DURHAM, N.C – Rob Refsnyder launched a pair of home runs and Miguel Sulbaran authored a successful debut as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) shutout the Durham Bulls 5-0 on Sunday afternoon at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The RailRiders (20-18) finished off a four-game sweep of the Bulls (20-18) and earned their second shutout victory of 2015.
Sulbaran (1-0) weaved together five scoreless innings while yielding five hits. He walked two and struck out three. Everett Teaford (2-3) shouldered the loss for Durham after allowing five runs on eight hits over five innings. He surrendered three home runs.
Refsnyder tallied the RailRiders’ first run on a towering blast over the high, blue wall in left-center. Nick Noonan singled home Rob Segedin following a double in the second inning for a 2-0 lead. Ramon Flores reached on a one-out hit in the fifth and came around on Refsnyder’s second round-tripper, this one clanging off the left field foul pole. Kyle Roller made it back-to-back jacks when the first baseman lined his team-leading seventh home run over the fence in the right-field corner to cap the scoring.
The RailRiders return home on Monday, May 18 to start a seven-game homestand with the first of three against the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox). SWB is slated to start southpaw Matt Tracy (0-0, 3.50) against right-hander Junior Guerra (0-1, 2.45). It will be a Dollar Dog Night with all hot dogs priced at $1. For tickets or more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit the team’s website, www.swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS:
Rob Refsnyder entered the day without a home run and finished with two as part of a three-hit, three-RBI performance. It was his first homer since August 11, 2014, and his first multi-home run effort since he tagged two with Single-A Charleston on August 23, 2012. Refsnyder extended his on-base streak, dating to April 25, to 19 games.
Ramon Flores singled and has reached safely in 25 of 26 games.
Kyle Roller cracked his team-leading seventh home run, tying Syracuse’s Ian Stewart for the most long balls in the IL.
Danny Burawa, Diego Moreno and Nick Rumbelow combined to hold the Bulls scoreless over the final four innings. Burawa struck out two in the sixth and Moreno tossed two scoreless frames.