Sanchez Notches Career-High-Tying Four Hits in Defeat
RailRiders Strand 12, Finish 2-for-14 with Men in Scoring Position
Syracuse, N.Y. – Gary Sanchez doubled on a four-hit night but his SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) fell to the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) at NBT Bank Stadium on Friday night, 4-3. SWB (8-7) has lost three in a row for the first time this season, while the Chiefs (7-8) played their league-high eighth one-run game and logged their league-best fifth such win.
Down 2-0, Sanchez got the RailRiders on the board with a third-inning single that scored Ben Gamel. That deficit turned into a lead in the fifth when Nick Swisher slammed a two-run homer to right field off of starter Taylor Hill.
In the bottom of that same frame, the Chiefs plated the game’s final runs on a two-run triple by Jason Martinson.
Reliever Abel De Los Santos (1-0) got the win in his Triple-A debut. SWB starter Chad Green (0-2) took the loss. He allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits and three walks over 4.2 innings, whiffing three. Trevor Gott worked around a pair of ninth-inning hits from Aaron Judge and Sanchez to log his first save.
The three-game series continues at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday. Right-hander Kyle Haynes (1-0, 4.50) faces fellow righty Austin Voth (0-1, 3.00).
The RailRiders return home for a three-game renewal of the IronRail Series against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) on Monday at 6:35 p.m. The $1 Monday promotion features $1 lawn seats (walk-up only), $1 hot dogs and canine dogs will be allowed entrance for just $1. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS:
Gary Sanchez’s four hits tied a career-high mark now reached five times. Last season, he ended a 4-for-40 drought with a home run on Aug. 22, 2015 versus Rochester. The next night he went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored. On Thursday night, he halted a 1-for-16 skid with a home run at home against Buffalo. He followed that tonight with a 4-for-5 showing that saw him double twice, drive in a run and score a run.
Eight of Sanchez’s 11 hits on the young year have gone for extra bases: five doubles, one triple, two homers.
Nick Swisher went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer. In seven games with SWB he has gone 10-for-26 with a pair of big flies slashing .385/.433/.654/1.087. His home run resulted in a loud roar from the Syracuse crowd.
Rob Refsnyder went 1-for-3 with two walks and notched a pair of steals.
Aaron Judge finished 2-for-5. He has hit safely in eight straight and in 13 of his 14 games played this year. Over the longer stretch he has slashed .322/.344/.492/.835.
Reliever Conor Mullee tossed a scoreless and hitless eighth inning. He also issued a full-count two-out walk to Brian Goodwin, the first free pass he has issued at Triple-A. He entered the plate appearance with 16 strikeouts against no walks over 10.1 innings at the minors’ highest level.
The RailRiders went 2-for-14 with men in scoring position, stranding 12.
On Saturday, the RailRiders will attempt to avoid their first four-game losing skid since dropping four in a row from July 8-11, 2015. That run started with a pair of losses to Syracuse and concluded with successive setbacks at Buffalo. This current three-game skid began with two home losses to Buffalo, and continued with a road setback at Syracuse.