Uber Partners with RailRiders

Safe Rides Program Begins

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) have teamed up with Uber to create the Safe Rides program. The initiative will make sure fans have access to safe, reliable and affordable rides to and from games at PNC Field.

“This partnership reflects the RailRiders’ dedication to ensuring our fans have access to dependable, safe transportation when they need it,” said RailRiders interim GM Jeremy Ruby.

Together, the RailRiders and Uber are providing all fans who are new Uber users with a free first ride up to $20.  To receive the credit, fans will have to download the Uber app on any smartphone/mobile device and use the promo code: RAILRIDERS.

“We know how important it is to have a safe and convenient way to get around town, which is why we’re thrilled to partner with RailRiders to help ensure the community has access to reliable transportation anytime they’re traveling to or from RailRiders games at PNC Field,” said Jennifer Krusius, general manager for Uber.

The RailRiders return home to PNC Field for a short four-game run against the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) starting Monday night at 7:05 p.m. It will be Bark in the Park 2, presented by VREC (Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center). Fans are encouraged to bring their pups to the ballpark and the first 500 dogs in attendance will receive dog poop bags on entrance. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders Baseball – The Place to Be! –

Columbus Clips RailRiders in Rubber Match

Teams Split Season Series, 3-3

Columbus, Ohio – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) were charged with four errors in an ugly 7-6 loss in Columbus against the Clippers (Cleveland Indians) on Thursday night. The teams split the six-game season series, but the Clippers (62-50) took two of three at Huntington Park where SWB (62-51) has lost 10 of 11.

Down 2-0 in the second, four straight two-out hits gave the RailRiders a 4-2 lead including a towering three-run homer by Ben Gamel. Columbus rallied, plating a run in the third and three more in the fourth while chasing starter Kyle Haynes. The right-hander allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks over 3.2 innings.

A bases-loaded walk by Rob Refsnyder and an RBI single from Greg Bird tied the game at 6-6 in the sixth.  The lead would not last long.

In the seventh, Audy Ciriaco grounded a Nick Rumbelow (2-3) pitch to shortstop that Cole Figueroa fielded cleanly and tossed to Refsnyder for an out. Refsnyder had trouble with the transfer before bouncing a throw to first that bounced into the stands, allowing Zach Walters to score what proved to be the winning run.

SWB’s best chance to rally came in the eighth when Figueroa and pinch hitter Kyle Roller reached with a single and walk respectively. Gamel delivered a sac bunt before Refsnyder struck out. With Bird batting, Figueroa tried to score on a would-be wild pitch that shot over catcher Adam Moore’s head, but Moore recovered and fired a strike to closer Shawn Armstrong who dropped the tag on the sliding Figueroa to end the inning.

CC Lee (3-3) picked up the win while Armstrong logged his 14th save.

The RailRiders’ six-game road trip shifts to Toledo’s Fifth Third Field as they open a three-game series against the Mud Hens at 7 p.m. on Friday night. The pitching match-up has SWB southpaw Chris Capuano (1-1, 2.45) scheduled to face right-hander Thad Weber (6-7, 3.91).

The RailRiders return home to PNC Field for a short four-game run against the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) starting Monday night at 7:05 p.m. Below are the highlights each day:

Mon., Aug. 10 – Bark in the Bark 2 presented by Veterinary Referral and Emergency Clinic.  Bring your dog to the park, free dog refuse bags/holder to the first 500 dogs through the gates.  Lawn seating only available for guests choosing to bring their four-legged friends.  All dogs will need to be leashed, with current shot records and license for entry.

Tue., Aug. 11 – National Call 811 Before You Dig Night presented by 811 Call Before You Dig, UGI, PPL, USIC and UGI Energy.  It’s also Gildan National Tour Night.  Gildan will be on hand with product sampling and giveaways.

