Last updated: April 19. 2014 11:29PM - 1504 Views
By Dave Rosengrant drosengrant@civitasmedia.com



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A trip to Buffalo was just what the RailRiders needed to halt their road woes.


After all, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre hasn’t lost a season series to Buffalo since becoming affiliated with the Yankees.


When SWB visited Coca-Cola Field this past week, two days were lost to the weather. But when things cleared up, the RailRiders ended up winning two of the three games played. With the doubleheader sweep, the RailRiders won consecutive road games for the first time since picking up three straight wins at Louisville last year on July 26-28.


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In addition to the road wins this week, the RailRiders had a good week offensively, especially from new leadoff man Ramon Flores. He and Jose Pirela had been platooning in the No. 1 spot in the batting order.


But after Flores reached base five times in last Sunday’s game and finishing a homer short of the cycle, he’s stayed in the spot and has excelled. Flores reached base 11 times in 19 plate appearances in four games before Friday night’s home game against Lehigh Valley. That’s an on-base percentage of .579.


This week’s top promotions


So today is Easter Sunday, you didn’t get enough candy and you’re spending the day at PNC Field? Well, you’re in luck because after today’s game there will be a helicopter dropping candy while kids run the bases after the game.


This is also the first full week of daily promotions at the ballpark with dollar hot dogs on Monday, free T-shirts on Tuesday, Thirsty Thursday with $1 Budweiser and Pepsi products for the first two hours after the games open, and Friday Fireworks.


Friday is also the Almost Halfway to Halloween celebration at the stadium, so be sure to dress up in your favorite costume.


Looking Ahead


The RailRiders are at home every day until Saturday, when they hit the road again.


After finishing off a four-game series with Lehigh Valley today and tomorrow, they will face Buffalo again. This time, the Bisons come to PNC Field after SWB took two out of three in a chilly series in Buffalo.


The Bisons entered last week’s series in first place in the I.L. North Division and are a team that thrives on strong pitching. But that changed once the RailRiders left town.


SWB will hope they don’t have to see Marcus Stroman again after the righty fanned nine in 5 1/3 shutout innings to pick up his first win of the season and lower his ERA to 1.17. As things line up now, Stroman isn’t scheduled to pitch, but you never know how weather will impact that.

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