SWB Game Notes 6-8-15

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YESTERDAY: The Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) had one lead all Sunday afternoon. It came at the ideal time. The first-place Red Wings (31-24) plated a pair in the ninth to produce a 4-3 walk-off win over the second-place RailRiders that kept the Red Wings in the IL North penthouse. It snapped the RailRiders’ 10-game road winning streak.

ONE-RUN FUN: The RailRiders entered yesterday with the IL’s best record in one-run games at 13-5. Rochester was tied with Buffalo (7-13) for the loop’s worst record in one-run affairs.

ROAD WARRIORS: SWB had not won 10 straight road games since taking its first 10 in 2009. The 10th triumph in that run came 17-14 in a 13-inning game that took 4:43 at Rochester on April 25. The Red Wings then snapped the streak with a 7-3 win at Frontier Field on April 26. All seven runs came in the opening inning. No Yankees-affiliated SWB team has won more than 10 straight on the road.

HIGH FIVE: NEPA’s team had won a season-high-tying five in a row overall. It also did so from May 14-18 when it swept Durham in four games on the road and took a home affair from Charlotte.

GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: The RailRiders stand five games below .500 at PNC Field (14-19) and nine games over on the road (17-8). The team has hit .281 on the road compared to a .246 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 130 runs in 25 games (5.2/game). At home, the squad has plated 111 runs in 33 games (3.4/game). The pitching has performed slightly better at home (3.39 ERA) than outside of Moosic (3.47). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.680).

RED WINGING IT: The RailRiders have lost 11 of their last 13 games at Rochester’s home, Frontier Field. That hurt the team en route to a 5-11 performance against the Red Wings last season. The SWB franchise had not logged a losing season against Rochester since the 2007 unit also went 5-11. The RailRiders have lost 18 of their last 24 against the Red Wings overall going back to 2013.

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Both Rob Refsnyder and Austin Romine homered in the eighth inning…Refsnyder lined his third of the season while Romine bombed his fourth…Each round-tripper cleared the wall in left field…Mason Williams doubled on a 3-for-5 day…He is hitting .319 through his first 17 games at the Triple-A level.

WHAT WENT WRONG: Branden Pinder blew a save for the third time in four tries with SWB this season…The RailRiders went 1-for-9 with men in scoring position and stranded eight men on base…Nick Noonan‘s game-ending throwing error was the lone miscue on the game between the two teams.

WALK IT OFF: Sunday marked the RailRiders’ third walk-off loss of the season and first since April 30 at Charlotte. SWB entered the game 26-1 when leading after eight innings. The only other loss when leading entering the ninth came at Gwinnett on April 27 when Cedric Hunter hit a two-strike, two-out homer at Coolray Field for a walk-off finish.

FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME: The RailRiders and Bisons, divisional brothers, meet for the first of their 17 clashes, nine of which will take place in Buffalo. Under the balanced schedule in 2014, SWB went 7-9 against the Bisons including a 3-5 mark at Coca-Cola Field. The Bisons claimed five of the last six meetings between the clubs.

Red Wings Roar Back, Retain First Place

Walk-Off Loss Snaps 10-Game Road Winning Streak

Rochester, N.Y. – The Rochester Red Wings (Triple-A/Minnesota Twins) had one lead all Sunday afternoon. It came at the ideal time. The first-place Red Wings (31-24) plated a pair in the ninth to produce a 4-3 walk-off win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees) that kept the Red Wings in first place. It snapped the RailRiders’ 10-game road winning streak and marked the 11th time in 13 games that SWB (31-27) lost at Frontier Field.

Leading 3-2 entering the home ninth, reliever Branden Pinder (0-1) allowed back-to-back singles to pinch hitter Danny Ortiz and Reynaldo Rodriguez. A fly-out later, Kennys Vargas walked to load the bases. Oswaldo Arcia then skied a ball to the rim of the warning track in right-center that was caught by Mason Williams. Each runner tagged up and tried to advance. Ortiz scored while cut-off man Nick Noonan tried to nab Rodriguez at third, but errantly sailed his throw allowing Rodriguez to race home and plunge on top of the plate with the winning run.

SWB starter Jose De Paula fired a career-high-tying seven innings of two-hit ball. He struck out four and walked one while facing the minimum in all but one of his innings including five perfect frames. Rochester reliever Caleb Thielbar (4-2) logged a scoreless ninth on 15 pitches (six strikes) for the win.

