eight hits over 6.2 innings. The left-hander tied a Triple-A high with nine strikeouts.

After falling behind 1-0 in the first, SWB claimed the lead for good in the second. Sanchez opened the frame with a single and moved to second when Aaron Judge worked a walk. One out later, Austin Romine collected two of his three RBI by poking a single to left for a 2-1 lead.

Sanchez and Romine combined again in the fourth to push the advantage to 3-1. Sanchez doubled and moved to third on a single by Cole Figueroa. Romine followed with a bouncer to third, scoring Sanchez.

Ben Gamel capped the scoring for SWB In the seventh when the center fielder stroked his second double of the day to score pinch runner Rico Noel.

With their magic number at nine, SWB hits the road for their final journey to McCoy Stadium this season. The RailRiders open a three-game series against the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. Left-hander Chris Capuano (1-1, 1.93) is expected to start for SWB against left-hander Edwin Escobar (1-2, 5.51) The RailRiders will host “Mariano Rivera Day” on Thursday, September 3rd, against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) with an appearance by the Yankees’ legendary closer himself. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 8-23-15

CLICK HERE or the Aug. 23 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 authored six extra-base hits behind Kyle Davies en route to an 11-5 thrashing of the Red Wings on Saturday night at PNC Field. The win gave the RailRiders the series win and a 6.5-game lead over the second-place Red Wings with 17 games left to play.

JUDGE GOES BOOM: Aaron Judge fell a triple shy of the cycle and reached safely in all five plate appearances. His most impressive showing came in the seventh with a line-drive homer that slammed into the NEPA Sports Radio The Game sign raised above the pedestrian bridge in left-center. His eighth Triple-A tater made him the first Yankees’ minor leaguer to reach 20 home runs in 2015. He blasted a dozen at Double-A Trenton. He also leads the farm with 70 RBIs.

BASH BROTHERS: The farm system’s second-best home run hitter, Gary Sanchez, connected on a three-run shot of his own in the eighth inning. Sanchez, who matched Judge’s effort at Double-A, hit his fifth home run with SWB. His 17 composite home runs have him trailing only Judge in the system while his 61 RBIs rank third behind Judge and Advanced-A Tampa’s Dustin Fowler.

ROMINE’S REDEMPTION, PART III: Austin Romine missed nearly a week after Rochester starter Lester Oliveros drilled him in the head with a fastball on June 12 after allowing back-to-back home runs to Rob Refsnyder and Kyle Roller. Romine returned to action six days later and delivered six RBIs including a grand slam to straightaway center in a June 18 win at the Red Wings’ Frontier Field. He delivered the walk-off contact for the series-opening win in 14 innings on Friday and followed that last night with a 3-for-4 effort that included a two-run double and a run scored.

WINNER, WINNER: Davies earned his team-best ninth win, tying him for the most on the Yankees’ farm and sixth in the IL. Over his last 10 starts he has gone 4-1 with a 2.15 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and .218 BAA. SWB has had a pitcher win double-digit games just once in the RailRiders era (Chris Bootcheck, 2013, 10-7).

VERY NICE, GREAT SUCCESS!: This series SWB climbed over .500 at home for the first time since besting Syracuse on Opening Night. The club is 13-3 at PNC Field since July 24.

CRYSTAL BALLIN’: The RailRiders have three games remaining against second-place Rochester and five versus third-place Buffalo. SWB has magic numbers of 11 and 10 with Rochester and Buffalo respectively. Any combination of SWB wins and losses by each foe totaling to those figures would cement a higher finish for the RailRiders. SWB’s magic number for both Lehigh Valley and Syracuse’s divisional eliminations sits at two.

TIGHTROPE WALKERS: Sixteen (53%) of SWB’s last 30 games have been decided by one run and 22 (73%) have come down to two or less. It has gone 21-9 (.700) over the longer span and owns the IL’s best one-run record at 26-16 (.619).

ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMIN: Ben Gamel has hits in 23 of his last 25 with multiple knocks in 15 of those games. In that time, he has slashed .390/.446/.660/1.106 with 14 extra-base hits (5-3B, 4HR), 18RBIs and 21 runs scored. SWB’s MVP candidate picked up his IL-best 13th outfield assist last night and co-paces all of MiLB with 14 triples, two shy of the single-season franchise record set by Shane Victorino in his 2005 IL MVP season. Gamel entered today with the IL’s third-best batting average (.305). He also ranks among the IL’s best in hits (4th, 135), slugging (2nd, .474), extra-base hits (T-5th, 43), runs scored (T-2nd, 69) and total bases (4th, 210).

OFF THE RAILS: The paid crowd of 8,843 made for the team’s 14th fixed-seat (7,115+) sellout…Kyle Roller went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored…He posted a pair of multi-hit showings on the week against the Red Wings…Rob Refsnyder went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a stolen base…He is tied for the best on-base percentage among active IL players at .369.

RailRiders Playoff Tickets On Sale

Banner Season May Conclude with Franchise’s Second Championship

Moosic, Pa. – What a run it has been. From the Mark Teixeira meet-and-greet extravaganza in February to the rousing success that was the Father’s Day Yankees Legends Game in June, the banner 2015 campaign has been one for the ages. And the good times keep on rolling. In addition to the upcoming Sept. 3 Mariano Rivera Day at PNC Field, the first-place SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) are excited to announce that playoff tickets are on sale now.

Tickets may be purchased by phone at 570-969-BALL (2255) or in person at the PNC Field box office open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25, tickets may be purchased online at SWBRailRiders.com or through Ticketmaster.

“A great year rolls on and hopefully it ends with our second Governors’ Cup,” said interim GM Jeremy Ruby. “We are looking forward to having a playoff atmosphere back at PNC Field.”

In pursuit of the team’s first divisional title and playoff spot since 2012, the RailRiders entered today 6.5 games up on the field in the IL North. As of this morning, they owned magic numbers of 11 and 10 with Rochester and Buffalo respectively. Any combination of SWB wins and losses both those foes adding up to each magic number would cement a better divisional finish for NEPA’s team. SWB has not hosted a playoff game since 2010. Its 2012 run came while PNC Field underwent a massive, season-long reconstruction.

Should the RailRiders claim the IL North, they would open their best-of-five First-Round Governors’ Cup Series at the wild-card winner’s ballpark. As of this morning, the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) led the wild-card chase by 2.5 games. Game 1 would be played on Sept. 9 and Game 2 would come on Sept. 10. The RailRiders’ first playoff home game would be on Friday, Sept. 11. An if-necessary Game 4 would come on Sept. 12 and an if-necessary Game 5 would be played on Sept. 13.

Should the RailRiders advance to the best-of-five Governors’ Cup Finals, they would play the first two games on the road on Sept. 15 and 16 with Game 3 at PNC Field on Sept. 17. If necessary, Games 4 and 5 would follow on Sept. 18 and 19.

Ticket prices for playoff games include: Club & 4Topp – $15; Infield Box – $10; Field Reserve/RailHouse – $8; Bleachers – $5; Lawn – $5.

FIRST-ROUND FORMAT (if win IL North)

Game 1: Sept. 9 at Wild-Card Winner

Game 2: Sept. 10 at Wild-Card Winner

Game 3: Sept. 11 at SWB 6:35 p.m.

Game 4: Sept. 12 at SWB 4:05 p.m. (if necessary)

Game 5: Sept. 13 at SWB 1:05 p.m. (if necessary)

CHAMPIONSHIP-ROUND FORMAT (if win IL North and first-round series)

Game 1: Sept. 15 at South/West Division Series Winner

Game 2: Sept. 16 at South/West Division Series Winner

Game 3: Sept. 17 at SWB 6:35 p.m.

Game 4: Sept. 18 at SWB 6:35 p.m. (if necessary)

Game 5: Sept. 19 at SWB 1:05 p.m. (if necessary)

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

– SWB RailRiders Baseball – The Place to Be! –

Judge and Co. Club Red Wings to Win Series

Moosic, Pa. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) authored six extra-base hits behind Kyle Davies en route to an 11-5 thrashing of the Rochester Red Wings on Saturday night at PNC Field. The win gives the RailRiders (72-55) the series win and a 6.5 game lead over the Red Wings (66-62) with 17 games left to play.

