SWB Game Notes 8-15-15

CLICK HERE for the Aug. 15 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: Without a hit through six innings, the RailRiders more than made up for it. Championed by crushed home runs from Rob Refsnyder and Aaron Judge, SWB sent all nine to the plate in a five-run seventh en route to a 5-3 series-opening win over the Red Wings on Friday night. The RailRiders have won a season-high-tying six straight games. Rochester (61-60) has lost four of five. SWB stands 17 games above .500 for the first time since the then-SWB Yankees won the division in 2012 at 84-60.

BEST SEASON EVER: At 69-52, the RailRiders have surpassed the efforts of the first two RailRiders teams. Both the 2013 and 2014 RailRiders went 68-76 and each unit finished in fifth place in the IL North.

JUDGE, JURY & EXICUTIONER: Judge delivered the game’s biggest blow, a towering go-ahead three-run homer to left-center in the five-run seventh. He leads the Yankees’ farm in overall home runs (18) while the next three spots are all occupied by men with SWB time in 2015: 2. Gary Sanchez (16); 3. Kyle Roller (13); T-4. Greg Bird (12). Judge also paces the farm with 68 RBIs. Ten of his last 17 hits have gone for extra bases including five home runs. His five stolen bases in 39 Triple-A games trump the two he had in 194 pro games before his SWB stay.

R&R: The Twins’ top-ranked pitching prospect, Jose Berrios, had allowed just one man to reach base through six no-hit innings. That changed when Refsnyder bashed a no-doubt home run to left to spark the seventh. It stalled a string of 17 straight men retired since Refsnyder was hit by a pitch in the first. It also ignited a run of seven straight clean baserunners including the majestic Judge homer.

THE DEATH BLOW: IL All-Star Austin Romine rounded out the SWB scoring with an RBI single to right that scored Slade Heathcott and chased Berrios (3-2).

ALL GOOD THINGS: Ben Gamel went 0-for-4 to conclude the IL’s longest active hitting streak at 12 games (21-for-49, .429/.472/.776/1.247). He 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 had posted multiple hits in 12 of his last 19 games entering last night, hitting .413/.471/.760/1.231 in that time. He entered today with the IL’s fourth-best batting average (.301). He ranks among the IL’s best in hits (3rd, 127), runs (T-2nd, 68), slugging (4th, .476), extra-base hits (T-4th, 42) and total bases (3rd, 201).

CLOSE CALLS: Half of the RailRiders’ last 24 games have been decided by one run and 17 have come down to two runs or less. SWB has gone 18-6 (.750) over that longer span and owns the IL’s best record in one-run games at 24-14 (.632).

PIRELA POP: Jose Pirela singled and scored in a 1-for-4 night with a line-drive out to deep center. Since the All-Star break, he has hit .373/.441/.471/.911 while lifting his batting average to .337. If he had enough plate appearances to qualify (min. 2.7/team game), he would trail only Buffalo’s Matt Hague (.349) in the IL.

BIRD IS THE WORD: Greg Bird singled the eighth inning of today’s 4-1 win at Toronto for his first MLB hit. He narrowly missed an upper-deck homer in the sixth with a just-foul mash to right that was challenged by the Yankees, but upheld. The reigning IL Batter of the Week (Aug. 3-9) left SWB with hits in 12 of 13, slashing .370/.379/.630/1.009 to lift his Triple-A batting average to .301. The 22-year-old played in just 34 Triple-A games after his Fourth of July debut.

IT FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME: In his Triple-A debut, Cesar Vargas struck out the side in a perfect ninth for the save. The game ended when he whiffed the man named baseball’s No. 1 prospect entering the season, Byron Buxton.

68 & COUNTING: Vargas became the 68th different 2015 RailRider and SWB’s 41st pitcher. The team has had 15 men earn a save and 22 different starters.

HOME-ROAD SPLITS: Fifty (64%) of the RailRiders’ 78 home runs have come on the road. SWB has hit better on the road (.282/.347/.417) than at home (.259/.332/.362) while scoring 5.2 runs/road game against 3.8/home game. At 38-21 (.644), SWB has Triple-A’s best road record. The 2002 Red Barons set the franchise record with a 45-27 (.652) mark outside of Moosic. It also won a franchise record 91 overall games.

