Sunday, April 23, 2017

RUMBLE PONIES WIN 2-1

Jannis Jukes SeaWolves in Gem, 2-1
ERIE, PA – Mickey Jannis tossed seven scoreless innings and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies held off a late push from the Erie SeaWolves in a 2-1 victory on Sunday afternoon at UPMC Park. Corey Taylor left the bases loaded in the ninth to clinch his first career Double-A save and secure the series victory.
Jannis’ third start of the season opened inauspiciously with a four-pitch walk to Logan Watkins. Aided by two stellar plays at second base by Luis Guillorme, Jannis kept the SeaWolves off the board. Guillorme made a diving stop up the middle to rob Jeff McVaney of a hit before snaring Mike Gerber’s liner with a full-extension dive to his right.
In the second, Jannis allowed a leadoff single before settling in. The knuckleballer retired 17 of the next 19 SeaWolves he faced, including nine straight from the second through the fourth. In the seventh, Jannis’ final inning, Erie put two in scoring position with one out, but failed to score.
The Rumble Pony offense supported Jannis with two runs in the second. Following a two-out walk to Patrick Biondi, Colton Plaia and Guillorme flipped consecutive RBI singles into center against Erie starter Anthony Vasquez.
In the ninth, Chistin Stewart capped an eleven-pitch battle against Taylor by dumping at RBI single into center. Dominic Ficociello followed by crushing a 1-2 pitch into center. The drive bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double, forcing Stewart to stop at third base as the potential game-tying run. Taylor took advantage of the fortunate break and recorded the final two outs to notch the Rumble Ponies’ second one-run win of the season.
Jannis (2-0) allowed three hits and struck out two to earn his second straight victory. Vasquez (2-1) was touched for two runs on seven hits in six innings in his first loss as a SeaWolf.
The Rumble Ponies (7-7) open a three-game series in Akron against the RubberDucks on Monday at 6:35 PM. LHP PJ Conlon bids for his third win of the season against RHP Julian Merryweather. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show can be heard starting a 6:20 PM on NewsRadio 1290 AM WNBF and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies channel on TuneIn.
POSTGAME NOTES: Luis Guillorme collected nine assists and two putouts in his fourth appearance this season at second base…Mickey Jannis won consecutive starts for the second time with Binghamton (June 24 & 29, 2016)…Alberto Baldonado fired a perfect eighth inning, extending his scoreless streak to five games (8.0 IP)
Rumble Ponies fans can purchase tickets for any remaining home game at the NYSEG Stadium box office, online www.bingrp.com and over the phone at (607) 722-FUNN.

TRIBE TAKES FINALE 4-2

Tribe Takes Finale, 4-2
RailRiders Take Series, Post Winning Road Trip

Indianapolis, Ind. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) dropped their series finale to the host Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates) at Victory Field on Sunday afternoon, 4-2. SWB (8-8) pitching saw its scoreless-innings streak stall at 25 in a row, while Indy (5-12) halted the scoreless-innings streak for its offense at 26. The RailRiders claimed two of the three games in the series and went 4-2 on their road trip through the IL West.

SWB plated its two runs in the opening inning. Clint Frazier drew a one-out walk before Rob Refsnyder tripled him home. After Ji-Man Choi walked, Ruben Tejada drove Refsnyder home with a sac fly to medium right-center and Refsnyder stomped on the plate standing a moment before catcher Elias Diaz could apply a tag.

The RailRiders rattled starter Drew Hutchison again in the second inning. Mark Payton singled to right, took second on a wild pitch and Cito Culver reached on a two-base error by left fielder Christopher Bostick that gave Payton third base. But with men at second and third and nobody out, the RailRiders failed to add to their lead. In fact, Indy pitching would not allow another man on base the rest of the way, retiring the final 24 SWB hitters of the game.

In the sixth, Diaz singled over second base to drive in a pair of runs that tied the game. An inning later, three walks by Joe Mantiply (0-1) loaded the bases with one out. Chasen Shreve entered from the bullpen, but gave up a weak RBI infield single against the grain of a tilted infield for a 3-2 margin.

Eric Wood doubled home the final tally in the eighth.

SWB starter Brady Lail settled for a no-decision despite a quality start (6IP, 4H, 2R, 3BB, 2K).

