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.

– SWB RailRiders –

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.

RailRiders Fall to Chiefs in Extras

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) dropped a 6-4 decision to the Syracuse Chiefs in 12 innings on Wednesday night at PNC Field. The Chiefs (32-55) snapped a six-game losing streak to the RailRiders (47-41).

James Pazos (1-1) shouldered the loss after allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits over 1.2 innings. Rafael Martin (4-4) tossed a scoreless 11th for the win and Jose Valverde escaped a jam in the 12th for his sixth save.

The Chiefs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first two frames against starter Kyle Davies. The right-hander settled in to weave a quality start, allowing three runs over six innings.

Tyler Austin sparked a three-run rally in the third for the RailRiders after reaching on a hit-by-pitch. Taylor Dugas followed with a double to score Austin and Ben Gamel plated Dugas with a single. Gamel stole his way to second and moved to third on a hit by Rob Refsnyder. Cole Figueroa put SWB up 3-2 on a sacrifice fly to center.

Trea Turner opened the sixth with a single and stole second against Davies. Kevin Keyes scored Turner on a two-out single to left that tied the score 3-3.

Both teams had chances to win in the 10th and 11th. The RailRiders had the winning run at third base in three straight frames before Syracuse surged in the 12th.

Dan Butler singled and Pazos issued consecutive walks to Turner and Tony Gwynn Jr. to load the basis. Jason Martinson put the Chiefs on top with a sacrifice fly to right. Kevin Keyes followed with a run-scoring single and an error allowed Gwynn to score on the play.

Gamel and Refsnyder opened the last of the inning with hits, but Figueroa’s sacrifice fly to right was all the club could muster against Valverde.

The RailRiders and Chiefs will meet in a rubber match on Thursday afternoon. First pitch is set for 12:05 p.m. at PNC Field. Left-hander Jose De Paula (2-2, 4.74) will oppose former RailRider Bruce Billings (4-3, 3.82). The RailRiders host the Toledo Mudhens (Detroit Tigers) for Christmas in July and Friday Night Fireworks on July 24. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 7-8-15

CLICK HERE for the July 8 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with Darren Headrick. Pregame coverage starts at 6:35 p.m. John Sadak and Donnie Collins will have the TV call at 7 p.m. on MyTV.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The RailRiders claimed their sixth straight win over the Syracuse Chiefs with a 5-1 performance on Tuesday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders have held the Chiefs to two runs or fewer in four straight meetings.

WIDE SPLITS: Tonight’s starter, Kyle Davies, improved to 5-1 in seven road outings with his win at Pawtucket on Friday. He has gone 1-5 in eight starts at PNC Field. Run support has been a problem. In his six losses, SWB had plated three total runs before he was yanked. Including runs scored after his departure from those games, he received nine scores in those six setbacks.

ARE YOU TOO GOOD FOR YOUR HOME?!: With losses in six of eight at PNC Field, the RailRiders stand six games below .500 at PNC Field (21-27) 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 176 runs in 48 games (3.7/game). The pitching has performed worse on the road (3.67 ERA) than at home (3.42 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.667), who have won 19 of 25 away from Moosic.

KNOW YOUR COLE: Cole Figueroa went 0-for-2 with a sac fly and a bruise, ending a 10-game hitting streak. During his run, which included multiple hits in all 10 games, he hit .548 (23-for-43) for the minors’ fourth-best average in that time. He had multiple knocks in 12 of 14 entering last night and lifted his batting average to a season-best .320. His average sat at .184 after an 0-for-3 day at Norfolk on May 11. Since then, he has hit .389/.436/.524/.960 over 48 games played. In that time he ranks among the IL’s best in AVG (1st), OBP (1st), SLG (3rd) 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 16-for-40 in 13 games played for slashes of .400/.569/.600/1.169. His 15 walks in that time are tied for the second-most in all of minor league baseball. His season-long .384 OBP ranks third in the IL. He has homered in back-to-back 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 8GP). Refsnyder hit second in the order yesterday for the first time all season.

BIRDMAN: Greg Bird boomed a double for the second time in as many days. He has hit safely in four straight games after settling for a walk in an 0-for-3 debut at the level on the Fourth of July.

OH THE DUGAS DAY: Less than a week removed from a promotion to the big leagues, outfielder Taylor Dugas had his best Triple-A day of the season. The former University of Alabama star went 3-for-3 to extend his hitting streak to seven games in a row. After starting his Triple-A tenure 1-for-13 with a .200 OBP, he has hit .417 (10-for-24) while lifting his OBP to .350.

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-48 (.188) funk over his last 13 games played with 15 strikeouts and just one extra-base hit (.208 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.

DOUBLE ‘EM UP: The Chiefs turned four double plays yesterday, tying the season-high mark for an SWB foe. Charlotte turned the same trick on April 30.

