SYRACUSE, NY – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) routed the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) on Wednesday night, 10-4. The RailRiders (82-49) lowered their magic number to clinch a post-season berth to five. The Chiefs (58-73) have lost seven straight to the RailRiders.
Down 4-1, the RailRiders claimed command of the game with a five-run sixth that sent 10 men to the plate. The inning included run-scoring plate appearances by Jake Cave, Pete Kozma, Cito Culver, Mason Williams and Rob Refsnyder.
The rally helped Luis Severino (8-1) secure the win. He gave up four runs on nine hits and two walks while whiffing six. Syracuse reliever Justin DeFratus (1-2) took the loss.
The RailRiders’ road trip concludes at 6:35 p.m. in Syracuse on Thursday night. SWB southpaw Jordan Montgomery (3-1, 0.71) is scheduled to face right-hander Paolo Espino (7-10, 3.53).
The RailRiders return home for a short two-game stay at PNC field on Friday, Aug. 26 against the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins). It will be Pierogi Night at the park, presented by T&L Pierogies. The team will change its nickname and colors for the night, donning uniforms as the “SWB Pierogies”. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS:
SWB’s 17 hits fell one short of the season-high mark of 18 set on June 7 versus Charlotte.
Relievers Chasen Shreve and Giovanny Gallegos retired all 10 men they faced with seven combined strikeouts.
Eight of the RailRiders’ nine men in the order had a hit including three apiece by Mason Williams, Donovan Solano and Jake Cave.
Ben Gamel extended his hitting streak to 14 games. He went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and a pair of runs scored.
The teams combined for 14 runs on 26 hits with four errors and a collective 12-for-24 showing with men in scoring position.
The RailRiders’ magic number could hit four if Norfolk beats Rochester. As of this article, the Red Wings and Tides were tied in the 11th inning.