The RailRiders travel to Buffalo to begin a three-game set with the Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) on Monday at 7:05 p.m. SWB hands the ball to right-hander Bryan Mitchell (4-4, 2.86) while Buffalo is expected to start southpaw Daniel Norris (1-4, 3.31). SWB returns home to host the Red Wings from June 11-14. The four-game set includes two fireworks nights and a Derek Jeter bobblehead giveaway on Saturday, June 13 courtesy of Allied Services. For tickets or more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit the team’s website, www.swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Both Rob Refsnyder and Austin Romine homered in the eighth inning. Refsnyder lined his third of the season while Romine bombed his fourth. Each round-tripper cleared the wall in left field.

Mason Williams doubled on a 3-for-5 day. He is hitting .319 through his first 17 games at the Triple-A level.

SWB had not won 10 consecutive road games since taking its first 10 such affairs in 2009. The 10th triumph in that run was a 17-14 game that took 13 innings and 4:43 at Rochester on April 25. That road winning streak was snapped at 10 by the Red Wings on that April 26, also at Frontier Field.

NEPA’s team had won a season-high-tying five in a row overall. It also did so from May 14-18 when it swept Durham in four games on the road and took a home affair from Charlotte.

Branden Pinder has blown three saves in four tries with SWB this season.

The RailRiders went 1-for-9 with men in scoring position and stranded eight men on base.

Sunday marked the RailRiders’ third walk-off loss of the season and first since April 30 at Charlotte.

SWB entered the game 26-1 when leading after eight innings. The only other loss when leading entering the ninth came at Gwinnett on April 27 when Cedric Hunter hit a two-strike, two-out homer at Coolray Field for a walk-off finish.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 6-7-15

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FIRST THINGS FIRST: Today the RailRiders have a chance to grab sole possession of first place for the first time in the RailRiders era. The franchise last owned the penthouse by itself when the then-SWB Yankees won the division without a home stadium in 2012. That squad clinched the crown in its last “home” game of the year with a 5-0 defeat of Lehigh Valley at Rochester’s Frontier Field. The RailRiders’ home of PNC Field in Moosic, Pa. was undergoing a season-long reconstruction, forcing the team to play “home” games at six other stadiums. The majority of those games were played at Frontier Field.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: A tightrope walk led to a familiar destination as the RailRiders topped the first-place Red Wings on Saturday night, 2-1. SWB won its 10th straight road game and drew within a half-game of Rochester in the IL North.

ONE-RUN FUN: The RailRiders improved to an IL-best 13-5 in one-run games including wins in 10 of their last 12 single-score contests. Rochester and Buffalo (7-13) stand tied for the loop’s worst record in one-run affairs.

LORD I WAS BORN A GAMELING MAN: Ben Gamel bashed the game’s lone extra-base hit, his team-leading sixth triple. He has more triples than three IL teams (Norfolk & Pawtucket 5; Lehigh Valley 4).

ROAD WARRIORS: SWB had not won 10 consecutive road games since taking its first 10 in 2009. The 10th triumph in that run was a 17-14 game that took 13 innings and 4:43 at Rochester on April 25. The Red Wings then snapped the streak with a 7-3 win on April 26. All seven runs scored in the opening inning. No Yankees-affiliated SWB team has won more than 10 straight on the road.

FIVE ALIVE: The RailRiders stand five games above .500 for the first time since the 2013 squad was 20-15 after a 7-6 loss at Gwinnett on May 12.

HIGH FIVE: NEPA’s team has won a season-high-tying five in a row overall. It last did so from May 14-18 when it swept Durham in four games on the road and took a home affair from Charlotte.

GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: The RailRiders stand five games below .500 at PNC Field (14-19) and 10 games over on the road (17-7). The team has hit .282 on the road compared to a .246 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 127 runs in 24 games (5.3/game). At home, the squad has plated 111 runs in 33 games (3.4/game). The pitching has performed slightly better at home (3.39 ERA) than outside of Moosic (3.48). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.708) and no IL squad has more home losses than SWB (19).

