Meet the Defending National Champion RailRiders

The RailRiders were rained out in Rochester Saturday. They will play two Sunday

Moosic, Pa. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) will be at PNC Field soon! Fans will have a chance to meet the defending national champions at the annual “Meet the RailRiders” party.The event will be held at PNC Field’s Legends Club on Tuesday, April 4 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

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Family Fun Fest Returns to PNC Field March 18

Single-Game Tickets Go On Sale, Activities for the Family

 

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Andy Ashby Added to RailRiders Fan Fest Jan. 28

Moosic, Pa. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) will host a Fan Fest at PNC Field on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 12 p.m.-3 p.m. A day of autographs, photos and interviews will sport a number of names that tie together professional baseball and NEPA. That list has ballooned this week to include two-time Major League All-Star and former SWB hurler Andy Ashby, who is now part of the RailRiders ownership group.

Tyler Austin, who made his Major League debut in 2016, headlines the Fan Fest roster that also includes RailRider Matt Wotherspoon and former big leaguer/RailRider Russ Canzler. The NEPA flavor continues with local minor leaguers Max Kranick, Joe McCarthy and Kyle McMyne.

The RailRiders will also unveil a new alternative logo as the SWB Baby Bombers with branded hats and t-shirts on presale along with the introduction of the new Baby Bombers Kids Club.

The 2017 Gildan National Championship Game tickets will be on sale for this ONE DAY ONLY prior to single-game tickets going on sale Mar. 18.

“We invite everyone in NEPA to come out and enjoy the fun of RailRiders baseball,” said RailRiders president/COO Josh Olerud. “With pitchers and catchers right around the corner, there’s no better way to whet our baseball appetites than with autographs from NEPA’s own pros, incredibly fun new merchandise and truly special ticket opportunity.”

Fan Fest tickets are available at $10 for all and will include a ticket to the Gildan National Championship Game, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

The 2016 Gildan Triple-A National Champion RailRiders open their 2017 home schedule on Monday, April 10 against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies).

 

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Tyler Austin, Baby Bombers Logo Headline Jan. 28 Fan Fest

Moosic, Pa. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) will host a Fan Fest at PNC Field on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 12 p.m.-3 p.m. A day of autographs, photos and interviews will sport a number of names that tie together professional baseball and NEPA.

 

Tyler Austin, who made his Major League debut in 2016, headlines the Fan Fest roster that also includes RailRider Matt Wotherspoon and former big leaguer/RailRider Russ Canzler. The NEPA flavor continues with local minor leaguers Max Kranick, Joe McCarthy and Kyle McMyne.

 

The RailRiders will also unveil a new alternative logo as the SWB Baby Bombers with branded hats and t-shirts on presale along with the introduction of the new Baby Bombers Kids Club.

 

The 2017 Gildan National Championship Game tickets will be on sale for this ONE DAY ONLY prior to single-game tickets going on sale Mar. 18.

 

“We invite everyone in NEPA to come out and enjoy the fun of RailRiders baseball,” said RailRiders president/COO Josh Olerud. “With pitchers and catchers right around the corner, there’s no better way to whet our baseball appetites than with autographs from NEPA’s own pros, incredibly fun new merchandise and truly special ticket opportunity.”

 

Fan Fest tickets are available at $10 for all and will include a ticket to the Gildan National Championship Game, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

 

The 2016 Gildan Triple-A National Champion RailRiders open their 2017 home schedule on Monday, April 10 against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies).

 

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Pedrique Returns to Manage Defending Champs

Moosic, Pa. – A year removed from claiming the franchise’s second-ever Governors’ Cup and first Triple-A National Championship, the SWB RailRiders’ (Triple-A/New York Yankees) coaching and support staff will look similar with subtle changes. The returning forces include manager Al Pedrique, pitching coach Tommy Phelps, athletic trainer Darren London, clubhouse manager Mike Macciocco and strength-and-conditioning coach Brad Hyde. New to the staff are hitting coach/former SWB player P.J. Pilittere, and defensive coach Doug Davis. The Yankees are expected to add both a bullpen coach and a video manager to the staff at a later date.

