SWB Game Notes 5-7-15

CLICK HERE for the May 7 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. The game will air live regionally on MyTV with John Sadak and former SWB/MLB star Andy Ashby starting at 6:30 p.m. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with Darren Headrick. Pregame radio coverage starts at 6:05 p.m.

YESTERDAY: The RailRiders survived both Mother Nature and the Gwinnett Braves to pick up a 5-3 victory on Wednesday afternoon at PNC Field. The teams waited through a 54-minute rain delay before taking the field. The win evened the three-game series and pushed the RailRiders to within a game of .500.

THE HIT MAN: Slade Heathcott posted a pair of the RailRiders’ seven hits and drove in two of the five scores yesterday. He leads the team with 12 multi-hit games and owns a squad-best five mutli-RBI showings. His 34 hits on the season have him tied for fourth in the league with Lehigh Valley’s Brian Bogusevic. Since he suffered an 0-for-6 night in the 15-inning game against the IronPigs on April 20, Heathcott has hit .426 (23-for-54) to lift his season-long average by over 100 points (.234-.337). The usual leadoff man paces the team with 15 RBIs.

R&R: Rob Refsnyder entered today on the longest hitting streak of his Triple-A tenure and the team’s longest of the season, a 10-game run that started in game two of the April 25 doubleheader against Pawtucket. During his string of swinging success, the RailRiders’ second baseman is 15-for-37 (.405) with four doubles and seven RBIs.

TRIPLE THREAT: Ben Gamel‘s four triples have him trailing only Toledo’s Daniel Fields (5) for the IL lead. Gamel has more triples than four IL teams (Buffalo, Lehigh Valley, Norfolk and Pawtucket).

THE MEN WHO KNOCK: RailRiders pitchers have allowed 82 base knocks over the last seven games. Foes have amassed double-digit hits in all but one of those games (Gwinnett stroked nine yesterday). The team is 4-3 during this stretch. For the year, RailRiders hurlers have surrendered 248 hits, the third-most in the IL. Only Lehigh Valley (286) and Louisville (256) have yielded more hits.

STOP, THIEVES!: The RailRiders sit at the bottom of the IL for patrolling the bases. The team has nabbed just three of 35 attempting to steal (.086). No IL team has a worse efficiency or has allowed more total swipes. Gwinnett has gone 6-for-6 in stolen-base attempts on the series including three by top prospect Jose Peraza. The G-Braves have taken four bags on the SWB battery twice this season (April 29). Gwinnett leads the league with 34 stolen bases. The RailRiders rank last with just seven successful swipes in 16 attempts.

SAVE ME: Jose Ramirez logged his team-best fourth save in five tries yesterday. He has half of the team’s total and has notched a save in each of his last three appearances. He has owned left-handed hitters who have gone 3-for-24 (.125) against him, all singles, with nine strikeouts.

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING: Last week, the RailRiders lost back-to-back games at Gwinnett for the first time in a single season. Before the Monday and Tuesday setbacks, the last consecutive losses at Coolray Field had come in the final 2010 clash on June 7 and in the first 2011 meeting on April 30. The Braves moved their Triple-A team from Richmond to Gwinnett in 2009. SWB had won eight straight in Lawrenceville entering last week’s set.

OFF THE RAILS: SWB’s Cole Figueroa entered today as the IL’s toughest hitter to whiff (31.0 PA/K)…Kyle Roller‘s 17 walks have trailing only Durham’s Vince Belnome (22) for the league lead…Roller’s Sunday home run came with nobody on base…Rochester (9) is the only IL squad outside of SWB shy of double figures in stolen bases and the league mean average is 20.3…The RailRiders have not owned a winning record since they started 1-0…The 2014 team’s final taste of the air above sea level came after a 7-4 win over Toledo on June 9, 2014…That SWB team then lost five in a row and never got back over .500…Starter Bryan Mitchell got the win yesterday and for the third time in four nods posted a quality start.

RailRiders Slosh Past Braves

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) survived both Mother Nature and the Gwinnett Braves to pick up a 5-3 victory on Wednesday afternoon at PNC Field. The teams waited through a 54-minute rain delay before taking the field. The win evened the three-game series and pushed the RailRiders (13-14) to within a game of .500. The G-Braves slid to 12-14.

