FLIP IT & REVERSE IT: The initial players changed and you wondered if the result would follow suit. It did, and it didn’t. The RailRiders started Chase Whitley, who was scratched the day before, for just one perfect inning by design. Scheduled starter Brian Gordon (2-3) followed. Durham took the nod away from scheduled man Enny Romero and went with a bullpen day. But despite the flurry of last-minute changes, the final score on Monday was the same as the day before, 2-1. This time however, it favored the visiting Bulls. SWB alumnus Wilson Betemit drove in each of Durham’s runs as reliever Jake Thompson (1-0) got the win and closer Kirby Yates bolted down his league-best 10th save. Durham pitching retired the last dozen RailRiders bats in a row including three successive strikeouts in the ninth.
LONG & WINDING ROAD: After a 6-2 homestand, the RailRiders embark upon an eight-game journey to IL North foes Lehigh Valley and Pawtucket. Thereafter, the team enjoys a brief four-game homestand with another divisional foe, Rochester, paying a visit to PNC Field. Thereafter, the team takes another eight-game road trip. Add in those Louisville and Indianapolis series, and the RailRiders will play 16 of their next 20 away from Moosic.
HOMEBODIES: The RailRiders stand tied with three teams (Columbus, Pawtucket, Syracuse) for the most home wins in the IL. SWB hits slightly better on the road (.261) than at home (.258), but the runs-per-game split is even wider on the road (4.5) against home (3.8). Pitching provides even wider splits. At home, the staff has assembled a 2.93 ERA while holding opponents to a .249 batting average. On the road, the numbers swell to 5.06 and .290 respectively. Opponents have nearly twice as many home runs (10) on the road than at PNC Field (6).
MY BAD: Two errors on Monday denied the squad its first back-to-back mistake-free contests of 2014. The RailRiders rank last in the IL with their .970 fielding percentage and co-lead the loop in total errors (38) with Louisville. SWB backstops have also been charged with more passed balls (9) than any other team’s catchers in the circuit. Last year’s unit tied for the IL’s third-best fielding percentage (.981) and second-lowest error total (97). The team had a dozen passed balls all season. Only three 2013 IL teams posted a lower number.
LET’S GET SERIESOUS: Durham claimed each of the two series between the teams in 2013. Yesterday, the RailRiders settled for a four-game split in Moosic after losing three of four at Durham. The team has not won a home series against Durham since a four-game sweep from June 5-8, 2012 in Durham. The franchise has not claimed a home series from Durham since another sweep from May 2-4, 2008. In that series finale, Kei Igawa struck out eight Bulls in seven innings for one of his franchise-record 33 wins. One of SWB’s offensive heroes was a man who now stars for Durham – Wilson Betemit. In one of his eight career games for the franchise, he doubled, walked twice and scored two runs.
WALK THIS WAY: Monday saw Durham walk four times while the RailRiders drew just a pair. Durham entered today leading the IL with 165 free passes drawn, while SWB is the league’s only club below the century mark at 97.
OFF THE RAILS: Antoan Richardson swiped his team-best 11th base of the season…The RailRiders went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position on Monday and 4-for-31 (.129) on the series…Dean Anna started at second base for the first time as a RailRider…He has played second more than any other position on his career…He went 1-for-20 on the homestand…Brett Gerritse tossed two scoreless and hitless innings in his Triple-A debut…Ramon Flores went 0-for-4 and posted a 4-for-27 homestand…His seven games played on the series dropped his season-long batting average from .282 to .254.
Moosic, Pa. – Wilson Betemit homered and drove in both of the Durham Bulls’ (Tampa Bay Rays) runs against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (19-17) reliever Brian Gordon Monday afternoon in a 2-1 loss at PNC Field. The loss to the Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) allowed Durham to salvage a series split, ending the RailRiders run at PNC Field with a 6-2 mark.
The Bulls first run came courtesy of a Wilson Betemit home run to right in the fourth. A double by Mike Mahtook followed before Gordon ended the threat by retiring Ray Olmedo on a groundball.
The second Durham run crossed in the visiting fifth after Cole Figueroa singled and advanced to second on an error by Antoan Richardson. Betemit followed with his second hit on a run-scoring single to right that pushed the lead to 2-0.