Davies (9-7) battled through 6.1 innings, surrendering four runs on nine hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Caleb Cotham and Andrew Bailey combined for the final 2.2 innings to close out the victory. Michael Bowden (9-4) shouldered the loss for the Red Wings after allowing seven runs, five earned, on eight hits over 5.2 innings.

Aaron Judge finished the night 3-for-3, a triple shy of the cycle. He reached safely in all five plate appearances thanks to a pair of walks.

The Red Wings posted single tallies in the second, third and fourth to build a 3-1 advantage. The RailRiders scored their first run on a Rob Refsnyder single. Austin Romine tied the score in the fourth by bringing around Aaron Judge and Cole Figueroa on a double off the right field wall.

SWB poured on more steam from there, bringing eight batters to the plate in the sixth and scoring four more. Kyle Roller put the RailRiders up for the first time at 4-3 with a single. Ben Gamel followed with a run-producing hit and Refsnyder championed the frame with a two-run single down the third base line.

Judge continued his big night with a thunderous home run in the seventh inning that bounced off stadium signage well above the pedestrian bridge beyond left. The shot was his eighth with SWB and 20th of the year.

Gary Sanchez got in on the act by belting a three-run bomb into the visitors’ bullpen beyond left in the eighth inning.

The RailRiders eye a series sweep of the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) as the clubs conclude their three-game set at PNC Field on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Right-hander Kyle Haynes (1-1, 6.41) will oppose left-hander Taylor Rogers (9-10, 3.85). The RailRiders will host “Mariano Rivera Day” on Thursday, September 3rd, against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) with an appearance by the Yankees’ legendary closer himself. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 8-22-15

CLICK HERE for the Aug. 22 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.

¡CATORCE!: The RailRiders and Red Wings went toe-to-toe for 14 innings before Austin Romine connected on a broken-bat single up the middle to score the winning run in a 3-2 standoff on Friday night at PNC Field.

ROMINE’S REDEMPTION, PART II: Romine missed nearly a week after Rochester starter Lester Oliveros drilled him in the head with a fastball on June 12 after allowing back-to-back home runs to Rob Refsnyder and Kyle Roller. Romine returned to action six days later and delivered six RBIs including a grand slam to straightaway center in a June 18 win at the Red Wings’ Frontier Field.

LOOKIN’ GOOD, FEELIN’ GOOD: MLB rehabber Michael Pineda fired 4.2 innings of one-run ball. He gave up three hits, walked none and struck out three on 62 pitches (45 strikes). Today Joe Girardi announced that he will return to the Yankees’ rotation on Wednesday versus the Astros as part of a six-man rotation.

FAR FROM BELLY ITCHERS: Six relievers combined to allow one run on three hits over 9.1 frames after Pineda.

ALL IN: Nineteen of the RailRiders’ 25 active players saw action in the game. The lone exceptions were the other four starters and relievers Andrew Bailey and Branden Pinder. The seven hurlers used fell one short of the RailRiders era record set in the 20-inning win over Toledo on July 25, 2013.

VERY NICE, GREAT SUCCESS!: SWB is over .500 at home for the first time since besting Syracuse on Opening Night. The club is 12-3 at PNC Field since July 24.

CRYSTAL BALLIN’: The RailRiders have four games remaining against second-place Rochester and five versus third-place Buffalo. SWB has played above .500 against the other three teams in the division (29-15), but not versus the Red Wings (8-8) or Bisons (5-7). SWB has magic numbers of 13 and 12 with Rochester and Buffalo respectively. Any combination of SWB wins and losses by each foe totaling to those figures would cement a higher finish for the RailRiders. SWB’s magic number for both Lehigh Valley and Syracuse’s divisional eliminations sits at three.

TIGHTROPE WALKERS: Sixteen (55%) of SWB’s last 29 games have been decided by one run and 22 (76%) have come down to two or less. It has gone 20-9 (.690) over the longer span and owns the IL’s best one-run record at 26-16 (.619).