Bryan Mitchell (2-2) earned the win by holding Gwinnett to a run on four hits across six innings. He issued two walks and struck out a pair. Chien-Ming Wang (0-3) absorbed the loss after allowing five runs, four earned, on six hits over six innings. He walked four and fanned four. Jose Ramirez notched his fourth save by limiting the G-Braves to a run on two hits in the ninth.

Eddy Rodriguez set the table for SWB to open the scoring in the third. The backstop doubled on a grounder inside third and moved to third on a passed ball. With the infield in, Slade Heathcott punched a grounder past second baseman Jose Peraza to score Rodriguez for a 1-0 lead.

The RailRiders poured on the pressure against Wang in the fourth. The right-hander dispensed a pair of walks to being the stanza. Ben Gamel hit into a force at second, but Kyle Roller advanced to third. Jonathan Galvez singled in Roller and Noonan recorded a hit to load the bases. Rodriguez launched a sac-fly to right that brought in Gamel for a 3-0 lead. Heathcott and Ramon Flores followed with consecutive run-scoring hits to open up a 5-0 advantage before Wang escaped the inning.

Gwinnett mounted a comeback over the final four frames. Eury Perez singled and stole second in the sixth and scored on a pair of grounders to break-up Mitchell’s shutout bid. Todd Cunningham sliced the deficit to three by driving in Mycal Jones with a hit in the eighth.

Elmer Reyes and Barrett Kleinknecht began the ninth with back-to-back hits off Ramirez. A wild pitch advanced the two into scoring position, but Ramirez yielded one run, a sacrifice fly to center by Matt Kennelly, the rest of the way.

Rob Refsnyder extended his Triple-A career-long hitting streak to 10 games thanks to a single in the seventh.

The RailRiders look to win the series against the Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves) on Thursday night. A starting pitcher for SWB has not been announced. The Braves will send RHP Sugar Ray Marimon (1-0, 0.69) to the mound. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 5-6-15

CLICK HERE for the May 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 10:35 a.m.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Fans at PNC Field enjoyed a pitcher’s duel on Tuesday night as the Gwinnett Braves edged the RailRiders, 3-1. The Braves took the third of four meetings in the season series from the RailRiders.

THE HIT MAN: Slade Heathcott posted three of the RailRiders’ six hits for his team-leading 11th multi-hit effort of the year. His 32 hits on the season made for the league’s fifth-highest total entering today. Since he suffered an 0-for-6 night in the 15-inning game against Lehigh Valley on April 20, Heathcott has hit .420 (21-for-50) to lift his season-long average by nearly 100 points (.234-.330). The usual leadoff man paces the team with 13 RBIs.

LOVE POTION NO. 9: Rob Refsnyder entered today on the longest hitting streak of his Triple-A tenure and the team’s longest of the season, a nine-game run that started in game two of the April 25 doubleheader against Pawtucket. During his string of swinging success, the RailRiders’ second baseman is 14-for-34 (.412) with four doubles and seven RBIs.

NOT-SO-GENTLE BEN: Ben Gamel ranks among the IL’s best in batting average (6th, .357) and slugging percentage (5th, .557). His four triples have him trailing only Toledo’s Daniel Fields (5). Gamel has more triples than four IL teams (Buffalo, Lehigh Valley, Norfolk and Pawtucket).

THE MEN WHO KNOCK: RailRiders pitchers have allowed 73 base knocks over the last six games (10+ in each). The team is 3-3 during this stretch. For the year, RailRiders hurlers have surrendered 239 hits, the third-most in the IL. Only Lehigh Valley (276) and Louisville (243) has yielded more hits. Starter Kyle Davies (2-2) allowed all 10 hits yesterday. He had allowed double-digit hits just once since 2011 until each of his last two nods, both against Gwinnett.

STOP, THIEVES!: The RailRiders sit at the bottom of the IL for patrolling the bases. The team has nabbed just three of 33 attempting to steal (.091). No IL team has a worse efficiency or has allowed more total swipes. Gwinnett went 4-for-4 in stolen-base attempts last night including two by top prospect Jose Peraza. The G-Braves have taken four bags on the SWB battery twice this season (April 29).