Refsnyder, Judge Power Comeback Win

Duo Slugs Huge Homers in Five-Run Seventh

Rochester, N.Y. – Without a hit through six innings, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) more than made up for it. Championed by crushed home runs from Rob Refsnyder and Aaron Judge, SWB sent all nine to the plate in a five-run seventh en route to a 5-3 series-opening win over the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) at Frontier Field on Friday night. The RailRiders (69-52) have won a season-high-tying six straight games. Rochester (61-60) has lost four of five.

The Twins’ top-ranked pitching prospect, Jose Berrios, had allowed just one man to reach base through six innings. That all changed when Refsnyder bashed a no-doubt home run to left field to spark the seventh for a 2-1 score. It stalled a string of 17 straight men retired since Refsnyder was hit by a pitch in the first. It also ignited a run of seven straight clean baserunners including a majestic three-run homer by Judge for a 4-2 edge. IL All-Star Austin Romine rounded out the scoring with an RBI single to right that scored Slade Heathcott and chased Berrios (3-2).

SWB starter Brady Lail tossed a solid 5.2 innings of two-run ball, but it was reliever James Pazos (3-1) who earned the win. He stranded an inherited runner behind Lail and retired the lone man he faced, Xavier Avery, on a strikeout looking.

Rochester added a run in the eighth with an Avery single that plated Reynaldo Rodriguez.

But in the ninth, Cesar Vargas struck out the side in a perfect ninth for a save in his Triple-A debut. The game ended when he whiffed the man named baseball’s No. 1 prospect entering the season, Byron Buxton.

The series continues at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday evening. SWB right-hander Kyle Davies (8-6, 3.51) faces fellow righty Michael Bowden (8-3, 2.57).

The RailRiders return to PNC Field for a six-game homestand on Tuesday, Aug. 18 as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) and Red Wings come to town. It starts with T-Shirt Tuesday presented by Norwegian Cruise Lines. The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a Mr. IncrediBall T-shirt.

For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 8-14-15

CLICK HERE for the Aug. 14 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 6:45 p.m.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The RailRiders finished off a four-game sweep of the Pawtucket Red Sox with a 3-2 finish on Thursday night at PNC Field. The PawSox (44-75) have lost 11 straight. SWB stands 16 games above .500 for the first time since the then-SWB Yankees won the division in 2012 at 84-60.

HOME COOKIN’: The RailRiders climbed back to .500 (31-31) at home with their season-high-tying fifth straight home win. SWB has not had a winning record at PNC Field since it started the season with an April 9 win versus Syracuse. The RailRiders have gone 10-2 at PNC Field since the All-Star break.

WITH CONVICTION: Aaron Judge drove in a pair of first-inning runs, walked and stole a bag. He leads the Yankees’ farm in overall home runs while the next three spots are all occupied by man with SWB time in 2015: 2. Gary Sanchez (16); 3. Kyle Roller (13); T-4. Greg Bird (12). Judge also paces the farm with 65 RBIs. Nine of his last 16 hits have gone for extra bases including four home runs. His five stolen bases in 38 Triple-A games trump the two he had in 194 pro games before his SWB stay.

THERE’S THAT MAN AGAIN: Ben Gamel went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and stretched the IL’s longest active hitting streak to 12 games (21-for-49, .429/.472/.776/1.247). He 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 has posted multiple hits in 12 of his last 19 games, hitting .413/.471/.760/1.231 in that time. He has lifted his overall contact clip to .304, good for fourth in the IL. He ranks among the IL’s best in hits (3rd, 127), runs scored (T-2nd, 68), slugging (3rd, .481), extra-base hits (T-4th, 42) and total bases (3rd, 201).

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.

NAILBITERS: Over half (12) of the RailRiders’ last 23 games have been decided by one run and 16 have come down to two runs or less. SWB has gone 17-6 over that longer span and owns the IL’s best record in one-run games at 24-14 (.632).

MIGRATING NORTH: Greg Bird went 0-for-5 in his MLB debut last night. He started at first base and batted seventh in the Yankees’ 8-6 win at Cleveland. The reigning IL Batter of the Week (Aug. 3-9) left SWB with hits in 12 of 13, slashing .370/.379/.630/1.009 in that time to lift his Triple-A batting average to .301. The 22-year-old played in just 34 Triple-A games after his Fourth of July debut.