Pedrique, a native of Venezuela, earned International League Manager of the Year honors in 2016, his first SWB campaign. The RailRiders became the first IL team to win 90 games since the 2002 SWB Red Barons finished 91-53. These RailRiders tied the 2002 unit for the franchise record in wins. By virtue of playing one less game, they set a new team record for best winning percentage (.636). Pedrique managed the Double-A Trenton Thunder to a 71-71 showing in 2015 a year after skippering the Advanced-A Tampa Yankees to a 71-68 record in 2014. He led the Low-A Charleston RiverDogs to a 75-63 mark in 2013. Before joining the Yankees organization, he served as a coach or manager in the Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals and Arizona Diamondbacks organizations over 16 years. He spent the 2010-11 seasons as the bench coach for the Houston Astros and also served as the third-base coach for the Diamondbacks’ major league club in 2003. He began 2004 as the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A manager, but was handed interim managerial duties after the July firing of Bob Brenly. Originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1978, Pedrique went on to play in parts of three seasons with the Mets (1987), Pirates (1987-88) and Tigers (1989). He played parts of five seasons in the International League for Tidewater/Norfolk (1985-86, 87, 91) and Toledo (1989).

Phelps enters his 10th season as a coach in the Yankees organization and second straight with SWB. His 2016 hurlers ranked among the IL’s best in: ERA (1st, 2.98); WHIP (2nd, 1.18); H/9 IP (1st, 7.8); K/9IP (2nd, 8.6); K:BB ratio (1st, 3.1:1); HR (2nd, 86); SV (T-1st, 45). The RailRiders became the first IL team to finish with a sub-3.00 ERA since the 1980 Columbus Clippers. Starter Jordan Montgomery set a new club record for consecutive scoreless innings at 29.2. SWB pitching picked up 1,198 strikeouts, obliterating the franchise record of 1,157 set by the 2013 unit. The RailRiders’ 24 shutout wins paced the minors and shattered the single-season franchise record. Additionally, four of SWB’s six IL playoff wins were shutouts. The Tampa native spent 2015 with the Tampa Yankees after a six-year run coaching Trenton’s hurlers (2009-14). He served as the Yankees’ minor league rehabilitation coach in 2008. Among his recent accolades, the Trenton pitching staff ranked second in the Eastern League in strikeouts in 2014 (1,093) and allowed the fewest home runs in 2013 (85). Two of his 2015 pupils ranked among the Florida State League’s strikeout leaders in Gabriel Encinas (3rd, 116) and Rookie Davis (5th, 105) while the staff led the loop in whiffs (1,074). Phelps pitched for 14 seasons from 1993-2006 in the Montreal (1993-99), Detroit (2000-01), Florida (2002-04), Milwaukee (2005) and Yankees (2006) organizations including parts of two seasons in the IL with Toledo (2001) and Columbus (2006). The former big leaguer appeared in 75 MLB games with the Marlins (2003-04) and Brewers (2005), going 4-5 with a 4.34 ERA. He was originally an eighth-round pick by Montreal in the 1992 draft.

Pilittere enters his sixth season as a coach in the Yankees organization and his first with SWB. The former Cal State Fullerton captain led his alma mater to the College World Series in 2004. A 13th-round pick by the Yankees that same year, he hit .264 with 77 doubles, 16 home runs and 183 RBIs in 470 career minor league games over eight seasons in the Yankees system. He twice led his league in fielding percentage, producing a .995 mark with Double-A Trenton in 2007 and a .998 number with Advanced-A Tampa in 2006. He played for the then-SWB Yankees from 2009-11. He spent 2015 as Double-A Trenton’s hitting coach after doing the same with Tampa in 2014 and Charleston in 2013. He made his pro debut as a coach in 2012 with the Rookie GCL Yankees.

Davis, a native of Bloomsburg, Pa., enters his first season with the Yankees organization. The 54-year-old is no stranger to the IL, having served as Syracuse’s manager under Toronto’s umbrella from 2007-08. In 2009, the Blue Jays elevated him to minor league catching coordinator. From the next season through 2016, he served as Toronto’s minor league field coordinator. The former catcher played professionally for 11 seasons between 1984 and 1994 in the minor league systems of California, Kansas City and Texas. He made it to the big leagues on two separate occasions, scoring one run in six games with the Angels in 1988 and collected a hit in his only at-bat with the Rangers in 1992. He has been in coaching since 1995, serving as a minor league manager for eight seasons, posting a 515-484 record including championships with Pittsfield in the NY-Penn League in 1997 and Columbia in the South Atlantic League in 1998. He spent two seasons in the bigs as the Marlins’ bench coach from 2003-04, winning the World Series against the Yankees in 2003.