The RailRiders responded with a run of their own in the fifth when Austin Romine reached on an infield single to third. Romine advanced on a walk to second before scoring on a single by Scott Sizemore that drew the RailRiders to within one at 2-1.
Good fortune was not on SWB’s side as the club combined to go two-for-11 with runners in scoring position, including two different frames where three-straight batters struck out to end the inning.
Gordon (2-3) suffered the loss for the RailRiders, tossing six innings in relief of Chase Whitley. Jake Thompson (1-0) earned received the win and earning the Bulls the series split, throwing two scoreless innings.
The RailRiders will begin eight-game road trip through the IL North with a four-game run against the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs (Philadelphia Phillies). Game one of the series begins Tuesday, May 13 at 7:05 p.m. at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa. SWB sends righty Zach Nuding (1-1, 10.13) to the hill while the Ironpigs toss right-hander David Buchanan (4-0, 3.12). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS:
The loss to Durham ended the season series with the Bulls winning the eight-game set 5-3.
Antoan Richardson snagged his league-leading 11th stolen base of the season.
Brett Gerritse made his Triple-A debut, tossing two scoreless inning facing seven batters.
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Moosic, Pa. – Zoilo Almonte delivered two base hits, including the game-winning RBI in the 11th as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (19-16) squeaked by the Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) 2-1 Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. The extra-inning win for SWB was its fourth of the season and second against the Bulls.
The RailRiders plated the contests first run in the bottom of the second as Zelous Wheeler launched a home run to left-center field for the early 1-0 advantage. The home run by Wheeler was his second of the season, with both long balls occurring against the Bulls.
After tossing four scoreless frames and yielding a single base hit, Durham’s Cole Figueroa welcomed Eric Ruth to the International League with a dinger to right field that evened the game in the visiting fifth at 1-1.
The later frames were mostly quiet as three different RailRider bullpen arms relieved Ruth to keep the Bulls’ offense at bay. Right-hander Diego Moreno allowed three hits, working 2.2 innings of relief before SWB called upon Mark Montgomery to hold the Bulls in check in the eighth and ninth.
Ramon Flores kick-started the 11th inning by reaching on a one-out single before Scott Sizemore moved him to second on a base knock to right. Dean Anna reached on a four-pitch walk that loaded the bases before Almonte drove in the games winning run on an RBI to right off Doug Mathis.
Eric Ruth impressed in his Triple-A debut, twirling five innings and allowing a single tally. Branden Pinder (1-0) earned his first win as a RailRider, tossing a scoreless 10th and 11th inning as Doug Mathis (0-1) was slated with the loss.
The RailRiders will complete the four-game set against the Bulls at PNC Field with a Monday matinee on May 12 at 12:05 p.m. SWB sends right-hander Brian Gordon (2-2, 4.23),while the Bulls toss left-hander Enny Romero (2-4, 5.02). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 11:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS:
SWB’s offense went in order in three different frames.
Zoilo Almonte was the only RailRider to collect multiple hits in the ballgames (2-5, RBI).
Branden Pinder has now tossed three scoreless innings, facing nine total batters.
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Moosic, Pa. – Jose Pirela and Antoan Richardson each added two hits, but the Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays) plated six runs in the contests first three innings en route to a 9-2 drilling of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (18-16) Saturday evening at PNC Field.
Durham combined for 14 hits on the night, going six-for-15 with runners in scoring position and adding just a single extra-base hit. The Bulls took the lead in the first after Jerry Sands and Vince Belnome added RBI base knocks for the 2-0 advantage.
Durham piled on a run in the second on a Cole Figueroa sacrifice fly before hanging three more tallies in the third inning. Belnome reached on a walk before Justin Christian added a single with one out, Ray Olmedo followed suit by reaching base via a throwing error by Kyle Roller that scored Belnome. Two more runs crossed on a double by Hak-Ju Lee that pushed the game out of reach at 6-0.
Pirela led off the home third with a homer to left, his second of the season, that plated the RailRiders first run and brought the game to within five at 6-1.
