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9 months ago  ::  Apr 05, 2019 - 6:45AM #31
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Cold Start: SWB drops season opener 8-3

Early offense paces Buffalo past Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

Mike Ford drove in the first Scranton/Wilkes-Barre run of the season in an 8-3 loss at Buffalo Thursday. (Tim Dougherty)

By Media Relations / Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders | April 4, 2019 5:12 PM

Hope springs eternal on Opening Day, but the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders fell behind early Thursday afternoon at the newly-minted Sahlen Field, as part of an 8-3 loss to the Buffalo Bisons to begin the 2019 season.

Two-time All-Star Gio Gonzalez took the baseball for the RailRiders, and the Bisons lineup jumped on him in the first inning. Just two batters into the game Buffalo had a 1-0 lead, and after one inning of play it was 3-0. The Bisons continued to build a lead with a two-run homer by Cavan Biggio in the third inning and three more runs in the fourth. When it was all said-and-done, Gonzalez had been touched for eight runs (all earned) in 4.0 innings, needing 76 pitches.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's bullpen was excellent as Adonis Rosa went a perfect 2.0 innings on just 20 pitches while David Sosebee struck out four batters in his two scoreless frames.

The offense was paced by a pair of new faces for the RailRiders, with Trey Amburgey (3-for-4) making his Triple-A debut and Matt Lipka (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) making his New York Yankees organizational debut. By the time the bats got going, Buffalo had already built an 8-0 lead as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre chipped in with a run in the fifth and two more on Lipka's homer in the seventh.

Jacob Waguespack was efficient against the RailRiders' lineup, needing 87 pitches over 6.0 innings of one-run ball to collect the win for Buffalo.

After winning on Opening Day last season, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre falls to 11-20 all-time in season openers with the loss Thursday. The will get back to action Friday night against the Bisons in Game 2 of the four-game series. LHP Nestor Cortes takes the ball for SWB against Buffalo's LHP Shawn Morimando. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. with pregame coverage at 5:35 p.m. on the RailRiders Radio Network with Adam Marco and Adam Giardino.

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
9 months ago  ::  Apr 05, 2019 - 6:48AM #32
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Charleston 2, Columbia 1

Contreras Deals as Dogs Hang on in Opening Night Pitchers' Duel

Yankees No. 7 prospect garners first Class A win in 2-1 victory

By Matt Dean / Charleston RiverDogs | April 4, 2019 10:27 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. - After witnessing an impressive seven-game debut with the RiverDogs to finish 2018, the Yankees felt confident in handing the ball to a teenager on Opening Day. 19-year-old right-hander Roansy Contreras dealt five innings of one-run ball and Aaron McGarity pinned down an extended, four-inning save as the RiverDogs found just enough offense to edge the Columbia Fireflies, 2-1, on Opening Night on Thursday at Segra Park.

The Yankees' pre-season No. 7 prospect by Baseball America, Contreras fanned six Columbia (0-1) batters and scattered five hits over his five frames, holding the Fireflies in check all night.

The RiverDogs (1-0) took a 2-0 lead in the second to back their young starter, who didn't receive the run support to garner his first Class A win despite turning in a 3.38 ERA during his time with Charleston last season. First baseman Eric Wagaman roped a base hit to open the inning before advancing to third after third baseman Nelson Gomez's fly ball dropped in for a double to right. With runners on second and third, designated hitter Mickey Gasper plated the season's first run on a groundout to third before second baseman Kyle Gray rapped a double into left field to score a second.

The Fireflies touched up Contreras for his lone blemish in the fourth. Mets No. 4 prospect Mark Vientos cracked a leadoff single to right, scoring two batters later on a Hayden Senger double into left, cutting the lead in half.

McGarity stymied Columbia with his wipeout slider the rest of the way, going four innings to pick up his fourth career save. The Virginia Tech product scattered just a pair of hits while striking out four. Neither Charleston pitcher issued a walk on the evening, helping limit Columbia's baserunners in a game where the Fireflies outhit the Dogs, 7-5.