Wed., Aug. 12 – The iconic Budweiser Clydesdales will be making their way to PNC Field courtesy of Budweiser and the RailRiders’ friends at Northeast Eagle Distributors.  Fans will be treated to a pre-game on-field parade as well as access to the horses throughout the game for photo ops.

Thu., Aug. 13 – Join the fun with the RailRiders’ Thirsty Thursday.  $1 Drafts and Pepsi products courtesy of Budweiser from 6-8 p.m. and live music from Dashboard Mary.

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

– SWB RailRiders Baseball – The Place to Be! –

SWB Game Notes 8-6-15

CLICK HERE for the Aug. 6 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: The RailRiders rode the hot hitting of Greg Bird to a 7-2 series-tying win in Columbus against the Clippers on Wednesday night.

BIRDMAN: Bird went 3-for-5 with his first triple above A-ball, two home runs and four RBIs. Over his last six games, he has gone 11-for-26 with six extra-base hits and seven RBIs for slashes of .423/.423/.923/1.346. He hit six home runs in 49 games played and 182 at-bats with Double-A Trenton. He already has six homers in 27 games played and 108 at-bats at Triple-A. His 12 combined home runs rank him fourth on the Yankees’ farm. He became the first RailRider to homer twice in a game since Rob Refsnyder hit a pair at Durham on May 17. Bird has had some wide home-road splits. In 12 games at home he has gone 9-for-48 (.188/.235/.271/.506) against a 23-for-60 (.383/.448/.750/1.198) showing in 15 road games. All of his six homers and 18 RBIs have come outside of NEPA.

A WIN TONIGHT WOULD…: Be the RailRiders’ 12th in 15 games while lifting the club to 13 games above .500. SWB has not stood that many games above sea level since the 2012 SWB Yankees won the IL North at 84-60.

MULTIPLICITY: Cole Figueroa went 2-for-4 with an RBI for his team-best 37th multi-hit showing. Figueroa has hit lefties and righties to the exact same average – .309. Ben Gamel kept right on his heels as his 2-for-5 effort with a run scored made for his 36th performance with two or more knocks. Gamel owns six multi-hit efforts over his last 11 games, hitting .381/.449/.643/1.092. Gamel’s surge has lifted his average to .291, the best it has been since June 28.

EIGHT IS GREAT: Starter Kyle Davies posted his team-best eighth win with five innings of two-run ball. He has six quality starts over his last eight nods and since the start of July has gone 2-0 with a 2.09 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and .208 batting average against over seven starts. He also leads the squad in losses (6) thanks to a lack of run support. He gets just 3.8 runs/start including a total of nine runs in his six setbacks (1.5/loss).

WHAT A RELIEF: Relievers Andury Acevedo, Johnny Barbato and Andrew Bailey combined to toss four frames of scoreless baseball behind Davies. The ‘pen has allowed just four runs (two earned) over its last 45 innings (0.40 ERA) since the July 23 win at Indianapolis. The ‘pen owns a collective 2.76 ERA compared to a 3.89 mark for the starting staff. Acevedo struck out two over one inning in his Triple-A debut. Barbato tossed two frames and has yet to allow a run over six appearances and 8.2 innings as a RailRider.

WHO’S HOT?: Rob Refsnyder went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, lifting his team-high total to 23 two-base hits. Since the start of July, he has hit .318/.394/.511/.906 at Triple-A. His .373 OBP ranks fifth in the IL. Jose Pirela went 2-for-5 with a run scored. Since the All-Star break, he has hit .384/.434/.521/.954. If he had enough plate appearances to qualify, his average would rank second in the league.

WHO’S NOT?: Slade Heathcott went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts. In four games played on his latest SWB tenure, he has gone 1-for-14 with two walks and five strikeouts. Aaron Judge went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts for his third career golden sombrero and his first at Triple-A. Over his last seven games he has gone 2-for-25 with three walks against 14 strikeouts (.080/.179/.240/.419).

SEÑOR TRANQUILO: Former SWB ace Luis Severino took a tough-luck loss in his MLB debut versus Boston last night. MLB’s youngest starter this season allowed two runs (one earned) on just two hits and no walks while striking out seven.

