RailRiders Stroll Past Pawtucket
Tyler Wade Reaches Three Times, Steals Three Bases
Moosic, Pa. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) worked a season-high nine walks and hit for the team cycle in the sixth frame of a 9-2 Friday night rout of the Pawtucket Red Sox at PNC Field. The RailRiders (45-28) have won eight-of-10 and seven straight against the Red Sox (34-37). Pawtucket has lost eight in a row overall.
Southpaw Caleb Smith (6-0) hurled another quality start, limiting the PawSox to an unearned run on six hits over six innings. He struck out six. Pawtucket’s Henry Owens (4-5) absorbed his third defeat to the RailRiders after issuing a career-high eight walks over four innings. He allowed four runs on three hits with three strikeouts.
SWB used a big second inning for the second straight night to grab the advantage. The RailRiders worked five walks to score two runs on a fielder’s choice by Tyler Wade and a bases-loaded free pass to Tyler Austin. Ji-Man Choi delivered the biggest blow on a two-run, bases-loaded single to right.
Up 4-1, the RailRIders put the game away in the sixth. Wade opened with a base hit and quickly stole second. Austin doubled around Wade for a 5-1 lead. Clint Frazier bashed a two-out triple past the glove of right fielder Steve Selsky to plate Austin. Cito Culver capped the team cycle by tattooing his second homer in as many days. The thunderous, two-run shot hit the pedestrian bridge just under the left field scoreboard for a 9-1 lead.
Wade reached safely three times in the game on a single and two walks. He became the first RailRider in 2017 to swipe three bags in a game and outright leads Triple-A with 23 stolen bases.
The 2016 Gildan Triple-A National Champion RailRiders continue their series with the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) on Saturday, June 24. The first 1,000 kids 12 and under will receive a replica Gary Sanchez bat, courtesy the Alzheimer’s Association. Postgame kids run the bases and a King’s College fireworks show will cap the night’s festivities! For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255)or visit swbrailriders.com.