The Opening Night win marked a familiar situation for the RiverDogs, who led the South Atlantic League with 57 one-run contests in 2018, finishing 26-31 in those games.

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
9 months ago  ::  Apr 05, 2019 - 9:40PM #33
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SWB 6 Buffalo 1

Trey Amburgey (LF) -- 1 for 5, R, 2B

Zack Zehner (DH) -- 0 for 5, RBI

Gio Urshela (3B) -- 3 for 5, 2 R, 2B, RBI

Ryan McBroom (1B) -- 1 for 5, R

Mandy Alvarez (2B) -- 1 for 3, RBI, BB

Kyle Higashioka (C) -- 0 for 4

Cliff Pennington (SS) -- 1 for 3, 2B

Matt Lipka (RF) -- 1 for 3, R, BB

Billy Burns (CF) -- 1 for 4, R

Nestor Cortes (W 1-0) -- 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K's

Danny Coulombe -- 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K's

Joe Harvey (SV 1) -- 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Record: 1-1

Next Game: Tomorrow at Buffalo, 1:05 PM

9 months ago  ::  Apr 05, 2019 - 9:44PM #34
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Erie 11 Trenton 1

Kyle Holder (SS) -- 1 for 4

Brandon Wagner (2B) -- 0 for 3, BB

Chris Gittens (1B) -- 0 for 3, BB

Ben Ruta (LF) -- 0 for 3, BB

Jhalan Jackson (RF) -- 1 for 3, 2B, BB

Angel Aguilar (3B) -- 0 for 4, R

Francisco Diaz (C) -- 0 for 2, BB

Rashad Crawford (DH) -- 1 for 3, 2B, RBI

Jeff Hendrix (CF) -- 0 for 3

Trevor Stephan -- 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K's

Nick Green (L 0-1) -- 2.2 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 2 K's

Kaleb Ort -- 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K's

Will Carter -- 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Record: 0-1

Next Game: Tomorrow at Erie, 1:35 PM

9 months ago  ::  Apr 05, 2019 - 10:51PM #35
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Charleston 6 Columbia 1

Brandon Lockridge (CF) -- 0 for 4, 2 R, BB

Josh Stowers (RF) -- 3 for 4, R, 2 2B, RBI, BB

Josh Breaux (C) -- 1 for 3, 2B, 2 RBI

-- Eduardo Navas (C) -- 0 for 2

Eric Wagaman (1B) -- 1 for 4

Nelson Gomez (3B) -- 1 for 4

Isaiah Pasteur (LF) -- 0 for 3, BB

Mickey Gasper (DH) -- 1 for 4, R, 2B

Kyle Gray (2B) -- 1 for 3, R, 3B, RBI, BB

Eduardo Torrealba (SS) -- 2 for 4, R

Matt Sauer -- 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K's

Shawn Semple (W 1-0) -- 5.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K's

Record: 2-0

Next Game: Tomorrow at Columbia, 6:05 PM

9 months ago  ::  Apr 06, 2019 - 12:07AM #36
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Lakeland 5 Tampa 3

Pablo Olivares (CF) -- 1 for 2, R, 3 BB

Diego Castillo (SS) -- 0 for 5

Oswaldo Cabrera (2B) -- 2 for 4, RBI

Dermis Garcia (1B) -- 0 for 4

Isiah Gilliam (RF) -- 3 for 4, 2B, RBI

Steven Sensley (DH) -- 0 for 4

Jason Lopez (C) -- 1 for 3, R, BB

Tyler Hill (LF) -- 0 for 4

Welfrin Mateo (3B) -- 0 for 4, R

Deivi Garcia (L 0-1) -- 3.1 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 9 K's

Dalton Lehnen -- 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K's

Kyle Zurak -- 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's

Record: 0-2

Next Game: Tomorrow v. Lakeland, 6:30 PM

9 months ago  ::  Apr 06, 2019 - 12:09AM #37
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Tomorrow's games:

AAA -- SWB at Buffalo, 1:05 PM (Chance Adams)

AA -- Trenton at Erie, 1:35 PM (Brody Koerner)

High A -- Tampa v. Lakeland, 6:30 PM (Glenn Otto)