SWING AND A MISS: The RailRiders struck out a season-high-tying 14 times last night. The club also won (2-1) when it whiffed 14 times at Rochester on June 6.

Bird Homers Twice, RailRiders Roll

Davies Posts Team-Best Eighth Win

Columbus, Ohio – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) rode the hot hitting of Greg Bird to a 7-2 series-tying win in Columbus against the Clippers (Cleveland Indians) on Wednesday night.

Bird crushed a pair of two-run homers and picked up his first Triple-A triple en route to a 3-for-5 showing with four RBIs. His first blast, which made it beyond the fence and onto Nationwide Boulevard, came in the first inning for a 2-0 lead. His third-inning triple was promptly followed by a Gary Sanchez sac fly that made it 3-0.

Columbus drew within a run in the fourth with back-to-back RBI doubles from Erik Gonzalez and Anthony Gallas off starter Kyle Davies. A former Clipper, Davies (8-6) picked up his team-best eighth win with five innings of two-run ball.

Bird took Columbus starter Josh Tomlin (1-2) out of the yard again in the fifth, this team hitting the top of the video board in right-center. Cole Figueroa singled in a sixth-inning insurance run while IL All-Star Austin Romine did the same in the eighth.

Tomlin struck out a season-best eight, but allowed six runs on 10 hits in six innings for the loss.

The RailRiders improved to 62-50 while Columbus fell to 61-50.

Right-hander Kyle Haynes (0-1, 9.00) is scheduled to face fellow righty Jarrett Grube (4-0, 2.75) in the rubber match at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday night.

The RailRiders return home to PNC Field for a short four-game run against the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) starting Monday night at 7:05 p.m. Below are the highlights each day:

Mon., Aug. 10 – Bark in the Bark 2 presented by Veterinary Referral and Emergency Clinic.  Bring your dog to the park, free dog refuse bags/holder to the first 500 dogs through the gates.  Lawn seating only available for guests choosing to bring their four-legged friends.  All dogs will need to be leashed, with current shot records and license for entry.

Tue., Aug. 11 – National Call 811 Before You Dig Night presented by 811 Call Before You Dig, UGI, PPL, USIC and UGI Energy.  It’s also Gildan National Tour Night.  Gildan will be on hand with product sampling and giveaways.

Wed., Aug. 12 – The iconic Budweiser Clydesdales will be making their way to PNC Field courtesy of Budweiser and the RailRiders’ friends at Northeast Eagle Distributors.  Fans will be treated to a pre-game on-field parade as well as access to the horses throughout the game for photo ops.

Thu., Aug. 13 – Join the fun with the RailRiders’ Thirsty Thursday.  $1 Drafts and Pepsi products courtesy of Budweiser from 6-8 p.m. and live music from Dashboard Mary.

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

– SWB RailRiders Baseball – The Place to Be! –

SWB Game Notes 8-5-15

CLICK HERE for the Aug. 5 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: The RailRiders allowed nine extra-base hits (2HR, 7-2B) in a 6-4 series-opening loss to the Clippers last night at Huntington Park

QUALITY EFFORT: Starter Kyle Davies settled for a no-decision last time out Friday versus Columbus, but logged his sixth quality start over his last seven nods. The lone exception in that time saw him fire five scoreless innings at Indianapolis. Over this seven-start span, Davies has gone 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA, .213 batting average against and 1.07 WHIP. Against his former club, the Clippers, he allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk over seven innings. He went 2-0 in July with a 1.89 ERA over six starts. He shares the team lead in wins, but also shares the lead in losses (6). Part of the reason has been run support. He gets just 3.6 runs/start including a total of nine runs in his six setbacks (1.5/loss).

RUN PRODUCER: Gary Sanchez went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs. Through 15 games played at Triple-A, he has knocked in 16 runs with a walk total (9) that more than doubles his strikeout sum (4). He has gone 16-for-49 for slashes of .327/.424/.633/1.056.

