The Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders fell to the Buffalo Bisons 6-2, Monday night at PNC Field in Moosic, Pennsylvania. Jaron Long of the RailRiders, son of Kevin Long, allowed four earned runs, and struck out just one batter over four frames.
Matt Boyd, who just a few days ago, allowed seven earned runs without recording an out against the Boston Red Sox, pitched a gem for the Bisons. Boyd allowed just one walk, two earned runs and fanned eight batters over seven frames. He lives and dies by his curveball, tonight, it was working. With the exception of one pitch that Rob Refsnyder launched over the visiting bullpen in left field, Boyd was dominant.
It didn’t take long for things to get ugly for the RailRiders. In the top of the second inning, Luke Scott hit an opposite field home run to score the game’s first run. Brad Glenn would double, and Josh Thole would bring him home. Andy Burns would lead off the fourth inning with a home run the left field. Long would walk Alex Hassan, and then former RailRider, Melky Mesa would plate Hassan with a RBI double.
Leading off in the fifth inning, Nick Noonan would reach base on a bunt single. Ben Gamel bring Noonan in, on a double to center. Refsnyder’s home run, and Gamel’s RBI double would be the only runs the RailRiders would score all night.
Aaron Judge‘s bat is beginning to come around. His plate discipline has gotten much better than his first few games with the RailRiders. Judge went 1-4 and struck out once. He has a ton of power, but putting the bat on the ball has been a challenge in that aspect. The home runs will come, the most important part of his development is that he’s getting on base.
Long was pulled after the fourth inning and Andrew Miller came in for his scheduled one inning of relief. Miller was rather predictable when setting batters up. Matt Hague took Miller’s first pitch fastball into left field. Miller would face Luke Scott next, he pumped another first pitch fastball into the zone, followed by a few more fastballs, and with two strikes, Miller used his devastating slider to send Scott back to the dugout. Andy Burns would ground into a double play, and Miller’s night would be over after just nine pitches.
Reports say that Miller will be back with the New York Yankees on Tuesday, after his rehab stint with the RailRiders. Miller has been on the DL with a forearm strain. The RailRiders are back again Tuesday night, against the Buffalo Bisons. Yankees top prospect, Luis Severino is expected to make the start. Severino has a 4-0 record with a 1.96 ERA and 28 strikeouts with the RailRiders, this season.