Scranton, PA - The SWB RailRiders crossed home twice in the last of the eighth to complete a 6-5 comeback against the Rochester Red Wings on Wednesday night at PNC Field. The RailRiders (37-25) claimed their third consecutive series against the Red Wings (28-32) and have won six-of-eight meetings.
Trailing 5-4 going to the last of the eighth, Greg Bird worked a leadoff walk against right-hander Michael Tonkin (1-2). Tyler Austin then muscled a bloop single to center. After two straight hitters were retired, Mason Williams earned a full count before rocketing a double that was just fair into the right field corner. Bird and Austin both scored for a 6-5 lead.
Joe Mantiply (3-3) fired 1.2 scoreless innings in relief and yielded one hit with a strikeout. He combined to finish the game with J.R. Graham , who earned his first save with SWB by striking out the final batter.
Kyle Higashioka opened the RailRiders' scoring in the last of the third by tattooing a home run out to left. Higashioka finished 3-for-3 with two RBI and a walk. The backstop has two homers and six RBI over his last three games.
Gleyber Torres smashed a two-run triple off the right-center wall in the fourth, his first three-bagger as a RailRider. Tyler Wade singled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, the longest active stretch in the International League.
The 2016 Gildan Triple-A National Champion RailRiders go for the three-game sweep of the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) on Thursday, June 15 at 6:35 p.m. Right-hander Luis Cessa (3-6, 4.15) gets the starting nod against right-hander Aaron Slegers (4-4, 4.23).