SWB Game Notes
SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE RAILRIDERS (65-59) @ GWINNETT STRIPERS (72-51)
RHP Adonis Rosa (4-0, 3.45) vs. RHP Patrick Weigel (6-1, 2.91)
| Game No. 125 | Coolray Field | Lawrenceville, GA | August 18, 2019 | First Pitch 1:05 p.m. |
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA (August 17, 2019) -- The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders grabbed a lead in the top of the 10th and top of the 11th innings, but rallies by the Gwinnett Stripers in both innings proved to be too much for the RailRiders to hang on for a win Saturday night.
SWB got a scoreless first inning on 10 pitches from RHP Ben Heller, who was making his first appearance in a game in over a month. He retired the side in order before handing the ball off to Deivi Garcia, who turned in 5.0 hitless innings. While the RailRiders were getting strong pitching from those arms, the bats- led by veteran catcher Erik Kratz- were busy putting runs on the board.He cracked a solo homer in the top of the 4th inning to get the scoring started, then capped a three-run frame in the 6th inning by belting a two-run homer 402 feet to left-centerfield to put the RailRiders ahead, 4-1.
Gwinnett tied the game with three runs in the bottom of the 7th inning and the game ultimately moved into extra innings tied 4-4. The top of the 10th inning featured the pace-of-play runner, Billy Burns, stealing third base and popping up and scoring as the throw by Alex Jackson was errant and got away from Johan Camargo. This gave the RailRiders a 5-4 lead, but the Stripers tied it and sent the game to the 11th inning with a bases-loaded walk.
Ryan McBroom turned on an A.J. Minter offering and deposited his 21st homer of the season over the wall in left field to give the RailRiders a two-run cushion in the top of the inning, but Gwinnett mounted its comeback trailing 7-5 entering the bottom of the inning. Five of the six men who came to the plate reached base, culminating in a walk-off walk to Andres Blanco as the 9,001 fans at Coolray Field celebrated a victory by the Stripers.
With a win by the Buffalo Bisons and a doubleheader sweep by the Syracuse Mets, the update International League North Division standings is Scranton/Wilkes-Barre holding a 1.0-game lead on the Bisons, with Syracuse 2.0 games back and the Rochester Red Wings 3.0 games back of first place with 16 games remaining in the regular season.
HANGING ON: The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders fell Saturday night in Gwinnett for their tenth straight loss on the road, dating back to the start of being swept in a three-game series in Louisville, July 26. In its last 16G, the team is 3-13 falling from 16-games above .500 with a 6.0-game lead in the division to just a 1.0-game lead in the division over Buffalo with Syracuse (2.0 GB) and Rochester (3.0 GB) hot on their heels. The last time the lead in the division was as small as 1.0 games was May 30th following a 6-5 win over Rochester when they improved to 48-40 on the season as they were growing the lead in the division after just taking over first place from the Syracuse Mets.
NOT GETTING OUTHIT, NOT GETTING WINS: The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders have been mired in a tough stretch where wins have been tough to come by. Despite that, they have amassed as many hits as their opponents in 4-of-6 games in their current losing streak. Before that, the team was 59-19 (.756) in games in which they weren't outhit by their opponents but have lost four in-a-row.
MAKING MOVES: With 16 games remaining in the regular season, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders are keeping up their torrid pace of roster moves. Following a year in which they made 275 roster moves total (1.99 moves/game) during the regular season. SWB has now made 289 heading into Sunday's game against Gwinnett. The team is averaging 2.31 moves/game this season and is on pace for 323 roster moves through the end of the regular season.
LOTS OF FACES: LHP Tyler Lyons entered out of the bullpen Friday night for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders for his New York Yankees organizational debut against the Gwinnett Stripers. In doing so, he became the 73rd player to appear in a game for SWB this season. When RHP David Hernandez grabbed the ball from RHP David Sosebee in the 9th inning Wednesday night, he became the 71st player to play in a game for the RailRiders this season and Thursday's starting pitcher, Nick Nelson, was No. 72. This exceeds the 2018 team's total roster of 69 players, and far surpasses the 2017 mark of 65. The RailRiders are creeping up on the all-time franchise record of 75 players in a single season, set in 2015. With LHP Joe Mantiply and RHP Ryan Dull added to the roster recently, the RailRiders have two more players ready to become Nos. 74 and 75 to tie the record.
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