MOOSIC, Pa. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) halted their skid at three games with a 2-1 victory over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Wednesday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders (70-55) kept a 4.5 game advantage over second place Rochester in the International League North Division with the win. The IronPigs fell to 55-70.
Brady Lail (2-1) fired his second quality start with SWB, limiting the IronPigs to a run on four hits over six innings. James Pazos guided the RailRiders into the eighth and gave way to Andrew Bailey. The right-hander recorded the final four outs to earn his fourth save with the club.
Anthony Vasquez (7-6) absorbed the loss after allowing two runs across 6.2 innings. He yielded five hits, walked three and failed to a record a strikeout for the first time this season.
The IronPigs struck the first blow when Brian Bogusevic launched a backside home run to left. The solo shot with two away in the third was Bogusevic’s 11th of the year and put Lehigh Valley up 1-0.
Ben Gamel came through a clutch hit to even the score in the last of the inning. Cole Figueroa reached on a fielding error by shortstop Chase d’Arnaud and Gregorio Petit roped a double into left to put men at second and third. Gamel followed with a hit to score Figueroa.
Aaron Judge began the fourth with a thunderous home run to left-center. The shot proved to be the game-winner and was Judge’s seventh with SWB. He now leads the New York Yankees farm system with 19 round-trippers for the year.
The RailRiders go for a series win against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. at PNC Field. Right-hander Kyle Davies (8-7, 3.41) will oppose left-hander Jesse Biddle (2-3, 5.91). The RailRiders will host “Mariano Rivera Day” on Thursday, September 3rd, against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) with an appearance by the Yankees’ legendary closer himself. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.