Lawrenceville, Ga. - The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) clipped the host Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves) on Wednesday night, 2-1, completing a three-game sweep. The RailRiders (75-41) have won 10 straight games at Coolray Field including last year's playoff series against the G-Braves (55-60).
Gwinnett plated the game's first run in the seventh inning. Kyle Kubitza began the frame with a single off reliever Nestor Cortes . One out later, back-to-back singles by David Freitas and Ronald Acuna off of Giovanny Gallegos (4-1) pushed Kubitza home.
SWB responded the very next inning. It started with a leadoff walk from Miguel Andujar and a single from Tyler Austin against former first-rounder and big leaguer Jason Hursh. A strikeout later, Donovan Solano connected on an RBI single to center that scored Andujar and sent Austin to third. After another Hursh (2-4) whiff, Cito Culver reached on a fielding error by shortstop Sean Kazmar, Jr. that saw Austin break on contact and score from third.
Ben Heller tossed a scoreless and hitless ninth for his fifth save. He worked around a two-out strikeout/wild pitch that allowed Acuna to reach as the tying tally. Heller then struck Xavier Avery out to end the game.
The RailRiders' road trip shifts to Durham for a four-game series against the Bulls (Tampa Bay Rays). It starts at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday night as SWB right-hander Domingo German (4-1, 3.26) gets the nod. Durham has not yet announced a starter. The RailRiders return home on Tuesday, Aug. 15 to host the G-Braves at 7:05 p.m. The Two Dollar Tuesday sports $2 lawn tickets and $2 tallboys every Tuesday during the 2017 season. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS:
The RailRiders have won six straight games both overall and on the road. The IL's first team to 75 victories at 75-41, SWB owns the circuit's best road record at 38-21. The Wednesday win tied the team's best road winning streak of the season, a six-gamer first composed from July 2-16. That spurt saw a pair of wins at Pawtucket (July 2-3) and a four-game sweep of the Bisons at Buffalo (July 13-16) out of the All-Star break.
SWB surged to a league-best 21-8 in one-run games and posted its league-high seventh win of the year when trailing after seven innings.
Gwinnett went 1-for-7 with men in scoring position and went 2-for-18 with men in prime real estate on the series.
The RailRiders need to go 17-8 over their final 25 games to break the franchise's single-season wins record of 91 set by the 2002 Red Barons and tied by the 2016 RailRiders. If this year's club reaches 91 victories to tie the win mark, it would break the single-season franchise record for winning percentage set by last year's team (91-52, .636).
Jake Cave went 2-for-5, lifting his average to .358.
Tyler Austin finished 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in his sixth game with SWB on Major League rehab. He has gone 5-for-19 (.263) during that time.
Cito Culver went 2-for-4.
All 16 hits in the game were singles: SWB (9), GWI (7).
Starter Luis Cessa went 2.1 scoreless, no-hit innings. He walked three and struck out five on 49 pitches (29 strikes).
Cessa and three relievers combined to post 12 strikeouts. The staff struck out 12 in all three games on the series.
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