London, the International League’s Athletic Trainer of the Year in 2006 and 2012, has spent more than two decades as the Yankees’ Triple-A athletic trainer with this season marking his 25th at the level and 29th in a row with the organization. He has been SWB’s athletic trainer since the team became the Yankees’ top satellite in 2007.

Hyde, a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, returns for his second straight SWB campaign. He has spent time with minor league teams under the Cincinnati Reds’ and San Francisco Giants’ umbrellas before serving as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Reds in 2013. From 2014-15 he had the same role in the Bronx for the New York Yankees, and has spent the last several off-seasons with MLB’s European Academy in Italy.

Macciocco, an NEPA product, has spent multiple seasons in the SWB clubhouse including the team’s trying 2012 season without a true home stadium as PNC Field was reconstructed. After a one-year run in the head role with the Double-A Mobile Bay Bears in 2013, he took over primary clubhouse duties for SWB in 2014.

The 2016 Gildan Triple-A National Champion RailRiders open their 2017 home schedule on Monday, April 10 against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies). For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

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Parmelee, Montgomery Help RailRiders Rule Triple-A

Chris Parmelee's three-run homer got the RailRiders started in Memphis Tuesday night. (Photo by Martin Griff).

Memphis, Tenn. – Chris Parmelee blasted a first-inning homer and four pitchers took it from there as the SWB RailRiders (International League/New York Yankees) defeated the El Paso Chihuahuas (Pacific Coast League/San Diego Padres) for the 2016 Gildan Triple-A National Championship at AutoZone Park on Tuesday night. SWB’s first-ever overall Triple-A crown proved the first for the International League since the Columbus Clippers in 2011.

Three straight hits started the home first for the RailRiders, who enjoyed home field by virtue of the IL’s victory over the PCL in the Triple-A All-Star Game. Mark Payton singled, Clint Frazier followed with a single of his own and Parmelee sent them all home with a blast to right field off starter Walker Lockett (0-1).

SWB starter Jordan Montgomery fired a pair of perfect innings before a Jose Rondon double and a single by former RailRider Nick Noonan started the third. Montgomery retired the next three in order to quell the threat.

Montgomery (1-0) was lifted after three straight El Paso hits sparked the sixth, successive singles by Michael Margot, Carlos Asuaje and an RBI blow by Austin Hedges. Former San Diego prospect Johnny Barbato entered from the bullpen and started a string of 12 straight retired down the stretch by SWB relievers.

Phil Coke was perfect in the seventh and eighth while Giovanny Gallegos fired a 1-2-3 ninth to cement the hardware and record the save.

Season tickets for the 2017 season are now on sale. PNC Field in Moosic, home of the RailRiders, will be the place to be for the 2017 Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game on Sept. 19. The Mohegan Sun Pocono Hotel and Casino and PNC Field will serve as hosts of the two-day event. To purchase tickets or to find out more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

 

RailRiders Capture IL Crown, Play in Memphis Tuesday

Dan Camarena threw 5.1 scoreless innings in his first Triple-A start. (Photo by Martin Griff)

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) earned their first Governors’ Cup title since 2008 by shutting out the Gwinnett Braves 3-0 to win the Championship Series 3-1  Friday night at Coolray Field. The 2016 RailRiders held the G-Braves to just two runs over the final 35.1 innings of the series.

Dan Camarena (1-0) took home the win in the decisive game after firing 5.1 scoreless frames in his first Triple-A start. The left-hander held the G-Braves to five hits and a walk while striking out four. Giovanny Gallegos earned the save after tossing a perfect ninth. Rob Wooten (0-2) shouldered the loss despite matching a career high with eight strikeouts. He allowed two runs on five hits.

Mark Payton broke a scoreless tie in the fifth by driving home Jake Cave with a two-out single to right. Clint Frazier followed with a bloop single, scoring Cito Culver for a 2-0 lead.

Payton’s third hit of the night provided insurance for the RailRiders. With two away in the seventh, Payton drove a pitch to the wall in right field that glanced off the glove of a leaping Mel Rojas Jr. Culver raced home from first and Payton hustled to third for a triple and a 3-0 lead.

The RailRiders will face the champion of the Pacific Coast League in the 2016 Gildan Triple-A National Championship at Autozone Park in Memphis, Tenn., Tuesday, Sept. 20. First pitch is set for 8:05 p.m.  Starting pitchers have not been announced.

