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12 months ago  ::  Apr 08, 2019 - 8:15AM #51
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Six-Pack Sunday: SWB homers six times

Ford (3x), Lavarnway, Alvarez and Pennington go yard in 10-2 win

Mike Ford homered three times on Sunday afternoon in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's 10-2 win at Buffalo on Sunday.

By Media Relations / Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders | April 7, 2019 4:03 PM

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders were trying to shake off the cobwebs of letting a five-run lead slip away Saturday to the Buffalo Bisons, and they did it in a big way in a power-filled 10-2 win Sunday afternoon.

 A season ago the RailRiders had one game where they hit more than four homers, and through four innings Sunday they had already connected for four home runs off MLB rehabber, Clay Buchholz. The right-hander was tagged with the loss after allowing four hits- all home runs- over 5.0 innings of work and seeing his team fall behind 5-1 in the process. On the opposite side of things, David Hale was excellent for the RailRiders and allowed just one run on four hits over 5.2 innings in his season debut.

Mike Ford likely wasn't expecting to make history Sunday afternoon in Buffalo, but after homering in his first two at-bats, he had a couple chances to become one of just a handful of players in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with a three-homer game. After sending a ball into orbit that Bisons' right fielderAndrew Guillotte didn't even bother turning around to see sail over the wall, he joined that exclusive group of five - only three of whom did it in a nine-inning game (Zoilo Almonte, 7/23/2014 @ Gwinnett; Gary Bennett, 8/16/1998 @ Buffalo).

Other exclamation points throughout the game were delivered by Ryan Lavarnway (whose homer sailed onto an adjacent highway beyond left field),Mandy Alvarez (who hit his first career Triple-A homer) and Cliff Pennington (who drilled a three-run home run in the 9thinning to match Ford with 4 RBI in the game).

The RailRiders pile on the bus following Sunday's game and head south to Allentown, PA where they get ready to take on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs Monday night at Coca-Cola Field. Monday night marks the fifth game of the season, and the final member of the RailRiders Opening Day rotation who has yet to pitch is RHP Drew Hutchison who takes the ball for SWB against Lehigh Valley's RHP Drew Anderson who is also making his first appearance of the year. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. with pregame coverage at 6:35 p.m. on the RailRiders Radio Network with Adam Marco and Adam Giardino.

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
12 months ago  ::  Apr 08, 2019 - 8:18AM #52
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Trenton 5, Erie 16

Erie Bats Overpower Thunder in Rubber Game

By Spenser Smith / Trenton Thunder | April 7, 2019 5:08 PM

ERIE, Pa. - An early two-run Thunder lead quickly disappeared Sunday afternoon, and a pair of SeaWolves rallies in the latter innings put the game out of reach for the Thunder in a 16-5 loss at UPMC Park.

Ben Ruta led off the game for the Thunder (1-2) with a triple and scored when Kyle Holder followed with a single. Rashad Crawford, hitting safely in his third straight game, delivered an RBI-single later in the inning for a 2-0 Thunder lead.

But Erie's Derek Hill led off the home half with a home run off Thunder starter Albert Abreu (0-1), and the SeaWolves (2-1) took a 4-2 advantage in the second by rallying for three runs on three hits, a pair of walks, and a sacrifice fly.

Abreu was charged with five runs (four earned) over four innings of work, struggling with a high pitch count.

The game remained close until the sixth inning, when a four-run SeaWolves rally, highlighted by a Kody Eaves three-run double, extended Erie's lead to 9-3.

Erie added two runs in the seventh and five in the eighth. Three Thunder relievers allowed a combined 11 runs (10 earned) on 12 hits from the fifth inning onward.

After the first inning, each of the Thunder's final three runs came via solo homers.Wendell Rijo homered in the fifth and ninth innings, and Jhalan Jackson went deep in the seventh.

Hill went 3-for-5 with five RBI for Erie, while Eaves drove in four and Sergio Alcantaraled the SeaWolves with four hits.

Spenser Watkins (1-0) recorded the win with five steady innings as Erie's starter, striking out five.

Your Thunder continue their road trip on Monday night at 6:35 p.m. against the Akron RubberDucks. RHP Garrett Whitlock will start for the Thunder, and LHP Tanner Tully will go for Akron. Pregame coverage begins at 6:20 p.m. on 920 AM The Jersey or online at TrentonThunder.com.

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
12 months ago  ::  Apr 08, 2019 - 8:22AM #53
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Tampa 3, Lakeland 2

Gilliam Blasts Walk-Off Homer; Tampa Splits Series with Lakeland

Sabathia Retires 10-Straight in Rehab Start

Isiah Gilliam (2-for-2, HR, BB, HBP, 2RBI, R) gets a Gatorade shower as the Tarpons celebrate a walk-off win over the Lakeland Flying Tigers on Sunday afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Mark LoMoglio)

By Nick Flammia / Tampa Tarpons | April 7, 2019 4:35 PM

TAMPA, Fla. Isiah Gilliam delivered a walk-off, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth as the Tampa Tarpons (2-2) came back to defeat the Lakeland Flying Tigers (2-2), 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field. The win earned Tampa a split of the four-game set.

