RailRiders Pop Champagne, Secure Playoff Berth
Holder Dominant, Whiffs 12 of Final 13
Rochester, N.Y. – Closed by one of the franchise’s most dominant relief performances of all-time, the SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) beat the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) on Sunday, 3-1, and secured the franchise’s seventh playoff appearance in a decade as the Yankees’ top affiliate. Reliever Jonathan Holder closed the game by striking out 12 of the 13 men he faced including 11 in a row for a storybook save. The RailRiders’ (84-51) pitching staff combined for 22 strikeouts while the Red Wings (76-60) scored just one unearned run.
In his first outing after he was activated from the Yankees’ 60-day disabled list and optioned to SWB, Bryan Mitchell overcame a slow start to strike out eight over 3.2 innings at the start. He allowed one unearned run thanks to his own throwing error in the first inning.
Former Red Wing Chris Parmelee tied the game with a solo homer in the fourth. He gave his club the lead with a single to center in the sixth and scored when the next pitch was tripled to right by Donovan Solano.
Tyler Webb (4-3) recorded the win with 1.1 scoreless innings of relief and Holder earned his sixth save.
The series concludes at 7:05 p.m. on Monday night as right-hander Brady Lail (6-5, 4.79) faces Tyler Duffey (0-0, 1.72).
The team returns home on Friday, Sept. 2 to host the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays). The Glow-in-the-Park Friday will see the team sport its neon green and black jerseys. And the first 2,500 fans will receive a Friday Night replica jersey courtesy of PNC Bank. Game 12 of the 2016 Legends Series will have former Yankee Graig Nettles in attendance thanks to Maines Food and Party Warehouse and Mohegan Sun Pocono. It will be Penn State Night at PNC Field with a post-game Jack Williams Tire and Auto and Yokohama Tire Fireworks Show. On Friends and Family Day for $40 fans can purchase four meal vouchers and four tickets, presented by McDonald’s. It’s also Mother-Son Night Out.