RailRiders Snap Skid, Crush Pawtucket

Romine Extends Hitting Streak, Gamel Slams, Severino Wins

Pawtucket, R.I. – In desperate need of a win, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) left no doubt with a commanding 14-2 defeat of the host Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) at McCoy Stadium on Thursday night. SWB (44-37) snapped a season-worst six-game losing streak with its best run-scoring output of the season while Pawtucket (38-44) fell to a season-worst six games under .500. The RailRiders have won 13 of 16 against Pawtucket going back to last season.

Down 2-1 after three, the RailRiders plated 13 unanswered runs in the middle innings. Rob Segedin bashed a two-run homer in a five-run fourth, Rob Refsnyder’s sac fly got Aaron Judge home for a run in the fifth and Ben Gamel’s grand slam highlighted a seven-run sixth.

SWB starter Luis Severino (4-0) allowed two runs in five innings for his fourth win in five starts. Pawtucket’s Zeke Spruill (4-4) gave up 10 runs on 11 hits in 5.1 innings for the loss.

The RailRiders’ road trip concludes at 6:15 p.m. on Friday night at McCoy Stadium. SWB right-hander Kyle Davies (5-6, 4.68) will face fellow right-hander Joe Kelly (0-0, 1.29).

The RailRiders return to PNC Field for a six-day, seven-game homestand starting on the Fourth of July against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) at 7:05 p.m. Fans 18 and over will receive a voucher for a scratch-off ticket courtesy of the PA Lottery which will also present a post-game fireworks extravaganza. On Sunday, July 5 a day-night doubleheader will have separate nine-inning games at 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. The first 2,500 fans in attendance for the Sunday nightcap will receive a Rob Refsnyder bobblehead, presented by Keystone Sanitary Landfill. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Austin Romine extended the IL’s longest hitting streak of the season to 18 games with a 2-for-5 night. He doubled and scored. He has hit .373 (28-for-75) during his run.

Rob Refsnyder went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, a walk and three runs scored. Since he moved to the clean-up position, he is 7-for-16 (.438) with six walks, four RBIs and six runs scored.

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SWB Game Notes 7-2-15

CLICK HERE for the July 2 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with John Sadak and Darren Headrick. Pregame coverage starts at 5:45 p.m.

SWEPT AWAY: Russ Canzler singled over shortstop with a drawn-in infield to plate Tyler Henson from third base and the RailRiders lost in 10 innings and walk-off fashion to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs at Coca-Cola Park last night, 3-2. SWB left 15 men on base and went 2-for-14 with men in scoring position.

HEY NOW, YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR: Earlier today, catcher Austin Romine (more on Romine below) and first baseman/DH Kyle Roller were named to the IL All-Star team. Romine boasts a 17-game hitting streak, tied for the longest string of swinging success in the league all season. He has hit .371 (26-for-70) over his run with 16 RBIs. Roller leads SWB and ranks among the IL’s best in homers (12, T-4th), RBI (43, T-5th), walks (41, 2nd) and HR/AB ratio (1:22.25, 5th).

BOUNCING BACK: In his first effort after a records-tying loss to Lousiville, starter Jaron Long fired six scoreless innings. He worked his way out of a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam thanks in large part to a 1-2-3 double play againts Canzler in the opening inning. After three straight hits began the game to create that tough spot, he allowed only two more knocks and one walk the rest of the way while whiffing four. In nine games (eight starts) on the road, he has gone 4-1 with a 2.42 ERA. In seven home starts, he has gone 1-4 with a 7.54 ERA.

HERE COMES THE JUDGE: Aaron Judge went 2-for-4 with a pair of walks. He has reached base safely in 10 of his last 12 plate appearances.

SIMPLY THE BEST: Despite a nearly week-long layoff in the wake of being hit in the head with a fastball, Romine owns the IL’s longest active hitting streak, matching Columbus shortstop Jose Ramirez (17-gamer from June 9-28) for the IL’s best all year. Adonis Garcia set the RailRiders era record with a 21-gamer from July 17-Aug. 30, 2014 that tied for the longest in the league last season. Red Barons shortstop Pablo Ozuna set the overall SWB mark with a 27-gamer from July 27-Aug. 24, 2004.

