Frazier Homers, Refsnyder Extends Hitting Streak
Early Crooked Numbers Carry Chiefs
Syracuse, N.Y. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) dropped a 10-3 contest to the host Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) on Friday night. The RailRiders (16-16) have gone 1-4 on their seven-game road trip while the Chiefs (12-18) have won three of their last four.
The Chiefs led 10-1 after four innings with four runs crossing in both the second and the fourth frames. Matt Skole’s two-out, three-run double was the big blow in the second while Pedro Severino singled home a pair in the fourth.
SWB’s first score came on a Ji-Man Choi sac fly in the fourth. Clint Frazier slammed a two-run homer in the sixth, his fifth dinger of the season.
Starter Luis Cessa (2-3) allowed nine runs (eight earned) on 10 hits and three walks over three-plus innings to suffer the loss. Joe Ross (1-2) surrendered three runs on five hits and two walks to post the win.
Rob Refsnyder singled in the fourth, stretching the team’s longest hitting streak of the season to 14 games.
Relievers J.R. Graham, Tyler Jones and Ernesto Frieri combined to retire the final 12 Chiefs batters of the game.
The RailRiders have allowed double-digit runs in back-to-back games for the first time since April 15-16, 2015. They lost both of those games as well, an 11-5 home setback to Rochester and a 10-2 road loss at Syracuse.
The 2016 RailRiders gave up double-digit runs three times all season and won two of those games: 15-12 at Columbus on June 11; and 11-10 versus Charlotte on June 7.
The four-game series continues at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. SWB’s Daniel Camarena (3-1, 1.85) is scheduled to face right-hander Greg Ross (1-2, 7.71). The RailRiders return home on Monday, May 15 to host the PawSox at 6:35 p.m. The Dollar Dog Monday sports $1 lawn tickets, $1 hot dogs and fans can bring their pup to the ballpark for just $1. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.