RailRiders Bounce Chiefs

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) claimed their sixth straight win over the Syracuse Chiefs with a 5-1 performance on Tuesday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders (47-40) have held the Chiefs (31-55) to two runs or fewer in four straight meetings.

Wilking Rodriguez (1-0) took home the win in his debut with the RailRiders. The right-hander fired a scoreless fifth inning in relief of Luis Severino, striking out one. Severino bulled his way through four innings on 85 pitches. The right-hander allowed one run on four hits while walking two and fanning four.

Rob Refsnyder wasted no time in opening the scoring against Paolo Espino (2-3). The second baseman slammed his second home run in as many days over the left-center wall with one down in the first frame. The solo shot was his seventh of the year.

Espino surrendered five runs on 11 hits over 6.1 innings in the loss. Ben Gamel notched two RBI thanks to a run-scoring single in the fifth and double in the seventh. Juan Graterol made it 2-0 RailRiders on a single to left in the second stanza. Cole Figueroa capped the scoring in the seventh with a sacrifice fly to left.

Caleb Ramsey provided the only run for Syracuse on a two-out single off Severino in the fourth that scored Ricky Hague.

The RailRiders go for their third straight series win over the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) on Wednesday night. First pitch at PNC Field is set for 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Kyle Davies (6-6, 4.33) opposes righty Taylor Hill (3-3, 4.68). The RailRiders host the Toledo Mudhens (Detroit Tigers) for Christmas in July and Friday Night Fireworks on July 24. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 7-7-15

CLICK HERE for the July 7 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 dropped a 6-2 decision to the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) last night at PNC Field. The Bisons (42-43) won three of the four meetings to claim the series.

MILLER TIME: New York Yankees’ closer Andrew Miller continued his comeback from a left forearm strain with a scoreless rehab appearance. The left-hander tossed the fifth inning, yielded two hits and struck out a batter. He delivered nine pitches, eight for strikes.

LONG & SHORT OF IT: Starter Jaron Long (5-6) was hit for four runs and seven hits over four innings in the loss. He walked three, threw a wild pitch and allowed a pair of home runs. In nine road outings (eight starts), he has gone 4-1 with a 2.42 ERA and just two home runs. In eight home starts, he owns a 1-5 record and a 7.68 ERA with five bombs. Opponents have hit nearly 100 points better against Long at PNC Field (.374) than they have on the road (.281).

LET’S GET SERIESOUS: The Bisons own a 5-4 lead in the season series against SWB. The road team has won every game but one. SWB swept the Bisons at Buffalo from June 8-10 and Buffalo has won five of six at PNC Field. The RailRiders must win five of the final eigh clashes between the clubs to post the franchise’s first winning record against Buffalo since 2012.

ARE YOU TOO GOOD FOR YOUR HOME?!: With losses in six of seven at PNC Field, the RailRiders stand seven games below .500 at PNC Field (20-27) and 13 games over on the road (26-13). The team has hit .283 on the road compared to a .261 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 207 runs in 39 games (5.3/game). At home, the squad has plated 171 runs in 47 games (3.6/game). The pitching has performed worse on the road (3.67 ERA) than at home (3.48 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.667), who have won 19 of 25 away from Moosic.

KNOW YOUR COLE: Cole Figueroa posted multiple hits for the 12th time in 14 games and for the 10th game in a row. He went 2-for-4 and lifted his batting average to a season-best .320, good for second in the league. His average sat at .184 after an 0-for-3 day at Norfolk on May 11. Since then, he has hit .393/.439/.530/.969 over 47 games played. In that time he ranks among the IL’s best in AVG (1st), OBP (1st), SLG (3rd) and OPS (2nd). During his 10-game hitting streak, which trails only the Xavier Avery’s 12-gamer with Toledo for the longest active streak in the IL, Figueroa has hit .548 (23-for-43) for the minors’ fourth best average in that time.

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 14-for-37 in 12 games for slashes of .378/.556/.514/1.069. His 14 walks in that time are tied for the most in all of minor league baseball. His season-long .379 OBP ranks fourth in the IL. 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 7GP).

OFF THE RAILS: Greg Bird boomed a double in the fourth inning for his first Triple-A extra-base hit…He has hit safely in three straight games after settling for a walk in an 0-for-3 debut at the level on the Fourth of July…Kyle Roller hit seventh for the first time this season, the lowest he has hit as an SWB starter in 2015…The All-Star first baseman/DH leads the team in homers (12), RBIs (47) and walks (43), but finds himself in an 8-for-45 (.178) funk of his last dozen games played with 14 strikeouts and just one extra-base hit (.200 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.

Refsnyder Homers in Loss to Bisons

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) dropped a 6-2 decision to the Buffalo Bisons on Monday night at PNC Field. The Bisons (42-43) won three of the four meetings to win the series. The RailRiders (46-40) have lost six of their last seven at home.