GETTIN’ FIGGY WITH IT: Cole Figueroa posted his sixth multi-hit showing in eight games. He went 2-for-4 with a sacrifice and an RBI to lift his batting average to .294. His average sat at .184 after an 0-for-3 day at Norfolk on May 11. Since then, he has hit .363/.419/.497/.915 over 41 games played. In that time he ranks among the IL’s best in AVG (1st), OBP (2nd), SLG (5th) and OPS (2nd).

FALL FROM GRACE: Combined with Rochester’s 8-4 win over Pawtucket, the RailRiders fell out of first place for the first time since claiming the catbird seat on June 9 by sweeping an impromptu doubleheader against Buffalo that included the conclusion of a suspended game. The Red Wings have won five in a row.

SINISTER SIX: The RailRiders have lost a season-worst six straight while being outscored 43-15. SWB had not lost six in a row since a seven-game dip from May 18-25, 2013. That slide started with a four-game sweep at Columbus and carried into three losses at home against Durham.

OFF THE RAILS: Rob Refsnyder singled once and walked twice…Since moving to the clean-up position, he is 5-for-13 (.385) with three RBIs, five walks (.579 OBP) and three runs scored…The IronPigs lead the season-long IronRail series, 5-4…SWB lost for the first time in six extra-inning games to become the IL’s final team to suffer its first shutout defeat of the year…Only Rochester (2-2) has played fewer games with free baseball than SWB…The RailRiders suffered their fourth walk-off loss of 2015 and their first since June 7 at Rochester…Lehigh Valley swept SWB in a series longer than two games for the first time since claiming all three in a rain-shortened set in Moosic from May 17-20, 2011…The RailRiders have been swept in consecutive series.

Romine, Roller Named All-Stars

Duo to Represent SWB in Omaha on July 15 

Moosic, Pa. – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) catcher Austin Romine and first baseman/DH Kyle Roller have been named to the 2015 International League All-Star team. The duo will represent SWB in the 28th-Annual First National Bank Triple-A All-Star Game, presented by Gildan, on July 15 in Omaha, Neb. The exhibition between the best of the IL and the Pacific Coast League will be broadcast live from Werner Park on MLB Network, American Forces Network, MiLB.TV and the Triple-A All-Star Game Radio Network beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

The 2015 International League All-Star squad is made up of 13 elected players who have received the most votes from ballots submitted by club’s field managers and general managers (1/3), members of the media (1/3), and online fan voting (1/3). The elected players are joined by 17 additional All-Stars selected by the International League office. Each of the IL’s fourteen clubs will be represented in Omaha.

Both Romine and Roller were selected to the team. Romine enters today on a 17-game hitting streak, tied for the longest string of swinging success in the league all season. He has hit .371 (26-for-70) over his run with 16 RBIs. He ranks sixth among the loop’s catchers in caught-stealing percentage and has nabbed the third-highest total of would-be base stealers among the ranked backstops. Roller leads the team and ranks among the IL’s best in home runs (12, T-4th), RBI (43, T-5th), walks (41, 2nd) and HR/AB ratio (1:22.25, 5th).

Following last year’s 7-3 victory in the Triple-A All-Star Game, the IL owns a 10-7 advantage in the 17 years since the event changed to the current IL vs. PCL format. The winning league this season will once again earn the right to have its champion play as the “home team” at the Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game which will take place Tuesday, Sept. 22 in El Paso, Texas.

The RailRiders return to PNC Field for a six-day, seven-game homestand starting on the Fourth of July against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) at 7:05 p.m. Fans 18 and over will receive a voucher for a scratch-off ticket courtesy of the PA Lottery which will also present a post-game fireworks extravaganza. On Sunday, July 5 a day-night doubleheader will have separate nine-inning games at 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. The first 2,500 fans in attendance for the Sunday nightcap will receive a Rob Refsnyder bobblehead, presented by Keystone Sanitary Landfill. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders –

IronPigs Sweep RailRiders

SWB Falls From First, Suffers Longest Losing Streak Since 2013

Allentown, Pa. – Russ Canzler singled over shortstop with a drawn-in infield to plate Tyler Henson from third base and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) lost in 10 innings and walk-off fashion to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) at Coca-Cola Park on Wednesday night, 3-2. SWB (43-37) has lost a season-worst six in a row. Combined with Rochester’s 8-4 win over Pawtucket, the RailRiders fell out of first place for the first time since claiming the catbird seat on June 9.