IT’S SO HARD TO SAY GOODBYE: Jose Pirela‘s rehab assignment concluded yesterday. Pirela mashed as he mended from a concussion suffered in spring training. His fourth and final SWB rehab game came on Sunday when he went 4-for-5 with three doubles, an RBI and three runs scored. During his short stay he went 11-for-19 (.579/.600/.947/1.547) with a home run, four doubles and four RBIs. He stroked at least three hits in each of the last three games.

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING: Last week, the RailRiders lost back-to-back games at Gwinnett for the first time in a single season. Before the Monday and Tuesday setbacks, the last consecutive losses at Coolray Field had come in the final 2010 clash on June 7 and in the first 2011 meeting on April 30. The Braves moved their Triple-A team from Richmond to Gwinnett in 2009. SWB had won eight straight in Lawrenceville entering last week’s set.

OFF THE RAILS: SWB’s Cole Figueroa entered today as the toughest hitter to whiff in the IL (31.0 PA/K)…Kyle Roller‘s 15 walks have him tied for 2nd in the IL…Roller’s Sunday home run came with nobody on base…Twelve of the RailRiders’ 13 home runs (92%) have been solo shots…The exception also came thanks to Roller, a two-run job off of Lehigh Valley’s Jason Berken at PNC Field on April 20…The RailRiders’ six steals on the season have them dead last in the IL…Rochester (8) is the only other team shy of double figures and the league mean average is 19.7 with Gwinnett leading the way at 32…Davies became the second RailRiders hurler to last at least seven innings this season…Today’s starter, Bryan Mitchell, has turned the trick twice.

G-Braves Clip RailRiders

Moosic, Pa. – Fans at PNC Field enjoyed a pitcher’s duel on Tuesday night as the Gwinnett Braves edged the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) 3-1. The Braves (12-13) took the third of four meetings in the season series from the RailRiders (12-14). Slade Heathcott led the RailRiders with three hits, his team-leading 11th multi-hit effort of the year.

Matt Wisler (1-3) limited the RailRiders to a run on five hits across 5.1 innings to earn the victory. He struck out seven SWB batters while issuing only one walk. Kyle Davies (2-2) shouldered the loss despite giving his team seven innings. The right-hander worked around 10 hits to hold the Braves to three runs. Davies fanned three. John Cornely earned his first save in three tries with a scoreless 1.1 innings.

Todd Cunningham was instrumental in Gwinnett’s victory. The speedy center fielder opened the second inning with a single and stole second. A groundout by Barrett Kleinknecht moved Cunningham to third. He scored when Joe Benson singled to center.

The G-Braves made it 2-0 in the fourth when Cunningham led off with a double. A sacrifice fly to left by Kleinknecht pushed Cunningham across.

Kyle Roller helped the RailRiders to their only tally in the sixth. Heathcott opened the frame with his third single of the night. A base hit to right by Ramon Flores advanced Heathcott to third. After Rob Refsnyder flew out to center, Roller skied a pitch down the left field line. Cedric Hunter missed the catch, allowing Roller to reach on the error as Heathcott scored.

The Braves added an insurance run in the seventh thanks to a bunt single and an error. Davies played the bunt attempt by Kleinknecht, but his throw sailed into foul ground. The misfire allowed Kleinknecht to second. Benson followed with a single to bring him home for the final margin.

The RailRiders have an early wake-up call on Wednesday as they host the Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves) for the second game of the series at 10:35 a.m. RHP Bryan Mitchell (1-2, 2.84) takes the mound for SWB against former New York Yankee RHP Chien-Ming Wang (0-2, 5.5). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 5-5-15

CLICK HERE for the May 5 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.

LAST TIME OUT: Jose Pirela led the RailRiders to a 6-5 win over the Charlotte Knights on Sunday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark. The RailRiders salvaged a split of the series with the Knights (14-9) and finished the road trip 3-4.

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING: Last week, the RailRiders lost back-to-back games at Gwinnett for the first time in a single season. Before the Monday and Tuesday setbacks, the last consecutive losses at Coolray Field had come in the final 2010 clash on June 7 and in the first 2011 meeting on April 30. The Braves moved their Triple-A team from Richmond to Gwinnett in 2009. SWB had won eight straight in Lawrenceville entering last week’s set.

ROCKIN’ ROB: Rob Refsnyder returns home on the longest hitting streak of his Triple-A tenure, an eight-game run that started in game two of the April 25 doubleheader against Pawtucket. During his string of swinging success, the RailRiders’ second baseman is 14-for-34 (.412) with four doubles and seven RBIs.

