MOOSIC, Pa. – The SWB RailRiders completed a three-game weekend sweep of the second place Rochester Red Wings on Sunday afternoon. Gary Sanchez went 4-for-4 and Kyle Haynes hurled seven innings in a 4-2 victory at PNC Field. The triumph helped the RailRiders (73-55) open up a 7.5-game lead over the Red Wings (66-63) in the International League North Division.
Haynes (2-1) went seven innings for the first time since August 19, 2013, and yielded a run on three hits while striking out four. Andury Acevedo earned his first Triple-A save by finishing the game. The right-hander’s only blemish was a solo home run by Kennys Vargas in the ninth.
Taylor Rogers (9-11) absorbed the loss after allowing four runs on eight hits over 6.2 innings. The left-hander tied a Triple-A high with nine strikeouts.
After falling behind 1-0 in the first, SWB claimed the lead for good in the second. Sanchez opened the frame with a single and moved to second when Aaron Judge worked a walk. One out later, Austin Romine collected two of his three RBI by poking a single to left for a 2-1 lead.
Sanchez and Romine combined again in the fourth to push the advantage to 3-1. Sanchez doubled and moved to third on a single by Cole Figueroa. Romine followed with a bouncer to third, scoring Sanchez.
Ben Gamel capped the scoring for SWB In the seventh when the center fielder stroked his second double of the day to score pinch runner Rico Noel.
With their magic number at nine, SWB hits the road for their final journey to McCoy Stadium this season. The RailRiders open a three-game series against the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. Left-hander Chris Capuano (1-1, 1.93) is expected to start for SWB against left-hander Edwin Escobar (1-2, 5.51) 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.