Higashioka Homers, RailRiders Fall in 11
RailRiders’ Catcher Launches Ninth Triple-A Homer
Moosic, Pa. – The Rochester Red Wings pushed across a run in the top of the 11th inning and held on to defeat the SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) 5-4. The Red Wings (76-59) have won three straight against the RailRiders (83-51) and lead the season series 8-7.
Jake Reed (1-1) took home the win with two scoreless innings and Edward Mujica held the RailRiders off in the final frame for his 24th save. Nick Goody shouldered the loss after allowing a run on two hits and three walks in one inning of work.
Rochester starter Nick Greenwood spun six no-hit innings while the Red Wings built a 4-0 lead. With two out in the seventh, though, the RailRiders’ offense came to life. Chris Parmelee doubled and scored when Kyle HIgashioka launched a towering home run to deep left.
SWB tied the game in the eight on a double by Mason Williams and a sacrifice fly to left by Parmelee.
Rochester loaded the bases against Goody in the top of the 11th on a walk to Kenny Vargas, a single by Adam Brett Walker and an intentional free pass to Daniel Palka. Wilfredo Tovar worked a base on balls to push across Walker for a 5-4 lead. James Pazos entered and whiffed the final two batters to end the threat.
Parmelee opened the last of the final frame with a single and was lifted for pinch runner Pete Kozma. Pinch hitter Donovan Solano scorched a single to center and Kozma raced to third. Mujica settled in to strikeout Jake Cave and Cito Culver to end the game.
The RailRiders’ lead in the International League North Division is now four with nine games left to play. SWB seeks a playoff berth when they battle the Rochest Red Wings on Sunday, August 28 at Frontier Field. Right-hander Bryan Mitchell (0-1, 6.75, A/A+/AA) makes his first start for SWB in 2016. He will oppose left-hander Jason Wheeler (11-4, 3.20). First pitch is set for 4:05 p.m. SWB returns home on Friday, September 2 against the Buffalo Bisons. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.