ON THE MEND: Pirela continues to mash as he rehabs from a concussion suffered in spring training. In his fourth SWB rehab game he finished 4-for-5 with three doubles, an RBI and three runs scored. He is 11-for-19 (.579/.600/.947/1.547) with a home run, four doubles and four RBIs during his rehab stint with SWB. He has stroked at least three hits in each of the last three games.

A GAMEL-ING MAN: Ben Gamel ranks among the IL’s best in batting average (5th, .368) and slugging percentage (5th, .574). His four triples have him trailing only Toledo’s Daniel Fields (5). Gamel has more triples than four IL teams (Buffalo, Lehigh Valley, Norfolk, Pawtucket).

ON A ROLL: Kyle Roller doubled and homered on Sunday for his fourth multi-hit showing in his last seven games. During that time he has gone 10-for-29 (.345) with five doubles, two homers and six RBIs. His surge has lifted his season-long batting average by 30 points (.267-.297).

SOLO ARTISTS: Roller’s shot on Sunday came with nobody on base. Twelve of the RailRiders’ 13 home runs (92%) have been solo shots. The exception also came thanks to Roller, a two-run job off Lehigh Valley’s Jason Berken at PNC Field on

ABSORBING HITS: RailRiders pitchers have allowed 63 base knocks over the last five games (10+ in each). The team is 3-2 during this stretch. For the year, RailRiders hurlers have surrendered 229 hits, the second-most in the IL. Only Lehigh Valley (272) has yielded more hits.

STOLEN-BASE STRIFE: The RailRiders sit at the bottom of the IL for patrolling the bases. The team has nabbed just three of 29 attempting to steal (.103). Only Indianapolis has allowed more total steals (28), but owns a better efficiency (.243). Charlotte has also allowed 26 pilfered bags, but throws out runners at a .133 clip.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders pitching staff ranks third in the IL with 196 strikeouts…SWB’s Cole Figueroa entered today as the toughest hitter to whiff in the IL (44.5 PA/K)…Kyle Roller‘s 15 walks have him tied for 2nd in the IL…Slade Heathcott has a team-high 10 multi-hit games…The usual leadoff hitter also paces the squad with 13 RBIs…With a swipe apiece, Rob Refsnyder and Ben Gamel gave the RailRiders their first multi-steal performance as a team on Sunday…The RailRiders’ six steals on the season have them dead last in the IL…Rochester (8) is the only other team shy of double figures and the league mean average is 19 with Gwinnett leading the way at 28.

Pirela Doubles RailRiders Past Knights

Charlotte, N.C.Jose Pirela led the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) to a 6-5 win over the Charlotte Knights on Sunday afternoon at BB&T Ballpark.  The RailRiders (12-13) salvaged a split of the series with the Knights (14-9) and finished the road trip 3-4. Pirela finished 4-for-5 with three doubles, an RBI and three runs scored. He is 11-for-19 (.579) with a home run, four doubles and four RBI during his rehab stint with SWB.

Eric Wooten (1-3) earned his first Triple-A victory. The left-hander allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits across five innings. He walked three and struck out three. Brad Penny (1-3) shouldered the loss for Charlotte after allowing five runs on nine hits over four innings. Jose Ramirez earned his third save by retiring the final six batters in order.

The Railriders tallied the game’s first run in the opening frame against Penny. Pirela doubled on the game’s first pitch and scored on a single by Rob Refsnyder. Pirela made it 2-0 in the second inning when he drove in Cole Figueroa with a single. Slade Heathcott brought around two with a double for a 4-0 lead.

The Knights tied the game with four runs off Wooten in their half of the second. Matt Davidson and Dan Black worked walks to sandwich a single by Trayce Thompson. With the bases loaded, Engel Beltre grounded to second, scoring Davidson. Jason Coats launched a sacrifice fly to the warning track in center, but Heathcott missed the catch. The error allowed two runs to score. Jeremy Dowdy tied the game with a double that scored Coats from second.

Kyle Roller pushed the RailRiders back in front in the fourth. Pirela cracked his second double of the day and scored when Roller lashed a double into the left-center gap. The first baseman for the RailRiders launched his third home run of the year in the seventh, muscling a solo shot over the LF wall for a 6-4 lead.

