MOOSIC, PA – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) made sure a sixth-inning run was all they needed on Sunday, blanking the Gwinnett Braves 1-0 at PNC Field. The 11 shutout wins for the RailRiders (41-30) leads the International League. The Braves (31-39) were held scoreless for the seventh time this year.
The RailRiders took two-of three from the Braves for their first home series triumph since sweeping the Indianapolis Indians May 13-15.
Phil Coke kept the Braves off the scoreboard across the first five innings but left with a no decision. He limited Gwinnett to three hits, one walk and struck out two. Giovanny Gallegos (3-0) picked up where Coke left off and hurled three perfect innings. The right-hander struck out three. Matt Wotherspoon stranded the tying run at third base in the ninth to earn his second save with SWB.
Joel De La Cruz (1-2) shouldered the tough setback against his former club. The right-hander yielded one run on just five singles across seven innings. He walked one and struck out two.
The game’s only score came in the sixth. Pete Kozma opened with a single and Jonathan Diaz pushed him to second on a sacrifice bunt. Ben Gamel beat out an infield hit up the middle and Kozma advanced to third. Donovan Solano followed with a line drive to center. The hit scored Kozma and Solano made it to second, but Gamel was nabbed at third.
The RailRiders begin a series with the Toledo Mud Hens at PNC Field on Tuesday, June 21. New York Yankees’ first baseman Mark Teixeira will make his first of three rehab starts with SWB. Right-hander Luis Cessa (1-1, 3.93) gets the nod against southpaw Chad Bell (3-1, 3.82). For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.