Buffalo, N.Y. - The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) swept the host Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) in a Saturday doubleheader, 6-2 and 4-0. The RailRiders (40-26) reached the 40-win mark in fewer games and earlier on the calendar than their 2016 Triple-A National Champion predecessors. Last year's unit claimed its 40th victory in its 70th game and on June 18, 2016.
Starter Chance Adams (4-2) tossed five-plus innings of one-run ball to get the victory in the opener. Tyler Wade tripled and went 2-for-3 with two runs scored while Dustin Fowler posted three hits, one RBI and scored twice. Joe Mantiply fired the final two innings to record his first save as a RailRider.
In the nightcap, 22-year-old right-hander Adonis Rosa got the start after he was called up from Low-A Charleston. Rosa (1-0) tossed six innings of six-hit ball, walking none and whiffing four to record the win in his first career outing above Low-A. Tyler Webb worked around a pair of baserunners in the seventh to polish of the team's IL-best-tying eighth shutout victory. Wade again posted a pair of hits, stretching the IL's best active hitting streak to 17 games, one off the league's best runs of the season. Both SWB's Rob Refsnyder (April 19-May 18) and Durham's Curt Casali (April 13-May 11) enjoyed 18-gamers earlier this season.
The series concludes at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday. SWB southpaw Caleb Smith (4-0, 2.71) will face a to-be-announced Buffalo hurler. The RailRiders return home on Monday, June 19 with a 7:05 p.m. contest against the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals). The Dollar Dog Monday sports $1 lawn tickets, $1 hot dogs and fans can bring their pup to the ballpark for just $1. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS:
By dropping the first three games of this series, Buffalo has dropped three straight home games for the first time since it was swept in a three-game series by last year's RailRiders in the Bisons' final home set of 2016 (Aug. 30-Sept. 1)…Buffalo entered the series with a 24-10 record at Coca-Coca Field…Last year's RailRiders won their final eight meetings with the Bisons and 15 of the last 16 clashes…This year's unit lost its first five match-ups with the Bisons before claiming the last four in succession…Tyler Wade stole two bases in the opener and recorded another swipe in the nightcap, giving him 19 on the year to lead all of Triple-A.
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