RED WINGING IT: The RailRiders have lost 10 of their last 12 games at Rochester’s home, Frontier Field. That hurt the team en route to a 5-11 performance against the Red Wings last season. The SWB franchise had not logged a losing season against Rochester since the 2007 unit also went 5-11. The RailRiders have lost 17 of their last 23 against the Red Wings going back to 2013.

OFF THE RAILS: SWB stands to 26-1 when leading after eight innings…Starter Kyle Davies improved to 4-0 in five road games (four starts)…He is 0-3 in five nods at PNC Field…Nick Noonan went 3-for-4 with the team’s only RBI…Rochester went 1-for-5 with men in scoring position and stranded 10 men on base…All eight Red Wings’ hits were singles…The game-time temperature was 63 degrees with 11 mph winds. The thermometer dipped to 55 before the game’s end…The fireworks gathering of 10,901 marked the biggest crowd to see a 2015 RailRiders game…SWB struck out a season-high 14 times.

RailRiders Draw within Half-Game of First Place

SWB Tops Rochester, Wins 10th Straight Road Game

Rochester, N.Y. – A tightrope walk led to a familiar destination as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) topped the first-place Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) on Saturday night, 2-1. SWB (31-26) won its 10th straight road game and drew within a half-game of Rochester (30-24) in the IL North. The RailRiders improved to a league-best 13-5 in one-run games.

The RailRiders never trailed thanks to Rob Refsnyder’s run-scoring groundball double play in the first inning that scored Mason Williams. Three straight two-out hits by Rochester tied the game an inning later with Eric Farris driving former SWB infielder Doug Bernier home.

The game’s lone extra-base hit, Ben Gamel’s team-leading sixth triple, started the fifth. Nick Noonan looped a single into shallow right-center to score Gamel for the final tally of the game.

Each starter recorded a decision. SWB’s Kyle Davies (4-3) allowed one run on five hits and one walk over 5.1 innings. Rochester’s Tyler Duffey (0-3) struck out nine over his 5.1 innings but allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk.

Rochester attempted to make it interesting, however Nick Rumbelow stranded an inherited runner in the eighth and stranded a two-out runner of his own in the ninth for a two-inning save. His six bolt downs rank second on the squad.

The RailRiders finish their short two-game set with Rochester on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. With first place on the line, SWB hands the ball to southpaw Jose De Paula (1-0, 0.00) while Rochester prepares for a bullpen day with right-handed reliever Lester Oliveros (2-1, 2.73) getting the start. SWB returns home to host the Red Wings from June 11-14. The four-game set includes two fireworks nights and a Derek Jeter bobblehead giveaway on Saturday, June 13 courtesy of Allied Services. For tickets or more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit the team’s website, www.swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

On Sunday, the RailRiders will have a chance to grab sole possession of first place for the first time in the RailRiders era. The franchise last owned the penthouse by itself when the SWB Yankees won the division without a home stadium in 2012. That squad clinched the crown in its last “home” game of the year with a 5-0 defeat of Lehigh Valley at Rochester’s Frontier Field. The RailRiders’ home of PNC Field in Moosic, Pa. was undergoing a season-long reconstruction, forcing the team to play “home” games at six other stadiums. The majority of those games were played at Frontier Field.

SWB had not won 10 consecutive road games since taking its first 10 such affairs in 2009. The 10th triumph in that run was a 17-14 game that took 13 innings and 4:43 at Rochester on April 25.

The RailRiders stand five games above .500 for the first time since the 2013 squad was 20-15 after a 7-6 loss at Gwinnett on May 12.

NEPA’s team has won a season-high-tying five in a row overall. It last did so from May 14-18 when it swept Durham in four games on the road and took a home affair from Charlotte.

SWB improved to 26-1 when leading after eight innings.

Davies has gone 4-0 in five road games (four starts). He is 0-3 in five nods at PNC Field.

Nick Noonan went 3-for-4 with the team’s only RBI.

Rochester went 1-for-5 with men in scoring position and stranded 10 men on base. All eight Red Wings’ hits were singles.

The game-time temperature was 63 degrees with 11 mph winds. The thermometer dipped to 55 before the game’s end.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 6-6-15

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EXPLOSIVE EXTRAS: An eight-run 11th inning carried the RailRiders over the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) on Friday night, 10-2. SWB won its ninth straight road game while Syracuse (17-38) fell for the 12th time in a row and 19th time in 20 games overall.