DEBUT DITTIES: Brady Lail (0-1) fell in his Triple-A debut. The 21-year-old allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits and three walks over 4.1 innings. He surrendered the two home runs and four of the doubles while tossing 92 pitches (56 strikes). Including his July 30 loss at Bowie, he has suffered losses in back-to-back starts for the first time since setbacks on June 2 and 7, 2014 while with Low-A Charleston. He allowed as many home runs last night as he did over his first 111.1 innings between Adv.-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton.

WHAT A RELIEF: Relievers James Pazos and Nick Goody combined to toss four frames of scoreless baseball behind Lail. The ‘pen has allowed just four runs (two earned) over its last 41 innings since the July 23 win at Indianapolis. The ‘pen owns a collective 2.78 ERA compared to a 3.89 mark for the starting staff.

WHY SO SERIESOUS?: SWB has exceeded its win total against Columbus from last season. The 2014 RailRiders went 1-7 versus the Clippers, getting outscored 79-39. Going back to 2013, the Clippers had claimed 14 straight meetings before SWB won the final 2014 clash, a 5-1 final on Aug. 10 in Moosic. That made for Columbus’ longest successful run in series history. It trumped a 12-game domination from June 1, 1993-April 9, 1994 when the then-Red Barons got outscored 97-27.

CLOSE CALLS: Despite the lopsided nature of wins and losses in recently, the RailRiders and Clippers have seen 16 of their last 29 clashes decided by one run.

FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME: The RailRiders’ series win over Columbus made for the SWB franchise’s first against the Clippers in NEPA since the last Red Barons swept Dave Miley‘s Clippers in a four-game set April 18-21, 2006.

HOW THE WEST WAS WON: SWB has guaranteed itself a winning record against IL West squads. At 14-8, even an 0-6 road trip would leave it a game above .500. The home portion of the schedule saw the RailRiders post a 9-4 mark against IL West teams at PNC Field with winning marks against Toledo (3-0), Columbus (2-1) and Indianapolis (2-1). They split four games with Louisville (2-2).

LOOKING AHEAD: After this road trip, the RailRiders will face only divisional competition the rest of the way. They will have 28 games left with the home-road divide split evenly at 14 apiece. The end of the schedule will be loaded with road games for the IL’s best road team. Eleven of the squad’s last 15 games will be played outside of NEPA.

Sanchez Homers in Series-Opening Loss

Extra-Base Hits Doom RailRiders

Columbus, Ohio – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) allowed nine extra-base hits (two homers) in a series-opening loss to the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) on Tuesday night at Huntington Park, 6-4.

The RailRiders (61-50) led 1-0 after a Gary Sanchez RBI single in the opening inning, but Columbus (61-49) responded with a James Ramsey home run in the bottom of the frame off starter Brady Lail. In the third, Greg Bird doubled in a run for a tie and Sanchez put SWB in front, 4-2, with a two-run homer to left. Again, Columbus would respond.

Erik Gonzalez drove in a run when he reached on a fielder’s choice and a Rob Refsnyder error led to a second score in the bottom of the third for a 4-4 deadlock. Gonzalez curled a solo homer down the left-field line to give the Clippers the lead for good in the fifth. The next hitter, Anthony Gallas, doubled to chase Lail. Adam Moore then doubled off reliever James Pazos to plate Gallas for the 6-4 margin that would go final.

Columbus pitching allowed just three hits, all singles, after the Sanchez third-inning home run.

Lail (0-1) took the loss in his Triple-A debut. He allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits, three walks and two homers with one strikeout. Columbus reliever Trey Haley (3-1) picked up the win while Carlos Marmol fired a scoreless ninth for his fifth save.

Right-hander Kyle Davies (7-6, 3.73) is scheduled to face fellow righty Josh Tomlin (1-1, 2.35) in game two of the series at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday night.