A -- Charleston at Columbia, 6:05 PM (Tanner Myatt)

9 months ago  ::  Apr 06, 2019 - 7:40AM #38
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 Scranton/WB 6, Buffalo 1

Bouncing Back: RailRiders notch 6-1 victory

Cortes and Urshela pace SWB past Buffalo in first 2019 win

LHP Nestor Cortes stuck out nine over 5.2 innings on Friday in a win at Buffalo. (Todd Hiller)

By Media Relations / Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders | April 5, 2019 9:13 PM

BUFFALO, NY (April 5, 2019)- Thursday, it was the Buffalo Bisons who got the bats started early against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Friday night, the game began with a ringing double off the bat of SWB leadoff man Trey Amburgey and the RailRiders never looked back after grabbing a 2-0 lead in the first inning en route to a 6-1 win.

After an RBI double from Giovanny Urshela (3-for-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI), Mandy Alvarez plated Urshela with a two-out RBI for that early 2-0 lead. Starting pitcher Nestor Cortes made that lead stick, as he faced just one batter over the minimum over the first five innings before being pulled with two outs in the sixth inning following a two-out double by Bo Bichette. Cortes struck out nine batters- one off his Triple-A career-high- and scattered three hits over 5.2 innings in which he needed just 75 pitches. 

The only damage done against RailRiders pitching Friday night was a mammoth blast from INF Andy Burns in the bottom of the seventh inning. At that point, it trimmed the deficit to 2-1 but the Bisons allowed the RailRiders to score twice in the eighth inning and twice in the ninth inning to extend their lead to the 6-1 final. Joe Harvey entered out of the bullpen for an unblemished final four outs in which he struck out a batter and notched his first save of the season.

In their respective first games in the Yankees organization, Cliff Pennington(1-for-3, 2B, HBP) and Billy Burns (1-for-4, R, SB) each notched hits. Meanwhile, Matt Lipka (1-for-3, BB, R, SB) built on his strong debut Thursday and has reached in four of his first eight plate appearances of the season.

After knotting the series 1-1, the RailRiders get back to action Saturday afternoon with a matinee affair against the Bisons in Game 3 of the four-game series. RHP Chance Adams (No. 13, NYY) takes the ball for SWB against Buffalo's RHP Sean Reid-Foley (No. 8, TOR). First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. with pregame coverage at 12:35 p.m. on the RailRiders Radio Network with Adam Marco and Adam Giardino.

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
9 months ago  ::  Apr 06, 2019 - 7:43AM #39
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Thunder Lose Lopsided Affair on Opening Night

By Spenser Smith / Trenton Thunder | April 5, 2019 9:21 PM

ERIE, Pa. - After taking an early lead, the Thunder saw the season opener slip away in the middle innings in an 11-1 loss to the Erie SeaWolves at UPMC Park.

Rashad Crawford delivered a second-inning RBI-double to put the Thunder (0-1) in front, 1-0. But right-hander Matt Manning (1-0) otherwise coasted through five innings for Erie (1-0), striking out five.

Thunder starter Trevor Stephan needed 35 pitches to work through a scoreless first inning, loading the bases on a hit batsman and two walks before striking out two batters. He held the SeaWolves off the scoreboard until the fourth inning, when Josh Lester tied the score with a solo homer to right-center. Stephan then issued consecutive walks before yielding to piggyback starter Nick Green, who induced a double-play grounder and a groundout to keep the score tied.

But in the fifth, Derek Hill led off the home half with a triple and scored on a single byIsaac Paredes. After two hits and a wild pitch, Erie assumed a 4-1 lead.

The SeaWolves rallied for four more runs in the sixth and three in the seventh to cap the offensive outburst. Green (0-1) took the loss for the Thunder, surrendering seven runs on eight hits over two and two-third innings of work.

Hill led Erie with three hits and drove in two runs, while Paredes paced the SeaWolves with four RBI, including a two-run homer in the sixth.

Three Erie relievers-Drew Carlton, Joe Navilhon, and John Schreiber-slammed the door, allowing just two hits while striking out six across the final four innings.

