SWB Game Notes 5-1-15

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QUEEN CITY HEARTBREAK: It started so well. The RailRiders leapt out to a 6-0 lead and starter Bryan Mitchell was dealing. Then came the comeback. The host Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) roared back for a 6-6 deadlock, then answered a 9th-inning deficit with back-to-back home runs for an 8-7 walk-off win on Thursday night.

ROCKIN’ REF: Rob Refsnyder enters Friday 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 each of his last three games, going 5-for-11 (.455) 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.

ON A ROLL: Kyle Roller went 2-for-5 with a double and his 2nd home run of the year. His 15 walks have him behind only Durham’s Vince Belnome (18) among IL hitters.

NOT-SO-GENTLE BEN: Ben Gamel finished 1-for-3. He ranks among the IL’s best in batting average (1st, .383), on-base percentage (5th, .448) and slugging percentage (4th, .617). 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).

WHO YOU GONNA CALL?: The RailRiders suffered two blown saves Thursday. On the year, the SWB bullpenners own just five saves in 14 tries. Since  an April 24 doubleheader against Pawtucket, the RailRiders have surrendered leads of three or more four times.

STOLEN-BASE STRIFE: Trayce Thompson earned his 3rd stolen base Thursday. 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 lone IL team that has proven less effective at nabbing would-be thieves: Buffalo (.100).

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…SWB’s Cole Figueroa entered today as the toughest hitter to whiff in the IL (40.5 PA/K)…SWB blew a six-run advantage on Thursday night, the largest of the RailRiders era (since 2013)…On this same road trip, the RailRiders suffered a series-opening loss to Gwinnett on a walk-off home run in the ninth inning…The team hit into a season-high four double plays on Thursday…Jose Pirela went 1-for-4 with a run-scoring double in his rehab appearance with the RailRiders…Playing third base, Pirela committed a throwing error which ended a run of five consecutive games without a miscue for the club…RHP Andrew Bailey was added to the roster on Thursday and placed on the disabled list…

Knights Roar Back for 8-7 Win

RailRiders Blow Six-Run Lead, Charlotte Hits Back-to-Back Ninth-Inning Homers

Charlotte, N.C. – It started so well. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) leapt out to a 6-0 lead and starter Bryan Mitchell was dealing. Then came the comeback. The host Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) roared back for a 6-6 deadlock, then answered a ninth-inning deficit with back-to-back home runs for an 8-7 walk-off win on Thursday night.

Run-scoring hits by Kyle Roller and Ramon Flores highlighted a three-run first frame for SWB against starter Kyle Drabek. Roller went opposite field for his second home run and a 4-0 margin in the third and Austin Romine began the fourth with his first home run to make it 5-0. Big-league rehabber Jose Pirela doubled in a run that same frame to round out the early offensive.

During that time, Mitchell appeared unhittable. He had allowed just one baserunner with a full-count walk through three before Carlos Sanchez sparked the fourth with a broken-bat blooper for a single. All nine men in Charlotte’s lineup came to the plate in the three-run inning that saw run-scoring hits from Dan Black and Jason Coats along with a bases-loaded walk drawn by Kevan Smith. Mitchell left the bases loaded by striking out Leury Garcia to end the inning.

Reliever Jacob Lindgren surrendered a pair of runs in the fifth with a Pirela error plating Neftali Soto and Black scoring Matt Davidson on a sac fly to left. Consecutive extra-base hits courtesy of Trayce Thompson and Black off Branden Pinder in the seventh tied the game, 6-6.

Cole Figueroa worked a leadoff walk against Eric Surkamp (2-0) in the ninth and later scored from second on Rob Refsnyder’s single to center. However, Charlotte again responded  when Soto and Davidson hit back-to-back home runs to left-center off southpaw Tyler Webb (0-2) to end it.

The four-game series continues on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. Southpaw Matt Tracy (0-0, 6.00) will get the nod for SWB against Charlotte right-hander Shawn Haviland (0-1, 3.45).

OFF THE RAILS:

Both Branden Pinder and Tyler Webb were charged with a blown save. The RailRiders have blown nine saves in 14 tries on the season.

It marked the second time this road trip the RailRiders lost on a ninth-inning walk-off homer. Gwinnett’s Cedric Hunter blasted a walk-off winner in Lawrenceville on Monday night.

The RailRiders fell to 1-3 on their road trip.

The RailRiders hit into a season-worst four double plays.