SEÑOR SWING: Gary Sanchez doubled and lined out on a 1-for-4 night. After starting his Triple-A time 2-for-11 (.182/.286/.455/.740), he has gone 26-for-75 (.347/.412/.560/.972). He has hit .326 at Triple-A with 21 RBIs in 24 games.

UNDER MY PIRELA: Jose Pirela drove in the winning run with an eighth-inning single in his first game this season as the SWB three-hole hitter. Since the All-Star break, he has hit .378/.447/.480/.927 while lifting his batting average to .339. If he had enough plate appearances to qualify (min. 2.7/team game), he would trail only Buffalo’s Matt Hague (.344) in the batting title chase.

OFF THE RAILS: Kyle Roller hit ninth for the first time and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout…Since the break, the IL All-Star has gone 5-for-54 (.093) with seven walks (.231 OBP) against 22 strikeouts…He is hitless over his last 18 at-bats with 11 strikeouts…Eric Wooten (2-3) got the win with 5.2 innings of scoreless, four-hit relief (all singles)…James Pazos posted his second save by striking out the lone man he faced (Carlos Rivero)…Pazos has more strikeouts (29) than hits allowed (20) over his 27 innings.

RailRiders Complete Sweep of PawSox

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) finished off a four-game sweep of the Pawtucket Red Sox with a 3-2 finish on Thursday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders (68-52) claimed their eighth straight against the PawSox (44-75) and climbed back to .500 (31-31) at home.

SWB received a strong relief effort from Eric Wooten (2-3). The southpaw blanked the PawSox over 5.2 innings behind starter Joel De La Cruz, yielding four hits and two walks with four strikeouts. James Pazos struck out the final batter he faced for his second save. Shawn Haviland shouldered the loss after allowing three runs on six hits over 7.1 innings. He walked two and whiffed three.

The RailRiders grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Aaron Judge singled home Ben Gamel and Rob Refsnyder on a two-out liner to center. Pawtucket rallied to knot the score at two in the third against De La Cruz. The right-hander yielded two runs on a pair of hits and three walks.

Tied in the last of the eighth, Gamel and Refsnyder and combined on consecutive hits to set the table for Jose Pirela. Reliever Noe Ramirez entered and Pirela slammed a single into right that brought around Gamel. Ramirez would get a double play grounder to escape the inning without further damage.

The RailRiders journey to Rochester for a three-game series with the third place Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) on Friday night. First pitch at Frontier Field is set for 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Brady Lail (1-1, 5.23) faces right-hander Michael Bowden (1-1, 5.74). The RailRiders return to PNC Field on Tuesday, August 18, to host the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and will give away a Mr. Incrediball t-shirt, courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Lines. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 8-13-15

CLICK HERE for the Aug. 13 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 earned their fourth walk-off win of the season, outlasting the Pawtucket Red Sox in 12 innings on Thursday night, 4-3.The PawSox have lost 10 straight. SWB stands 15 games above .500 for the first time since the then-SWB Yankees won the division in 2013 at 84-60.

WITH CONVICTION: Aaron Judge won the game with a 12th-inning single that scored Rico Noel from third base. Judge finished the game 3-for-5 with that RBI, a walk and a strikeout. He leads the Yankees’ farm in overall home runs while the next three spots are all occupied by his teammates: 2. Gary Sanchez (16); 3. Kyle Roller (13); 4. Greg Bird (12). Judge also paces the farm system with 63 RBIs. Nine of his last 15 hits have gone for extra bases including four home runs.

ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US: Noel pinch ran for Bird in the 12th. He stole both second and third before Judge’s one-out blooper sent him home. Before last night the RailRiders had a man steal multiple bags in a game just once all season. Rob Refsnyder took two on the Louisville Bats on June 24. Like Noel, each swipe came in the same journey around the bases. He stole second and third in the sixth inning on the battery of Sam LeCure and Chris Berset.

