BUFFALO, NY– The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) walloped the Buffalo Bisons 14-2 on Wednesday night at Coca-Cola Park and either matched or broke franchise records along the way. The RailRiders (86-52) have won eight straight in Buffalo and 12-of-13 against the Bisons (66-73) overall.
Jordan Montgomery (5-1) hurled 5.1 scoreless frames to establish a new club record for scoreless innings pitched. His 29.2 frames surpassed the run of Tim Mauser from May 15 – June 1, 1991. Montgomery’s final line included two runs on six hits, no walks and three strikeouts over six innings. Richard Bleier held the Bisons scoreless over the final three stanzas for his first save with SWB.
Donovan Solano finished the night 4-for-5 and equaled franchise marks for a single game with three doubles and five runs scored.
The RailRiders scored eight runs on nine hits off Bisons’ hurler Scott Diamond and chased the left-hander with nobody out in the third. Rob Refsnyder singled home two to highlight a four-run second inning and Mason Williams plated two with a hit as part of a four-run third.
Kyle Higashioka mashed his 10th homer with SWB in the fifth off reliever Chad Girodo. The two-run shot put the RailRiders up 10-0.
SWB scored two runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Cito Culver brought in runs with a hit in each frame.
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SWB lowered their magic number to clinch the International League North Division down to two. A combination of a RailRiders win and a Lehigh Valley IronPigs loss on Thursday night would lock up a share of the division crown.
Matt Dominguez ended Montgomery’s scoreless innings streak with a bases-loaded, two-run single in the sixth. The runs were the first for Buffalo in 36.1 innings against SWB.
With Bleier’s outing, the RailRiders’ bullpen has fired 17 straight frames without yielding a run while striking out 33 in that span.
The RailRiders 18 hits and 12-run margin of victory matched season highs.
SWB had four hitters finish with three or more hits, including: Solano, Higashioka, Jake Cave and Culver.
SWB seeks a series sweep of the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) at Coca-Cola Field on Thursday, September 1. Left-hander Phil Coke (4-3, 3.09) gets the nod against right-hander Jason Berken (0-1, 3.92). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.