No IL team has a better record in one-run games than Charlotte (5-1).

SWB suffered its biggest blown lead in a loss in the RailRiders era (since 2013).

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SWB Game Notes 4-30-15

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CUT IT IN HALF AND DOUBLE IT: A gaudy offensive attack carried the RailRiders to an 8-5 win over the Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves) at Coolray Field on Wednesday night. The RailRiders banged out seven doubles among their 14 hits to avoid a sweep defeat at the hands of the G-Braves (8-12).

HEATING UP: Rob Refsnyder doubled, walked and scored. Over his last five games he has gone 9-for-19 (.533), lifting his average by 70 points (.193-.263). In that time he has logged four doubles, five RBIs and three runs scored while whiffing just twice.

JOHNNY BE GOOD: Jonathan Galvez has doubled in each of his last three games, going 5-for-11 (.455) 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.

ON A ROLL: Kyle Roller went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored. His 15 walks have him behind only Durham’s Vince Belnome (17) among IL hitters. Roller’s .447 OBP ties him with Buffalo’s Matt Hague for 3rd in the IL.

NOT-SO-GENTLE BEN: Ben Gamel cracked his team-best fourth triple to drive in a second-inning score. He ranks among the IL’s best in batting average (T-1st, .386), on-base percentage (5th, .444) and slugging percentage (4th, .632). 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).

BOLTING IT DOWN: Jose Ramirez tossed a hitless and scoreless ninth for his second save. He joined Jacob Lindgren as the lone RailRiders to post multiple saves on the young year. Ramirez has struck out 15 men in 13.1 innings. He has allowed just eight hits in that time while holding the league to a .178 average.

STOLEN-BASE STRIFE: Gwinnett went 4-for-4 in stolen-base attempts. The RailRiders have nabbed just three men in 25 tries on the year (.120). Only Charlotte has allowed more total steals (24), but owns a better efficiency (.143). The lone IL team that has proven less effective at nabbing would-be thieves: Buffalo (.100).

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: Only Norfolk’s pitching staff has more strikeouts (169) than the RailRiders (168) in the IL…SWB’s Cole Figueroa entered today as the toughest hitter to whiff in the IL (38.5 PA/K)…The RailRiders have not been charged with an error over a season-long five-game stretch…SWB has not played six straight error-free games since a nine-game run from July 18-26, 2014…Seven of those games took place during the Gwinnett/Charlotte road trip last year…The RailRiders outscored the G-Braves on the series, 15-14…The SWB franchise record for doubles in a game is 11, set on Aug. 10, 1997 at Syracuse…The RailRiders went 7-for-17 (.412) with men in scoring position last night…Each of the nine men in the lineup registered a hit including multi-hit showings by five RailRiders…Before yesterday’s game, Gregorio Petit was recalled by the Yankees…He had never reported after his option the day before.

Offensive Barrage Leads to 8-5 Win

RailRiders Slam Seven Doubles Among 14 Hits

Lawrenceville, Ga. – A gaudy offensive attack carried the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) to an 8-5 win over the Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves) at Coolray Field on Wednesday night. The RailRiders (10-11) banged out seven doubles among their 14 hits to avoid a sweep defeat at the hands of the G-Braves (8-12).

Four extra-base hits set the tone in a three-run second for SWB. Nick Noonan, Ben Gamel and Ramon Flores smacked three straight extra-base knocks that each drove in a run.

Elmer Reyes’ sac fly got the G-Braves on the board in the bottom half of the frame. He later combined with Joe Benson on a pair of fourth-inning RBIs to tie the game, 3-3.

A five-run fifth by the visitors tilted the game for good and chased starter Matt Wisler (0-3). Cole Figueroa and Jonathan Galvez each smashed two-run doubles while Noonan singled home a tally to make it 8-3.

Benson’s RBI double in the sixth sent SWB starter Kyle Davies (2-1) to the clubhouse. Braeden Schlehuber then singled Benson home to round out the scoring.

Nick Rumbelow authored a perfect eighth for a hold and Jose Ramirez tossed a hitless ninth for his second save.

The RailRiders journey to Charlotte to face the Knights (Chicago White Sox) in the first of four on Thursday night. North Carolina native Bryan Mitchell (1-2, 2.11) will get the ball for Dave Miley’s team against fellow right-hander Kyle Drabek (0-0, 0.00). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

OFF THE RAILS:

All nine RailRiders in the lineup posted a hit including two-hit nights for five men: Ben Gamel, Ramon Flores, Kyle Roller, Cole Figueroa and Nick Noonan. Figueroa, Noonan and Jonathan Galvez each drove in a pair of runs.

