SWB Game Notes
SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE RAILRIDERS (18-15) @ INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (19-16)
RHP David Hale (3-1, 2.93) vs. RHP Alex McRae (3-2, 5.40)
| Game No. 34 | Victory Field | Indianapolis, IN | May 15, 2019 | First Pitch 11:05 a.m. |
INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- Just one loud swing by Kyle Higashioka was all that the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders could muster Tuesday night as the Indianapolis Indians knocked off the RailRiders 4-2 in the series opener.
On a sparkling night at Victory Field, Mitch Keller was the brightest light of them all on the mound for Indianapolis. He was staked to a 2-0 lead entering the 4th inning, but the RailRiders rallied in the top of the inning. After Mike Ford worked a full count and walked, Higashioka drilled a two-run home run out over the 405-foot mark in centerfield to tie the game.
After that, Keller didn't allow much the rest of the way. He finished with 6.0 innings, scattering three hits and surrendering two runs while walking two and striking out eight. He earned his fourth win to improve to 4-0 this season and lowered his season ERA to 3.83.
Indianapolis meanwhile scored single runs in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th innings off RailRiders starting pitcher Daniel Camarena to account for all the runs in the game. Three of the four runs were earned off the starter, before he turned the ball over to Kaleb Ort in the 6th inning. Ort tossed a scoreless 2.2 innings and has now gone 8.0 consecutive scoreless innings since allowing his only earned run, a homer to Rochester's Luke Railey.
OVER HILL, OVER DALE FOR HALE: The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders have RHP David Hale set to start Wednesday morning. He is looking to get SWB back on track with a win, and put the RailRiders in position for a series victory Thursday against the Indians. The righty returns to the Yankees organization and the RailRiders after a 2018 season that saw him play all over the map (and globe). Hale pitched for four teams a year ago, across three franchises and two continents. He logged the most innings in South Korea, where he finished his 2018 with 66.1 IP for the Hanwha Eagles of the KBO. That was only after pitching for the New York Yankees (10.2 IP), Minnesota Twins (3.0 IP) and RailRiders (55.2 IP).
HALING DOWN SOME RECOGNITION: RHP David Hale has pitched very well for the RailRiders this season, despite allowing a season-worst 3 ER over 5.0 IP against the Indianapolis Indians. Among International League pitchers, Hale ranks in the Top-10 in a number of major categories: ERA (2.93, 4th), Wins (3, T-4th), BAA (.243, 8th) and WHIP (1.19, 4th).
AN OLD FRIEND: LHP Daniel Camarena pitched April 24th for the Rochester Red Wings against his old organization and he tossed 4.1 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and struck out 6 -- and in typical Camarena fashion, did not walk a batter. He was later granted his release by the Twins and has signed with the Yankees, making his renewed appearance with his old teammates Wedmesday against Indianapolis. A season ago, he was released by the Yankees May 20th after 8G/8GS with the RailRiders, going 2-3, 5.03 ERA in 39.0 IP, 44 H (.288 BAA), 20 BB, 34 K. Four days later he was signed by the San Francisco Giants and assigned to Triple-A Sacramento where he made 16 of his final 17 appearances of the season (7/22 @ Akron: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2ER, BB, 2 K). Over parts of three seasons with the RailRiders (2016-2018) he appeared in 17G/15GS (80.2 IP, 42R/39ER -- 4.35 ERA) going 6-6 over that stretch. His biggest triumph came in Game 4 of the 2016 Governor's Cup series against the Gwinnett Braves in which Camarena went 5.1 IP without allowing a hit as the RailRiders secured a 3-0 win, and the International League title. Tuesday is his second start with SWB this year and fell a few outs shy of logging a quality start with 3 ER over 5.1 IP.
RAILREHABBERS: OF Aaron Hicks was in the lineup for Manager Jay Bell Friday and Saturday for the RailRiders. He was expected to play all three games of a weekend series against the Toledo Mud Hens before Sunday's postponement. This was the first Major Leaguer who rehabbed with the RailRiders this season, one year after SWB had 10 different Yankees play games with them: Greg Bird (INF), A.J. Cole (P), Brandon Drury (INF), Clint Frazier (OF), Aaron Hicks (OF), Tommy Kahnle (P), Billy McKinney (OF), Gary Sanchez (C), Masahiro Tanaka (P), Adam Warren (P). In his 2G with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season Hicks was 2-for-6 with a 2B and a BB -- Saturday he was 3-for-4, 2 2B, HR, 3 R, RBI. SWB continues to look to New York to hear the latest on when and where Manager Aaron Boone thinks the injured Yankees are going as they try to return to health.
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