Homers Carry RailRiders in Rout
SWB Smashes Six Big Flies, Two Apiece from Choi, Payton
Pawtucket, R.I. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) clubbed six home runs and routed the host Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) on Sunday evening, 14-7. The RailRiders (50-32) reached the 50-win mark in their 82nd game of the season, matching the pace of last year’s Triple-A National Champions. The PawSox (40-40) fell to 5-9 against the RailRiders and cannot win the regular-season series.
Ji-Man Choi launched the first of his two homers in the opening inning for a quick 1-0 lead. Solo shots by Billy McKinney and Mark Payton made it 3-1 in the second. After Pawtucket trimmed the margin to one in the third, the RailRiders immediately responded by posting a four-spot in the fourth including a three-run blast to right-center by Choi.
The other homers came from Eddy Rodriguez to start the sixth and from Payton with a two-run shot in the seventh.
Starter Chance Adams (6-2) picked up the win. Shawn Haviland (4-6) gave up four homers over 3.2 innings to take the loss.
The series concludes at 6:05 p.m. on Monday. SWB is scheduled to toss right-hander Ronald Herrera against southpaw Edgar Olmos (5-2, 1.93). For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS:
Mark Payton went 2-for-5 with two homers and three RBIs. It marks the first multi-homer game of his career.
Donovan Solano went 3-for-6 with an RBI.
Ji-Man Choi finished 2-for-5 with two homers and five RBIs. Choi has hit five of his eight home runs on the road trip including two multi-homer games, the first two of his minor league career.
Billy McKinney went 2-for-5 with his first Triple-A home run and a walk.
Miguel Andujar doubled on a 2-for-6 night.
Billy Fleming went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Eddy Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBIs, a walk and two runs scored.
The RailRiders amassed season-high totals in runs (14), hits (19) and homers (6). Tyler Austin hit a franchise-record-tying three home runs in that affair, all during the first nine frames before Solano, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez went back-to-back-to-back to begin the 10th in the 8-5 win.
The PawSox announced a sellout crowd of 11,007, the biggest crowd to see the RailRiders on the road this season.
The RailRiders have won 13 of their last 19 games.