Charlotte threatened in the bottom of the frame against reliever Branden Pinder. Leury Garcia led off with a walk and moved to third on a double by Carlos Sanchez. Matt Davidson earned a one-out walk to load the bases. Trayce Thompson blooped a single to left, scoring Garcia. Pinder dug in to retire Black on a flyout to shallow left and struck out Engel Beltre to end the inning.

The RailRiders return to PNC Field on May 5 for the first of three against the Gwinnett Braves at 6:35 p.m. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 5-3-15

CLICK HERE for the May 3 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 1:35 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: Second baseman Carlos Sanchez vaulted the Charlotte Knights passed the visiting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 10-4 on Saturday night at BB&T Ballpark. Sanchez hit a homer from both sides of the plate and brought in seven runs for the Knights (14-8). The RailRiders slid to 11-13 on the campaign.

ROCKIN’ ROB: Rob Refsnyder enters Sunday on a seven-game hitting streak, his longest Triple-A hitting streak. Refsnyder recorded a six-gamer June 26-30, 2014. The RailRiders’ second baseman is 12-for-29 (.414) with four doubles and six RBI.

ON THE MEND: In his third game coming back from a concussion suffered in spring training, Jose Pirela finished 3-for-5. He is 7-for-14 (.500) with a double, home run, three RBI and two runs scored during his rehab stint with SWB. Pirela recorded three hits in each of the last two games.

GOOD THINGS COME IN THREES: Tyler Austin went 3-for-5. Austin owns a team-best three three-hit games. Entering Saturday, the Yankees’ No. 16 prospect per Baseball America had just three hits in his last 27 at-bats (.111) over a span of eight games. He struck out six times during the drought.

A GAMEL-ING MAN: Ben Gamel ranks among the IL’s best in batting average (4th, .375), on-base percentage (5th, .437) and slugging percentage (3rd, .594). His four triples have him trailing only Toledo’s Daniel Fields (5). Gamel has more triples than four IL teams (Buffalo, Lehigh Valley, Norfolk, Pawtucket).

ABSORBING HITS: RailRiders pitchers have allowed 53 base knocks over the last four games (10+ in each). The team is 2-2 during this stretch. For the year, RailRiders hurlers have surrendered 219 hits, the 2nd most in the IL. Only Lehigh Valley (251) has yielded more hits.

STOLEN-BASE STRIFE: The RailRiders sit at the bottom of the IL for patrolling the bases. The team has nabbed just three of 27 attempting to steal (.111). Only Indianapolis has allowed more total steals (26), but owns a better efficiency (.235). Charlotte has also allowed 24 pilfered bags, but throw out runners at a .143 clip.

KNIGHTED: The RailRiders finished the 2014 regular-season series 2-6 against the Knights. The RailRiders had a tough time retiring Charlotte hitters. The Knights hit .341/.417/.594/1.011 as a team against SWB pitching. That included an eye-popping 17 home runs in just 65 innings. Charlotte hit just .256 against the rest of the IL while posting a 57-79 record (.419). Before losing each set last season, SWB had not lost a series to Charlotte since dropping three of four from June 8-11, 2010 at Knights Stadium. That SWB squad still won five of the eight overall clashes though. The SWB franchise had not lost a season series to Charlotte since at least 2004 and suffered zero sweep defeats in that time.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders pitching staff ranks third in the IL with 176 strikeouts…RailRiders pitchers have tallied 190 strikeouts, 2nd most in the IL…SWB’s Cole Figueroa entered today as the toughest hitter to whiff in the IL (42.5 PA/K)…Kyle Roller‘s 15 walks are 2nd most in the IL…Danny Burawa struck out the only batter he faced on Saturday and has not allowed an earned run in his last eight appearances…with two hits, Slade Heathcott has a team-high 10 multi-hit games…the first timer violation occurred on May 1 in the 4th inning at 7:49 p.m. against Charlotte pitcher Shawn Haviland.

RailRiders Fall to Sanchez, Knights

Charlotte, N.C. – Second baseman Carlos Sanchez vaulted the Charlotte Knights passed the visiting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) 10-4 on Saturday night at BB&T Ballpark. Sanchez hit a homer from both sides of the plate and brought in seven runs for the Knights (14-8). The RailRiders slid to 11-13 on the campaign.