EXTRA, EXTRA: The RailRiders improved to a league-best 5-0 in extra-inning games. The squad has outscored its foes 15-0 after ninth-inning play. SWB has not lost an extra-inning game since a 3-2 setback at Lehigh Valley in 11 innings on Aug. 30, 2014. Outfielder Taylor Dugas gave up the decisive score for the loss.

INHERITANCE TAX: While he blew a save, Tyler Webb (2-3) stranded two of his three inherited runners en route to the win. Only three of his team-high 17 hand-me-down men have crossed the plate this season.

LORD I WAS BORN A GAMELING MAN: Ben Gamel logged a team-high three hits and fell a triple shy of the cycle. He also picked up his fourth outfield assist when he forced extras by nailing Caleb Ramsey at the plate to end the ninth.

CAREER DAY: In his second career Triple-A start, Luis Severino tossed a career-best seven innings. He retired 20 of the last 23 he faced and allowed just four hits, all singles including two that made contact with an infielder’s glove.

ROAD WARRIORS: The RailRiders have won nine straight games away from PNC Field going back to their four-game sweep of Durham from May 14-17. The team enjoys its longest road winning streak since the 2009 unit claimed its first 10 away from PNC Field. The 10th triumph in that spurt was a 17-14 game that took 13 innings and 4:43 at Rochester on April 25.

THE AIR UP THERE: The RailRiders stand four games above .500 for the first time since the 2013 squad was 20-16 after a 3-2 loss at Gwinnett on May 13.

GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: The RailRiders stand five games below .500 at PNC Field (14-19) and nine games over on the road (16-7). The team has hit .282 on the road compared to a .246 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 125 runs in 23 games (5.4/game). At home, the squad has plated 111 runs in 33 games (3.4/game). The pitching has performed better at home (3.39 ERA) than outside of Moosic (3.59). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.696) and no IL squad has more home losses than SWB (19).

GETTING THE CALL: Former SWB hurler Pat Venditte tossed two scoreless innings in his MLB debut with the Oakland Athletics yesterday. The switch-pitcher dominated with Triple-A Nashville (17G/1GS, 1-0, 1.36, 33IP, 33K, 19H, .167 BAA, 12IR/4S). He became the bigs’ first regular ambidextrous hurler since 1894. Montreal’s Greg Harris was the last to throw with both arms in the majors. He did so in 1995 but he was a right-hander who only attempted life as a southpaw late in his career.

RED WINGING IT: The RailRiders have lost 10 of their last 11 games at Rochester’s home, Frontier Field. That hurt the team en route to a 5-11 performance against the Red Wings last season. The SWB franchise had not logged a losing season against Rochester since the 2007 unit also went 5-11. The RailRiders have lost 17 of their last 22 against the Red Wings going back to 2013.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders’ eight-run eighth made for the most explosive inning for the franchise since the RailRiders rebrand in 2013…The eight-run margin tied as SWB’s most lopsided win of the year…Each game at Syracuse last series was decided by the same score.

Free Baseball Favors RailRiders, 10-2

Severino Fires Career-Best Seven Innings

Syracuse, N.Y. – An eight-run 11th inning carried the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) over the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) on Friday night, 10-2. SWB (30-26) won its ninth straight road game while Syracuse (17-38) fell for the 12th time in a row and 19th time in 20 games overall. The RailRiders took each game on the short two-game set by the same score. The RailRiders improved to a league-best 5-0 in extra-inning games.

Syracuse forced free baseball in dramatic fashion. With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Josh Johnson connected on a run-scoring single through the right-side hole against Tyler Webb (2-3), who had just entered. Pinch runner Jason Martinson scored, but Caleb Ramsey was thrown out at the plate by Ben Gamel from right field.

Webb fired a perfect 10th against the top of the Chiefs’ order before Eric Fornataro (0-3) got the call from the Syracuse bullpen to start the visiting 11th. Three days removed from a spot start, Fornataro faced seven men and failed to record an out. Five straight singles started the inning while a walk and a hit batter followed. Austin Romine delivered what proved to be the game-winning RBI.

After Rob Segedin was hit with a pitch to push the fourth run of the inning across the plate, Johnson moved from second base to the mound for his pro pitching debut. Cole Figueroa then worked a walk, Nick Noonan ripped a two-run double to right and Rob Refsnyder produced a sacrifice fly for the 10-2 margin.