The RailRiders staff will host a watch party at Revello’s Café Pizza in Old Forge, Pa. on September 20 beginning at 8 p.m. There will be pizza and drink specials, raffles and prizes from the RailRiders. Season tickets for the 2017 season are now on sale. To purchase or to find out more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com!

OFF THE RAILS: 

Jake Cave was named series Most Valuable Player. The outfielder finished 4-for-13 (.308), three walks and a three RBIs.

The RailRiders, a team that rewrote several team records throughout the season, became the first club in franchise history to lose the first game of a playoff series and come back to win the set.

SWB pitching has not allowed a run in postseason competition on the road, a span of 36 innings. The RailRiders held the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) scoreless in both meetings at Coca-Cola Park and the Gwinnett Braves without a run at Coolray Field.

Lail Sharp as RailRiders Take Series Lead

Brady Lail got the job done for the RailRiders Thursday night.

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – The potent pitching of Brady LailDietrich Enns  and J.R. Graham combined on a five-hit shutout as the SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) blanked the Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves) in a critical Game 3 of the Governors’ Cup Championship Series on Thursday night, 3-0. SWB owns a 2-1 series lead and sits one win short of the franchise’s second-ever Governors’ Cup crown and first since 2008.

The run scoring came early with RBI hits from Chris Parmelee and Kyle Higashioka in the first frame to plate Mark Payton and Donovan Solano. The second inning began with a line-drive homer off the immense retaining wall in left from Pete Kozma.

Lail handled things from there, firing 6.1 scoreless innings. The right-hander struck out five, walked none and had faced three over the minimum before he plunked Sean Kazmar, Jr. and got the hook in the seventh. Enns entered and struck out Reid Brignac looking before Tyler Moore lined out to short.

Gwinnett’s best chance came in the eighth with a Kyle Kubitza single and a hit-and-run poke by Braeden Schlehuber to put men at the corners with nobody out. Enns rebounded, striking out Emilio Bonifacio and Mel Rojas, Jr. in succession. SWB manager Al Pedrique then called upon Graham, who whiffed former RailRider Ronnier Mustelier to put a bow on the eighth.

In the ninth, Graham worked around a two-out walk of Brignac, getting Moore to fly out to center field to end it.

Game 4 in the best-of-five series takes place at 7:05 p.m. at Coolray Field Friday night. SWB’s Dan Camarena (NR) will face a to-be-announced hurler.

Season tickets for the 2017 season are now on sale. Should SWB advance to the Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game, the RailRiders staff will host a watch party at Revello’s Café Pizza in Old Forge, Pa. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 beginning at 8 p.m. There will be pizza and drink specials, raffles and prizes from the RailRiders. To purchase tickets or to find out more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.

OFF THE RAILS:

The RailRiders led the minors with a franchise-record 24 shutouts in the regular season. Three of SWB’s five playoff wins during this run have been shutouts.

SWB’s 47 road wins tied with Nashville for the most in Triple-A this season. The team has gone 3-0 on the road during these playoffs, all shutout wins.

The RailRiders have gone 5-0 at Coolray Field this season between the regular campaign and playoffs combined. Since the Braves moved their top affiliate to suburban Atlanta in 2009, the SWB franchise has won 26 of 32 at Coolray Field including all three playoff meetings in Lawrenceville.

Since Gwinnett scored six runs in Game 1’s opening inning, the G-Braves have amassed just two runs over the last 26.1 innings.

Donovan Solano went 2-for-3 in Game 3 with a double, two bruises and a run scored.

Pete Kozma enjoyed a 2-for-4 night with a lined single in addition to his homer.

Chris Parmelee walked twice and finished 1-for-3 with an RBI.

 

Gwinnett Spins Its Way to Game 1 Win

Outfielder Jake Cave just missed a cycle in the Railriders' Game 1 loss Tuesday. (Photo by Martin Griff)

MOOSIC, PA – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) fell down six runs in the first inning and fell short in their comeback bid on Tuesday night at PNC Field. The Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves) held on for a 7-4 win in Game One of the best-of-five Governors’ Cup Championship Series.

Jordan Montgomery (1-1) retired only two batters in the first inning. He allowed six runs, three earned, on six hits. The RailRiders used five relievers the rest of the way to hold the G-Braves to a run on seven hits. Aaron Blair (1-0) took home the win. The right-hander allowed four runs on six hits across 7.1 innings. Michael Cleto worked around two runners in scoreless ninth for the save.

Sean Kazmar Jr.’s three-run homer to left-center highlighted the early onslaught for Gwinnett. Jake Cave got the RailRiders on the board in the second frame with a solo shot that clanged off the left-field foul pole.

