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SWB Sweeps G-Braves

August 10, 2017 - International League (IL) - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders News Release

Lawrenceville, Ga. - The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) clipped the host Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves) on Wednesday night, 2-1, completing a three-game sweep. The RailRiders (75-41) have won 10 straight games at Coolray Field including last year's playoff series against the G-Braves (55-60).

Gwinnett plated the game's first run in the seventh inning. Kyle Kubitza began the frame with a single off reliever Nestor Cortes. One out later, back-to-back singles by David Freitas and Ronald Acuna off of Giovanny Gallegos (4-1) pushed Kubitza home.

SWB responded the very next inning. It started with a leadoff walk from Miguel Andujar and a single from Tyler Austin against former first-rounder and big leaguer Jason Hursh. A strikeout later, Donovan Solano connected on an RBI single to center that scored Andujar and sent Austin to third. After another Hursh (2-4) whiff, Cito Culver reached on a fielding error by shortstop Sean Kazmar, Jr. that saw Austin break on contact and score from third.

Ben Heller tossed a scoreless and hitless ninth for his fifth save. He worked around a two-out strikeout/wild pitch that allowed Acuna to reach as the tying tally. Heller then struck Xavier Avery out to end the game. tied the team's best road winning streak of the season, a six-gamer first composed from July 2-16. That spurt saw a pair of wins at Pawtucket (July 2-3) and a four-game sweep of the Bisons at Buffalo (July 13-16) out of the All-Star break.

SWB surged to a league-best 21-8 in one-run games and posted its league-high seventh win of the year when trailing after seven innings.

Gwinnett went 1-for-7 with men in scoring position and went 2-for-18 with men in prime real estate on the series.

The RailRiders need to go 17-8 over their final 25 games to break the franchise's single-season wins record of 91 set by the 2002 Red Barons and tied by the 2016 RailRiders. If this year's club reaches 91 victories to tie the win mark, it would break the single-season franchise record for winning percentage set by last year's team (91-52, .636).

Jake Cave went 2-for-5, lifting his average to .358.

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