Record-Tying 12-Run Inning Highlights Rout
Severino Whiffs Career-Best 11, RailRiders Post 5-2 Road Trip
Charlotte, N.C. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) scored a franchise-record-tying 12 runs in the sixth inning and routed the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) on Wednesday night, 14-2. The RailRiders (61-37) tied a mark set by the SWB Red Barons on Aug. 17, 1993, also at Charlotte in a 15-3 game. SWB went 5-2 on its seven-game road trip. The Knights (45-52) failed to complete their first-ever home sweep of SWB as a Yankees affiliate.
Charlotte starter Kameron Loe (0-2) lost a no-no in the fifth and entered the sixth having faced one over the minimum. He would not survive the frame. Eleven of the RailRiders’ first 12 batters in the sixth reached base. The exception came when Mason Williams delivered the first run with a sac fly. Ike Davis drove in two more with a single that chased Loe. Four straight run-scoring hits followed from Tyler Austin, Donovan Solano, Jake Cave and Pete Kozma before reliever Ryan Webb was lifted in favor of Terance Marin. Jose Rosario then singled, Williams walked and Ben Gamel reached on a 6-2 fielder’s choice before Gary Sanchez smashed a grand slam to left for a 12-2 margin.
The RailRiders added two more tallies in the ninth on a Tyler Austin leadoff homer, his 11th in 38 games played with SWB, and an RBI groundout by Williams.
Lost in the shuffle, starter Luis Severino (7-1) struck out a career-best 11 over six innings and got the win. Johnny Barbato logged his third save by firing three scoreless frames to end the game.
Charlotte grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning when leadoff man Adam Engel doubled and Carlos Sanchez followed with a two-run homer.
The RailRiders return home for a seven-game homestand starting on July 21 at 5:05 p.m. against the Durham Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays). SWB right-hander Luis Cessa (4-1, 3.02) will face southpaw Justin Marks (3-9, 3.84). Marks is coming off a nine-inning no-hitter at Syracuse. The Thirsty Thursday, presented by Budweiser, will sport $1 Bud Lights and $1 Pepsi products from the opening of the gates at 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Thursdays are also College Nights with a $5 lawn walk-up ticket to all college students with college ID. The day starts with a Tailgate Party at PNC Field from noon until 4 p.m. The event features: live music by Jump the Train from 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; BBQ food and beer specials; free transportation to the Luke Bryan concert; a ticket-upgrade drawing at 4 p.m.; a premium tailgate experience; backyard games and more. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS:
Pete Kozma went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored for his fourth straight multi-hit game and his fifth of the road trip. He has lifted his average up to a season-best .216.
Seven of the RailRiders’ nine men in the lineup finished with multiple hits and five and two or more RBIs.
At 36-16, the RailRiders own Triple-A’s best road record.
SWB has won 17 of its last 22 games overall and 30 of 40.
From 2005-13, SWB did not lose the season series to Charlotte, going 45-26. It has lost each of the last three, going 2-6 in 2014, 3-4 in 2015 and 3-4 in 2016.