NOT-SO-GENTLE BEN: Ben Gamel homered to tie the game in the seventh, part of a 2-for-4 night with two walks and a pair of runs scored. His efforts stretched the IL’s longest active hitting streak to 11 games (19-for-45, .422/.469/.800/1.269). He 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 has posted multiple hits in 11 of his last 18 games, hitting .408/.469/.775/1.244 in that time. He has lifted his overall contact clip to .302, good for fourth in the IL. He ranks among the IL’s best in hits (4th, 125), runs scored (T-3rd, 66), slugging (3rd, .481), extra-base hits (4th, 42) and total bases (3rd, 199). Gamel entered 2015 with 10 home runs in 415 games and 1,634 at-bats as a pro. In his first Triple-A season, he has bashed nine homers in 107 games played and 414 at-bats.

BULLISH ‘PEN: The triumvirate of Nick Rumbelow, Caleb Cotham and Johnny Barbato (2-0) combined to retire 18 of 20 to end the game. The only two baserunners came on an Humberto Quintero infield single and a full-count walk to Mike Miller. Rumbelow has struck out 54 men while walking 13 in 49 innings. Cotham has allowed just three earned runs in 16 outings and 26.1 innings (1.03 ERA). He has held the IL to a .198 average while posting 27 strikeouts against two walks. Barbato has allowed just one run in his 12.2 innings (0.71 ERA). He has been perfect in three save tries.

ONE-SIDED RELATIONSHIP: The RailRiders have more wins against Pawtucket (12-3) than any other team this season, including a 5-0 mark in the Ocean State. They have taken seven straight and 18 of 21 going back to last season.

NAILBITERS: Half of the RailRiders’ last 22 games have been decided by one run and 15 have come down to two runs or less. SWB has gone 16-6 over its last 22 and owns the IL’s best record in single-score games at 23-14 (.622).

FEATHERED FIGHT: Greg Bird went 2-for-6 with a pair of singles. The IL Batter of the Week (Aug. 3-9) has hits in 12 of 13, slashing .370/.379/.630/1.009 in that time to lift his Triple-A batting average to .301.

SEÑOR SWING: Gary Sanchez walked and drove in a run. After starting his Triple-A time 2-for-11 (.182/.286/.455/.740), he has gone 25-for-71 (.352/.420/.563/.983). He has hit .329 at Triple-A with 21 RBIs in 23 games.

UNDER MY PIRELA: Jose Pirela singled and walked. Since the All-Star break, he has hit .383/.455/.489/.944 while lifting his batting average to .341. If he had enough plate appearances to qualify (min. 2.7/team game), he would trail only Buffalo’s Matt Hague (.345) in the batting title chase.

RailRiders Work Overtime for Series Win

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) earned their fourth walk-off win of the season, outlasting the Pawtucket Red Sox 4-3 in 12 innings on Thursday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders (67-52) won their seventh in a row against the PawSox (44-74).

Aaron Judge finished the night with three hits, but none were bigger than his last. Greg Bird opened the deciding frame with a single to left off reliever Heath Hembree (0-5). Rico Noel was inserted as a pinch runner for Bird and stole his way to second and third. After Gary Sanchez lined out to shallow center, Judge lifted a fly ball to the left gap. Left fielder Garin Cecchini could not make the grab and Noel scored the winning run.

Johnny Barbato (3-0) led a stellar effort from the RailRiders bullpen, hurling three scoreless, hitless innings. Barbato combined with Nick Rumbelow and Caleb Cotham to retire 18 of the last 20, including nine straight by Barbato.

The RailRiders got a quality start from Eric Ruth in his return to Triple-A. The right-hander allowed three runs on seven hits over six innings.

The PawSox built a 3-0 advantage going into the bottom of the sixth, but SWB mounted a rally to tie the score. Ben Gamel singled to chase starter Edwin Escobar. Rob Refsnyder drove a double into the left-center alley off reliever Jonathan Aro to score Gamel. Refsnyder came around on a pair of groundouts to cut the deficit to one, 3-2.

With two away in the seventh, Gamel crushed a long home run to right for the tying run. It was his ninth of the year.

