The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders continued their dominance against the Buffalo Bisons with a 14-2 win at Coca-Cola Field Wednesday night.
The Bisons are just 1-11 in their last 12 against the RailRiders and have been outscored 74-21 in those games.
Pounding out the runs: The highlights of Scranton's offensive attack included a four-RBI night for Mason Williams and a three-RBI night for Kyle Higashioka (including a two-run homer in the fifth) and Cito Culver. Donovan Solano went 4 for 5 with five runs scored. In all the RailRiders had 18 hits while the Bisons used seven pitchers.
"These guys don’t swing and miss a lot," Bisons manager Gary Allenson said of Scranton's offense. "They don’t swing at bad pitches for the most part, they battle in there and if you get them out it seems like it’s in five, six, seven pitches. You’ve got to be able to use your breaking ball or changeup in fastball counts just enough, be able to hit your spots in and out and we weren't able to do that."
Loaded: In the sixth, singles from Andy Burns, Dalton Pompey and Darrell Ceciliani loaded the bases with one out. Matt Dominguez drove in two runs with a single. Jesus Montero hit into a double play to end the rally.
Hit streak: Ceciliani extended his hitting streak to 12 games and his on-base streak to 18 games.
Delayed start: A brief but heavy burst of rain over downtown Buffalo around 4:30 delayed the start of the game. The 7:05 scheduled first pitch was pushed back. Scott Diamond tossed the first pitch at 7:21.
First pitch: Buffalo native Emily Regan threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Regan had just returned to Buffalo after winning a gold medal with the U.S. women's rowing eight boat in Rio earlier this month.
Roster moves: The Toronto Blue Jays placed Darwin Barney placed on the Family Medical Emergency List and recalled Ryan Goins recalled. Reliever Bo Schultz was optioned to Buffalo.
Roster moves II: Yankees prospect Ben Gamel was traded to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. The Scranton outfielder had been named the International League's Most Valuable Player on Tuesday.
WCC Race: The mascot race is all tied-up between Atomic and Chicken Wing with each having 27 wins (although Atomic's wins come with an asterisk after getting caught using hot sauce) with one home game left. Blue Cheese has 15 wins and Celery remains winless.
Counting the House: There were 6,582 at Coca-Cola Field Wednesday night.
Up next: The final home game of the season is Thursday at 6:05 p.m. Righty Jason Berken (0-1, 3.92) is scheduled to start for the Bisons against lefty Phil Coke (4-3, 3.09).