The RailRiders return home on Tuesday, April 25 to host Louisville at PNC Field at 6:35 p.m. The $2 Tuesday promotion allows fans to enjoy $2 lawn tickets and $2 tallboys every Tuesday, presented by La Tolteca. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

SWB SURGES OVER 500

SWB Surges Over .500, Shuts Out Tribe Again
Scoreless-Innings Streak Pushed to 20, Frazier Homers

Indianapolis, Ind. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) shut out the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates) for a second straight night at Victory Field, again 1-0. SWB (8-7) posted its third shutout victory of the season and its fifth win in six games to secure its first winning record of 2017. The pitching staff has not allowed a run in 20 consecutive innings. Indianapolis (4-12) has lost 12 of its last 14 and owns the worst record in the minors.

For the second straight night, the game’s only run came on a two-out extra-base hit in the third inning. On Saturday, outfielder Clint Frazier smashed his second homer of the season into the teeth of the wind, clearing the left-field fence against starter Josh Lindblom (0-2).

Southpaw Dan Camarena (1-0) took over from there. Called up from Double-A earlier in the day, Camarena faced two over the minimum during his 6.1 innings of three-hit, scoreless baseball. He struck out five and walked none.

Tyler Jones stranded an inherited runner in the seventh and fired a perfect eighth, striking out each of the last four men he faced. Ernesto Frieri tossed a perfect ninth for his second save.

The three-game series concludes at 1:35 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. SWB’s Brady Lail (1-0, 6.75) faces fellow right-hander Drew Hutchison (0-1, 5.51). The RailRiders return home on April 25 to host Louisville at PNC Field at 6:35 p.m. The $2 Tuesday promotion allows fans to enjoy $2 lawn tickets and $2 tallboys every Tuesday, presented by La Tolteca. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

RLUMBLE PONIES LOSE 5-1

Crouse & Company Cuff Rumble Ponies, 5-1
ERIE, PA – The Binghamton Rumble Ponies were kept in check by Matt Crouse and a pair of Erie SeaWolves relievers in a 5-1 loss on Saturday afternoon at UPMC Park. Binghamton managed just three hits after the second inning and failed to overcome Erie’s four-run outburst in the third in the defeat.
The SeaWolves cashed in on an error and broke through against Casey Delgado in the third inning. After Luis Guillorme booted a ground ball at short to load the bases, Delgado forced in a run by plunking Jeff McVaney. Logan Watkins stroked a bases-clearing double into the right-field alley to put Erie on top by three.
Binghamton had grabbed the lead initially by pushing a run across in the second. With two aboard, Tomas Nido hit a slow roller to short. AJ Simcox’s high throw to first sailed over Dominic Ficociello’s head and allowed Cody Decker to come home with Binghamton’s first run.
Erie starter Matt Crouse shut down the Rumble Ponies’ offense after allowing a run in the second. The southpaw did not allow another runner to get past first base and held Binghamton to a 1-for-17 clip before exiting after six innings.
Binghamton’s offensive output did not improve against the SeaWolves’ bullpen. Sean Dontello struck out three in two innings of scoreless relief before Jeff Ferrell tossed a scoreless ninth inning.
Delgado (0-3) allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits over five innings. He walked four and struck out a season-best six in his third straight loss. Scarlyn Reyes threw a pair of scoreless innings and Kelly Secrest added a blank eighth to close Binghamton’s pitching tab.
Crouse (2-0) went six innings and struck out three to grab his second straight win against the Rumble Ponies.
The Rumble Ponies (6-7) conclude their first visit to Erie in 2017 on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 PM. RHP Mickey Jannis takes the hill against LHP Anthony Vasquez. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show can be heard starting a 1:20 PM on NewsRadio 1290 AM WNBF and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies channel on TuneIn.
POSTGAME NOTES: Binghamton registered a season-low five hits for the third time…Kevin Taylor extended his team-best nine-game hitting with a pair of singles…Binghamton finished the game 3-for-28 at the plate
Rumble Ponies fans can purchase tickets for any remaining home game at the NYSEG Stadium box office, online www.bingrp.com and over the phone at (607) 722-FUNN.

