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RailRiders Nipped in Extra Innings

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The SWB RailRiders  fell to the Syracuse Chiefs in 10 innings by a 6-5 final. The RailRiders (80-62) rallied from three runs down, but were turned away on Isaac Ballou’s walk-off single in the 10th. The Chiefs (65-77) earned their second win against SWB at NBT Bank Stadium.

Mark Montgomery (1-1) shouldered the loss after issuing a lead-off walk to Jose Lozada. Emmanuel Burriss sacrificed the runner to second and a wild pitch allowed Lozada third. Ballou launched a 3-1 pitch over the head of center fielder Jake Cave to score the winning run.

Sam Runion (3-3) held the RailRiders scoreless for three innings to take home the win in relief. He walked two and struck out a pair.

SWB trailed 5-2 after four innings, but rallied for two in the sixth. Ben Gamel rolled a double down the right field line and moved to third on a single by Aaron Judge. Gamel scored on a single by Kyle Roller a two-out, infield hit by Cave plated Judge to trim the deficit to one.

Slade Heathcott and Ali Castillo teamed to stroke consecutive doubles, tying the score in the seventh. With Gamel at the plate, Castillo was thrown out at third when a pitch glanced off the glove of catcher Steve Lerud. Gamel would single later, but the RailRiders failed to score.

OFF THE RAILS:

Ali Castillo doubled three times; tying Jose Pirela for the most by a RailRider in a single game in 2015…Ben Gamelnotched his 11th three-hit game. He leads SWB with 51 multi-hit showings…Slade Heathcott also tallied three hits for the third time this season…Gamel and Kyle Roller were both intentionally walked; they lead the team with five IBBs this year…Relievers Conor Mullee and Cesar Vargas combined to retire 15 of 16 with 10 strikeouts…SWB is now 5-2 at NBT Bank Stadium this year and 8-6 against Syracuse overall…With the loss, the RailRiders are 8-5 in extra innings and 2-3 in their last five overtime games…

The boys of SWB continue their final regular season series against the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) at NBT Bank Stadium on Sunday night. Right-hander Kyle Davies (10-8, 3.44) is scheduled to face right-hander Taylor Jordan (5-5, 2.75). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. The RailRiders will host the wildcard winner at PNC Field on Friday, September 11 at 6:35 p.m. Tickets are available. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

This post is a press release courtesy of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Media Relations Department.

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