Gamel connected on his team-best fourth triple of the season, a run-scoring blow in the second inning.

The RailRiders outscored the G-Braves on the series, 15-14.

The SWB franchise record for doubles in a game is 11, set on Aug. 10, 1997 at Syracuse. 

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SWB Game Notes 4-29-15

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ABOUT LAST NIGHT: For the second time in as many days, the Gwinnett Braves proved just one run better. Atlanta’s top affiliate rode a strong start from Williams Perez (2-0) and timely hitting to a 3-2 defeat of the RailRiders at Coolray Field on Tuesday night. The loss guaranteed Gwinnett its first series win over SWB since taking four of five in NEPA from Aug. 8-11, 2011.

HEATING UP: Rob Refsnyder went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Over his last four games he has gone 8-for-15 (.533), lifting his average by 71 points (.193-.264). In that time he has logged three doubles, five RBIs and two runs scored while whiffing just once. Jonathan Galvez has doubled and posted a pair of hits in each of his last two games. He has started at first base, third base, designated hitter and in left field.

ON A ROLL: Kyle Roller posted his fourth double and recorded his sixth RBI. He was ejected for arguing balls and strikes after he struck out looking in the eighth by home plate umpire Joey Amaral. Roller’s 14 walks have him behind only Durham’s Vince Belnome (17) among IL hitters.

OH DANNY BOY: Reliever Danny Burawa hurled two perfect innings with two strikeouts. In nine appearances, Burawa owns a 0.69 ERA and .143 batting average against. He has allowed one run on six hits while whiffing 10 in his 13 innings.

JOSE CAN YOU SEE: Jose Ramirez struck out two in a perfect inning of work. He has struck out 14 men in 12.1 innings on the year.

FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING: The RailRiders have lost back-to-back games at Gwinnett for the first time ever in a single season. The last consecutive losses at Coolray Field came 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 the set.

NOT-SO-GENTLE BEN: Ben Gamel lined his first career Triple-A home run to give the RailRiders a shot in the ninth inning. He ranks among the IL’s best in batting average (2nd, .385), on-base percentage (4th, .448) and slugging percentage (3rd, .615). His three triples have him trailing only Toledo’s Daniel Fields. Gamel has more triples than four IL teams (Buffalo, Lehigh Valley, Norfolk, Pawtucket).

THE HIT MAN: Slade Heathcott began the game with a hard single. The RailRiders’ usual leadoff man owns multiple hits in six of his last eight games, hitting .517 (15-for-29) in that time with five RBIs. With 26 hits, the first-year Triple-A man trails only Lehigh Valley’s Maikel Franco (28) and Louisville’s Ivan De Jesus (27) for the most knocks in the IL.

STOLEN-BASE STRIFE: Heathcott was also picked off/caught stealing in the opening frame. The RailRiders have been caught stealing seven times in 11 attempts on the young year.

TO WHIT: The man originally scheduled to start last night, Chase Whitley, made his first MLB appearance of the season with a start against the Rays. He allowed just one run over five frames. He struck out five and walked one en route to the win, the fifth of his big league career.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders’ pitching staff (164) trails only Norfolk (165) for the most strikeouts in the IL…SWB’s Cole Figueroa entered today as the toughest hitter to whiff in the IL (36.0 PA/K)…The RailRiders have not been charged with an error over a season-long four-game stretch…SWB has not played five straight error-free games since a nine-game run from July 18-26, 2014…Seven of those games took place during the Gwinnett/Charlotte road trip last year.

G-Braves Clip RailRiders, 3-2

Starter Williams Perez Paces Hosts’ Effort

Lawrenceville, Ga. – For the second time in as many days, the Gwinnett Braves proved just one run better. Atlanta’s top affiliate rode a strong start from Williams Perez and timely hitting to a 3-2 defeat of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) at Coolray Field on Tuesday night. The loss guaranteed a series win for the G-Braves (8-11) over the RailRiders (9-11).

Back-to-back doubles by Rob Refsnyder and Kyle Roller combined for a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth. But Elmer Reyes’ two-out single to left scored Jose Peraza to tie it up in the bottom half of that same frame.

An inning later, former New York Yankee Eury Perez blooped a two-out single to shallow right that scored Sean Kazmar and Matt Kennelly to push the G-Braves on top, 3-1.

Ben Gamel made it interested with a low, line-drive home run to right in the ninth, his first of the season. Closer Aaron Kurcz retired the next two in succession to end the game.

Williams Perez (2-0) surrendered one run over seven innings for his second win in as many starts. SWB starter Eric Wooten (0-3) gave up three runs in five innings to suffer the loss. Kurcz logged his fifth save in six tries.

The RailRiders and G-Braves conclude their three-game series at 6:35 p.m. on Wednesday night. SWB right-hander Kyle Davies (1-1, 6.75) faces fellow righty Matt Wisler (0-2, 4.60).

OFF THE RAILS:

Rob Refsnyder went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Over his last four games he has gone 8-for-15 (.533), lifting his average by 71 points (.193-.264).

Kyle Roller posted his fourth double and recorded his sixth RBI. He was ejected for arguing balls and strikes after he struck out looking in the eighth.

Relievers Danny Burawa and Jose Ramirez combined on three scoreless innings and four strikeouts. In nine appearances, Burawa owns a 0.69 ERA and .143 batting average against. He has allowed one run on six hits while whiffing 10 in his 13 innings. Ramirez has struck out 14 men in 12.1 innings on the year.

The RailRiders have lost back-to-back games at Gwinnett for the first time ever in a single season. The last consecutive losses at Coolray Field came 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.

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SWB Game Notes 4-28-15

CLICK HERE for the April 28 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.

HEARTBREAK HOTEL: Cedric Hunter lined a two-out, two-run homer to right field that allowed the Gwinnett Braves to walk off with a 6-5 win over the RailRiders on Monday night. The loss snapped the RailRiders’ season-best three-game road winning streak.

FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME: SWB lost at Gwinnett for the first time since July 23, 2012 when the then-SWB Yankees fell to the G-Braves, 10-6. The SWB franchise had won eight straight games at Coolray Field.

SUZYN, YOU CAN’T PREDICT BASEBALL: The G-Braves entered the game averaging a league-low 3.3 runs/game with a league-low three home runs. The six runs scored tied the team’s season-high output in a single game this season.

IN HIS WEBB: Southpaw reliever Tyler Webb inherited a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning and left them loaded by striking out former RailRider Adonis Garcia to end the frame. Webb has allowed just seven of 34 (.206) inherited runners to score on his three-year pro career.

NOT-SO-GENTLE BEN: Ben Gamel entered defensively for Galvez in the home seventh. He struck out on a foul tip in his lone at-bat. Gamel ranks among the IL’s best in batting average (1st, .396), on-base percentage (3rd, .463) and slugging percentage (5th, .583). His three triples have him trailing only Toledo’s Daneil Fields. Gamel has more triples than four IL teams (Buffalo, Lehigh Valley, Norfolk, Pawtucket).

MULTIPLICITY: Slade Heathcott posted a pair of hits, a walk and a run scored. The RailRiders’ usual leadoff man owns multiple hits in six of his last seven games, hitting .560 (14-for-25) in that time with five RBIs. With 25 hits the first-year Triple-A man trails only Lehigh Valley’s Maikel Franco (27) for the most knocks in the IL.

RBI ROB: Rob Refsnyder picked up his eighth RBI on the year and his fifth over his last three games. In that time, the usual three-hole hitter has gone 6-for-12 (.500), lifting his season-long average by 53 points (.193-.246).

BRAVO: The 2014 RailRiders took six of the eight overall clashes with Gwinnett including a four-game sweep at Coolray Field. They outscored the G-Braves, 45-21, doubled them up in homers, 8-4, and took the season series for a third straight year. SWB has won 19 of its last 25 (.760) against Gwinnett.

SOUTHERN EXPOSURE: Last night the RailRiders began a long stretch dominated by Southern Division competition. It marked the start of a 10 straight against Southern Division foes, a run that includes 24 out of 27 bleeding into the late stage of May. The 2014 RailRiders went 14-18 against the South. While they had a winning record against Gwinnett, they posted losing marks against each of the division’s other three teams (Charlotte, 2-6; Durham, 3-5; Norfolk, 3-5). The team owned an 8-8 road against versus its southern brothers.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders’ pitching staff leads the IL with 157 strikeouts…SWB’s Cole Figueroa entered today as the toughest hitter to whiff in the IL (34.0 PA/K)…The RailRiders have not been charged with an error over a season-long three-game stretch…SWB became the last IL team to suffer its first one-run loss of the season (now 3-1 in one-run games)…It was also the first time the RailRiders lost when leading after eight innings (entered the game 6-0)…Refsnyder became the team’s 10th different DH of the season…Six of the seven home runs allowed by SWB pitching have come against the bullpen…The RailRiders suffered a pair of blown saves…They have now blown seven saves in 11 chances.