Lehigh Valley (33-48) fell behind in the very first inning when Ramon Flores’ sac fly scored Ben Gamel. Cole Figueroa singled Rob Refsnyder home in the fourth for a 2-0 lead. Spot starter Dustin McGowan allowed two runs on four hits over four frames during a bullpen day for the IronPigs.

SWB starter Jaron Long logged six scoreless innings before handing the ball to Diego Moreno who allowed the tying runs in the seventh. Cord Phelps tripled Aaron Altherr home from first base while Logan Moore’s sac fly plated Phelps to deadlock the game, 2-2.

Tyler Henson tripled off the wall in left-center to start the 10th against reliever Danny Burawa (1-2). After Brian Bogusevic grounded out to second with the infield in, Canzler connected on the walk-off winner.

The RailRiders’ road trip shifts to Pawtucket for a short two-game series against the PawSox (Boston Red Sox) starting at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday night. SWB right-hander Luis Severino (3-0, 1.73) will face right-hander Zeke Spruill (4-2, 4.11).

The RailRiders return to PNC Field for a six-day, seven-game homestand starting on the Fourth of July against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) at 7:05 p.m. Fans 18 and over will receive a voucher for a scratch-off ticket courtesy of the PA Lottery which will also present a post-game fireworks extravaganza. On Sunday, July 5 a day-night doubleheader will have separate nine-inning games at 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. The first 2,500 fans in attendance for the Sunday nightcap will receive a Rob Refsnyder bobblehead, presented by Keystone Sanitary Landfill. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Austin Romine extended the IL’s longest active hitting streak to 17 games with a 3-for-5 night. He has tied Columbus’ Jose Ramirez for the IL’s longest hitting streak of the season.

Aaron Judge went 2-for-4 with a pair of walks. He has reached base safely in 10 of his last 12 plate appearances.

The RailRiders have been outscored 43-15 during their six-game slide.

SWB had not lost six in a row since a seven-game dip from May 18-25, 2013. That slide started with a four-game sweep at Columbus and carried into three losses at home against Durham.

Rob Refsnyder singled once and walked twice. Since moving to the clean-up position, he is 5-for-13 (.385) with five walks.

The IronPigs lead the season-long IronRail series, 5-4.

SWB lost for the first time in six extra-inning games.

The RailRiders suffered their fourth walk-off loss of 2015 and their first since June 7 at Rochester.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 7-1-15

CLICK HERE for the July 1 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.

NEW DAY, NEW PROBLEMS: Entering play on Tuesday night, the offense had been the issue with five runs scored over the prior 37 innings and no runs in 34 of them. But an early outburst erased such concerns. Alas, pitching proved the problem as the RailRiders blew a six-run lead and lost to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs at Coca-Cola Park, 12-8.

SLIDE TO FIVE: The RailRiders have lost a season-worst five while being outscored 40-13. SWB had not lost five straight since a two-game sweep at Syracuse and three straight losses versus Columbus from Aug. 4-9, 2014.

DWINDLING DIVISIONAL DIVIDE: Entering this road trip, the RailRiders had been 15-4 on the road against their IL North brothers. Their recent woes have lowered their first-place pad to a slim half-game over the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins). The teams stand tied in the loss column. SWB has owned the penthouse in the North since it bested Buffalo twice in an impromptu doubleheader on June 9 that included the conclusion of a suspended game.

HERE COMES THE JUDGE: Aaron Judge started in center field for the first time as a pro and posted a career-best four hits. He went 4-for-4 with a double, a walk and three runs scored. He also recorded an outfield assist when he nabbed Aaron Altherr at third base to end the third. While he played center field at Fresno St., all of his 201 career games played as a pro entering Tuesday saw him serve as the right fielder or designated hitter.