The RailRiders head to Frontier Field for a two-game series against the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins). Right-hander Kyle Davies (3-3, 4.47) is scheduled to face right-hander Tyler Duffey (0-2, 3.86) in Saturday’s 7:05 p.m. series opener. SWB returns home to host the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) from June 11-14. The four-game set includes two fireworks nights and a Derek Jeter bobblehead giveaway on Saturday, June 13 courtesy of Allied Services. For tickets or more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit the team’s website, www.swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

SWB had not won nine consecutive road games since taking its first 10 such affairs in 2009. The 10th triumph in that run was a 17-14 game that took 13 innings and 4:43 at Rochester on April 25.

The RailRiders stand four games above .500 for the first time since the 2013 squad was 20-16 after a 3-2 loss at Gwinnett on May 13.

In his second career Triple-A start, Luis Severino tossed a career-best seven innings. He retired 20 of the last 23 he faced and allowed just four hits, all singles including two that made contact with an infielder’s glove.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 6-5-15

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SMASHING SUCCESS: Crooked numbers littered the scoreboard as the RailRiders crushed the Syracuse Chiefs on Thursday night, 10-2. Syracuse fell for the 18th time in 19 games overall.

EIGHT IS GREAT: The eight-run margin matched SWB’s 10-2 win at Durham for its most lopsided win of the season. That May 14 triumph at Durham Bulls Athletic Park sparked the RailRiders’ active eight-game road winning streak. Oddly enough, the RailRiders’ most lopsided loss of the year was also an eight-run decision, another 10-2 finish at Syracuse on April 16.

ROAD WARRIORS: The RailRiders have won eight straight games away from PNC Field going back to their four-game sweep of Durham from May 14-17. The team enjoys its longest road winning streak since it swept Charlotte and Gwinnett in back-to-back four-game sets on a single road trip from April 29-May 5, 2013. SWB last won nine straight on the road when it claimed its first 10 away from PNC Field in 2009. The 10th triumph in that spurt was a 17-14 game that took 13 innings and 4:43 at Rochester on April 25.

SIMPSON SIR, SECTOR 7G: Nick Noonan thundered his first home run of the season, a three-run shot in the fourth. He last went yard on Aug. 26, 2014 while with Triple-A Fresno at Memphis. Kyle Roller smashed a two-run dinger an inning later. Roller is now tied for second in the IL with eight homers. Only Charlotte’s Matt Davidson, who has hit seven of his nine home runs at the hitter-friendly BB&T Ballpark, has more big flies in the IL this season.

MULTIPLICITY: SWB got multi-hit efforts from Rob Refsnyder and Cole Figueroa. Ben Gamel reached base thrice (2BB, 1-1B) and scored twice.

THE AIR UP THERE: The RailRiders stand three games above .500 for the third time this season. They have not owned a record four games above sea level since the 2013 squad was 20-16 after a 3-2 loss at Gwinnett on May 13.

THE LONG & THE SHORT OF IT: Starter Jaron Long (4-4) won for the fourth time in six starts. In the wins, he has allowed just two earned runs over 24.2 innings (0.73 ERA). He struck out a season-best six last night and walked none. He allowed a home run to Matt den Dekker in his final frame. All four home runs he has allowed this season have come against southpaw swingers. He has been better in his five road starts (3-1, 3.08) than he has in his six home nods (1-3, 5.51).

GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: The RailRiders stand five games below .500 at PNC Field (14-19) and eight games over on the road (15-7). The team has hit .281 on the road compared to a .246 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 115 runs in 22 games (5.2/game). At home, the squad has plated 111 runs in 33 games (3.4/game). The pitching has performed better at home (3.39 ERA) than outside of Moosic (3.74). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.682) and no IL squad has more home losses than SWB (19).

GETTING THE CALL: Former SWB hurler Pat Venditte has been called up to the bigs by the Oakland Athletics. The switch pitcher dominated with Triple-A Nashville (17G/1GS, 1-0, 1.36, 33IP, 33K, 19H, .167 BAA, 12IR/4S). He looks to become MLB’s first regular switch-pitcher since 1894. Montreal’s Greg Harris was the last to throw with both arms in the majors. He did so in 1995 but he was a right-hander who only attempted life as a southpaw late in his career.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders have allowed a homer in a season-worst four straight games…SWB’s five-run fourth tied as the team’s most explosive frame of the season…Relievers Nick Rumbelow, Chris Martin and Branden Pinder each fired a scoreless inning to end the game.