The RailRiders return home to PNC Field for a short four-game run against the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) starting Monday night at 7:05 p.m. It will be Bark in the Park 2, presented by VREC (Veterinary Referral & Emergency Center). Fans are encouraged to bring their pups to the ballpark and the first 500 dogs in attendance will receive dog poop bags on entrance. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders Baseball – The Place to Be! –

SWB Game Notes 8-4-15

CLICK HERE for the August 4 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with John Sadak and Darren Headrick. Pregame coverage starts at 6:35 p.m.

SUNDAY STORY: The RailRiders scored three unanswered runs to best the Clippers on Sunday afternoon, 4-3. SWB took the three-game series, 2-1.

LORD I WAS BORN A GAMELING MAN: Ben Gamel posted his MiLB-best 13th triple. He has hit safely in eight of nine, going 13-for-33 (.394) as his average has spiked back up to .290. He has not had a higher contact clip since he closed play on June 28 at .292. Ten of his triples have come at PNC Field. He entered the season with 13 career triples over five seasons and 415 games played. Gamel and Pawtucket’s Bryce Brentz co-lead the IL with 11 outfield assists.

THAT’S A START: Chris Capuano fired four innings, allowing a run on three hits and no walks for a no decision. The southpaw struck out four while throwing 50 pitches (33 strikes).

WINNER, WINNER: The comeback gave the victory to Joel De La Cruz (7-0), who allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits over 3.2 innings. He tied Luis Severino (7-0) and Kyle Davies (7-6) for the team lead in wins. Johnny Barbato posted the final four outs for his third save. Barbato and Jacob Lindgren are tied for third on the team in saves behind the since-traded Jose Ramirez (10) and current New York Yankee Nick Rumbelow (7).

THE ‘PEN IS MIGHTIER: De La Cruz and Barbato combined to toss five innings and allowed only one earned run. The ‘pen has allowed just four runs (two earned) over its last 37 innings since the July 23 win at Indianapolis. The ‘pen owns a collective 2.81 ERA compared to a 3.83 mark for the starting staff.

TIGHTROPE WALKING: The RailRiders improved to an IL-best 20-13 (.606) in one-run games. Six of the RailRiders’ last 11 games have been decided by a single score.

SERIESOUS BIZ: SWB has exceeded its win total against Columbus from last season. The 2014 RailRiders went 1-7 versus the Clippers, getting outscored 79-39. Going back to 2013, the Clippers had claimed 14 straight meetings before SWB won the final 2014 clash, a 5-1 final on Aug. 10 in Moosic. That made for Columbus’ longest successful run in series history. It trumped a 12-game domination from June 1, 1993-April 9, 1994 when the then-Red Barons got outscored 97-27.

CLOSE CALLS: Despite the lopsided nature of wins and losses in recently, the RailRiders and Clippers have seen 16 of their last 28 clashes decided by one run.

FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME: The RailRiders’ series win over Columbus made for the SWB franchise’s first against the Clippers in NEPA since the last Red Barons swept Dave Miley‘s Clippers in a four-game set April 18-21, 2006.

HOW THE WEST WAS WON: SWB has guaranteed itself a winning record against IL West squads. At 14-7, even an 0-6 road trip would leave it a game above .500. The home portion of the schedule saw the RailRiders post a 9-4 mark against IL West teams at PNC Field with winning marks against Toledo (3-0), Columbus (2-1) and Indianapolis (2-1). They split four games with Louisville (2-2).

LOOKING AHEAD: After this road trip, the RailRiders will face only divisional competition the rest of the way. They will have 28 games left with the home-road divide split evenly at 14 apiece. The end of the schedule will be loaded with road games for the IL’s best road team. Eleven of the squad’s last 15 games will be played outside of NEPA.

RailRiders Surge Late to Edge Clippers

Moosic, Pa. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) scored three unanswered runs to best the Columbus Clippers 4-3 on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. The RailRiders (61-49) earned their 20th win in one-run scores and took the three-game series from the Clippers (60-49). It was the first series win over Columbus for SWB in Moosic since 2006.