Jaron Long (0-2) surrendered five runs on seven hits in the first three innings before giving way to Diego Moreno. Long issued one walk and struck out four. Right-hander Chris Beck (1-1) earned the win by holding the RailRiders to two runs on eight hits over six innings. He whiffed four.

Sanchez opened the scoring in the first inning with a two-run homer to right. He made it 4-0 in the second inning with a two-run double to left. Neftali Soto followed with a single to score Sanchez for a 5-0 advantage.

Jose Pirela cut into the deficit with a solo home run off Beck in the third. SWB had a chance to trim the deficit more in the fifth. The RailRiders loaded the bases with one out. Rob Segedin scored from third on a wild pitch to draw the game closer, 5-2. But Rob Refsnyder flied into a double play to right when Pirela was out in a rundown between third and home.

A single by Leury Garcia off Moreno and a double play led to two more runs for the Knights in the sixth. Sanchez capped the Knights’ scoring in the last of the eighth by blasting a three-run round-tripper off reliever Tyler Webb.

Nick Noonan sparked a rally in the ninth by singling off Jairo Asencio. The RailRiders’ shortstop advanced to third on a throwing error by Asencio and scored on an infield hit by Pirela. A throwing error by first baseman Dan Black allowed Jonathan Galvez to score from second. Refsnyder singled to load the bases, but Asencio struck out the final two hitters to slam the door.

The RailRiders finish their road trip against the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) on Sunday. First pitch at BB&T Ballpark is set for 2:05 p.m. LHP Eric Wooten (0-3, 5.09) goes for SWB against RHP Brad Penny (1-2, 6.08) of Charlotte. The RailRiders return to PNC Field on May 5 to host the Gwinnett Braves at 6:35 p.m. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Jose Pirela went 3-for-5 for a second straight night and is hitting .500 (7-for-14) with a home run, double and three RBI in his rehab stint with the RailRiders.

Rob Refsnyder extended his hitting streak to seven games with two hits. The streak is the longest of his Triple-A career.

Slade Heathcott recorded his team-leading 10th multi-hit effort with two singles.

-Reliever Danny Burawa pitched to one batter, striking out Matt Davidson. Burawa has not allowed an earned run in his last eight appearances.

-Carlos Sanchez is 9-for-9 against the RailRiders over the last two games with two home runs, three doubles, seven RBI and a walk.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 5-2-15

CLICK HERE for the May 2 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.

THE GREAT ESCAPE: The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders withstood a pair of late-inning rallies by the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) to grab a 5-4 win on Friday night. The RailRiders (11-12) earned their second victory at BB&T Ballpark (opened in 2014). All five SWB runs came with two outs in the inning. Nick Rumbelow secured the victory by striking out two with the tying run in scoring position.

DOWN TO THE WIRE: The RailRiders played in their fourth one-run game of the road trip. The team dropped two at Gwinnett (6-5, 3-2) and fell to the Knights 8-7 on Thursday. SWB has played in seven games decided by one run, winning four. Durham has played the fewest one-run games (1-3).

ROCKIN’ REF: Rob Refsnyder enters Saturday on a six-game hitting streak. The run matches his longest Triple-A hitting streak set June 26-30, 2014. The RailRiders’ second baseman is 10-for-24 (.416) with four doubles and six RBI.

JOHNNY BE GOOD: Jonathan Galvez has doubled in three of his last four games, going 6-for-15 (.400) with three RBIs, three walks and a run scored in that time. He has started at first, third, designated hitter and in left field on the year.

ROLLING ALONG: Kyle Roller finished 0-for-4, snapping a five-game hitting streak. Roller owns a pair of five-game streaks, but has not had a six-game streak since Aug. 24-29, 2014. His 15 walks have him behind only Durham’s Vince Belnome (19) among IL hitters.

NOT-SO-GENTLE BEN: Ben Gamel finished 1-for-4 with 2RBI. He ranks among the IL’s best in batting average (5th, .375), on-base percentage (5th, .437) and slugging percentage (4th, .594). His four triples have him trailing only Toledo’s Daniel Fields (5). Gamel has more triples than four IL teams (Buffalo, Lehigh Valley, Norfolk, Pawtucket).