Hunter’s Walk-Off Homer Dooms RailRiders

Franchise’s First Loss at Gwinnett Since 2012

Lawrenceville, Ga. – Cedric Hunter lined a two-out, two-run homer to right field that allowed the Gwinnett Braves to walk off with a 6-5 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) on Monday night. The loss snapped the RailRiders’ (9-10) season-best three-game road winning streak while the G-Braves (7-11) won for just the second time in five games.

SWB led the game 4-0 thanks in large part to a three-run second inning. Austin Romine drove in two runs with a double that frame before Jonathan Galvez doubled to bring Romine in. Cole Figueroa plated Nick Noonan with a single in the fifth that made it a four-run cushion.

Gwinnett notched a pair of runs in the fifth and seventh to tie it up. Matt Kennelly and Braeden Schlehuber earned the RBIs in the fifth while former RailRider Adonis Garcia’s single deadlocked it, 4-4.

In the eighth, leadoff man Slade Heathcott ignited a go-ahead rally with a double. Figueroa sacrificed him to third and Rob Refsnyder posted a run-scoring double for a 5-4 SWB lead.

That advantage evaporated in the ninth. The consensus No. 1 prospect for the Atlanta Braves, Jose Peraza, began the inning with a pinch-hit walk. Former New York Yankee Eury Perez sacrificed Peraza to second before Todd Cunningham flied out to shallow center. One out away from a one-run win, Hunter went deep off reliever Nick Rumbelow (2-1) for the walk-off winner.

Gwinnett’s Brandon Cunniff (1-0) posted the win.

The RailRiders and G-Braves continue their three-game series at 6:35 p.m. on Tuesday night.

OFF THE RAILS:

The RailRiders suffered a pair of blown saves. In addition to Rumbelow, Branden Pinder endured a blown save after allowing Garcia’s seventh-inning single. SWB has seven blown saves in 11 chances on the season.

SWB lost at Gwinnett for the first time since July 23, 2012 when the then-SWB Yankees lost to the G-Braves, 10-6. The SWB franchise had won eight straight games at Coolray Field.

The G-Braves entered the game averaging a league-low 3.3 runs/game with a league-low three home runs. The six runs tied the team’s season-high output in a single game this season.

Slade Heathcott posted multiple hits for the sixth time in seven games. He has hit .560 (14-for-25) in that time.

Rob Refsnyder picked up his eighth RBI. Five of them have come over his last three games.

Southpaw reliever Tyler Webb inherited a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning and left them loaded by striking out former RailRider Adonis Garcia to end the frame. He has allowed just seven of 34 (.206) inherited runners to score on his three-year pro career.

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SWB Game Notes 4-27-15

CLICK HERE for the April 27 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.

SUPER SUNDAY: A three-run first sparked the start of a convincing RailRiders win over Pawtucket in Sunday’s homestand finale, 8-3. The RailRiders split the four-game series with the Red Sox (11-7) and went 4-3 on the homestand.

LORD I WAS BORN A GAMELING MAN: Ben Gamel logged a pair of two-out RBIs in the victory. The outfielder ranks among the IL’s best in batting average (1st, .404), on-base percentage (2nd, .472) and slugging percentage (4th, .596). His three triples co-lead the circuit and give him as many or more than five IL teams (Buffalo, Lehigh Valley, Louisville, Norfolk, Pawtucket).

SLING SLADE: Slade Heathcott posted a pair of hits, a walk and scored twice. The RailRiders’ usual leadoff man owns multiple hits in five of his last six games, hitting .545 (12-for-22) in that time with five RBIs. With 23 hits he trails only Lehigh Valley’s Maikel Franco (25) for the most knocks in the IL.

R&R: Rob Refsnyder went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. He enters today coming off his first back-to-back multi-hit games since a three-game surge from Aug. 16-18 of last season at Pawtucket. Four of the usual three-hole hitter’s seven RBIs have come in this short two-game spurt.