New York Yankees’ closer Andrew Miller continued his comeback from a left forearm strain with a scoreless rehab appearance. The left-hander tossed the fifth inning, yielded two hits and striking out a batter. Miller delivered nine pitches, eight for strikes.

Jaron Long (5-6) was hit for four runs and seven hits over four innings in the loss. Matt Boyd (2-1) earned the win by holding the RailRiders to two runs on six hits across seven innings.

The Bisons built a 2-0 lead on a home run by Luke Scott and a run-producing single from Josh Thole in the second inning. Rob Refsnyder crushed his sixth round-tripper onto the pedestrian bridge beyond left to put the RailRiders on the board in the last of the inning.

A homer by Andy Burns and a run-scoring double from Melky Mesa put the Bisons up 4-1 in the fourth. Ben Gamel slugged a double off the wall in left-center to plate Nick Noonan in the fifth.

Buffalo capped the scoring in the eighth with a pair of runs off reliever Jose Ramirez.

Cole Figueroa finished the night 3-for-4. The infielder boosted his season average to .320 with his 10th straight multi-hit showing. Figueroa has multi-hit efforts in 12 of his last 14 games.

The Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) invade PNC Field for a three-game series Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Luis Severino (4-0, 1.96) matches up against right-hander Paolo Espino (2-2, 2.21). The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a RailRiders patriotic logo t-shirt, presented by Norwegian Cruise Lines. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 7-6-15

CLICK HERE for the July 6 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.

UP & DOWN: The RailRiders split a day-night doubleheader with Buffalo yesterday. They won the opener, 4-0, and fell in the nightcap, 6-4.

MMM…DONUT: The shutout victory in game one was the RailRiders’ seventh of the season and third at home. It also marked the team’s second in three games including the road trip finale at Pawtucket.

CRUISIN': Joel De La Cruz (6-0) shined in matinee by blanking the Bisons over six innings on just 53 pitches (8.8/inning). He yielded three hits, all singles, walked none and struck out one. He is tied for the team lead in wins despite starting just four times among his 11 SWB appearances.

HALL PAZOS: Southpaw James Pazos earned his first Triple-A save with three scoreless innings behind De La Cruz. He gave up just one hit, a single, walked none, hit a batter and whiffed four.

TRIPLE THREAT: In game one, Ben Gamel went 3-for-4 with his league-best ninth triple. The outfielder’s triple total trumps or equals three teams in the league: Buffalo (9), Norfolk (8) and Pawtucket (8).

EVERYBODY LOVE ME RIGHT NOW: Catcher Juan Graterol gave SWB life in the nightcap when he clubbed a three-run homer to left that tied the game in the sixth. It made for his first extra-base hit as a RailRider in seven games played.

LET’S GET SERIESOUS: The RailRiders and Bisons have split their eight meetings thus far with the road team winning every game but one. SWB swept the Bisons at Buffalo from June 8-10 and Buffalo has won four of five at PNC Field including a two-game sweep of last weekend’s rain-shortened set.

DOUBLE DIPPIN': Yesterday’s day-night doubleheader meant a pair of nine-inning games. It was prompted by the June 27 rainout in Moosic. It marked the RailRiders’ first day-night doubleheader since a scheduled such twinbill at home against Norfolk on June 22, 2013. The RailRiders also split that double-dip by winning the opener and losing the nightcap.

ARE YOU TOO GOOD FOR YOUR HOME?!: With losses in five of six at PNC Field, the RailRiders stand six games below .500 at PNC Field (20-26) and 13 games over on the road (26-13). The team has hit .283 on the road compared to a .261 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 207 runs in 39 games (5.3/game). At home, the squad has plated 169 runs in 46 games (3.7/game). The pitching has performed worse on the road (3.67 ERA) than at home (3.42 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.667), who have won 19 of 25 away from Moosic.

KNOW YOUR COLE: Cole Figueroa posted multiple hits in each game yesterday. He has logged 11 multi-hit showings in his last 13 games including nine in a row. He went 4-for-9 with a double and two stolen bases on the twinbill. He has lifted his batting average to a season-best .318, good for third in the league. His average sat at .184 after an 0-for-3 day at Norfolk on May 11. Since then, he has hit .391/.438/.531/.969 over 46 games played. In that time he ranks among the IL’s best in AVG (1st), OBP (1st), SLG (4th) and OPS (2nd).

BOBBLE BUMP: Honored with a bobblehead in last night’s nightcap Rob Refsnyder went 3-for-7 with two walks on the day. Since his 0-for-4 showing against Louisville on June 23 dropped his average to .268, the worst it had been since late April, he has gone 13-for-34 in 11 games for slashes of .382/.560/.441/1.001. His 13 walks in that time are tied for second in all of minor league baseball. His season-long .378 OBP ranks fifth in the IL. 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 6GP).

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