Scranton/Wilkes-Barre captures Triple-A championship
The Yankees’ Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre affiliate won its second championship of the season Tuesday by defeating the Padres’ El Paso club of the Pacific Coast League, 3-1, to win the 2016 Gildan Triple-A National Championship at AutoZone Park in Memphis.
It was the RailRiders’ first Triple-A title since the game’s inception in 2006. Friday, SWB won the 2016 Governors’ Cup to become International League champions. In his first year as manager, Al Pedrique led the RailRiders to an overall record of 98-53 (.649) and was named IL Manager of the Year. It was an impressive showing for the RailRiders considering so many of their players are up with the Yankees.
First baseman Chris Parmelee, who had 2-for-4, drove in all of SWB’s runs with a three-run home run in the first inning and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. Right fielder Clint Frazier and center fielder Jake Cave also had two hits apiece. Lefthander Jordan Montgomery allowed one run and six hits with no walks and five strikeouts in five innings to earn the winning decision. Three SWB relievers combined to retire all 12 batters they faced with three strikeouts.
During their postseason run, RailRiders pitchers threw shutouts in four of eight games, posted a 1.13 ERA in 72 innings and limited opponents to a .191 average in 262 at-bats.