With the game out of reach, each club used a handful of arms the rest of the way. Durham added three more in the sixth inning, before the only other RailRider run crossed in the sixth on a double by Russ Canzler that drew the score to 9-2 where it would stand.
Shane Greene (0-1) suffered his first loss of the season, twirling three innings and giving way to three earned runs. Matt Andriese (2-3) earned the win, tossing five innings and allowing a single tally.
The RailRiders continues the four-game set against the Bulls at PNC Field with the third game against commencing Sunday, May 11 at 1:05 p.m. SWB sends right-hander Chase Whitley (3-2, 2.49),while the Bulls toss righty Nathan Karns (2-2, 6.96). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on MyNetwork TV, while longtime area voice Jim Riley fills in on radio with the pregame show beginning at 12:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS:
The loss to Durham snapped a season-best six-game winning streak.
Antoan Richardson and Jose Pirela each added multi-hit efforts in the loss.
In the first two games against Durham, SWB is a coming 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position.
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Moosic, Pa. – Russ Canzler blasted a home run and Austin Romine added two hits in pacing the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (18-15) to a 3-2 victory Friday night at PNC Field over the Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays). The win marked the sixth-straight for SWB and moved the RailRiders to within 1.5 games back of the International League North division standings.
Durham tagged RailRiders starter Joel De La Cruz with a run in the first. Hak-Ju Lee led-off with a single, stole a bag and moved to third on a deep fly before scoring on a groundball by Jerry Sands for the 1-0 lead.
SWB evened the contest in the fifth. Austin Romine reached on an infield hit and scored on a sacrifice fly by Dean Anna. The sacrifice fly by Anna was his second of the year.
Kevin Kiermaier opened the visiting sixth with a single and snagged second and third before plating the go-ahead run on a passed ball that tilted the advantage back in favor the Bulls, 2-1.
Russ Canzler ignited a RailRider two-run sixth with a solo home run off Bulls’ starter Merrill Kelly. Jose Pirela followed with a single and moved to second on a walk by Ramon Flores before Zelous Wheeler plated Pirela on a single to left. The run by Pirela pushed SWB’s lead to 3-2.
De La Cruz tossed five innings and combined with four other RailRiders pitchers to finish off the contest. Jose Ramirez (1-0), despite allowing a run in the sixth, notched the win and Kelly (4-1) was slated with the loss, his first since August 16, 2013 against the Charlotte Knights. Matt Daley (5) allowed a hit in the ninth, but finished the game by retiring his final three batters for the save.
The RailRiders continues the four-game series at PNC Field with the second of four contests against the Durham Bulls Saturday, May 10 at 7:05 p.m. SWB sends right-hander Shane Greene (0-0, 4.66),while the Bulls sending righty Matt Andriese (1-3, 5.55) to the hill. John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS:
The Six-game winning streak by SWB marks the clubs longest since a six-game run from July 4-9, 2013
Austin Romine collected two hits and now has multiple hits in three of his last four games (7-for-15, 4R, HR, 2B)
Russ Canzler’s home run in the sixth was his second of the season, both have come against Durham.
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Moosic, Pa. – Austin Romine added three hits, including a double and three runs-scored, and Zach Nuding tossed five innings and limited the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates) to a single run Thursday night at PNC Field as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (17-15) finished off a four-game sweep of Indianapolis with an 8-4 win. The win marks the fifth-straight for SWB and improves the clubs record to two games above .500.
For the second-straight evening SWB fell behind early as Indianapolis plated its first run in the visiting fourth. Gregory Polanco and Nevin Ashley both reached before Jaff Decker blasted an RBI to plate Polanco, giving the Tribe the early 1-0 lead.
SWB was quick to respond with a run of its own in the home half of the fourth. Antoan Richardson reached on an error and moved to second on a miscue by Chris McGuiness. Richardson moved to third on a fly out before Zoilo Almonte plated SWB’s first run with a ground ball to Robert Andino that scored Richardson, evening the game at 1-1.
The RailRiders plated two more runs with three hits in the fifth. Russ Canzler singled and moved to third on a double by Romine. With runners at second and third, Ramon Flores brought both runs around with a triple that extended the lead to 3-1.
