Homers Power RailRiders to Sweep of Pawtucket
Chance Adams Tosses Fourth Straight Quality Start
Moosic, Pa. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) held off the Pawtucket Red Sox late for a 7-5 win and a sweep of the three game series on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. The RailRiders (72-41) increased their advantage in the International League North Division to 5.5 games while sending the Red Sox (54-59) to their eighth straight defeat. SWB finished the regular season 13-5 against their division rival.
The RailRiders erupted for six runs and eight hits against Pawtucket starter Roenis Elias (0-4). Miguel Andujar followed an Aaron Hicks single with a smashed line drive into the visiting bullpen beyond left field for a 2-0 lead in the first. Tyler Austin opened the fourth with a double and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Cito Culver to up the advantage to 3-1.
Austin’s second hit of the day was a single that opened the sixth. Billy McKinney then jumped on the next pitch for his ninth Triple-A homer, a two-run blast to the right field bleachers. JI-Man Choi ended Elias’ day one out later when he connected on a solo long ball to right, his 11th with the RailRiders.
Chance Adams (8-3) limited Pawtucket to two runs on five hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out five on 91 pitches. He surrendered a solo home run to Matt Dominguez in the sixth.
The PawSox rallied to close the deficit to two at 7-5, but Nick Rumbelow recorded the final four outs to earn his second save with SWB this season.
Hicks and Austin both finished 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and two runs scored. McKinney notched his third RBI of the day on a bases-loaded sac-fly to center in the seventh.
The 2016 Gildan Triple-A National Champion RailRiders head south once again for a seven-game road trip. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.