The RailRiders go for the four-game sweep of the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) on Thursday night. First pitch at PNC Field is set for 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Joel De La Cruz (7-0, 3.10) opposes right-hander Shawn Haviland (4-6, 4.37). Join the fun with the RailRiders’ Thirsty Thursday. $1 Drafts and Pepsi products courtesy of Budweiser from 6-8 p.m. and live music from Dashboard Mary. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 8-12-15

CLICK HERE for the Aug. 12 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with Darren Headrick with pregame coverage starting at 6:35 p.m. John Sadak and Donnie Collins will have the call on MyTV regionally starting at 7 p.m.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: The RailRiders secured their sixth straight win over the PawSox with a 5-2 triumph on Tuesday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders got a huge lift with a three-run homer by Aaron Judge in the sixth. The PawSox have lost nine straight. SWB stands 14 games above .500 for the first time since the then-SWB Yankees won the division in 2013 at 84-60.

WITH CONVICTION: Judge’s home run was his fifth at Triple-A and his 17th overall this season. He leads the Yankees’ farm in overall home runs while the next three spots are all occupied by his teammates: 2. Gary Sanchez (16); 3. Kyle Roller (13); 4. Greg Bird (12). Judge also paces the farm system with 62 RBIs. Nine of his last 12 hits have gone for extra bases including four home runs.

JUST WAIT ‘TILL WE GET OUR HAYNES ON YOU: Right-hander Kyle Haynes (1-1) secured his first Triple-A win. He tossed 5.2 innings of one-run ball on three hits (one home run) and three walks while whiffing a season-high-tying six. The player to be named later in the Dec. 2013 Chris Stewart trade to the Pirates, Haynes had never pitched above Advanced-A before this season. He had started just eight games on his pro career before moving to the Double-A Trenton rotation in late May.

IT FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME: IL All-Star catcher Austin Romine started at first base for the first time this season. He played first base 13 times as a RailRider last season when the Yankees’ current back-up catcher, John Ryan Murphy, was the regular SWB starter in 2014. He also played first base once in the bigs on Sept. 28, 2014 in a 9-5 win over the Red Sox. Romine entered that game as a pinch hitter and stayed in as the first baseman.

BAILEY BONDS: In his fourth SWB appearance, Andrew Bailey recorded his third save. He tossed 1.2 hitless innings with a season-best four strikeouts. He has held the IL to a .235 batting average while composing a 1.07 WHIP. The two-time American League All-Star and 2009 A.L. Rookie of the Year has allowed just one run while issuing only one walk during his short time at Triple-A this year.

LORD I WAS BORN A GAMELING MAN: Ben Gamel doubled to stretch the team’s longest active hitting streak to 10 games. He leads the IL with 12 outfield assists and 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 has posted multiple hits in 10 of his last 17 games, hitting .403/.453/.746/1.200 in that time. He has lifted his overall contact clip to .300, good for sixth in the IL. He ranks among the IL’s best in hits (T-3rd, 123), runs scored (4th, 64), slugging (4th, .473), extra-base hits (4th, 41) and total bases (3rd, 194).

WHO OWN DA PAW SOX?: The RailRiders have more wins against Pawtucket (11-3) than any other team this season, including a 5-0 mark in the Ocean State. They have taken 16 of the last 19 meetings going back to last season including each of the last six. The PawSox have lost nine in a row overall.

CLOSE CALLS: Ten of the RailRiders’ last 21 games have been decided by one run and 14 have come down to two runs or less. SWB has gone 15-6 over its last 21 and owns the IL’s best record in single-score games at 22-14 (.611).

FLYING HIGH: Greg Bird singled and scored. The current IL Batter of the Week (Aug. 3-9) has hits in 11 of 12, slashing .375/.385/.667/1.051 in that time to lift his Triple-A batting average to .300.

HOW GARY GOT HIS GROOVE BACK: Gary Sanchez singled, scored and picked Sandy Leon off of first base in the eighth. After starting his Triple-A time 2-for-11 (.182/.286/.455/.740), he has gone 25-for-66 (.379/.440/.606/1.046). He enters tonight as a .351 hitter at Triple-A with 20 RBIs in 22 games played.

UNDER MY PIRELA: Jose Pirela twice worked leadoff walks and scored. Since the All-Star break, he has hit .389/.457/.500/.957 while lifting his batting average to .344. If he had enough plate appearances to qualify (min. 2.7/team game), he would trail only Buffalo’s Matt Hague (.346) in the batting title chase.

Judge Homers as RailRiders Roll

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) secured their seventh straight win over the Pawtucket Red Sox with a 5-2 triumph on Tuesday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders (66-52) got a huge lift in the win thanks to a three-run homer by Aaron Judge in the sixth. The PawSox (44-73) dropped their ninth straight decision.