Indianapolis got a run back on a home run by Nevin Ashley. The home run by Ashley was his first of the season and brought the Indians to within a single tally at 3-2.
SWB’s offense went silent in sixth before busting the game open with a three-run seventh. Jose Pirela and Romine each added singles that chased Cody Eppley from the game. Lefty Daniel Schlereth entered and promptly walked Flores to load the bases before a fielding error by Michael Martinez allowed the innings first run to score. Two more runs crossed in the frame before Zelous Wheeler grounded into a force out to end the inning with the RailRiders on top 6-2.
SWB would go on to plate two more runs in the eighth, before right-hander Jim Miller slammed the door in the ninth inning to secure the RailRiders win, 6-3.
Nuding (1-1) scattered five hits and allowed one run in five innings of work to secure the win, his first at the Triple-A level. Jake Brigham (1-2) was slated with the loss.
The RailRiders will begin the second leg of an eight-game run at PNC Field with the first of four games against the Durham Bulls Friday, May 9 at 7:05 p.m. SWB twirls right-hander Joel De La Cruz (1-0, 1.50),while the Bulls sending righty Merrill Kelly (4-0, 1.67) to the hill. John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS:
SWB swept the Indianapolis Indians for the first time since 2010.
Zelous Wheeler ended a 10-game hitting streak with a 0-4 day.
Austin Romine went 3-for-3, his second multi-hit game of the season and second of the series.
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LAST TIME OUT: The RailRiders claimed a season-best fourth straight win on Wednesday morning in a 3-1 clipping of the Indianapolis Indians. Starter Brian Gordon (2-2) efficiently tossed a career-high-tying seven innings on 85 pitches (55 strikes) and the bullpen did its job as the RailRiders climbed over the .500 mark for the first time since they were 10-9.
CHANGING IT UP: Jose Ramirez made one mistake, a bruised batter, in a scoreless eighth inning that included a strikeout. It marked the 2014 debut for the highly-ranked prospect who is blessed with the “Best Fastball” and “Best Changeup” on the Yankees’ farm per Baseball America.
DALEY DOUBLE: Closer Matt Daley logged his fourth save of the season and his second of the series with a scoreless ninth. He faced the minimum, but issued a leadoff walk to Chris McGuiness. The former Bucknell star also posted another strikeout. He has 21 whiffs on the season in 13.2 innings. That ranks him third among IL relievers with his 13.83 K / 9 IP rate.
IN HIS WHEELHOUSE: Zelous Wheeler‘s seventh-inning single set the stage for the insurance run he later scored and stretched his hitting streak to 10 games. The team’s best active string of swinging success has seen Wheeler hit .375 (15-for-40) with four doubles, a homer, five RBIs and 10 runs scored. Wheeler was 1-for-3 yesterday with a bases-loaded walk.
WHO’S ON FIRST?: Usual outfielder Ramon Flores started at first base on Wednesday. While it was his first foray at the position this season, it is something he has done before. He played first base 22 times in 2010 with most of those games coming in the Rookie GCL. In 2011, he saw action at first in 23 games with Low-A Charleston and added a pair of games at the position in 2012 with Double-A Trenton. It marked Flores’ first start at first base since April 17, 2012.
IT FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME: The contest included another 2014 first for the RailRiders. Manager Dave Miley used a pinch hitter for the first time this season when NEPA’s own Russ Canzler hit for Corban Joseph in an eighth-inning left-right switch against southpaw Andy Oliver. Canzler walked to load the bases and Wheeler followed with a free pass of his own to make it 3-1.
WHY SO SERIESOUS?: The SWB franchise already has its first series win against Indianapolis since 2010. Tonight, it looks for its first sweep of the Tribe since that same prior set – a four-game run in Moosic from June 12-15. The then-SWB Yankees took the finale 4-1 behind starter Ivan Nova‘s eight innings of work, a perfect ninth by closer Jonathan Albaladejo and a four-RBI day from Reid Gorecki. Albaladejo earned his 22nd save in that Tuesday tilt. He went on to set the franchise record with a league-best 43 on the year, 17 better than Lehigh Valley’s runner-up, Scott Mathieson. SWB won the IL North by 11.0 games with its 87-56 record, but fell to the wild-card and eventual Governors’ Cup champion Columbus Clippers in the first round of the playoffs. The Clippers later defeated the Tacoma Rainers in the Triple-A National Championship Game with a man who later started for the RailRiders, southpaw David Huff, getting the win.
