Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is tearing up the International League on the road.
The RailRiders swept two games from the Buffalo Bisons Tuesday to improve their road record to a league-best 19-8.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre scored a 2-1 decision in the completion of a suspended game from Monday night. The RailRiders won the nightcap, 5-1. The RailRiders are 14-19 at home. They’re batting .281 on the road and .246 at home.
Good pen work: The RailRiders won the first game with the help of two hard-throwing relievers, who locked down the last two innings. Chris Martin, a 6-foot-8 right-hander who pitched 15 games with the New York Yankees this season, pitched the eighth. He flashed a 95 mph fastball. Jose Ramirez, a 25-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic, pitched the ninth. He threw 94 mph and got his eighth save in nine save opportunities.
OF update: Caleb Gindl returned to right field for Buffalo after resting his sore hamstring for a day. Chris Dickerson (shoulder), out the past two days, didn’t start but entered as a pinch runner after Luke Scott was hit by a pitch on the foot.
Surf and turf: The Bisons had a quick turnaround with a game Wednesday morning, and owners Bob and Mindy Rich sprang for a steak and lobster buffet for the players in the locker room after Tuesday night’s game. It was in appreciation for a walk-off homer victory over Rochester 10 days ago.
Pitchers of record Game 1: Reliever Diego Moreno (2-0) pitched three innings and got the win. Daniel Norris (1-5) took the loss. In six of Norris’ seven starts the Bisons have scored two runs or fewer.
Pitchers of record Game 2: Jaron Long (5-4) allowed one run in five innings and got the win. Long, 23, is the son of Kevin Long, who was the Yankees’ hitting coach from 2007 to 2014 and now is Mets hitting coach. Reliever Todd Redmond (1-2) gave up four runs on three hits in 1 1-3 innings and took the loss. Bisons starter Chad Jenkins lasted four innings and threw 41 of 53 pitches for strikes.
Time of Game 1: 2:31.
Time of Game 2: 2:12.
Paid attendance: 5,044.
Records: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is 33-27. Buffalo is 28-31.
Next up: It’s the annual School Kids Day on Wednesday as the two teams play at 10:30 a.m. The New York Yankees’ No. 1-rated prospect, pitcher Luis Severino, will start for the RailRiders against Felix Doubront. The Bisons play a double-header against Charlotte on Thursday. First pitch is 4:05 p.m. Buffalo is off Friday because a crowd of 25,000 will be at Coca Cola Field for the Taste of Country concert.