Eight Proves Great as RailRiders Roll

SWB’s Road Dominance Continues at Syracuse

Syracuse, N.Y. – Crooked numbers littered the scoreboard as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) crushed the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) on Thursday night, 10-2. SWB (29-26) won its eighth straight road game while Syracuse (17-37) fell for the 18th time in 19 games overall.

A five-spot in the fourth inning gave the RailRiders all they would need. Run-scoring groundouts by Kyle Roller and Austin Romine preceded a three-run homer by Nick Noonan off surprise starter Austen Williams (0-1). Roller smashed a two-run dinger in the fifth, his team-leading eighth, to lengthen the lead.

That was more than enough for starter Jaron Long (4-4) who allowed two runs (one earned) over six frames.

Jonathan Galvez and Mason Williams each had an RBI in a three-run eighth to round out the scoring while relievers Nick Rumbelow, Chris Martin and Branden Pinder each fired a scoreless inning.

The RailRiders and Chiefs close out the short two-game set on Friday, June 5 at 7:05 p.m. The Yankees’ No. 1 prospect, right-hander Luis Severino (0-0, 4.15), is scheduled to make his second Triple-A start. Syracuse will look to right-hander Paolo Espino (1-0, 1.32). SWB returns home to host the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) from June 11-14. The four-game set includes two fireworks nights and a Derek Jeter bobblehead giveaway on Saturday, June 13 courtesy of Allied Services. For tickets or more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit the team’s website, www.swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Nick Noonan thundered his first home run of the season. He last went yard on Aug. 26, 2014 while with Triple-A Fresno at Memphis.

The eight-run margin matched SWB’s 10-2 win at Durham for its most lopsided win of the season. That May 14 triumph at Durham Bulls Athletic Park sparked the RailRiders’ active eight-game road winning streak.

The RailRiders had not won eight straight road games since it swept Charlotte and Gwinnett in back-to-back four-game series on a single road trip from April 29-May 5, 2013.

SWB has not won nine consecutive road games since taking its first 10 such affairs in 2009. The 10th triumph in that run was a 17-14 game that took 13 innings and 4:43 at Rochester on April 25.

Kyle Roller is now tied for second in the IL with his eight home runs. Only Charlotte’s Matt Davidson, who has hit seven of his nine home runs at the hitter-friendly BB&T Ballpark, has more big flies in the IL this season.

SWB secured multi-hit efforts from Rob Refsnyder and Cole Figueroa.

Ben Gamel reached base three times thanks to two walks and a single. He scored twice.

The RailRiders stand three games above .500 for the third time this season. They have not owned a record four games above sea level since the 2013 squad was 20-16 after a 3-2 loss at Gwinnett on May 13.

Austen Williams made the start in place of A.J. Cole who was called up to the Nationals. Williams was a sixth-round pick in 2014 and had not pitched above the Low-A level in his short career. He gave up five runs on four hits and two walks over four innings.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 6-4-15

CLICK HERE for the June 4 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.

GREAT SUCCESS: The RailRiders dropped the Pawtucket Red Sox, 5-1, to take the three-game series on Wednesday afternoon at PNC Field. With the win, SWB grabbed sole possession of second place in the IL North.

WINNER, WINNER: Starter Bryan Mitchell (4-4) has won consecutive starts for the first time since he claimed four straight with SWB from July 22-Aug. 15, 2014. He overcame a career-high seven walks to fire six innings of scoreless two-hit baseball on 105 pitches (52 strikes). Over his last four starts, Mitchell has logged a 1.08 ERA while giving up just 14 hits in 25 innings (.167 BAA). His cumulative 2.86 ERA ranks 7th in the IL. He owns a 1.59 ERA and .193 BAA in eight home starts.

OH DANNY BOY: Danny Burawa allowed just one hit over the game’s final three frames for his first save since an Aug. 23, 2014 effort at Harrisburg while with Double-A Trenton. He boasts a 1.88 ERA in 21G/1GS. In 28.2 innings he has allowed just 16 hits (.162 BAA) and has amassed a 2.1:1 groundout-to-airout ratio.