SWEET 16: Despite a nearly week-long layoff in the wake of being hit in the head with a fastball, Austin Romine has assembled a 16-game hitting streak. He has hit .354 (23-for-65) over his run with 16 RBIs. Five of his six home runs and 24 of his 33 RBIs have come on the road, but his home contact clip (.270) sits not too far behind his road number (.276). Romine owns the IL’s longest active hitting streak. Only Columbus shortstop Jose Ramirez (17-gamer from June 9-28) has engineered a longer IL hitting streak this season. Adonis Garcia set the RailRiders era record with a 21-gamer from July 17-Aug. 30, 2014 that tied for the longest in the league last season. Red Barons shortstop Pablo Ozuna set the overall SWB mark with a 27-gamer from July 27-Aug. 24, 2004.

ROAD WARRIORS: The RailRiders stand five games below .500 at PNC Field (19-24) and 12 games over on the road (24-12). The team has hit .280 on the road compared to a .259 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 187 runs in 36 games (5.2/game). At home, the squad has plated 159 runs in 43 games (3.7/game). The pitching has performed worse on the road (3.84 ERA) than at home (3.47 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.667), who have won 17 of 22 away from PNC Field.

BIRTHDAY BOY: Cole Figueroa celebrated his 28th birthday with his fifth multi-hit showing in seven games. He went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and lifted his batting average to .291. His average sat at .184 after an 0-for-3 day at Norfolk on May 11. Since then, he has hit .359/.417/.497/.913 over 40 games played. In that time he ranks among the IL’s best in AVG (1st), OBP (2nd), SLG (4th) and OPS (2nd).

OFF THE RAILS: SWB and Indianapolis shared the IL’s best June record at 17-11…Nick Noonan posted the IL’s fifth-best June batting average (.324)…Rob Refsnyder singled, walked and delivered three RBIs…Since moving to the clean-up position, he has gone 4-for-10 with three walks…The season-long IronRail series stands tied, 4-4…Lehigh Valley has sewn up this series and tonight bids for its first sweep of SWB in a series longer than two games since claiming all three in a rain-shortened set in Moosic from May 17-20, 2011…The RailRiders have lost back-to-back series for the second time all season…It previously happened during a 2-5 homestand with series losses versus Charlotte and Durham from May 18-24…The six-run lead lost tied as the largest advantage blow in a RailRiders’ loss this season…The team led 6-0 but lost 8-7 at Charlotte on April 30…Lehigh Valley scored 10 unanswered in Coca-Cola Park’s biggest come-from-behind win ever.

RailRiders Blow Six-Run Lead, Lose at Lehigh Valley

Judge Records Career-Best Four Hits, Plays Center Field for First Time 

Allentown, Pa. – Entering play on Tuesday night, the offense had been the issue. But an early outburst erased such concerns. Alas, pitching proved the problem as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) blew a six-run lead and lost to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) at Coca-Cola Park, 12-8. SWB (43-36) has lost a season-worst five in a row.

Four runs crossed in the opening inning for the visitors with Austin Romine’s two-run homer providing the highlight. Romine’s blow extended the International League’s best active hitting streak to 16 games.

Rob Refsnyder drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single up the middle in the second and Rob Segedin homered in the third for a 7-1 lead.

Then the Lehigh Valley offense awoke. The IronPigs (32-48) hung crooked numbers on the board in the third, fourth and fifth as they plated 10 unanswered tallies for an 11-7 lead. Five of those runs crossed in the fifth with Gabriel Lino’s two-run double giving the IronPigs the lead for good.

Reliever Chris Martin (0-1) took the loss. In his 1.2 innings, he was charged with six runs, five hits, three walks and recorded two strikeouts. Lehigh Valley starter Anthony Vasquez (4-3) earned the win despite an ugly line. He allowed seven runs on eight hits, three walks, two homers and a hit batter along with two strikeouts.

The three-game series concludes at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday night. Right-hander Jaron Long (5-5, 5.11) will face usual reliever Dustin McGowan (1-1, 6.00) in a bullpen game for the IronPigs.

The RailRiders return to PNC Field for a six-day, seven-game homestand starting on the Fourth of July against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) at 7:05 p.m. Fans 18 and over will receive a voucher for a scratch-off ticket courtesy of the PA Lottery which will also present a post-game fireworks extravaganza. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Aaron Judge started in center field and posted a career-best four hits. He went 4-for-4 with a double, a walk and three runs scored. All of his 201 career games played entering Tuesday saw him serve as the right fielder or designated hitter.

Cole Figueroa celebrated his 28th birthday with his fifth multi-hit showing in seven games. He went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and lifted his batting average to .291.

The RailRiders have been outscored 40-13 during their five-game slide.

SWB had not lost five in a row since a two-game sweep at Syracuse and three straight losses versus Columbus from Aug. 4-9, 2014.

Rob Refsnyder singled, walked and delivered three RBIs. Since moving to the clean-up position, he is 4-for-10 with three walks.

The season-long IronRail series stands tied, 4-4.

Lehigh Valley has sewn up the series and will bid for a sweep on Wednesday. SWB has not been swept by Lehigh Valley in a series longer than two games since losing all three in a rain-shortened set versus the IronPigs from May 17-20, 2011.

The six-run lead lost tied as the largest advantage blown in a RailRiders’ loss this season. The team led 6-0 but lost 8-7 at Charlotte on April 30.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 6-30-15

CLICK HERE for the June 30 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.

LAST TIME OUT: The scoring woes normally suffered at home have shifted to the road as the RailRiders fell to the IronPigs in Monday night’s series opener, 8-1. SWB has lost a season-high-tying four in a row.

HERE COMES THE JUDGE: Aaron Judge delivered the RailRiders’ only extra-base hit, their only knock with a man in scoring position and their only run in one fell ninth-inning swoop. The prospect outfielder lined a one-out double to right in that scored Ali Castillo from second base. Judge owns his first Triple-A hitting streak with a hit Sunday and Monday.

SUSPECT SWINGS: On the heels of a shutout loss on Friday and a Saturday rainout, SWB’s two runs in the ninth on Sunday halted the team’s longest scoreless streak of the season at 18 innings. The team plated a pair on Judge’s first Triple-A home run on Thursday against Louisville in the 15-2 loss. Going back to Wednesday’s action, the RailRiders have scored five runs over their last 37 innings, including no runs in 34 of those frames.

STREAKING STROKE: Despite a nearly week-long layoff in the wake of being hit in the head with a fastball, Austin Romine has assembled a 15-game hitting streak. He has hit .350 (21-for-60) over his run with 13 RBIs. Four of his five home runs and 21 of his 30 RBIs have come on the road, but his home contact clip (.270) sits even with his road number (.270). Romine surpassed Rob Refsnyder‘s 11-game run from May 10-21 as the longest by a 2015 RailRider. Romine owns the IL’s longest active hitting streak. Only Columbus shortstop Jose Ramirez (17-gamer from June 9-28) and Durham outfielder Taylor Motter (16-gamer from June 3-20) have engineered longer hitting streaks this season. Adonis Garcia set the RailRiders era record with a 21-gamer from July 17-Aug. 30, 2014 that tied for the longest in the league last season. Red Barons shortstop Pablo Ozuna set the overall SWB mark with a 27-gamer from July 27-Aug. 24, 2004.

YIN-YANG: The game’s two starters enjoyed decidedly different days. The Phillies’ top pitching prospect, Aaron Nola (3-0), tossed five scoreless frames for his third win in as many career Triple-A nods. SWB southpaw Jose De Paula (2-1) gave up six runs on eight hits over just two innings for his first loss since June 27, 2014. De Paula had allowed three runs in 17.2 innings with SWB entering the game.

ROAD WARRIORS: The RailRiders stand five games below .500 at PNC Field (19-24) and 13 games over on the road (24-11). The team has hit .279 on the road compared to a .259 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 179 runs in 35 games (5.1/game). At home, the squad has plated 159 runs in 43 games (3.7/game). The pitching has performed worse on the road (3.59 ERA) than at home (3.47 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.686), who have won 17 of 21 away from PNC Field.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Cole Figueroa turns 28 today. The Florida native has four multi-hit showings in his last six games played. He has hit nearly evenly against lefties (.281/.378/.344/.722) and righties (.291/.348/.396/.744) along with nearly even home (.290/.354/.344/.698) and road splits (.287/.359/.426/.785). He is the hardest man to strike out in the IL, averaging 18.3 plate appearances per whiff.