OFF THE RAILS: Tonight’s starter, Zach Nuding, made his 2014 Triple-A debut on Saturday against the same club that he saw in his outright Triple-A debut last season, the Norfolk Tides…Brian Gordon had gone seven innings three times before in his pro career with the most recent outing before Wednesday coming on June 1, 2011 at Gwinnett…He struck out a career-best 11 men that day while pitching for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs…Zoilo Almonte doubled in his team-best 22nd RBI on Wednesday…That total ranks him second on the Yankees’ farm…Double-A Trenton’s Kyle Roller has 23 RBIs and nine home runs.
Moosic, Pa. – On the heels of Chase Whitley’s 11 strikeout day against Indianapolis, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders got an equally stellar start from Brian Gordon. The converted pitcher twirled seven innings of one-run ball, limiting the Tribe to seven base hits in the RailRiders 3-1 win Wednesday afternoon at PNC Field. The marked the fourth-straight for SWB as the club will look for the series sweep Thursday night.
Gordon labored early in the first, allowing a run after Jaff Decker doubled to begin the frame and Gregory Polanco brought him home with a laser to right for the early 1-0 lead. The run marked the first lead of the series for Indianapolis in 18 prior innings.
SWB was quick to respond, plating a run in the home half of the first. Antoan Richardson was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a throwing error by Indianapolis starter Brandon Cumpton. Zoilo Almonte evened things with an extra-base hit center to plate the tying run, 1-1.
Runs were scarce in the middle frames as both pitchers settled into a groove. Cumpton retired nine batters before the RailRiders put together its second hit in the fourth. The next run scoring opportunity for SWB didn’t occur in the seventh inning when Zelous Wheeler reached on a single before moving to third on a miscue by Cumpton. SWB provided a little insurance for Gordon as Ramon Flores clubbed his first sacrifice fly on a ball to deep center to extend the RailRiders lead to 2-1.
The last run crossed in the home eighth as Dean Anna singled to right and moved to third after outfielder Gregory Polanco misplayed the base hit. Polanco’s error allowed the ball to skip to the wall, allowing Anna to take second and third. After Almonte was hit by a pitch, NEPA product Russ Canzler walked to load the bases before Oliver brought a run to home on a bases loaded walk to Wheeler. The single tally proved to be enough as the RailRiders hung on to win 3-1.
Gordon (2-2) picked up his first win of the season at PNC Field as the outing was the longest of the season for the right-hander, while Cumpton’s (2-1) two unearned runs slate him with the loss. Matt Daley (4) spun a scoreless ninth in earning the save.
The RailRiders will look for a series sweep Thursday, May 8 at 6:35 p.m. as the club hosts the Indianapolis Indians for the final game of the four-game set. SWB will send right-hander Zach Nuding (0-1, 24.00) to the hill,while the Indianapolis twirls righty Brian Cumpton (2-0, 1.43). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on television as Jim Riley fills in on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:05 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS:
Adonis Garcia went 2-for-3, adding multiple hits in six of last seven games.
Zelous Wheeler extended a 10-game hitting streak with a single in the seventh.
Zoilo Almonte’s RBI in the 1st marked his 18th RBI in 17 games.
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Moosic, Pa. – After claiming the first game of the four-game run against the IL West’s best, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (15-15) called upon the right of Chase Whitley to show them the way. The former Troy University standout tossed a season-high 6.2 innings and struck out a career-best 11 batters en route to a 2-1 RailRiders win Tuesday night at PNC Field. The win guarantees the RailRiders at least a split of the four-game series against the Tribe and also marks the first three-game winning streak of the season for SWB.
Whitley fanned four batters in his first two innings before the RailRiders plated its first run. Adonis Garcia reached on a single and scored on the base hit by Zelous Wheeler to give the RailRiders the early 1-0 advantage.