STOLEN-BASE STRIFE: The RailRiders have nabbed just three men in 26 tries on the year (.115). Only Charlotte has allowed more total steals (24), but owns a better efficiency (.143). The Louisville Bats have also allowed 23 pilfered bags, but own a .303 efficiency.

KNIGHTED: The RailRiders finished the 2014 regular-season series 2-6 against the Knights. The RailRiders had a tough time retiring Charlotte hitters. The Knights hit .341/.417/.594/1.011 as a team against SWB pitching. That included an eye-popping 17 home runs in just 65 innings. Charlotte hit just .256 against the rest of the IL while posting a 57-79 record (.419). Before losing each set last season, SWB had not lost a series to Charlotte since dropping three of four from June 8-11, 2010 at Knights Stadium. That SWB squad still won five of the eight overall clashes though. The SWB franchise had not lost a season series to Charlotte since at least 2004 and suffered zero sweep defeats in that time.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders pitching staff ranks third in the IL with 176 strikeouts…the RailRiders own 182 strikesouts, the third most in the IL…SWB’s Cole Figueroa entered today as the toughest hitter to whiff in the IL (42.5 PA/K)…Matt Tracy has started two games for SWB, leading with the lead each time (2-0 when he pitches)…the first timer violation occurred in the 4th inning at 7:49 p.m. against Charlotte pitcher Shawn Haviland…Austin Romine extended his hitting streak to six with a two-run double…Jose Pirela is 4-for-9 (.444) during his rehab stint with a double and an RBI…Pirela has played third and second base, committing an error at each position…A wild pitch charged to Kyle Drabek on 4/30 (6R, 3ER)was changed to a passed ball against catcher Kevan Smith after the game on 5/1.

RailRiders Survive Knights’ Late Surge

Charlotte, N.C. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) withstood a pair of late-inning rallies by the Charlotte Knights to grab a 5-4 win on Friday night. The RailRiders (11-12) earned their second victory at BB&T Ballpark (opened in 2014). The Knights fell to 13-8.

Joel De La Cruz (2-0) picked up the win in relief after dealing 3.1 scoreless innings. The right-hander allowed three hits and struck out one. Nick Rumbelow earned his second save by tossing the final 1.2 innings. He allowed a run on five hits. He struck out two in the ninth with the tying run in scoring position.

Shawn Haviland (0-2) shouldered the loss for Charlotte after allowing four runs on five hits in six innings. He fanned six and walked one. The right-hander was perfect through three, but ran into trouble in the fourth. Jose Pirela and Ramon Flores set the table with two hits around a pair of outs. Tyler Austin was plunked on the side, loading the bases for Ben Gamel. SWB’s center fielder connected on single to center that score two. Austin Romine followed with a two-run double for a 4-0 lead.

Charlotte responded with two in the last of the fourth. The Knights sliced the deficit to one in the eighth when Jason Coats brought in Dan Black with a hit off Rumbelow.

Flores provided a pivotal insurance run in the ninth, scoring Jonathan Galvez from second on a single to center. The two-out knock came off reliever Maikel Cleto, who had not allowed a run in his prior six outings.

The Knights’ offense sparked one last time in the ninth against Rumbelow. Sanchez doubled to left and moved to third on a deep flyout to right by Neftali Soto. Matt Davidson scored Sanchez with a hit and moved to second on a bloop single by Trayce Thompson.

The RailRiders’ right-hander bounced back to whiff Dan Black and Engel Beltre to preserve the victory.

The RailRiders continue their series against the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) on Saturday. First pitch at BB&T Ballpark is set for 7:05 p.m. RHP Jaron Long (0-1, 6.1) goes for SWB against RHP Chris Beck (0-1, 5.31) of Charlotte. The RailRiders return to PNC Field on May 5 to host the Gwinnett Braves at 6:35 p.m. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

The first timer violation occurred in the fourth inning at 7:49 p.m. when Charlotte’s Shawn Haviland was charged an automatic ball.

Jose Pirela finished the night 3-for-5 and now owns four hits and a .444 average in his rehab stint with SWB.

-Starter Matt Tracy pitched 3.1 innings (5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, K) and has left both starts with a lead (SWB 2-0).

-Ben Gamel’s two RBI tie him with Slade Heathcott (11) for the team lead.

– SWB RailRiders –

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 36 other followers

%d bloggers like this: