SWB Game Notes 8-20-15

CLICK HERE for the Aug. 20 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with CORY NIDOH. Pregame coverage starts at 6:35 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: The SWB RailRiders halted their skid at three games with a 2-1 victory over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Wednesday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders (70-55) kept a 4.5 game advantage over second place Rochester in the International League North Division with the win.

THE LAW: Aaron Judge launched his seventh home run with SWB in last night’s win. The blast to LCF was the deciding blow and came in the fourth inning. Judge has stroked two round-trippers in his last five games and has three homers over his last eight. He leads the Yankees’ farm system with 19 longballs for the year (12 w/ AA-Trenton).

THINK WE NEED ONE MORE?: The RailRiders were 1-for-10 with men in scoring position on Wednesday while stranding 10 runners. The team has gone 2-for-31 with men at 2nd and 3rd during over their last four games with 32 left on base.

BACK ON COURSE: The RailRiders endured their first three-game losing streak since the All-Star Break and have dropped consecutive games only twice in that span. Wednesday’s win helped avoid the longest skid since a run of four straight setbacks, July 8-11.

HOME SWEET HOME: The RailRiders are back to .500 for the year at home. The club has gone 11-3 at PNC Field since July 24 and have a chance tonight to pull above water since an Opening Night win against SYR. A win would also give SWB series wins at home in 4-of-5 sets.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD: The Rochester Red Wings polished off a three-game sweep of the Buffalo Bisons on Wednesday afternoon. Pat Dean (10-10) blanked the Bisons on six hits over nine innings for a complete game SHO. The Red Wings’ 6-0 win marked their fifth straight. The Red Wings are in sole possession of second place by two games over Buffalo and 4.5 behind the RailRiders.

A LOOK AHEAD: The RailRiders still have five games remaining against both Buffalo and Rochester. SWB has played above .500 against the other three teams in the division, but has losing ledgers versus the Red Wings (7-8) and Bisons (5-7).

BEST SEASON EVER: At 70-55, the RailRiders have surpassed the efforts of the first two RailRiders teams. Both the 2013 and 2014 RailRiders went 68-76 and each unit finished in fifth place in the IL North.

WHITE KNUCKLERS: Fifteen (53%) of SWB’s last 28 games have been decided by one run and 21 (75%) have come down to two or less. It has gone 19-9 (.692) over the longer span and owns the IL’s best one-run record at 25-16 (.610).

BACK ON TRACK: After losing his 12-game hitting streak by going 0-for-4 on Friday, Ben Gamel has recorded a hit in three straight. Moreover, SWB’s MVP candi- date has a hit in five of his last 10 AB’s (.500). Gamel leads the IL with 12 outfield assists and co-paces all of MiLB with 14 triples, two shy of the single-season franchise record set by Shane Victorino in his 2005 IL MVP season. Gamel has multiple hits in 14 of 23. He entered today with the IL’s fourth-best batting average (.306). He also ranks among the IL’s best in hits (4th, 132), slugging (2nd, .479), extra-base hits (T-4th, 43), runs scored (T-2nd, 68) and total bases (3rd, 207).

HAVE YOU HEARD?: Former RailRider Greg Bird launched his first MLB home run to RF at Yankees Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. He followed with another 2R shot into the bullpen to earn a curtain call e for all four runs in the Yankees’ 4-3 triumph over the Twins.

SWB Wins Nail-Biter to Even Series

Moosic, Pa. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) halted their skid at three games with a 2-1 victory over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Wednesday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders (70-55) kept a 4.5 game advantage over second place Rochester in the International League North Division with the win. The IronPigs fell to 55-70.

Brady Lail (2-1) fired his second quality start with SWB, limiting the IronPigs to a run on four hits over six innings. James Pazos guided the RailRiders into the eighth and gave way to Andrew Bailey. The right-hander recorded the final four outs to earn his fourth save with the club.

Anthony Vasquez (7-6) absorbed the loss after allowing two runs across 6.2 innings. He yielded five hits, walked three and failed to a record a strikeout for the first time this season.

The IronPigs struck the first blow when Brian Bogusevic launched a backside home run to left. The solo shot with two away in the third was Bogusevic’s 11th of the year and put Lehigh Valley up 1-0.

Ben Gamel came through a clutch hit to even the score in the last of the inning. Cole Figueroa reached on a fielding error by shortstop Chase d’Arnaud and Gregorio Petit roped a double into left to put men at second and third. Gamel followed with a hit to score Figueroa.

Aaron Judge began the fourth with a thunderous home run to left-center. The shot proved to be the game-winner and was Judge’s seventh with SWB. He now leads the New York Yankees farm system with 19 round-trippers for the year.

The RailRiders go for a series win against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. at PNC Field. Right-hander Kyle Davies (8-7, 3.41) will oppose left-hander Jesse Biddle (2-3, 5.91). The RailRiders will host “Mariano Rivera Day” on Thursday, September 3rd, against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) with an appearance by the Yankees’ legendary closer himself. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 8-19-15

CLICK HERE for the Aug. 19 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with Darren Headrick. Pregame coverage starts at 6:35 p.m.

LAST TIME OUT: The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) dropped their third straight game, falling 3-1 to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Tuesday night at PNC Field. The three-game slide is the first since the All-Star Break for the RailRiders (69-55).
NOT-SO-FUN FACT: The RailRiders went 0-for-5 with men in scoring position on Monday while stranding six runners. The team has gone 1-for-21 with men at 2nd and 3rd during their three-game skid with 22 left on base.
THAT’S BASEBALL: The RailRiders had only endured consecutive losses one other time since the All-Star Break, dropping a pair to Indianapolis (July 20-21). Their current streak of three straight defeats is the longest since suffering four straight losses July 8-11.
WE NEED MORE POWER: During the recent hard times, the RailRiders offense has produced 26 hits (8.7 per game), but only four have gone for extra-bases. The team had three doubles in Saturday’s 3-2 loss in Rochester and Kyle Roller mashed his second triple in Sunday’s setback.
BAD TIMING: Sean O’Sullivan tossed his best outing of the year at the RailRiders’ expense on Tuesday. O’Sullivan authored 8.1 innings on 110 pitches, allowing one runner into scoring position. His nine strikeouts were a high mark for his campaign. The 8.1 innings were the most since he tossed a nine-inning, no-hitter for the Salt Lake Bees (LAA) of the Pacific Coast League in 2009.
HOME SWEET HOME: The RailRiders saw their season-high tying five-game home winning streak snapped with Tuesday’s loss. The club had brought their record in Moosic back to .500 by going 10-2 at PNC Field since July 24. That stretch included sweeps of Toledo (three games) and Pawtucket (four games).
OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD: In a battle of the IL North’s main challengers to the RailRiders’ supremacy, Rochester clipped Buffalo last night, 6-5. The Wings jumped out to a 6-0 lead against Jeff Francis and held on. With two straight over Buffalo and four in a row overall, Rochester now sits second to SWB in the IL North, trailing by 4.5 games.
A LOOK AHEAD: The RailRiders still have five games remaining against both Buffalo and Rochester. SWB has played .500 or better against the other three teams in the division, but has losing ledgers versus the Red Wings (7-8) and Bisons (5-7).
BEST SEASON EVER: At 69-55, the RailRiders have surpassed the efforts of the first two RailRiders teams. Both the 2013 and 2014 RailRiders went 68-76 and each unit finished in fifth place in the IL North.
WHITE KNUCKLERS: Fourteen (52%) of SWB’s last 27 games have been decided by one run and 20 (74%) have come down to two or less. It has gone 18-9 (.692) over the longer span and owns the IL’s best one-run record at 24-16 (.600).
BACK ON TRACK: After an 0-for-4 hiccup last Friday snapped Ben Gamel’s 12-game hitting streak, the squad’s MVP candidate has put together three hits in his last six at-bats. Gamel leads the IL with 12 outfield assists and co-paces all of MiLB with 14 triples, two shy of the single-season franchise record set by Shane Victorino in his 2005 IL MVP season. Gamel has multiple hits in 13 of 22. He entered today with the IL’s fourth-best batting average (.304). He also ranks among the IL’s best in hits (4th, 130), slugging (2nd, .479), extra-base hits (T-4th, 43), runs scored (T-2nd, 68) and total bases (4th, 205).
OFF THE RAILS: Aaron Judge ended his six-game hitting streak with an 0-for-4 night on Tuesday…former RailRider Greg Bird notched his first MLB RBI on Tuesday and followed with his first two MLB home runs (4RBI) today…Nick Rumbelow and Chris Capuano were recalled to New York prior to Tuesday’s game while Caleb Cotham was optioned back to SWB…

Yankees’ Michael Pineda to Rehab with SWB

Moosic, Pa. – New York Yankees star right-hander Michael Pineda will make a rehabilitation appearance for the SWB RailRiders on Friday, August 21, when the club hosts the Rochester Red Wings at 7:05 p.m. Coming back from a right forearm strain, Pineda threw 42 pitches in a start with the Trenton Thunder on Sunday, August 16.

The San Cristobal, D.R., native made 19 starts for New York prior to the injury. He posted a 9-7 record and a 3.97 ERA. He had two strong, back-to-back outings May 5 and 10. He blanked the Toronto Blue Jays over eight innings and struck out a career-high 16 against the Baltimore Orioles the following start.

Pineda made eight starts with the RailRiders over the 2013-2014 seasons. His career mark with the SWB includes a 1-2 record and 3.19 ERA. His last outing with SWB came on August 8, 2014, against the Columbus Clippers. He allowed a run on six hits over 4.1 innings while striking out seven.

Friday’s game will also feature a spectacular postgame fireworks show. Great seats are still available. Fans can purchase tickets by calling (570) 969-BALL or by visiting swbrailriders.com.

The RailRiders continue their series with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) on Wednesday night with a first pitch at 7:05 p.m. from PNC Field. Right-hander Brady Lail (1-1, 4.50) makes his fourth start for SWB and is scheduled to face left-hander Anthony Vasquez (7-5, 4.45). The RailRiders will host “Mariano Rivera Day” on Thursday, September 3rd, against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) with an appearance by the Yankees’ legendary closer himself. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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RailRiders Sputter against O’Sullivan, IronPigs

Moosic, Pa. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) dropped their third straight game, falling 3-1 to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Tuesday night at PNC Field. The three-game slide is the first since the All-Star Break for the RailRiders (69-55). The IronPigs (55-69) evened the “IronRail Series” at 7-7.

Starter Eric Wooten (2-4) shouldered the loss after allowing three runs on six hits over five innings. The left-hander also walked four and whiffed a quartet of IronPigs. Sean O’Sullivan (2-2) turned in his best performance with Lehigh Valley. The right-hander blanked SWB over eight innings. He finished the night allowing an unearned run on three hits while weaving together a season-high nine strikeouts over 8.1 innings. Dustin McGowan pitched out of a bases loaded jam for his 10th save.

The IronPigs scored the game’s first tally when Tyler Pastornicky was awarded home on a balk in the third inning. Following a hit by Brian Bogusevic and a walk to Russ Canzler, Tyler Henson unloaded a two-run double of the left-field wall to push the advantage to 3-0.

O’Sullivan held the RailRiders to four base runners over eight innings before issuing a lead-off walk to Ben Gamel in the ninth. Rob Refsnyder hit into a fielder’s choice at second and McGowan entered for O’Sullivan. Jose Pirela lined a clean single through the right side. SWB broke up the shutout when a Gary Sanchez grounder towards shortstop Chase d’Arnaud was airmailed into right field.

Refsnyder scored on the error and the RailRiders managed to load the bases on a walk to Slade Heathcott. Third baseman Cole Figueroa narrowly missed a potential game-winning grounder down the first base line before grounding out to first to end the game.

The RailRiders continue their series with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) on Wednesday night with a first pitch at 7:05 p.m. from PNC Field. Right-hander Brady Lail (1-1, 4.50) makes his fourth start for SWB and is scheduled to face left-hander Anthony Vasquez (7-5, 4.45). The RailRiders will host “Mariano Rivera Day” on Thursday, September 3rd, against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) with an appearance by the Yankees’ legendary closer himself. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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SWB Game Notes 8-18-15

CLICK HERE for the Aug. 18 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: Called by the game’s No. 1 prospect by a number of pundits and publications, Byron Buxton’s skills were on full display at Frontier Field on Sunday. The star outfielder homered to tie the game in the fifth and delivered the walk-off winner in the 12th as the RailRiders fell to Buxton’s Red Wings, 3-2.

NOT-SO-FUN FACT: The RailRiders went 0-for-11 with men in scoring position on Sunday to strand 11 men on base. They went 1-for-16 with runners at second and/or third in the back-to-back 3-2 losses to drop the series.

HOUSE OF HORRORS: SWB lost for the 14th time in 19 games at Rochester.

OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD: In a battle of the IL North’s main challengers to the RailRiders’ supremacy, Rochester clipped Buffalo last night, 4-3. Jose Martinez clubbed a sixth-inning homer off of former Red Barons star Randy Wolf to snap a 3-3 deadlock. That has created a second-place tie between the Red Wings and Bisons. Each club now stands 5.5 games back of the RailRiders.

A LOOK AHEAD: The RailRiders still have five games remaining against both Buffalo and Rochester. SWB boasts a winning record against the IL North’s other three teams, but has losing ledgers versus the Red Wings (7-8) and Bisons (5-7).

BEST SEASON EVER: At 69-54, the RailRiders have surpassed the efforts of the first two RailRiders teams. Both the 2013 and 2014 RailRiders went 68-76 and each unit finished in fifth place in the IL North.

JUST WAIT ‘TILL WE GET OUR HAYNES ON YOU: Kyle Haynes delivered another solid start for SWB. After starting his Triple-A time 0-1 through two starts with an 11.42 ERA and .419 batting average against, he has gone 1-0 in a pair of nods with a 2.45 ERA and .200 batting average against.

BREAKOUT DAY: Kyle Roller entered Sunday in an 0-for-20 slump with 13 strikeouts. As the first baseman he went 3-for-5 with the team’s only extra-base hit, his second triple of the season, and a run scored. Including his Sunday exploits, the IL All-Star has hit .131/.260/.246/.506 since the break going 8-for-61 with 24K.

WHITE KNUCKLERS: Fourteen (54%) of SWB’s last 26 games have been decided by one run and 19 (73%) have come down to two or less. It has gone 18-8 (.692) over the longer span and owns the IL’s best one-run record at 24-16 (.600).

WALK IT OFF: The RailRiders lost for the seventh time in walk-off fashion on Sunday. Four of those losses have come since the start of July when SWB was tripped up at Lehigh Valley in 10 innings on July 1, 3-2. That day NEPA native and former RailRider Russ Canzler singled over shortstop with a drawn-in infield to plate Tyler Henson from third base to win it. That marked SWB’s sixth straight loss and combined with an 8-4 Rochester win over Pawtucket, knocked the RailRiders out of first place for the first time since claiming the catbird seat on June 9.

BACK ON TRACK: After an 0-for-4 Friday snapped the IL’s then-longest active hitting streak at a dozen games, Ben Gamel went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk on Saturday. He got a day of rest on Sunday. Gamel leads the IL with 12 outfield assists and co-paces all of MiLB with 14 triples, two shy of the single-season franchise record set by Shane Victorino in his 2005 IL MVP season. Gamel has multiple hits in 12 of 21, hitting .390/.452/.720/1.171 in that time. He entered today with the IL’s fourth-best batting average (.301). He also ranks among the IL’s best in hits (4th, 128), slugging (T-2nd, .478), extra-base hits (T-4th, 43), runs scored (T-2nd, 68) and total bases (4th, 203).

HOME SWEET HOME: The RailRiders enter tonight on a season-high-tying five-game winning streak at PNC Field. They bid for their first winning record in Moosic since they started the season 1-0 with an April 9 win over Syracuse. A win would also make for the franchise’s first six-game winning streak at home since the 2013 RailRiders won seven straight at PNC Field from June 23-July 9.

OFF THE RAILS: Gary Sanchez hit third for the first time as a RailRider on Sunday…As the DH, he went 2-for-6…SWB dropped to 7-3 in extras, but still owns the IL’s best winning percentage in such affairs…Nick Rumbelow stranded both of his inherited runners in the win…He left 11 of his 13 hand-me-down men on the bases as a RailRider…Aaron Judge has hit safely in six straight and eight of nine.

Buxton Beats RailRiders

SWB Goes 0-for-11 with Men in Scoring Position

Rochester, N.Y. – Called by the game’s No. 1 prospect by a number of pundits and publications, Byron Buxton’s skills were on full display at Frontier Field on Sunday. The star outfielder homered to tie the game in the fifth and delivered the walk-off winner in the 12th as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) fell to Buxton’s Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins), 3-2. The RailRiders (69-54) lost for the 14th time in 19 games at Frontier Field while Rochester (63-60) sliced its divisional deficit to 6.0 games.

The RailRiders led 2-0 after single scores in the first two innings. Rob Refsnyder came home on a David Hurlbut wild pitch in the first while Kyle Roller’s leadoff triple in the second was followed by an RBI groundout from Gregorio Petit.

The Red Wings got on the board with a run-scoring fielder’s choice from Danny Ortiz in the fourth that plated James Beresford. An inning later, Buxton slammed a two-out solo homer to left for a 2-2 draw.

The stalemate lasted until the 12th when Jose Martinez welcomed reliever Andury Acevedo (0-2) to the game with a leadoff single. Carlos Paulino sacrificed him to second before Buxton delivered the walk-off single to center.

It made a winner out of Mark Hamburger (4-2) who tossed a scoreless inning.

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

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

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SWB Game Notes 8-16-15

CLICK HERE for the Aug. 16 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 1:05 p.m.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: All the run scoring came in the seventh. Unfortunately for the RailRiders, their two-spot was answered with a three-run effort by the Red Wings in a 3-2 SWB loss at Frontier Field on Saturday night. The RailRiders’ season-high-tying winning streak stalled at six while Rochester staved off a fall to .500.

A LITTLE HELP?: Starter Kyle Davies (8-7) suffered his team-worst seventh loss despite allowing just one earned run over 6.1 innings. He left after a missed-catch error and a subsequent throw on the infield put men at second and third with the RailRiders holding a 2-1 lead. Each of those men later scored with Branden Pinder on the hill. Davies, who had not lost since June 28 versus Buffalo, tossed his eighth quality start among his last 10. Over that time he has gone 3-2 with a 2.02 ERA, .205 batting average against and a 1.01 WHIP. While he leads the team in wins, his losses have come about in part thanks to poor run support. He receives just 3.6 runs/start and a total of 11 in his seven losses (1.6/loss). Only the since-promoted Luis Severino (9) has more minor league wins on the Yankees farm this year than Davies, who also boasts the system’s ninth-best ERA at 3.41.

BEST SEASON EVER: At 69-53, the RailRiders have surpassed the efforts of the first two RailRiders teams. Both the 2013 and 2014 RailRiders went 68-76 and each unit finished in fifth place in the IL North.

LUCKY NO. 13: Aaron Judge snapped a string of 13 straight RailRiders retired by starter Michael Bowden with a two-out single in the seventh. It was the first of four consecutive hits. Judge leads the Yankees’ farm in overall home runs (18) while the next three spots are all occupied by men with SWB time in 2015: 2. Gary Sanchez (16); 3. Kyle Roller (13); T-4. Greg Bird (12). Judge also paces the farm with 68 RBIs. Ten of his last 18 hits have gone for extra bases including five home runs. His five stolen bases in 40 Triple-A games trump the two he had in 194 pro games before his SWB stay.

SLADE’S BLADE: Judge scored in the seventh when the next batter, Slade Heathcott, thundered a double beyond the impressive range of Byron Buxton in center. It was part of a two-hit night for Heathcott who entered the game in a 4-for-41 (.098) slump with no RBIs, three walks (.159 OBP) and 17 strikeouts. Heathcott also delivered one of the RailRiders’ best defensive gems of the season when he robbed Xavier Avery of a home run with a leaping catch at the left-field wall in the fifth inning. His efforts earned him a spot on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays.

WHITE KNUCKLERS: Thirteen (52%) of the RailRiders’ last 25 games have been decided by one run and 18 have come down to two runs or less. SWB has gone 18-7 (.720) over that longer span and owns the IL’s best record in one-run games at 24-15 (.615).

