MOOSIC, Pa. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) earned their fourth straight win Thursday night thanks to a majestic home run by Gary Sanchez in the bottom of the 11th inning at PNC Field. The blast accounted for the only runs in the RailRIders’ 2-0 triumph over the Syracuse Chiefs.
Vinnie Pestano (1-0) entered with two away in the tenth and kept the Chiefs off the scoreboard through the final stanza for the victory. Reliever Nick Masset (0-1) absorbed the loss after allowing the winning shot.
An error got the rally started in the decisive frame. With two away, Slade Heathcott reached on a misplayed grounder by second baseman Scott Sizemore. Sanchez worked the count to 3-1 against Masset and crushed the next pitch off the pedestrian walkway above the left field bullpen to bring the game to an abrupt end.
The SWB pitching staff has held opponents scoreless for 28 consecutive innings. Starter Tyler Cloyd tossed five, two-hit innings and reliever Tyler Webbfollowed by holding the Chiefs to one base runner over three. Nick Goody dealt a scoreless 1.2 innings.
–The home run by Sanchez snapped a 17-inning scoreless drought for SWB.
-The teams finished a combined 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
-Sanchez finished 2-for-5 with a double and the two-run homer.
–Nick Swisher was 1-for-4 in his first start with SWB.
The RailRiders and Chiefs meet again on Friday night. It’s Glow in the Park Night at PNC Field with first pitch set for 6:35 p.m. Right-hander Anthony Swarzak gets the ball against Chiefs’ righty Paolo Espino. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.