OFF THE RAILS: SWB is an IL-best 17-10 in June…The RailRiders have lost a season-high-tying four in a row for the first time since Rochester swept a three-game series at PNC Field and the RailRiders lost a series opener at Syracuse from April 13-16 as part of the team’s 2-6 start…The RailRiders have been outscored 28-5 during their current downward spiral…The IronPigs left seven men on base and went 6-for-15 with runners in scoring position…The RailRiders stranded 12 men on the bases and went 1-for-9 with men at second and/or third…Seven of the RailRiders’ eight hits were singles…Lehigh Valley smashed five doubles among its 12 hits…Rob Refsnyder was hit by a pitch for the team-high sixth time…Since moving to the clean-up position, he is 3-for-6 with two walks…The RailRiders lead the season-long IronRail series, 4-3.

Scoring Woes Continue in Loss at Lehigh Valley

Ninth-Inning Run Helps SWB Avoid Shutout Setback

Allentown, Pa. – The scoring woes normally suffered at home have shifted to the road as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) fell to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) in Monday night’s series opener, 8-1. SWB (43-35) has lost a season-high-tying four in a row.

Aaron Judge delivered the RailRiders’ only extra-base hit, their only knock with a man in scoring position and their only run in one fell ninth-inning swoop. The prospect outfielder lined a one-out double to right in the ninth that scored Ali Castillo from second base.

The game’s two starters enjoyed decidedly different days. The Phillies’ top pitching prospect, Aaron Nola (3-0), tossed five scoreless innings for his third win in as many career Triple-A starts. SWB southpaw Jose De Paula (2-1) gave up six runs on eight hits over just two innings.

Cord Phelps had the biggest day at the plate with two hits, three RBIs and a walk for the IronPigs (31-48).

The three-game series continues at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday night. Right-hander Joel De La Cruz (5-0, 2.55) will make his third start of the season and his first since May 26. Lehigh Valley will toss lefty Anthony Vasquez (3-3, 4.02).

The RailRiders return to PNC Field for a six-day, seven-game homestand starting on the Fourth of July against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) at 7:05 p.m. Fans 18 and over will receive a voucher for a scratch-off ticket courtesy of the PA Lottery which will also present a post-game fireworks extravaganza. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

Austin Romine extended the team’s longest hitting streak of the season to 15 games with his second-inning single.

The RailRiders have not scored in 34 of their last 37 innings.

The IronPigs left seven men on base and went 6-for-15 with runners in scoring position. The RailRiders stranded 12 men on the bases and went 1-for-9 with men at second and/or third.

The RailRiders have been outscored 28-5 during their four-game slide. The team’s only other four-game losing streak this season came from April 13-16 when the RailRiders started the season 2-6.

Seven of the RailRiders’ eight hits were singles.  Lehigh Valley smashed five doubles among its 12 hits.

Rob Refsnyder was hit by a pitch for the team-high sixth time. Since moving to the clean-up position, he is 3-for-6 with two walks.

The RailRiders lead the season-long IronRail series, 4-3.

– SWB RailRiders –

SWB Game Notes 6-29-15

CLICK HERE for the June 29 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.

LAST TIME OUT: The RailRiders scored twice in the ninth, but the comeback fell short in a 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Bisons on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. The RailRiders dropped three straight to finish the homestand 2-4.

SNAPPING THE SLIDE: SWB’s two runs in the ninth halted the team’s longest scoreless streak of the season at 18 innings. The team plated a pair on Aaron Judge‘s first Triple-A home run on Thursday against Louisville in the 15-2 loss. Going back to Wednesday’s action, the RailRiders have scored four runs over their last 28 innings, including no runs in 26 of those frames.

SHUTOUT HISTORY: With their ninth-inning rally, the RailRiders avoided the franchise’s first back-to-back shutout losses since the 2009 squad was blanked in four straight games from May 10-13. Those SWB Yankees lost on consecutive days at Louisville by identical 3-0 scores, then fell at home to Charlotte 1-0 and 2-0. They ended their scoreless drought at 44 innings with a first-frame run in a 1-0 win over Charlotte. That came in the opener of a May 15 doubleheader to ignite a string of three straight shutout wins. That SWB team ended the year a league-best in 16-8 shutout games, boasting the circuit’s highest win total and best winning percentage. The team also won the division, but fell in the Governors’ Cup Championship Series to Durham.