BACK ON TRACK: After an 0-for-4 Friday snapped the longest active IL hitting streak at a dozen games, Ben Gamel went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. He leads the IL with 12 outfield assists and co-paces all of MiLB with 14 triples, two shy of the single-season franchise record set by Shane Victorino in his 2005 IL MVP season. Gamel has multiple hits in 12 of 21, hitting .390/.452/.720/1.171 in that time. He entered today with the IL’s fourth-best batting average (.301). He also ranks among the IL’s best in hits (T-2nd, 128), slugging (3rd, .478), extra-base hits (T-4th, 43), runs scored (T-2nd, 68) and total bases (3rd, 203).

OFF THE RAILS: The game-winning run came on a balk against Pinder that plated Avery in the seventh…It was the RailRiders’ sixth balk of the season and the third of Pinder’s career…Two of them have come this season including one in the bigs on April 18 at Tampa Bay…Pinder’s blown save dropped him to 1-for-5 in save tries while the team has blown 19 (33%) of its 58 save opportunities…Kyle Roller walked on an 0-for-2 night with a pair of strikeouts…He has gone 5-for-56 (.089) since the All-Star break with eight walks (.235 OBP), 24 strikeouts and four RBIs…He has gone hitless in 20 straight at-bats with 13 strikeouts.

Balk Hands Red Wings Series-Tying Win

RailRiders’ Winning Streak Snapped at Six

Rochester, N.Y. – All the run scoring came in the seventh. Unfortunately for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees), their two-spot was answered with a three-run effort by the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) in a 3-2 SWB loss at Frontier Field on Saturday night. The RailRiders (69-53) saw their season-high-tying winning streak stall at six while Rochester (62-60) staved off a fall to .500.

Rochester hurler Michael Bowden gave up a leadoff double to Ben Gamel to start the game. He did not allow another hit until the seventh when Aaron Judge singled to snap a string of 13 straight retired. It was the first of four straight two-out knocks with run-scoring blows by Slade Heathcott and Cole Figueroa for a 2-0 lead. Austin Romine then doubled before his fellow IL All-Star Kyle Roller struck out to leave men at second and third.

SWB starter Kyle Davies had faced two over the minimum through six scoreless innings on 71 pitches. However, the home seventh began with a no-doubt home run by Reynaldo Rodriguez, his 15th, for a 2-1 margin. Kennys Vargas then singled, Oswaldo Arcia fouled out to the catcher and Xavier Avery lined a ball up the middle. Avery’s contact errantly deflected off of Cole Figueroa’s glove, sending Vargas to third while Rob Refsnyder’s throw to third gave Avery second.

That ended Davies’ night with Branden Pinder entering from the bullpen. Argenis Diaz welcomed him with a smack to deep right caught by a diving Judge. The runners tagged and advanced as Vargas scored on the sac fly for a 2-2 draw while Avery took third. With Eric Fryer at the plate, a balk call against Pinder gave Avery the plate for the 3-2 score.

The RailRiders put men on base in the eighth and ninth, but never got a man beyond first base.

Bowden (9-3) earned the win, Davies (8-7) suffered the loss and Aaron Thompson secured a save.

The series concludes at 1:35 p.m. on Sunday. Right-hander Kyle Haynes (1-1, 7.53) gets the ball for SWB. Rochester has yet to announce a starter.

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

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

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SWB Game Notes 8-15-15

CLICK HERE for the Aug. 15 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with John Sadak and Darren Headrick. Pregame coverage starts at 6:35 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

ALL GOOD THINGS: Ben Gamel went 0-for-4 to conclude the IL’s longest active hitting streak at 12 games (21-for-49, .429/.472/.776/1.247). He leads the IL with 12 outfield assists and co-paces all of MiLB with 14 triples, two shy of the single-season franchise record set by Shane Victorino in his 2005 IL MVP season. Gamel had posted multiple hits in 12 of his last 19 games entering last night, hitting .413/.471/.760/1.231 in that time. He entered today with the IL’s fourth-best batting average (.301). He ranks among the IL’s best in hits (3rd, 127), runs (T-2nd, 68), slugging (4th, .476), extra-base hits (T-4th, 42) and total bases (3rd, 201).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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