SWB RailRiders Game Notes
SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE RAILRIDERS (30-34) @ SYRACUSE CHIEFS (28-35)
LHP Justus Sheffield (1-2, 2.96) vs. RHP Phillips Valdez (2-2, 1.64)
| Game No. 65 | Thursday June 14, 2018 | NBT Bank Stadium | Syracuse, NY |
| First Pitch 6:35 p.m. | Pregame Show 6:05 p.m. |
LAST TIME OUT: MOOSIC, Pa. - The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders lost to the Rochester Red Wings 4-3 Wednesday night at PNC Field. The Red Wings jumped on the board first after Chris Carter began the top of the second inning with a walk. Wynston Sawyer bashed a double to right-centerfield to score Carter from first base. Sawyer advanced to third on a base-hit by Taylor Motter and would eventually score on a missed-catch error by Abiatal Avelino. Rather than Chance Adams picking-off Motter to end the inning, a throw from Ryan McBroom to Avelino glanced off the second baseman's glove into centerfield to double the lead to 2-0.
The RailRiders answered in the bottom of the fourth as Billy McKinney smashed his eighth home run of the season to cut the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre deficit in half, 2-1. In the bottom of the eighth, Tyler Wade singled, moved to second on the throw, advanced to third on a wild pitch and was plated on an RBI single by Brandon Drury to tie the game.
With the game tied 2-2 heading into the ningth inning, the RailRiders summoned Tommy Kahnle from the bullpen. However, Carter got things going again for Rochester when he smacked a double with one out in the top of the ninth. Willians Astudillo followed with a home run into the RailRiders bullpen in left-centerfield to give the Red Wings a 4-2 lead. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre battled in the bottom of the ninth but it was not enough to overcome a two-run deficit. Kyle Higashioka notched an infield single to begin the inning on a groundball deep behind the bag at third. Mark Payton smoked a base-hit to right and then Bruce Caldwell pinch-hit for L.J. Mazzilli and hit a sacrifice-fly to deep left-center to score Higashioka. Clint Frazier walked, but Wade hit into a fielder's choice and Drury lined out sharply to end the game.
Drury swung the bat well for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre finishing 3-for-5 with an RBI. Chance Adams threw seven innings allowing two runs on three hits and struck out five. After the second inning, Adams retired 15 straight batters before allowing a double in the top of the seventh to break the streak.
DISTANCE DOESN'T EQUAL SUCCESS: The RailRiders got a 7-inning start from RHP Chance Adams Wednesday night against the Red Wings. It was the second time this season that Adams got through 7.0+ to go along with five such outings by LHP Josh Rogers and one from LHP Daniel Camarena. Prior to Wednesday's loss, it was the first time the RailRiders lost a game in which their starter got through seven innings (7-1). The outing for Adams featured 106 pitches which match his career-high set June 11, 2017 @ Lehigh Valley: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 3R/3ER, BB, 6 K
GETTING CLOSER: Wednesday marked Game No. 64 of the season for SWB and it was the first time they had been as high as 4th place in the division since Game No. 39, May 18 @ Buffalo. Heading into that ballgame they were in 4th place and 2.5 games behind the division-leading Lehigh Valley IronPigs. They are currently 6.5 games out of first place and T-4th in the division as they head into the weekend series in Syracuse.
DRURIOUSLY SCRIBBLED HIS NAME INTO RECORD BOOK: INF Brandon Drury extended his on-base streak to 32 games Monday night with a 1-for-4 performance against the Rochester Red Wings. The 32-game streak marked every contest he had played in Triple-A this season, but it was snapped after an 0-for-3 in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader. Drury's streak is the longest in RailRiders history dating back to the franchise's name-change in 2013. The only RailRider whose streak had been left for him to pass before Monday was OF Jake Cave who had set the franchise-record of 31 games in 2017. In the midst of the on-base streak, Drury also had a 9-game hit streak which was the longest by a RailRider this year.
HOME COOKING: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre completed what was scheduled to be a 10-game, nine-day homestand Wednesday with a 4-3 loss at the hands of the Rochester Red Wings. The homestand began with Durham taking 2-out-of-3G befor the Louisville Bats came to town Friday and Saturday. Sunday's contest was cancelled due to rain, after which the longest homestand of the season concluded with four games over three days against Rochester -- including Tuesday's doubleheader. The homestand started with the RailRiders owning a 15-12 record at home on the year (now 20-16) and were 5.0 games back of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (now 6.5 games back) after going 5-4 on the homestand.
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