Starter Chris Capuano fired four innings, allowing a run on three hits with a no decision. The southpaw struck out four. The comeback gave the victory to Joel De La Cruz (7-0), who allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits over 3.2 innings. Johnny Barbato posted the final four outs for his third save.

Shaun Marcum hurled 5.1 innings in the start for Columbus and limited the RailRiders to two runs on seven hits while striking out seven. Reliever C.C. Lee (2-3) surrendered the deciding two runs, however, over 1.1 innings.

Jose Ramirez jumped on Capuano in the opening frame with a lead-off double and scored on a groundout to second by James Ramsey. The RailRiders tied the score 1-1 in the second when Aaron Judge came around when a pop-up by Cole Figueroa was lost in the sun.

The Clippers reclaimed the lead in the fifth against De La Cruz, plating a pair on three hits and an error.

Greg Bird opened the last of the sixth with a single and raced to third on a double by Judge. Rob Refsnyder flew a sacrifice fly to left. Bird scored to trim the deficit to 3-2.

Tyler Austin sparked the final rally in the seventh by working a walk and swiping second. Ben Gamel bashed a triple to right-center, scoring Austin. It was the 13th three-baser of the year for Gamel, who leads all of MiLB in triples. Jose Pirela completed the comeback with a sacrifice fly to left.

The RailRiders hit the road for six in a row, beginning with a three-game series in Columbus on Tuesday night. First pitch at Huntington Park is set for 7:05 p.m. The Clippers will send out right-hander Will Roberts (2-2, 2.68). A starter for SWB has not been announced. The RailRiders return to PNC Field on Monday, August 10, for Bark in the Park, presented by VREC. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders Baseball – The Place to Be! –

SWB Game Notes 8-2-15

CLICK HERE  for the Aug. 2 edition of the RailRiders’ game notes. CLICK HERE to listen to the radio call live with Darren Headrick with pregame coverage starting at 12:35 p.m. John Sadak will have the call on MyTV regionally starting at noon.

ABOUT LAST NIGHT: Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge boomed long home runs, but the RailRiders could not overcome an early hole in a 5-4 loss to the Columbus Clippers on Saturday night at PNC Field. The Clippers snapped a three-game skid while ending the RailRiders’ winning streak at four.

BASH BROTHERS: Sanchez and Judge remain deadlocked for the most home runs on the Yankees’ farm this season. Each slugger belted a dozen dingers with Double-A Trenton to start the year, and each man has clubbed three more since arriving at Triple-A. All of the organization’s top-four power hitters in the minors wear the RailRiders uniform. IL All-Star Kyle Roller leads SWB with 13 home runs and Greg Bird has a combined 10 with six at Double-A and four in Triple-A.

LUCKY NO. 13: In 13 Triple-A games played, Sanchez has 13 RBIs. His walk total (9) more than doubles his strikeout sum (4). He has gone 13-for-41 for slashes of .317/.431/.610/1.041. Nearly half of his hits have gone for extra bases (6).

GUILTY AS CHARGED: Judge’s home run, a two-run shot to left-center in the sixth that drew the RailRiders within at run, was the team’s 100th hit of the season from the DH slot. In four games as the DH, Judge has gone 4-for-14 (.286) with five walks (.474 OBP) against four strikeouts.

LORD I WAS BORN A GAMELING MAN: Ben Gamel went 2-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base, tying him with Cole Figueroa for the team lead in multi-hit games at 35. He has hit safely in seven of eight going 12-for-29 (.414) as his average has spiked back up to .290. He has not had a higher contact clip since he closed play on June 28 at .292. In the opening inning, he nabbed Jesus Aguilar at third base when he tried to go first-to-third on Zach Walters’ two-run single. It made for Gamel’s 11th outfield assist of the season, tying him with Pawtucket’s Bryce Brentz for the IL lead.