Starter Kyle Haynes (1-1) took home his first Triple-A victory by limiting Pawtucket to a solo home run from Quintin Berry in the fifth. Haynes yielded three hits and three walks, but struck out six over 5.2 innings. William Cuevas (0-2) shouldered the loss after allowing two runs on two hits and three walks over five frames. Andrew Bailey recorded the final five outs for his third save in four appearances with SWB.

The RailRiders struck first when Jose Pirela came across home on a bases-loaded wild pitch in the third. After Berry’s round-tripper to right-center squared the game at one in the fifth, SWB immediately reclaimed the advantage. Pirela worked his second walk and raced home on a two-out double to center by Ben Gamel.

Robby Scott relieved Cuevas in the sixth, but promptly surrendered singles to Greg Bird and Gary Sanchez. Judge worked the count full against Scott and then uncorked a thunderous home run off the concourse bridge beyond left field. For Judge, it was his fifth homer with SWB and 17th on the year.

The PawSox had one last rally, loading the bases against reliever Nick Goody. Bailey entered and allowed a walk to Humberto Quintero that forced in Carlos Rivero. The right-hander then settled in to strike out four of the final five batters he faced.

The RailRiders look for a series win against the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) on Wednesday night. First pitch at PNC Field is set for 7:05 p.m. Left-hander Chris Capuano (1-1, 1.93) opposes left-hander Edwin Escobar (0-2, 7.54). The iconic Budweiser Clydesdales will make an appearance at PNC Field courtesy of Budweiser and Northeast Eagle Distributors. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

Thu., Aug. 13 – Join the fun with the RailRiders’ Thirsty Thursday. $1 Drafts and Pepsi products courtesy of Budweiser from 6-8 p.m. and live music from Dashboard Mary.

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SWB Game Notes 8-11-15

CLICK HERE for the Aug. 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: A wild Monday night at PNC Field finished in exhilarating fashion as the RailRiders earned a 2-1 win over the PawSox on Ben Gamel‘s walk-off, inside-the-park home run to right. SWB stands 13 games above .500 for the first time since the then-SWB Yankees won the division in 2013 at 84-60.

GAMEL HAD A SECRETARY NAMED REFSNYDER: Gamel’s inside-the-park home run was his eighth homer of the season, tying him with Rob Refsnyder for second on the team with eight in an SWB uniform. Refsnyder, who was the on-deck hitter last night during Gamel’s game-winning plate appearance, delivered the team’s prior inside-the-parker at Lehigh Valley on June 28, 2014. The 2014 RailRiders had two walk-off homers: Refsnyder on July 4 off of Buffalo’s Steve Delabar and Adonis Garcia on July 10 against Rochester’s A.J. Achter.

LORD I WAS BORN A GAMELING MAN: Gamel went 2-for-5 with a double and his homer. He leads the IL with 12 outfield assists and 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 has posted multiple hits in 10 of his last 16 games, hitting .413/.465/.76/1.227 in that time. He has lifted his overall contact clip to .300, good for sixth in the IL. He ranks among the IL’s best in hits (T-2nd, 122), runs scored (T-3rd, 64), slugging (4th, .473) and total bases (3rd, 192).

WHO OWN DA PAW SOX?: The RailRiders have more wins against Pawtucket (10-3) than any other team this season, including a 5-0 mark in the Ocean State. They have taken 15 of the last 18 meetings going back to last season including each of the last five. The PawSox have lost eight in a row overall.

QUALITY EFFORT: Starter Kyle Davies settled for a no-decision but logged his seventh quality start over his last nine. In that time he is 3-1 with a 2.09 ERA, .204 BAA and 1.04 WHIP. Last night, he allowed one unearned run on three hits and one walk over seven innings while whiffing a season-best eight. He leads SWB in wins (8), but also shares the lead in losses (6). Part of the reason has been run support. He gets just 3.7 runs/start including nine runs in his six setbacks (1.5/loss).

CLOSE CALLS: Half of the RailRiders’ last 20 games have been decided by one run and 14 have come down to two runs or less. SWB has gone 14-6 over its last 20 and owns the IL’s best record in single-score games at 22-14 (.611).