LHP CC Sabathia made the start for Tampa as part of a rehab assignment by the New York Yankees. The 38-year-old had offseason heart surgery that prevented him from starting Spring Training on time.

Sabathia appeared healthy, tallying six strikeouts while retiring the first 10 batters he faced. Fellow rehabber JaCoby Jones snapped the streak with one out in the fourth, drawing a four-pitch walk. Kody Clemens followed with a single inside the first base line and Jones scored on the ensuing groundout to third by Daniel Reyes.

The inning ended on a flyout by A.J. Simcox, and Sabathia returned to get the first two batters out in the fifth before leaving the game. The six-time American League All-Star allowed one run on one hit in four and two-third innings, walking one while striking out six. Sabathia threw 40 of 62 pitches for strikes.

RHP Jesus Rodriguez started for Lakeland and faced the minimum through the first four innings. Dermis Garcia reached on an error in the fifth, followed by a base hit by Gilliam, but Rodriguez retired the next three hitters to strand the pair.

Rodriguez allowed one hit and one hit-batter in five scoreless innings, tallying six strikeouts without issuing a walk, throwing 44 of 61 pitches for strikes 

Tampa tied the score off RHP Billy Lescher in the sixth when Matt Pita doubled, advanced on a groundout by Pablo Olivares and scored on a sacrifice fly by Diego Castillo .

The Flying Tigers struck back off RHP Janson Junk , when Zac Shepherd singled and later scored on a two-out base hit by Dylan Rosa.

Chris Hess singled to open the bottom of the eighth and was pushed to third on a sacrifice bunt by Pita, but Lakeland reliver Will Vest (BS, 1)(L, 1-1) retired Olivares and Castillo to maintain a 2-1 score.

RHP Braden Bristo (W, 1-0) retired the first six batters he faced before a two-out double by Reynaldo Rivera in the ninth. An error and a walk loaded the bases before Bristo struck out Brock Deatherage to escape trouble.

Oswaldo Cabrera lined a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth and, one out later, scored when Gilliam sent a 1-2 pitch over the wall in left-centerfield.

 Gilliam (2-for-2, HR, BB, HBP, 2RBI, R, CS) reached base safely in all four of his plate appearances. Cabrera (1-for-3, BB, R, SB) has hit safely in three-straight games.

The Tarpons continue a homestand as Tampa welcomes the St. Lucie Mets to town for a four-game series, beginning on Monday at 6:30 p.m. RHP Miguel Yajure (0-0, -.--) is slated to make his debut, starting against St. Lucie RHP Luc Rennie (0-0, -.--). Live play-by-play audio will be available on the Tampa Tarpons Baseball Network.


"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
12 months ago  ::  Apr 08, 2019 - 8:26AM #54
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Lockridge Blasts First Home Run, RiverDogs Slug Past Fireflies for Series Victory

Charleston puts together 10-hit, 7-run outburst to improve to 3-1

By Matt Dean / Charleston RiverDogs | April 7, 2019 5:54 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Left fielder Brandon Lockridge tagged an 0-2 mistake to the left field bleachers for seventh inning insurance as the Charleston RiverDogs rolled past the Columbia Fireflies, 7-2, to take three out of four from their in-state rivals to start the season on Sunday afternoon at Segra Park.

Lockridge's no-doubt blast marked the first home run for the RiverDogs (3-1) on the season and was the second hit of the night for the Troy product. The speedy leadoff man had been 0-for-12 to start the season before singling to lead off the game.

Charleston put together their best offensive performance of the year with seven runs on ten hits with traffic on the bases behind Columbia (1-3) pitching in all but two innings.

The RiverDogs broke a scoreless tie by hanging a crooked number in the third. First baseman Mickey Gasper launched the second pitch of the inning to the right-center gap for a double and scored on an Eduardo Navas single punched through the shift in right to draw first blood for the fourth straight game. After a walk to Lockridge, the defense behind Fireflies starter Christian James fell apart, with two errors by Mets No. 4 Mark Vientos leading to more runs and the RiverDogs stretching the lead out to 5-0 with just one RBI hit.

Columbia got a pair back in the fifth off reliever Daniel Bies. After the former Tarheel worked out a jam to strand two inherited runners in the fourth, designated hitter Zach Reams found some grass in left field to plate a pair, scoring Vientos (walk) and catcher Hayden Senger(single).

The Holy City added insurance tallies in the sixth on a Navas sac fly and another on Lockridge's home run to ensure the victory.

Yankees No. 13 prospect Luis Gil got the start for the RiverDogs, exiting after throwing 75 pitches in 3 1/3 scoreless innings with six strikeouts and four walks. Dalton Higgins (1-0) threw up three zeroes to finish the game and garner the win.

