Here’s a look at the next seven days of game matchups for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders:
Rochester Red Wings
The matchup with the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins begins on Monday with a doubleheader at PNC Field and finishes with a night game in Rochester on Thursday as the teams play a five-game series consisting of three games in Moosic and two at Frontier Field in Rochester.
The meetings will mark the first time the clubs have squared off since SWB took three of four from the Red Wings at Rochester during a series that ended on April 18 in which the RailRiders piled up 18 runs to Rochester’s one in the three wins. The doubleheader was scheduled from a rainout on April 10 in Moosic. The RailRiders have won four of the six games versus their I.L. North Division foe this season and outscored the Wings 27-9 in those games.
This is a different Rochester team though having just passed SWB in the standings after winning six of its last 10, while the RailRiders have lost six of their last 10 games.
Chris Colabello, who had a short stint with the Twins this season, is back with Rochester and he’s been hot hitting .405 in his last 10 games with an on base percentage of .600 and a slugging percentage of .649 in that time. He leads the league in batting average (.369), slugging percentage (.655) and OPS (1.086).
This is also a much different RailRiders team with just 11 of the players on the active roster on April 15 still part of SWB’s active roster entering Saturday. There are a few familiar faces with the Red Wings, including right-handed reliever Cody Eppley, who was recently released by the RailRiders. Former SWB Yankee Doug Bernier is also part of Rochester’s active roster.
This a matchup from last month in Virginia when the clubs split a four-game set. The RailRiders’ offense had success against the top affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles putting up 23 runs to Norfolk’s 16 in the four games. SWB would love to get that kind of production again this coming weekend at PNC Field during the four-game set that starts Friday, wraps up Sunday and consists in a day/night doubleheader on Saturday. That’s because the team hasn’t scored a total of 23 runs — falling one shy of reaching that mark — in its last seven games prior to Saturday night’s contest at Lehigh Valley.
Norfolk is currently second in the I.L. South Division only trailing Durham for the division lead. Hazleton’s Russ Canzler is a big part of the team. Canzler, who was part of the Yankees organization in the offseason, leads the Tides in games (66), at bats (253), RBI (37) and walks (35), while hitting nine home runs and a .261 batting average. Jason Pridie, who has played in more than 100 games in the Majors, is batting .320 with nine homers and 34 RBI for Norfolk. As a team, the Tides are third in the I.L. with a.269 batting average, while SWB began Saturday last in the league hitting .246.