MOOSIC, PA – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) raced out to a 5-0 lead and held on to drop the Buffalo Bisons 5-3 on Saturday night at PNC Field. The win was the fifth in a row for the RailRiders (89-52). SWB finishes 16-5 against the Bisons (66-76), winning eight straight and 15 of the final 16 meetings in the series.
Brady Lail (7-6) limited the Bisons to three runs on seven hits across seven innings, tying for his longest out with SWB in 2016. James Pazos struck out the side in the eighth and Dietrich Enns finished the win with a scoreless ninth for his first Triple-A save.
The RailRiders scored five runs in the first two innings against Bisons starter Casey Lawrence (5-6). Donovan Solano singled home Mason Williams and a throwing error by Domonic Brown from right field allowed Cesar Puello across. Chris Parmelee lifted a sacrifice fly to left that plated Solano for a 3-0 lead.
Buffalo closed the gap to two runs with three in the fourth. A fielding error by Pete Kozma allowed Brown to score and a two-run double to right-center by Jio Mier trimmed the lead to 5-3. Lail pitched out of the jam with two fly outs and the Bisons were held scoreless the rest of the way.
OFF THE RAILS:
The 89 victories by SWB are the most in the Yankees era of the franchise. The 2002 Red Barons (91) were the last team to win 90 games in the International League. The RailRiders can tie the franchise record by winning their final two regular season games.
Solano finished 2-for-4. His 161 hits are the most in the International League and his .318 ranks fourth best. Solano needs three singles to break the franchise record of 122 by David Doster in 2002.
The RailRiders’ bullpen has hurled 25.2 consecutive scoreless innings while striking out 46 in that span.
Right-hander Matt Wotherspoon (2-0, 1.37) will start on Sunday at PNC Field against the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) and left-hander Aaron Laffey (6-6, 3.83). First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
Your 2016 IL North Division champion SWB RailRiders will face the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the semifinals of the Governor’s Cup playoffs beginning Wednesday, September 7. The RailRiders will host Game Three on Friday, September 9 at 6:35 p.m. If necessary, SWB will host the IronPigs for Game Four on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 6:35 p.m. and Game Five on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1:05 p.m. Come cheer on your RailRiders as they seek the franchise’s second Governor ‘s Cup! Playoff tickets can be purchased by calling 570-969-BALL (2255) or online at swbrailriders.com!