First baseman Eric Wagaman hit safely for the fourth straight game and right fielder Josh Stowers hit .357 (5-for-14) while reaching base in 8 of 17 plate appearances in the series.

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
12 months ago  ::  Apr 08, 2019 - 11:04PM #55
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Lehigh Valley 5 SWB 4

Matt Lipka (CF) -- 1 for 3, RBI

-- Trey Amburgey (LF) -- 0 for 2

Mike Ford (DH) -- 2 for 4, R

Thairo Estrada (SS) -- 0 for 4

Ryan McBroom (1B) -- 1 for 4, R, RBI

Gosuke Katoh (2B) -- 2 for 4, R, 2B, RBI

Kyle Higashioka (C) -- 1 for 3, RBI, BB

Zack Zehner (RF) -- 1 for 3, BB

Cliff Pennington (3B) -- 0 for 4

Billy Burns (LF/CF) -- 1 for 3, R, 3B

-- Mandy Alvarez (PH) -- 0 for 1

Drew Hutchison (L 0-1) -- 4.2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 5 BB, 6 K's

J.P. Feyereisen -- 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K's

Joe Harvey -- 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K's

Record: 2-3

Next Game: Tomorrow at Lehigh Valley, 7:05 PM

12 months ago  ::  Apr 08, 2019 - 11:08PM #56
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Trenton 4 Akron 3

Ben Ruta (RF) -- 1 for 3, R, 2B, BB

Wendell Rijo (3B) -- 0 for 4

Brandon Wagner (2B) -- 1 for 4, R, 2B

Chris Gittens (1B) -- 2 for 3, 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB

Rashad Crawford (CF) -- 1 for 4

Jhalan Jackson (LF) -- 1 for 4, 2B, RBI

Angel Aguilar (SS) -- 1 for 4

Francisco Diaz (C) -- 0 for 4

Jeff Hendrix (DH) -- 0 for 4

Garrett Whitlock -- 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K's

David Sosebee (W 1-0) -- 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's

Daniel Alvarez (SV 1) -- 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K's

Record: 2-2

Next Game: Tomorrow at Akron, 6:35 PM

12 months ago  ::  Apr 08, 2019 - 11:11PM #57
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St. Lucie 2 Tampa 0

Pablo Olivares (CF) -- 0 for 3, BB

Diego Castillo (2B) -- 0 for 4

Isiah Gilliam (LF) -- 0 for 3

Dermis Garcia (DH) -- 1 for 3

Steven Sensley (1B) -- 0 for 3

Donny Sands (C) -- 0 for 3

Chris Hess (3B) -- 1 for 3

Welfrin Mateo (SS) -- 0 for 3

Matt Pita (RF) -- 1 for 2, 2B

Miguel Yajure (L 0-1) -- 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Bryan Blanton -- 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K's

Brooks Kriske -- 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K's

Record: 2-3

Next Game: Tomorrow v. St. Lucie, 6:30 PM

12 months ago  ::  Apr 08, 2019 - 11:12PM #58
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Charleston's game at Asheville was postponed.

12 months ago  ::  Apr 08, 2019 - 11:15PM #59
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Tomorrow's games:

AAA -- SWB at Lehigh Valley, 7:05 PM (Gio Gonzalez 0-1, 18.00 ERA)

AA -- Trenton at Akron, 6:35 PM (Trevor Stephan 0-0, 3.00 ERA)

High A -- Tampa v. St. Lucie, 6:30 PM (Rony Garcia 0-0, 5.40 ERA)

A -- Charleston at Asheville, 5:05 PM (Game 1) (Alexander Vizcaino)

A -- Charleston at Asheville (Game 2) (TBD)

12 months ago  ::  Apr 09, 2019 - 7:14AM #60
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RiverDogs' Monday Opener Postponed in Asheville

Rain forces doubleheader Tuesday starting at 5 p.m.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The Charleston RiverDogs and Asheville Tourists' series opener was postponed on Monday night at McCormick Field on account of impending weather. The two clubs will play a doubleheader to start the series on Tuesday night starting at 5 p.m.

Tuesday's twin bill can be tuned into online streaming on the TuneIn Radio app on the "Charleston RiverDogs" station starting at 4:45. The Charleston club's radio affiliate, WTMA 1250 AM, will pick up the action in progress starting at 7 p.m. over the radio airwaves in the tri-county area. Right-handers Alex Vizcaino and Luis Medina which each make their season debuts on the mound.

Both contests will be seven-inning games. The Yankees and Rockies affiliates are scheduled to face each other 23 times throughout the course of the season, Charleston's most common opponent this year.

Fans can "Make Fun" with the RiverDogs all season long starting on Thursday, April 11 when they welcome the Greensboro Grasshoppers for their home opener, kicking off a weeklong homestand at The Joe. Single-game tickets, including options to the Riley Park Club, are now available at riverdogs.com/tickets or by contacting the RiverDogs front office at 843-577-3647 (DOGS). A full schedule and list of game times for the 2019 season is available at riverdogs.com.

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
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