RUMBLE PONIES WIN 8-3

Oswalt & Decker Lead Charge in Opener, 8-3
ERIE, PA – Corey Oswalt fired seven innings of one-run ball and Cody Decker supplied a four-RBI performance in the Binghamton Rumble Ponies’ 8-3 win over the Erie SeaWolves on Friday night at UPMC Park. The Rumble Ponies busted out a dozen hits to grab the series opener.
Binghamton turned a one-run lead into a sizable six-run advantage with a two-out onslaught against Erie starter Artie Lewicki in the fifth. David Thompson’s RBI single to center was the first of five straight two-out hits by Binghamton. Matt Oberste added a run-scoring single to right before Decker launched a three-run homer, his first as a Rumble Pony, to right field.
Oswalt sailed through his first five innings, needing just 45 pitches to retire 14 of the first 16 SeaWolves hitters he faced. Erie loaded the bases in the sixth, but Kevin Kaczmarski diffused the rally by leaping to snag Mike Gerber’s liner to right-field.
Before their power surge in the fifth, the Rumble Ponies had cracked the scoreboard without hitting a ball out of the infield in the third. Champ Stuart reached on a bunt and swiped two bases before Thompson dribbled an RBI single up the first-base line.
Oswalt (1-2) went a season-best seven innings to earn his first career Double-A victory. The righty allowed just one run on three hits and struck out four. Erie pushed their only run across against Oswalt in the seventh.
Kyle Regnault struck out three in the eighth and Ben Griset pitched the ninth to guide Binghamton to their third-straight series-opening victory.
Lewicki (1-1) allowed six runs on eight hits over 4-2/3 innings in the loss.
The Rumble Ponies (6-6) continue their three-game visit to Erie on Saturday afternoon at 4:05 PM. RHP Casey Delgado takes the mound for Binghamton against LHP Matt Crouse. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show can be heard starting a 3:50 PM on NewsRadio 1290 AM WNBF and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies channel on TuneIn.
POSTGAME NOTES: Cody Decker’s three-run homer in the fifth inning was his 174th career home run…four Rumble Ponies registered multiple-hit games…Kevin Kaczmarski hit a triple in the seventh, the team’s first three-bagger of the season
Rumble Ponies fans can purchase tickets for any remaining home game at the NYSEG Stadium box office, online www.bingrp.com and over the phone at (607) 722-FUNN.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

PONIES FINALE POSTPONED

Ponies’ Series Finale Postponed in Binghamton
BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Rumble Ponies' series finale against the Portland Sea Dogs on Thursday night has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on August 19. The first pitch of the twin bill is scheduled for 5:35 PM.
Tickets for Thursday’s game can be exchanged for tickets of equal or lesser value to a future 2017 regular season Rumble Ponies game (excluding July 3).
Thursday’s postponement marks the Rumble Ponies fourth weather-affected game of the season and the second at home.
The Rumble Ponies (5-6) venture to Erie to start a three-game series against the SeaWolves on Friday at 6:35 PM. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show can be heard on Friday starting at 6:20 PM on Newsradio 1290 WNBF and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies channel on TuneIn.

RAILRIDERS LOSE FINALE

Bats Avoid Sweep, Claim Series Finale
Perez Posts Inside-The-Park Homer for Louisville

Louisville, Ky. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) suffered a 9-1 setback in their Thursday night series finale against the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) at Louisville Slugger Field. SWB (6-7) still won the set, taking two of three, while Louisville (6-8) snapped a five-game losing streak at home.

The RailRiders’ lone run gave them a 1-0 lead when Ruben Tejada’s single plated Donovan Solano in the second inning.

The Bats took control from there, plating three in the second, two in the fourth, one in the fifth and three in the sixth.

The highlight blows were delivered by Juan Perez. The leadoff man connected on an inside-the-park homer in the fourth and cleared the fences with a solo shot in the sixth.

SWB committed a season-worst four errors and only three of Louisville’s nine runs were earned.

Reliever Evan Mitchell (1-1) got the win and Luis Cessa (1-2) suffered the loss.

The RailRiders’ road trip shifts to Indianapolis for a three-game series against the Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates). It gets underway at 7:15 p.m. on Friday night at Victory Field with SWB right-hander Chad Green (1-1, 3.00) opposing fellow righty Josh Lindblom (0-1, 3.27). The RailRiders return home on April 25 to host Louisville at PNC Field at 6:35 p.m. The $2 Tuesday promotion allows fans to enjoy $2 lawn tickets and $2 tallboys every Tuesday, presented by La Tolteca. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.