DÉJÀ VU ALL OVER AGAIN: The RailRiders were outhit 10-6, but outperformed Columbus in extra-base knocks, 4-2. All four extra-base hits played roles in the team’s four runs. Rob Refsnyder delivered the first with a leadoff triple in the third before scoring on a wild pitch. It was Refsnyder’s first triple of the season and his second at Triple-A. His only other three-bagger came on June 15, 2014, coincidentally enough at Columbus in his fifth career Triple-A game.

TIGHTROPE WALKING: The RailRiders fell to 19-13 in one-run games (.594), snapping a four-game win streak in single-score games. Half of the RailRiders’ last 10 games have been decided by one run. Even with the loss, SWB leads the loop in winning percentage in one-run contests.

THE ‘PEN IS MIGHTIER: The bullpen tossed another four scoreless innings between the efforts of Eric Wooten (2.2 IP) and Caleb Cotham (1.1). Neither man allowed a baserunner while whiffing a collective four. The ‘pen has allowed just two runs (one earned) over its last 32 innings since the July 23 win at Indianapolis. The ‘pen owns a collective 2.82 ERA compared to a 3.85 mark for the starting staff.

SERIESOUS BIZ: SWB has matched its total of wins against Columbus from last season. The 2014 RailRiders went 1-7 versus the Clippers, getting outscored 79-39. Going back to 2013, the Clippers had claimed 14 straight meetings before SWB won the final 2014 clash, a 5-1 final on Aug. 10 in Moosic. That made for Columbus’ longest successful run in series history. It trumped a 12-game domination from June 1, 1993-April 9, 1994 when the then-Red Barons got outscored 97-27.

CLOSE CALLS: Despite the lopsided nature of wins and losses in recently, the RailRiders and Clippers have seen 15 of their last 27 clashes decided by one run.

OFF THE RAILS: SWB pitching ended the game by retiring 14 Clippers in a row and 23 of the last 25…The RailRiders have not rallied from a deficit larger than three to win this season…Columbus starter Toru Murata (10-4) became the IL’s first 10-game winner with six innings of four-run ball…Yankees manager Joe Girardi told the media yesterday that Luis Severino‘s MLB debut will come Wednesday at Yankee Stadium against the Boston Red Sox.

RailRiders’ Rally Falls Short

Moosic, Pa.Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge boomed long home runs, but the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders could not overcome an early hole in a 5-4 loss to the Columbus Clippers on Saturday night at PNC Field. The Clippers (60-48) snapped a three-game skid while ending the RailRiders’ (60-49) winning streak at four.

Kyle Haynes (0-1) shouldered the loss in his Triple-A debut, surrendering five runs on 10 hits over five innings. The damage came off the right-hander early as he settled in to fire three scoreless frames to finish the outing. Toru Murata (10-4) allowed four runs on five hits across six frames. Four of the five hits went for extra bases. Shawn Armstrong notched his 13th save with the Clippers thanks to a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Trailing 5-0, Rob Refsnyder began the frame by bashing a triple into the left-center gap. A wild pitch by Murata plated Refsnyder. Sanchez launched a towering blast over the pedestrian bridge in left to close the deficit to three in the fourth.

After getting a double play in the sixth, Murata yielded a triple to Slade Heathcott. Judge followed with a thunderous round-tripper out to left-center, cutting the Clippers’ lead to 5-4.

Eric Wooten and Caleb Cotham combined to retire 14 straight Clippers to finish the game. Columbus had just two base runners from the third inning on.

The RailRiders look to capture the series from the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) on Sunday afternoon. First pitch at PNC Field is set for 1:05 p.m. Left-hander Chris Capuano (1-1, 2.53) makes his third start for SWB. He opposes right-hander Shaun Marcum (7-2, 2.22). The RailRiders return to PNC Field on Monday, August 10, for Bark in the Park, presented by VREC. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

– SWB RailRiders Baseball – The Place to Be! –

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