POWER SURGE: Sunday snapped a pair of long power droughts. Rob Segedin‘s first home run of 2015 snapped the team’s season-long seven-game stretch without a dinger. However, Pawtucket’s Humberto Quintero and Matt Spring each went deep as well, halting SWB’s season-best eight-game span without giving up a round-tripper. In the International League, only Buffalo (5) has surrendered fewer round-trippers than SWB (6).

STOP, THIEVES!: The RailRiders have caught just three base swipers in 20 attempts this year. Despite an .150 caught-stealing efficiency, SWB does not live in the IL’s caught-stealing basement. Charlotte (.130), Buffalo (.125), Columbus (.125) and Rochester (.111) all have worse efficiencies.

BRAVO: The 2014 RailRiders took six of the eight overall clashes with Gwinnett including a four-game sweep at Coolray Field. They outscored the G-Braves, 45-21, doubled them up in homers, 8-4, and took the season series for a third straight year. SWB has won 19 of its last 24 (.792) against Gwinnett.

SOUTHERN EXPOSURE: Tonight, the RailRiders begin a long stretch dominated by Southern Division competition. Each of SWB’s next 10 games and 24 of the next 27 will sport a Southern Division squad as the foe. The 2014 RailRiders went 14-18 against the South. While they had a winning record against Gwinnett, they posted losing marks against each of the division’s other three teams (Charlotte, 2-6; Durham, 3-5; Norfolk, 3-5). The team owned an 8-8 road against versus its southern brothers, but half of those wins came against the G-Braves.

OFF THE RAILS: The RailRiders’ pitching staff leads the IL with 153 strikeouts…SWB’s Cole Figueroa entered today as the toughest hitter to whiff in the IL (31.5 PA/K)…Tonight the RailRiders bid for their fourth straight win away from PNC Field…They also look to log their third error-free game in a row…The team has not accomplished that since a four-gamer from Aug. 23-25, 2014 when it lost a series at Rochester…The RailRiders’ 20 errors make for the IL’s third-highest total…Gwinnett leads the IL in sacrifices (10) and stolen bases (21), but ranks last in runs scored (3.3/game) thanks in part to the circuit’s third-worst on-base (.306) and slugging percentages (.327)…No IL team has hit fewer home runs than Gwinnett (3)…One of those home runs was hit by former RailRider Adonis Garcia who owns or shares the team lead in hits (19), RBIs (8), doubles (5), batting average (.339), slugging percentage (.482).

RailRiders Roll Past PawSox

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) scored three times  in the first inning and brought home an 8-3 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. The RailRiders (9-9) split the four-game series with the Red Sox (11-7) and finished the homestand 4-3.

Joel De La Cruz (1-0) earned the win after pitching four innings and limiting the PawSox to a run on two hits. Keith Couch (1-3) shouldered the loss for Pawtucket after surrendering six runs on nine hits over 5.1 innings.

SWB jumped on the right-hander in the first inning. Slade Heathcott singled to right on the outset. Rob Refsnyder followed with a hit and Kyle Roller doubled in Heathcott for a 1-0 lead. With two down, Ben Gamel scored a pair of RBI by plating Refsnyder and Heathcott on a hit to right-center.

Humberto Quintero trimmed a 3-0 deficit to one for the PawSox in the third with a two-run blast to left off starter Matt Tracy. The southpaw finished after three innings, allowing two runs on two hits.

Rob Segedin pushed the RailRiders’ lead back to two with a solo shot out to left in the fourth.

The RailRiders pushed the lead to six with a four-run sixth. Austin Romine doubled down the left-field line and scored on a single by Cole Figueroa. A fielding error by PawSox third baseman Travis Shaw allowed Segedin to reach. Heathcott loaded the bases with a single to right.

Nick Noonan followed with a bouncer to first. Matt Spring attempted to cut down Figueroa at home plate, but the throw bounced past Quintero. Figueroa and Segedin both scored on the error and the RailRiders led 7-2. With the infield in, Refsnyder singled through the middle to cap the inning at 8-2.

Spring added a solo home run in the seventh for the final margin.

The RailRiders begin a seven-game road trip with the first of three in Gwinnett on Monday night. First pitch at Coolray Field is set for 6:35 p.m. RHP Jaron Long (0-1, 6.75) gets the start for SWB against the Braves’ LHP Manny Banuelos (1-0, 3.77). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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