Thursday, June 29, 2017


RailRiders Take Two from Chiefs
Streaking SWB Claims 11th Win in 15 Games

Syracuse, N.Y. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) took both ends of an impromptu doubleheader from the host Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) on Wednesday night. They claimed the conclusion of Tuesday’s suspended action, 7-6, and proved victorious in the seven-inning nightcap, 3-1. The RailRiders (48-30) have won 11 of their last 15 games. The Chiefs (27-49) fell to 5-8 against SWB on the year.

The opener swung in the sixth inning. Down 5-4, SWB took the lead for good on Ji-Man Choi’s three-run homer to right-center off MLB rehabber Sammy Solis (0-1). Working technically in relief, southpaw Caleb Smith (7-0) tied for the IL lead in wins with six innings of work. He allowed four runs (one earned) on six hits and four walks while whiffing eight. J.P. Feyereisen posted his first Triple-A save with two frames of one-run ball.

The originally-scheduled affair/nightcap saw NEPA’s own Matt Wotherspoon twirl three perfect innings in a spot start for the bullpen game. Tyler Jones (6-2) followed with 2.2 scoreless innings and Tommy Layne logged 1.1 frames of one-run ball for the save. The SWB runs came on Abiatal Avelino’s two-out, two-run single to left in the second and when Clint Frazier stormed home standing on a wild pitch in the third. Former RailRider Jaron Long (1-2) authored a quality start for Syracuse, but took the loss.

The four-game set wraps up at 6:35 p.m. on Thursday evening. SWB southpaw Daniel Camarena (4-2, 3.00) is scheduled to face right-hander Greg Ross (2-6, 6.25). The RailRiders return home on the Fourth of July to face the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) at 7:05 p.m. The contest will sport post-game fireworks courtesy of the PA Lottery. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit

Mason Williams went 2-for-4 in each game as the leadoff man. The opener saw him homer for the first time at Triple-A, a solo shot to right-center. It marked just his second home run since 2014. The other came in his MLB debut on June 12, 2015 at Baltimore.

Jake Cave walked twice in the opener, but went 0-for-3 as his 10-game hitting streak came to a close. He had hit safely in each of his first 10 Triple-A games of the season, going 15-for-35 with seven extra-base hits (four homers) and six RBIs, slashing .429/.459/.886/1.345.

Clint Frazier went 3-for-5 in the opener with a double, an RBI and a run scored. He finished the nightcap 1-for-3 with a run scored.

The first game saw the RailRiders improve to 13-2 when Caleb Smith pitches and 14-5 when Wilkin Castillo catches.

Alejandro De Aza’s two-out single off Tommy Layne in the seventh and final frame of game two marked the first IL hit allowed this year by Layne. The league had been 0-for-16 against Layne before the left-handed hitter singled to left.

In the opener, SWB tied its biggest come-from-behind win of the season, rallying from down as many as three (5-2). The team also turned the trick on April 28 versus Indianapolis.

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