MOOSIC — Last week, the RailRiders encountered a rainout and it not only dampened the team’s game that night, it appeared to have impacted the offense as well.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was rained out again on Monday and maybe that will effect the team in the opposite way. The RailRiders and Buffalo Bisons will play a doubleheader today beginning at 5:35 p.m. with the second game following approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first. Monday’s postponement was the ninth already this season for the RailRiders. It will also be the sixth doubleheader of the season so far for SWB, which has fared well in the other five while going 8-2.
Before being postponed on June 6, SWB scored a total of 14 runs in two games against Syracuse. But in the three contests since, the RailRiders dropped three straight - scoring a total of just seven runs in those tilts while falling from a tie for fourth place in the International League North Division to being alone in fifth, nine games behind division leader Pawtucket and a season-low seven games under .500 at 27-34.
Now is also an important time for the RailRiders to get back into the divisional race as 33 of their next 37 games before the All-Star break on July 17 are against I.L. North opponents.
A pair of pitchers who joined the team last week will try to get SWB off to a good start beginning with today’s twinbill.
Ivan Nova (1-0, 0.00), who tossed six shutout innings in his first start for the team this season after being optioned from New York, will get the start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in game one. David Huff (0-0, 0.00 with SWB) will start for the RailRiders in game two. Huff picked up the save relieving Nova in the June 5 game at PNC Field. Huff has spent time in the I.L. with Columbus this season prior to being called up by Cleveland, where he went 3-1 in nine games, two of them starts, with a 4.07 ERA. He was then claimed off waivers by New York and when he was designated for assignment by the Yankees. He accepted an assignment to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Fans might have missed out on Monday’s dollar hot dog night at PNC Field, but today if you don’t have tickets yet you’re in luck because it’s a Two-for-Tuesday meaning fans can purchase one lawn seat ticket and get another for free.
After Sunday’s game, a few transactions were made for the RailRiders as outfielder Brennan Boesch and left-hander Vidal Nuno were placed on the disabled list. SWB also received Graham Stoneburner from Double-A Trenton. Stoneburner was with SWB earlier this season going 2-3 with a 4.32 ERA in eight games, including seven starts.