SAVING PRIVATE RYAN: Brendan Ryan went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts at the plate and helped turn two double plays in the field yesterday. He went 1-for-7 on his two-game rehab stint with SWB, hit second in each game and played third and second base. He is expected to join Double-A Trenton to continue this rehab.

RISPY BUSINESS: The PawSox went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position yesterday and went 1-for-23 (.043) in such circumstances on the series.

PAWTUCKET POP: All eight Pawtucket runs on the series came via the home run. The PawSox pace the league with 41 home runs. The IL’s mean average is 28.

BOUNCING BACK: The RailRiders snapped a four-game slide in rubber matches. After besting the IronPigs in their first on May 22. SWB lost rubber matches versus Gwinnett May 7, at Norfolk May 13, versus Charlotte May 20 and Sunday’s finale against the Norfolk Tides.

ROAD WARRIORS: The RailRiders have won seven straight games away from PNC Field going back to their four-game sweep of Durham from May 14-17. The team enjoys its longest road winning streak since it claimed eight straight away from Moosic on a single road trip thanks to sweeps of Charlotte and Gwinnett from April 29-May 5, 2013.

ARE YOU TOO GOOD FOR YOUR HOME?: The RailRiders stand five games below .500 at PNC Field (14-19) and seven games over on the road (14-7). The team has hit .284 on the road compared to a .246 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 105 runs in 21 games (5.0/game). At home, the squad has plated 111 runs in 33 games (3.4/game). The pitching has performed better at home (3.39 ERA) than outside of Moosic (3.88). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.667) and no IL squad has more home losses than SWB (19). In fact, only two teams in all of full-season MiLB (120 teams) have more home losses than the RailRiders. The Milwaukee Brewers’ Low-A affiliate, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, have struggled to the tune of an 8-22 record at Fox Cities Stadium. The Low-A Rome Braves are 10-20 at State Mutual Stadium.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders have allowed a homer in a season-worst three straight games…Burawa became the sixth 2015 RailRider to post a save…Only two IL teams, Durham and Indianapolis with 20 each, have more saves than SWB’s 18…Yesterday’s rubber match gave SWB its first home series win in nearly a month since it took two of three against Indy from May 8-10…Jonathan Galvez went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored…He entered the game in an 0-for-23 funk and had not notched a hit since May 17.

RailRiders Chug Past PawSox

Moosic, PA – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) dropped the Pawtucket Red Sox 5-1 to take the three-game series on Wednesday afternoon at PNC Field. The RailRiders (28-26) grabbed sole possession of second place in the International League North Division. The PawSox slipped to 27-27.

Starter Bryan Mitchell (4-4) issued a career-high seven walks over six innings, but managed to hold the PawSox scoreless on two hits. He struck out three. Danny Burawa allowed a solo home run to Matt Spring in the eighth, but finished the game for his first save of the year. Miguel Celestino (0-3) made a spot start for Pawtucket and allowed a run on one hit over three innings. He walked three and struck out three.

Mason Williams sparked a first-inning run by drawing a walk off Celestino and stealing second. Kyle Roller plated Williams on a hard single to right-center.

SWB pushed the advantage to 4-0 with a three spot in the fourth. Against reliever Dayan Diaz, Tyler Austin singled and stole second. He moved to third on a throwing error by Diaz. Cole Figueroa worked a walk and Jonathan Galvez stroked a double to right that scored Austin for a 2-0 lead.

Williams delivered the big blow with a two-run single to center, scoring Figueroa and Galvez, for a 4-0 advantage.

Eddy Rodriguez provided the final tally for the RailRiders with a double in the sixth that scored Galvez. Galvez finished the day 3-for-4 with a double and a RBI.

The RailRiders embark on a seven-game, three-city tour of the IL North with the first of two against the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) on Thursday night. Right-hander Jaron Long (3-4, 4.75) gets the start against Chiefs right-hander A.J. Cole (0-2, 3.26). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. SWB returns home to host the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) from June 11-14. The four-game set includes two fireworks nights and a Derek Jeter bobblehead giveaway on Saturday, June 13. For tickets or more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit the team’s website, www.swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders –

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