SWB Game Notes
SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE RAILRIDERS (36-25) @ NORFOLK TIDES (26-35)
RHP Tyler Herb (4-3, 4.09) vs. RHP Drew Hutchison (4-4, 5.53)
| Game No. 62 | Harbor Park | Norfolk, VA | June 11, 2019 | First Pitch 7:05 p.m. |
MOOSIC, PA (June 9, 2019) -- An offensive outburst powered the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders to a doubleheader sweep of the Syracuse Mets on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field, 7-5 in the first game and 14-3 in the second. With the pair of victories, the RailRiders are a season-high 11 games over .500.
The RailRiders took game one of the doubleheader thanks to a five-run eruption in the bottom of the second. Mike Tauchman led off the inning with a single, and scored on a Logan Morrison double two batters later. Syracuse starter Chris Mazza walked Brad Miller and Erik Kratz later in the frame to load the bases, and Mike Ford promptly un-loaded them with a grand slam to cap the frame. In the bottom of the sixth, Ryan McBroom smacked a two-run home run down the left field line to add two insurance runs for the RailRiders who took a 7-4 lead.
In the second game of the twin bill the RailRiders played as los Vejigantes de Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for the first time, as part of the team's participation in the Copa de la Diversion. Donning special jerseys and caps, the club erupted offensively in the bottom of the first, sending 12 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs, highlighted by a three-run home run by Morrison. SWB knocked Syracuse starter Casey Coleman out of the box after only one out in the frame.
The Baby Bombers clobbered three home runs in the contest - a two-run round-tripper from Brad Miller in the second, and another two-run homer by Kyle Higashioka over the advertising wall in left in the fifth.
Syracuse tallied three runs against RailRiders starter Daniel Camarena, all on solo home runs as the southpaw lasted 6.0 innings plus three batters. Joe Harvey inherited runners on second and third and no outs in the top of the seventh, but stranded the runners on base to secure the victory.
Mike Tauchman had the best day of his RailRiders career on the day, going 6-for-8 with four runs, three doubles, a triple, and one RBI. The output raised his season batting average 60 points from .230 to .290.
A FRIENDLY FACE: Sunday, Erik Kratz was crouched behind the plate for Game 1 of the doubleheader against the Syracuse Mets. He was signed by the New York Yankees in conjunction with Ryan Lavarnway's injury Saturday night, marking the third organization he's played for this year (San Francisco Giants; Tampa Bay Rays). A year ago, Kratz appeared in 17G for the RailRiders and batted .269 with 4 HR in 52 AB before being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers as they dealt with injuries at the big league level.
THE OLD SWITCHEROO: It was anticipated that RHP Chance Adams would start Tuesday's game against the Norfolk Tides at Harbor Park. Instead, RHP Domingo German suffered an injury over the weekend for the Yankees and Adams has had his option transferred to Double-A Trenton in order to be closer to New York the next time German's spot opens up in the rotation. Due to the day off Monday, the entire rotation can slide up a day without anyone pitching on short rest, therefore RHP Drew Hutchison, RHP Randall Delgado and RHP Brody Koerner are slated to take on the Tides.
RAILREHABBERS: With six games over a span of a week-plus for SWB, INF Didi Gregorius joined OF Aaron Hicks on the list of Yankees rehabbers for the RailRiders this season. He went 1-for-21 in the first five games in which he has played before going 2-for-4 in the last game he suited up. It has been reported by Tom Verducci on MLB Network that both OF Giancarlo Stanton and OF Aaron Judge will be in the lineup for the RailRiders at some point this weekend down at Durham Bulls Atheltic Park. A year ago, 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 two games with SWB before returning to New York, Hicks was 3-for-7 with 2 2B, HR, RBI, 4 R, BB, 1-for-1 SB.
DOUBLEDIPPING: By June 9th of last year, the RailRiders had played just two doubleheaders and finished the year playing two games on the same date eight times over the course of the entire season. Sunday's doubleheader marked the seventh time in the first 61 games of the year that the RailRiders will play multiple games on the same day this year. There are two more doubleheaders on the schedule in the coming weeks, and the RailRiders are expecting to have played nine doubleheaders over the first 87 games of the year -- exceeding their total from all of 2018 just over halfway into the year.
ALL (GOOD?) THINGS COME TO AN END: The RailRiders hit the weekend with a series against the Mets wrapping up a gauntlet stretch of games, finishing 15-7 in 22 games over 20 days. The team went from being 1.5 games out of first place when the stretch began, to holding a 5.5-game lead over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs following the past weekend. Early in the season, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders had their schedule broken up by a handful of postponements and suspensions due to weather -- seven over the first five weeks of the season. Though many of the games were made up the following day, they had a number postponed a few weeks. Following the day-off May 20th, the RailRiders began a stretch on the 21st against the Pawtucket Red Sox that featured 23 games over 20 days before their next scheduled off day with all 23 games having come against each of their five IL North Division rivals. They are currently13-7 on this run of games heading into the final game of the stretch, with one game against Rochester postponed until July 5th due to weather.
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