STREAKING STROKE: Despite a nearly week-long layoff in the wake of being hit in the head with a fastball, Austin Romine has assembled a 14-game hitting streak. He has hit .357 (20-for-56) over his run with 13 RBIs. Four of his five home runs and 21 of his 30 RBIs have come on the road, but his home contact clip (.270) sits just below his road number (.271). Romine surpassed Rob Refsnyder‘s 11-game run from May 10-21 as the longest by a 2015 RailRider. Only Columbus’ Jose Ramirez (17) owns a longer active hitting streak in the IL. The only other hitting streak longer than Romine’s in the league this season: Durham’s Taylor Motter composed a 16-gamer from June 3-20.

A LITTLE HELP?: Starter Kyle Davies (5-6) logged a quality start but left down 3-0 en route to his third straight loss. He has gone 4-1 in six road outings and 1-5 in eight starts at PNC Field. Run support has been a problem. In his six losses, SWB had plated three total runs before he was yanked. Including runs scored after his departure from those games, he received nine scores in those six setbacks.

ROAD WARRIORS: The RailRiders stand five games below .500 at PNC Field (19-24) and 14 games over on the road (24-10). The team has hit .281 on the road compared to a .259 mark at home. On the road, SWB has scored 178 runs in 34 games (5.2/game). At home, the squad has plated 159 runs in 43 games (3.7/game). The pitching has performed better on the road (3.45 ERA) than at home (3.47 ERA). No IL team has a better road winning percentage than the RailRiders (.706), who have won 17 of 20 away from PNC Field.

JUGGLING THE ORDER: Yesterday saw some significant changes to the RailRiders’ lineup order. Judge hit second, the highest he has ever hit in his short time at Triple-A. He was usually a two-hole hitter while with Double-A Trenton this year. Ramon Flores hit third for just the fourth time with SWB this season. He had spent most of the season in the two-hole. For the first time in 69 games played this season, Rob Refsnyder did not hit third. Instead, the second baseman batted fourth. The team leader in home runs and RBIs, Kyle Roller, hit fifth for the first time all season. He had usually been in the clean-up spot. The foursome went a combined 5-for-12 with all of the team’s four walks and each of the unit’s two runs scored. The rearranged order meant left-right balance throughout.

OFF THE RAILS: SWB is an IL-best 17-9 in June…The RailRiders have lost a season-high-tying three in a row at home…They had not lost back-to-back games home or road since a three-game slide from May 30-June 1…Diego Moreno fired three scoreless innings behind Davies…In his 11 home appearances, Moreno owns a 1.35 ERA and a .171 batting average against.

Bisons Elude RailRiders

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) scored twice in the ninth, but the comeback fell short in a 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Bisons on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. The RailRiders (43-34) dropped three straight to finish the homestand 2-4. The Bisons improved to 37-39.

Felix Doubront (1-3) notched his first win with Buffalo this season by blanking the RailRiders for seven innings. The southpaw yielded four hits, four walks and struck out five. Kyle Davies (5-6) shouldered his third straight defeat despite a quality start. The right-hander allowed three runs on six hits. Gregory Infante worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to record his third save.

The Bisons scored the decisive in the third with two away. Matt Hague scored a pair on a single to right and came around on a double by Daric Barton.

Entering the ninth, the RailRiders had not scored in 18 innings. That all changed with two singles by Ramon Flores and Rob Refsnyder. Infante relieved Blake McFarland and promptly surrendered a single to Kyle Roller. Austin Romine extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single that scored Flores. Ali Castillo beat out a double play try on a groundball to second, scoring Refsnyder, with two out. Infante battled back to fan Nick Noonan to end the rally.

The boys of SWB hit the road for a five-game trip this week. The RailRiders open a three-game series against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. Left-hander Jose De Paula (2-0, 1.53) will start against right-hander Aaron Nola (2-0, 2.13), the Phillies’ top pitching prospect. SWB returns home to face the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) for an Independence Day celebration on July 4 at 7:05 p.m. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders –

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