Your Thunder continue their road trip on Saturday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. against the SeaWolves. RHP Brody Koerner will start for the Thunder, and RHP Alex Faedo will go for Erie. Pregame coverage begins at 1:20 p.m. on 920 AM The Jersey and online at TrentonThunder.com.

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
9 months ago  ::  Apr 06, 2019 - 7:48AM #40
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Tampa Pitchers Strike Out 15 in 5-3 Loss at Lakeland

Garcia Ks Nine Despite Rough Third Frame

By Nick Flammia / Tampa Tarpons | April 6, 2019 1:52 AM

LAKELAND, Fla. - Three Tampa Pitchers combined to strike out 15 Lakeland batters, but the Flying Tigers struck for four runs in the third and held on to defeat the Tarpons, 5-3, following an hour and 45-minute rain delay on Friday night at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.

The Tarpons grabbed an early lead against Lakeland starter Tarik Skubal when Pablo Olivares walked, stole second and later scored on a base hit by Oswaldo Cabrera , giving Tampa a 1-0 lead in the first. 

Isiah Gilliam doubled to open the second, but Skubal retired seven of the next eight batters he faced while completing four innings. The left-hander allowed one run on two hits while walking two and striking out four, throwing 42 of 61 pitches for strikes.

RHP Deivi Garcia struck out five of the first seven batters he faced before finding trouble in the third. Austin Athmann singled and, a strikeout later, JaCoby Jones doubled, putting runners at second and third. One strikeout later, Kody Clemens drew a walk to load the bases.

After a mound visit by pitching coach José Rosado, Garcia faced Daniel Reyes. On a 1-2 pitch, the right-hander snuck a line drive inside the first base line that rolled into the right field corner for a bases-clearing triple. Brady Policelli followed with a short fly ball that fell inside the left field line and rolled into the corner for his own run-scoring triple.

Garcia (L, 0-1) ended the inning with a strikeout and added his ninth punchout before leaving the game with one out in the fourth. The 19-year-old allowed four earned runs on four hits and two walks in three and a third innings, throwing 44 of 70 pitches for strikes.

One of three Lakeland fielding errors allowed Welfrin Mateo to reach in the sixth and Tampa loaded the bases when Olivares and Cabrera both singled off RHP Billy Lescher. With two outs, the Flying Tigers brought in LHP Max Green, and Gilliam grounded an infield single to score Mateo, cutting the deficit to 4-2. Green struck out Steven Sensley to end the frame.

LHP Dalton Lehnen relieved Garcia in the fourth and kept Lakeland off the board until the sixth, when Zac Shepherd walked, stole second and scored on a two-out single by Athmann.

Jason Lopez and Olivares both walked against Green in the seventh and, with two outs, Lopez scored as Diego Castillo reached on an error by Shepherd at third base. Green struck out Cabrera to strand a pair.

Gilliam and Lopez both singled in the eighth, but RHP Jason Foleystruck out Tyler Hill to strand two more Tarpons. Tampa would leave eight runners on base for the game.

Lehnen tallied three strikeouts in two and two-third innings. RHP Kyle Zurak worked around a pair of hits and collected three strikeouts to put up zeros in the seventh and eighth innings.

Mateo reached on an error to open the ninth, but RHP Wladimir Pinto(SV, 1) got a fly out by Olivares and a double play groundout by Castillo to end the game.

Detroit RHP Drew VerHagen (W, 1-0) used 10 pitches to get three groundouts in a 1-2-3 inning in the fifth and earned the win as part of a rehab assignment. Jones (1-for-4, 2B) batted leadoff and played centerfield for all nine innings in his first rehab game.

Olivares (1-for-2, 3BB, R) reached base four times. Gilliam (3-for-4, 2B, RBI) and Cabrera (2-for-4, RBI) both recorded multi-hit games.

The four-game series continues at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. RHP Glenn Otto (0-0, -.--) is scheduled to make his Tarpons debut, getting the start against Lakeland RHP Elvin Rodriguez (0-0, -.--). Live play-by-play audio will be available on the Tampa Tarpons Baseball Network.

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
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