MOOSIC. PA – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) rolled to their seventh straight win at PNC Field on Friday night, beating the Syracuse Chiefs 5-1. The RailRiders (70-43) have won four straight against the Chiefs (51-62) and three uninterrupted overall.
Luis Cessa (6-3) struck out 11 over Triple-A, career-long 7.2 innings while yielding a solo home run to Brian Goodwin in the first inning. All told, he scattered five hits and walked one. The 11 strikeouts fell one shy of his career high. Jonathan Holder retired the final four hitters to earn his second save with SWB.
The RailRiders scored four runs off Chiefs starter Paolo Espino (6-10). The right-hander surrendered eight hits across seven innings. He struck out nine without issuing a walk.
SWB responded quickly after Goodwin’s first inning homer. Ben Gamel began the home half with a single to center. Clint Frazier then cracked a double off the left-field wall to bring around Gamel. With one away, Ike Davis crushed a two-run shot out to right for a 3-1 lead.
Gamel opened the fifth with an opposite-way double. He swiped third with one out for his team-leading 18th stolen base of 2016. Davis came through again with two outs, grounding a run-scoring single to center.
Davis capped his big night with a towering homer to straightaway center off reliever Erik Davis in the eighth. The blast marked his first multi-home run game since April 19, 2013, as member of the New York Mets.
The RailRiders go for the series win against the Syracuse Chiefs on Saturday, August 6, at PNC Field. Right-hander Brady Lail (4-3, 3.67) faces right-hander Lucas Giolito (1-0, 3.09). Keystone Landfill presents a Joe DiMaggio t-shirt giveaway to the first 2,500 fans. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.