BUFFALO, NY – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRidersrallied from a four-run hole, but saw the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) push home the difference-making run in a 5-4 final at Coca-Cola Field on Saturday night. SWB (47-44) suffered its 13thloss in 17 games while Buffalo (45-45) has won eight of 11.
Buffalo’s Luke Scott singled home Melky Mesa for a 1-0 margin in the opening inning. A run-scoring groundout by Caleb Gindl and an Austin Romine passed ball led to two more runs in the fourth against fill-in starter Diego Moreno.
Reliever Jose Ramirez surrendered an unearned run in the fifth on Andy Burns’ double, but the RailRiders rallied against Buffalo starter Matt Boyd with a four-run sixth.
Boyd, who retired the first 11 men he faced, gave up all four runs on homers in the sixth. Ramon Flores launched a three-run job to right, his seventh, while Greg Bird bashed his first career Triple-A home run to right two batters later.
IL All-Star Matt Hague singled Burns home in the seventh against Branden Pinder (0-3) for the game-winning tally. The run went unearned due to a passed ball earlier in the frame.
Buffalo’s Joel Pineiro (1-1) got the win with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief while Bobby Korecky retired the lone man he faced for his sixth save.
The three-game series concludes at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday. Right-hander Luis Severino (4-0, 1.99) gets the nod against southpaw Daniel Norris (2-8, 3.62). The RailRiders will give away a special copy of Yankees Magazine to the first 2,500 fans in attendance on Friday, July 24, when the team hosts the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers). For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS:
The New York Yankees called up SWB second baseman Rob Refsnyder. He made his MLB debut as the Yankees’ starting second baseman and nine-hole hitter against the Boston Red Sox.
Greg Bird has hit safely in seven straight games.
Only two of the five runs allowed by the RailRiders were earned.
Buffalo entered the series an IL-worst 10-22 (.313) in one-run games. It has won each of the first two games on the series by a 5-4 score.
The Buffalo bullpen fired a combined three innings of scoreless baseball. Three relievers faced the minimum and allowed just one hit.