MOOSIC, PA – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) walked away with a doubleheader split for the second straight night. Against the Norfolk Tides at PNC Field, the RailRiders (77-46) rallied for a 2-1, eight-inning win on the front end before dropping the nightcap 3-2 in eight innings. The Tides (53-70) scored a walk-off win of their own as the “home team” in game two.
Eddy Rodriguez was the hero in the first game, launching a sacrifice fly to center that easily scored Mason Williams for the RailRiders’ eighth walk-off victory of 2016. Pete Kozma tied the score 1-1 in the seventh with a sacrifice fly to center, plating pinch runner Cesar Puello.
Johnny Barbato (2-2) took home the win after spinning a scoreless 2.2 innings. Starter Dietrich Enns allowed one run, a leadoff homer to Xavier Avery, over 5.1 innings. Tides’ reliever Jason Stoffel (0-2) suffered the defeat after allowing two runs in 1.2 innings.
The nightcap saw the Tides overcome an early two-run deficit to score their first win against SWB In four tries this year. Clint Frazier singled to right and Jonathan Diaz reached on a bunt hit to bring up Donovan Solano. The RailRiders’ third baseman launched a double off the right field wall to score Frazier. Rob Refsnyder followed with a sacrifice fly to deep right.
The Tides squared the game 2-2 in second against starter Richard Bleier. L.J. Hoes beat out an infield single to score Christian Walker from third and Corban Joseph plated Francisco Pena on a groundball double play. Dariel Alvarez won the game in the last of the eighth with a single to center off Ben Heller (2-3). Reliever Zach Phillips (9-3) took home the win after recording the final out of the top of the inning.
Rob Refsnyder extended his hitting streak to three with a single in both games. Refsnyder is 5-for-11 (.455) in four games since rejoining SWB from New York and has driven in three runs.
The RailRiders continue their series against the Norfolk Tides on Tuesday, August 16 at 7:05 p.m. Left-hander Phil Coke (4-3, 2.67) will start for SWB. Every Tuesday home game at PNC Field is Two Dollar Twosdays with $2 tacos, walk-up lawn seats and tall boys. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.