Moosic, Pa. – Right-hander Kyle Davies saved his best for win his team needed it most, but it wasn’t enough as the Indianapolis Indians escaped PNC Field with a 4-2 win over the SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) Friday night. The win completes a three-game sweep of the best-of-five semifinal round for Indianapolis.
Davies limited the Indians to two hits across eight shutout innings. He walked one and struck out five while facing one over the minimum. He never allowed a runner to second base.
While Davies was holding down the Indians, the RailRiders strung together scoring chances in six straight innings. Slade Heathcott opened the first with a single and later scored on a stolen base and throwing error by a catcher. Cole Figueroa made it 2-0 on a single in the fifth that plated Ben Gamel.
Indianapolis scored four runs against Johnny Barbato in the top of the ninth. Dan Gamache opened the frame with a walk and went to second on a single by pinch hitter Steve Lombardozzi. Alen Hanson loaded the bases with a base knock.
An errant pitch struck Gorkys Hernandez in the shoulder to force in Gamache and a Josh Bell sacrifice fly to left tied the score at two. John Bowker struck the final blow with a two-run single that chased Barbato from the game.
SWB loaded the bases in the last of the ninth against closer Blake Wood, but could not capitalize. The team finished 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position and stranded 15 on base. Game finished the night 4-for-4 and reached a fifth time on a walk.
The RailRiders will open the 2016 season on Thursday, April 7, at PNC Field against the Rochester Red Wings. Ticket packages and a promotional schedule will be available at a later date. For more information please call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.