In the eighth, the RailRiders loaded the bases with one out to chase Blair. Reliever Jason Hursh entered and managed to retire Chris Parmelee on a pop out to third. But Kyle Higashioka smashed a single to right that scored two and Cave followed with a single that plated Donovan Solano. Hursh induced a foul out by Cito Culver to preserve a 6-4 lead.

Tyler Moore doubled off Johnny Barbato in the top of the ninth to score Kazmar for the final margin. The RailRiders brought the tying run to the plate in the last of the ninth, but Solano struck out to end it.

Left-hander Phil Coke (1-0, 0.00) will face right-hander Chris Ellis (1-0, 0.00) in Game Two of the Governors’ Cup Championship Series on Wednesday, September 14 at PNC Field. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. It will be the last chance to catch your 2016 International League North Division champion SWB RailRiders at home! Fans can purchase lawn seat tickets for $1 and Bud Lights for $1! Purchase playoff tickets by calling 570-969-BALL (2255) or online at swbrailriders.com

OFF THE RAILS: 

The seven runs scored by the Gwinnett Braves were the most allowed by the RailRiders since a 7-1 loss to the Rochester Red Wings at PNC Field on August 26.

Jake Cave finished 3-for-4 and a triple shy of the cycle. He is now 7-for-14 (.500) in four postseason games with two doubles, a home run and three RBI and three runs scored.

The six runs allowed by Jordan Montgomery were two more than he allowed in 37.0IP during six regular season starts. The home run was also the first he allowed at the Triple-A level.

In the Yankees era (2007-Present), SWB’s playoff opener has told the tale. Every time it won the opening game of a playoff series it went on to win that series. Each time it lost a series opener, it lost that set. The franchise has gone 5-7 in playoff openers as the Yankees’ top affiliate.

RailRiders Sweep IronPigs, Advance to Governors’ Cup

Giovanny Gallegos starred in relief for the RaiRiders, who clinched a spot in the Governor's Cup finals, Friday night.

MOOSIC, PA – The 2016 SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) continued rewriting the club’s record book on Friday night at PNC Field as they rolled to an 11-3 win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies). The team became the first in franchise history to sweep a postseason series as they finished off the International League Division Series with a three-game brooming of the IronPigs.

The victory also secured the franchise’s sixth appearance in the Governors’ Cup Championship Series. The RailRiders never trailed in the Division Series and outscored the IronPigs 20-3 overall.

Giovanny Gallegos (1-0) took home the win in relief. He held the IronPigs without a run or hit over three innings while striking out five. Gallegos inherited three runners with no one out, but retired all three batters to strand the runners. Lehigh Valley’s starter Phil Klein (0-1) was hit for 10 runs, eight earned, on seven hits in just 3.1 innings.

SWB jumped out of the gate with three runs in the first. Mason Williams and Donovan Solano scored on a pair of wild pitches by Klein and Cesar Puello scored Clint Frazier on a grounder to second.

The RailRiders blew the game open with an eight-run fourth. Kyle Higashioka and Solano both plated a run with ground-rule doubles, but the highlight of the rally was a three-run blast out to left by Cito CulverChris Parmelee and Jake Cave also tallied run-producing hits. The inning tied the franchise record for most runs scored in a single inning of a postseason game.

SWB will host the first two games of the Governors’ Cup Championship Series beginning Tuesday, September 13 at 6:35 p.m. Game two on Wednesday, Sept. 14 is also set for 6:35 p.m. The RailRiders will face the winner of the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians) and Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves) Division Series. Come cheer on your RailRiders as they seek the club’s second Governors’ Cup! Purchase playoff tickets by calling 570-969-BALL (2255) or online at swbrailriders.com!

OFF THE RAILS: 

Mason Williams finished 7-for-12 (.583) with a home run, three runs scored and three RBI.

Donovan Solano went 6-for-14 (.429), including three doubles, three RBI and three runs scored.

Starter Brady Lail allowed a run on five hits across four innings. He walked one and struck out four on 80 pitches.

Kyle Higashioka finished 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. His three hits fell one shy of the franchise record for hits in a postseason game.

All nine starters for the RailRiders scored at least one run and six batters recorded at least two hits.

The RailRiders finished 13-for-38 (.342) with men in scoring position for the series. The IronPigs were 3-for-25 (.120) in runners in prime real estate for the series.