ALL ABOUT THE BENJAMIN: Ben Gamel has hits in 22 of his last 24 with multiple knocks in 15 of those games. In that time, he has slashed .400/.458/.684/1.142 with 14 extra-base hits (5-3B, 4HR), 17RBIs and 20 runs scored. SWB’s MVP candidate leads the IL with 12 outfield assists and co-paces all of MiLB with 14 triples, two shy of the single-season franchise record set by Shane Victorino in his 2005 IL MVP season. Gamel entered today with the IL’s third-best batting average (.306). He also ranks among the IL’s best in hits (4th, 134), slugging (2nd, .477), extra-base hits (5th, 43), runs scored (3rd, 68) and total bases (4th, 209).

KNOW YOUR COLE: Cole Figueroa has also enjoyed a fantastic 2015. He stands just behind Gamel with a .305 average, good for fourth in the IL, and leads the loop in TPA/K ratio (1st, 19.78:1).

SWING & A MISS: Top Twins pitching prospect Jose Berrios struck out 10 over his seven innings to set a new Triple-A career-high mark. Berrios became the first opposing hurler to strike out double-digit SWB hitters since Jeff Locke struck out 10 SWB Yankees on Aug. 3, 2012. The next season, Locke was an NL All-Star for the Pirates when he went 10-7 with a 3.52 ERA.

OFF THE RAILS: Last night’s game fell one inning and three minutes shy of tying the 15-inning win over Lehigh Valley on April 20 as SWB’s longest this year…The paid crowd of 10,000 made for the fourth complete sellout of the season to tie the RailRiders era record…It was also the team’s 13th fixed-seat (7,115+) sellout…The team announced 10,000 fans at just two games last season and four times in year one of the RailRiders era (2013)…Three of the four complete sellouts in 2013 featured a rehabbing Derek Jeter while the fourth came on the Fourth of July…All of the RailRiders’ 13 hits last night were singles…SWB improved to a league-best 8-3 in extra-inning affairs…The RailRiders’ fifth walk-off win of the season was also their third in 11 days.

RailRiders Survive Marathon with Red Wings

Moosic, Pa. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) and Rochester Red Wings went toe-to-toe for 14 innings before Austin Romine forced a single up the middle to score the winning run in a 3-2 standoff on Friday night at PNC Field. The victory allowed the RailRiders (71-55) a 5.5 game cushion over the Red Wings (66-61) in the International League North Division.

Michael Pineda fired 62 pitches, 45 for strikes, across 4.2 innings in the rehab start for SWB. The right-hander is coming off a right forearm strain. He allowed a run on three hits while striking out three.

Andury Acevedo (1-2) grabbed the win after pitching a scoreless top of the 14th. Adrian Salcedo (0-1) shouldered the loss. The righty allowed a run on three hits in two-thirds of an inning.

The Red Wings struck the first blow in the second frame when Kennys Vargas doubled and scored on a bloop single by Danny Ortiz. Rob Refsnyder knotted the score at one apiece in the bottom of the third by plating Gregorio Petit on a sacrifice fly to deep left.

The game stayed tied until the top eighth when James Beresford roped a double inside third to score Eric Fryer. SWB responded once more by squaring the game 2-2 on a single to center by Gary Sanchez.

The bullpenners exchanged scoreless frames until the last of the 14th. With one away, Taylor Dugas singled and advanced to third on a hit-and-run by Cole Figueroa. After a groundout to third by Petit, Romine shot a broken-bat squibber past shortstop Danny Santana to bring around Dugas.

The RailRiders have a chance at the series win over the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) on Saturday night. Right-hander Kyle Davies (8-7, 3.41) will oppose right-hander Michael Bowden (9-3, 2.57). It’s “Breast Cancer Awareness Night” at PNC Field with a first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. The RailRiders will host “Mariano Rivera Day” on Thursday, September 3rd, against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) with an appearance by the Yankees’ legendary closer himself. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders Baseball – The Place to Be! –

SWB Game Notes 8-21-15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mother Nature Wins on Thursday

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

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

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

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