BUFFALO, NY – A see-saw series finale tilted the SWB RailRiders’ (Triple-A/New York Yankees) way late as the visitors grabbed a Wednesday afternoon rubber match from the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays), 6-4. The RailRiders (14-13) shot back over .500 on the year while the Bisons (11-15) dropped to 3-7 at home.
A 3-1 lead turned into a 4-3 deficit before a picket fence over the final three frames favored SWB.
Tied 4-4, Ben Gamel’s RBI single off Casey Kotchman’s glove at first base scored Jonathan Diaz for what proved to be the winning run in the eighth inning.
Reliever Phil Coke (2-0) tossed two perfect innings for the win while Conor Mullee worked around a pair of two-out runners in the ninth for his third save. Former RailRider Chris Leroux (0-3) suffered the loss in relief for Buffalo.l
The RailRiders’ nine-game road trip concludes with a pair of contests at Lehigh Valley against the IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies). Game one comes at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday with SWB southpaw Richard Bleier (0-0, 3.38) getting the nod.
The RailRiders return home for a nine-game homestand on Saturday, May 7. It starts with a two-game renewal of the IronRail Series against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies). The first 1,000 kids in attendance will receive a CHAMP bank courtesy of the Times Leader. It will also be Fit Track Day, a community outreach initiative that helps promote physical activity, healthy eating choices and a good night’s rest for kids. Participating children from area schools will be recognized on the field for their Fit Track efforts. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS:
Rob Refsnyder started in right field for a second straight game. He went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, extending the team’s longest hitting streak of the season to nine games. He also notched his fifth stolen base in as many attempts.
Aaron Judge blasted his team-best fourth home run just to the right of the batter’s eye in the first inning. He finished 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.
Gary Sanchez finished 3-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base.
Slade Heathcott went 2-for-4 with a sac bunt and a run scored.