With the lead, Whitley shined striking out seven of the first 12 batters he faced, while not giving way to a base hit until the fifth. The biggest tilting point of the ballgame occurred in the same frame. After Whitley allowed a single to Nevin Ashley, Jaff Decker added a ground-rule double to left that halted Ashley at third. With runners in scoring position, Whitley induced a fly out to Michael Martinez that ended the threat.
The RailRiders added to the lead in the eighth as Scott Sizemore reached on a single and moved to third on a wild pitch, before Zoilo Almonte delivered a thunderous double to right-center that pushed the lead to a two run affair.
The Indians tried its best to supplant a rally, after reliever Robert Coello hit Robert Andino and allowed him to advance to second on a passed ball. The Indians first run crossed after Gregory Polanco singled to right drew the deficit to one. Coello carved up Brent Morel for the second out before inducing a fly out by Chris McGuinness to end the threat.
Whitley (3-2) tossed six shutout innings to earn the win while Vance Worley (0-1) was the tough luck loser, tossing six innings and allowing a single run. The save by Coello (1) was his first of the season.
The RailRiders will continue an eight-game homestand Wednesday, May 7 at 10:35 a.m. as the club hosts the Indianapolis Indians for the third of a four-game tilt. SWB will toss right-hander Brian Gordon (1-2, 4.88) while the Indians twirl righty Brian Cumpton (2-0, 1.43). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 10:05 a.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS:
SWB pitching staff totaled 11 strike outs in the game.
Adonis Garcia went 2-for-3 in the ballgame and now has multiple hit in three of his last four games.
Robert Coello has not allowed an earned run in his first 10.1 IP.
Zoilo Almonte’s RBI in the 8th marked his 17th RBI since April 17.
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Moosic, Pa. – NEPA’s own Russ Canzler added three hits and keyed two defensive plays as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders pounded out 14 base hits en route to a 7-6 victory over the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates) Monday night at PNC Field. The win was the second-straight for SWB, moving the club to within a game of the .500 mark.
SWB’s first run scored in the second after Canzler reached on a walk and came around to score on a double by Ronnier Mustelier. The final tally came to fruition after Jose Pirela tripled pushed the lead to 2-1.
Indianapolis claimed its first run in the visiting fourth after chasing RailRider starter Shane Greene. Gregory Polanco added the second of his four hits and reached on a single before a throwing error by Greene allowed the prospect to move to third. Polanco later scored on a ground ball to short drew the game to 3-1.
Austin Romine joined the fun with a two-run home run in the fourth. The dinger by Romine was his first of the season and was part of a three-run frame by the RailRiders that swung the advantage to 5-1.
Indianapolis crept closer with three runs in the sixth, adding multiple extra-base hits in the frame that included a two-run home run by Jeff Decker. The dinger crept the Indians closer 6-5.
SWB avoided the shutdown frame, adding a run in home sixth. Wilk departed the game after giving up a single to Romine before back-to-back base hits by Scott Sizemore and Zoilo Almonte helped plate SWB’s final run.
The Indians, after playing eight-straight one-run contests, did its best to even the game in the ninth inning. Chris Dickerson led off the inning with a double to right before Polanco drove him in on a laser to left-center. The big play came after a base hit by Brent Morel moved Polanco to third, before Canzler cut down the third baseman after rounding first for the second out the inning. SWB closer Matt Daley (3) induced a flyball to Chris McGuinees to earn the save.
It all added up to a 7-6 victory for the RailRiders. Jim Miller (2-1) tossed two shutout frames in the win, while Wilk (3-2) was slated with the loss.
The RailRiders will continue an eight-game homestand Tuesday, May 6 at 6:35 p.m. as the club hosts the Indianapolis Indians for the second of a four-game tilt. SWB will toss right-hander Chase Whitley (2-2, 3.38) while the Indians have yet to announce a starter. John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning at 6:05 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS:
Russ Canzler’s three hit day was the first of the season.
Austin Romine had his first two-hit game since April 13 against the Buffalo Bisons.
The RailRiders have recorded 32 base hits over the last two ballgames.
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