MOOSIC, PA – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) posted their second walk-off win of the series against the Norfolk Tides on Tuesday night.Ben Gamel smacked the game-winner to right in the bottom of the ninth of the RailRiders’ 3-2 triumph over the Tides (53-71). The RailRiders (78-46) pace the IL North by 4.5 games with 20 to play.
Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Mason Williams laced a leadoff single to right off reliever Garrett Cortright (0-1). Cesar Puello used a sacrifice bunt to push Williams to second. After a walk to pinch hitter Jake Cave, Gamel delivered a hard roller through the right side. Williams raced home and beat the throw from right fielder Dariel Alvarez for the thrilling finish.
Jonathan Holder (2-0) took home the win in relief after firing two perfect frames with three strikeouts.
Donovan Solano lined his sixth home run of the season out to right, putting SWB ahead 1-0 in the third inning. Norfolk scored a run in the fourth and seventh innings to claim a 2-1 advantage, but Solano came through again in the eighth.
Rob Refsnyder worked a one-out walk and moved to second on a groundout by Chris Parmelee. Solano knotted the score at 2-2 on his third hit of the night, a single to center that plated Refsnyder. Solano’s three-hit performance was his third in seven games played.
The RailRiders seek a series win against the Norfolk Tides on Wednesday, August 17 at PNC Field. Right-hander Brady Lail (6-3, 4.05) will oppose right-hander David Hale (2-7, 5.30). First pitch for “Belly Buster Wednesday” is set for 7:05 p.m. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.