FLYING HIGH: Greg Bird went 2-for-4 on the day he was named IL Batter of the Week (Aug. 3-9) after hitting .348 while pacing the circuit in RBIs (10) and slugging (.783). Bird has hits in 10 of his last 11 games, slashing .386/.396/.705/1.100 in that time to lift his Triple-A batting average to .302.

HOW GARY GOT HIS GROOVE BACK: Gary Sanchez went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. After starting his Triple-A time 2-for-11 (.182/.286/.455/.740), he has gone 24-for-62 (.387/.451/.629/1.080). He enters tonight as a .356 hitter at Triple-A with 20 RBIs in 21 games played. Including his Double-A numbers, he co-leads the Yankees’ farm in home runs with Aaron Judge at 16.

UNDER MY PIRELA: Jose Pirela went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base. Since the All-Star break, he has hit .398/.455/.511/.967 while lifting his batting average to .348. If he had enough plate appearances to qualify (min. 2.7/team game), he would trail only Buffalo’s Matt Hague (.349) in the batting title chase.

TOUGH TIMES: In eight games played on his latest SWB tenure, Slade Heathcott has gone 2-for-30 (.067) with three walks and 14 strikeouts. Kyle Roller went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. The IL All-Star has gone 5-for-51 (.098) since the break with 21 strikeouts, lowering his average to a season-worst .220. Gregorio Petit enters tonight in a 1-for-17 (.059) slide with five strikeouts, lowering his average to a season-worst .239. He hit .297 with 19 doubles and 10 homers as a PCL All-Star for Triple-A Oklahoma City in 2014.

LIGHTS OUT: Stadium lights on the left side of PNC Field went out with the bases empty, two outs and Jemile Weeks at the plate in the seventh. It resulted in an 18-minute delay before Davies resumed the plate appearance by issuing ball four on a payoff pitch for his lone walk. It made for the second time in the modern PNC Field’s three-year run that a game was delayed by the darkening of stadium lights. On July 10, 2013, with a rehabbing Derek Jeter in the lineup, the lights went out for a 21-minute delay that The Captain filled by signing autographs.

Gamel’s Heroics Plates a Victory for RailRiders

Moosic, Pa. – A wild Monday night at PNC Field finished in exhilarating fashion as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) scored a 2-1 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox on Ben Gamel’s walk-off, inside-the-park home run to right. The RailRiders (65-52) earned their fifth straight win over the PawSox (44-72), a club that has lost eight straight.

The two clubs ventured into the ninth inning tied at one. Caleb Cotham (2-0) made it through his second scoreless inning of relief work, catching Allen Craig looking for a frame-ending strike three. Gamel led off the final stanza and blistered a lien drive to right. Jonathan Roof attempted a sliding stop, but missed. The ball rolled to the base of the wall as Gamel raced around the bases to score the winning run.

The walk-off handed the loss to Heath Hembree (0-1). It was the first inside-the-park home run turned by the RailRiders since Rob Refsnyder came around at Lehigh Valley on June 28, 2014.

Kyle Davies authored another strong start, but left with a no decision. The right-hander fanned a season-high eight batters across seven innings of three-hit ball. Roof scored an unearned run in the sixth on a throwing error by Davies for his only blemish.

The RailRiders took a 1-0 lead against Pawtucket starter Matt Barnes in the second on a bases-loaded, sacrifice fly to center by Cole Figueroa. SWB had chances to expand the lead, but stranded nine men on base through six innings.

The RailRiders continue their four-game series with the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) at PNC Field on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Kyle Haynes (0-1, 11.42) opposes right-hander William Cuevas (0-1, 2.57). The first 1,00 fans receive a RailRiders t-shirt, presented by Norwegian Cruise Lines. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

Wed., Aug. 12 – The iconic Budweiser Clydesdales will be making their way to PNC Field courtesy of Budweiser and the RailRiders’ friends at Northeast Eagle Distributors. Fans will be treated to a pre-game on-field parade as well as access to the horses throughout the game for photo ops.

Thu., Aug. 13 – Join the fun with the RailRiders’ Thirsty Thursday. $1 Drafts and Pepsi products courtesy of Budweiser from 6-8 p.m. and live music from Dashboard Mary.

– SWB RailRiders Baseball – The Place to Be! –

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