Buffalo, N.Y. - The SWB RailRiders' (Triple-A/New York Yankees) domination of the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) continued on Saturday night with a 2-1 triumph at Coca-Cola Field. The RailRiders (58-34) have won 25 of their last 35 overall and nine of 11 while the Bisons (38-55) have lost 32 of their last 39 including 11 straight versus SWB. Going back to last season, the RailRiders have won 26 of the last 32 head-to-head meetings with the Bisons.
Tied 1-1 in the seventh, Miguel Andujar pushed home the game-winning run with a sharp single to right off of reliever Tim Mayza (0-1) that sent Billy McKinney home.
SWB got on the board in the second when Andujar doubled, Jake Cave singled and Mark Payton connected on a sac fly to right that plated Andujar.
Buffalo equalized the contest in the fifth when former RailRider/Yankee Gregorio Petit singled off the first-base bag to plate Andrew Guillotte. That hit ended the night of starter Chance Adams who gave up one run on two hits and four walks while whiffing three over 4.2 innings on 95 pitches (59 strikes).
The bullpen did the job from there. J.P. Feyereisen (1-1) stranded two inherited runners en route to 2.2 innings of scoreless relief and the victory. Tyler Jones posted 1.2 perfect innings for his third save with SWB.
The series concludes at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. SWB is scheduled to toss right-hander Domingo German (2-1, 3.94) against southpaw Brett Oberholtzer (1-6, 4.70).
The RailRiders return home on Monday, July 17 to open a seven-game homestand. It starts with the first of three against the Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) at 7:05 p.m. The Dollar Dog Monday will sport $1 hot dogs, $1 lawn tickets and the chance to bring your pup to the ballpark for just $1, all presented by the Times-Tribune. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS:
The 2017 RailRiders lost their first five games against Buffalo before ripping off 11 straight wins. With just four more head-to-head meetings remaining, SWB has clinched the regular-season series with its division rival. The RailRiders have not posted a losing mark to the Bisons since the 2014 unit went 7-9.
Miguel Andujar went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
Rob Refsnyder reported after his July 14 option. He started at first base and hit third in the order. He went 0-for-4 but made multiple impressive plays defensively including a brilliant pick of a Petit line drive for a double play that doubled Roemon Fields off first base in the seventh.
Jake Cave went 1-for 3 and has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games. He is hitting .313 in 26 games played with SWB.
Billy McKinney doubled and scored on a 1-for-4 night. In his 13 Triple-A games, he has gone 18-for-51 with eight extra-base hits (four homers), nine RBIs and 10 runs scored, hitting .353.
Buffalo has lost 32 of its last 39 games and has been held to one run or less in 18 of those setbacks. That includes one run or less in seven of its last eight match-ups against the RailRiders.
The RailRiders have outscored the Bisons 48-11 during its 11-game winning streak in the head-to-head series.
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