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Yankees’ Triple-A team earns historic win


The struggling Yankees haven’t been exciting to watch lately, but their Triple-A team just did something historic.

Oswald Peraza belts Jovani Moran’s winning two-run homer to lead the RailRiders to a 10-9 comeback win.
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The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders pulled off the biggest comeback in franchise history on Tuesday night, rallying from a 9-0 road deficit to beat the St. Paul Saints 10-9 Tuesday night at CHS Field. It was the first ever meeting between the two teams.

Shortstop Oswald Peraza, a highly touted Yankees prospect whose name was floated in trade rumors ahead of the MLB trade deadline, beat the winning home run by two runs against southpaw Jovani Moran in the eighth inning. to complete the huge comeback. It was the 17th homer of the season for Peraza, who homered in May.

According to the team’s website, the comeback effort surpassed the franchise record by eight points, set on August 23, 2000, as the then-Red Barons overcame an 8-0 first-inning deficit. to beat Buffalo 10-9.

In it, the Saints took a 9-0 lead after two innings. They fabricated three runs on the first, with runs scored on a baseloaded batter, a sacrifice fly and a single. St. Paul exploded for six runs in the second, scored by a Chris Williams three-run homer.

SWB center fielder Estevan Florial, who is expected to be called by the Yankees on Wednesday, opened the scoring for the RailRiders in the fifth with an RBI single, scoring Blake Perkins. Florial, hitting .286, was 2 for 4.

The RailRiders scored three times in the sixth to close the gap to 9-4. First baseman Ronald Guzman hit a two-point shot to right center, his ninth of the season, and wide receiver Max McDowell doubled in on second baseman Tyler Wade, who returned to the Yankees organization in a trade with the Angels in July.

SWB added three more runs in the seventh, Guzman doubled to Peraza and scored on a home run to the center straight off Armando Alvarez; his 11th home run of the season.

In the eighth, the RailRiders cut St. Paul’s lead to 9-8 after Florial, first at bat, scored an RBI double, leading McDowell, who doubled past him. Then Peraza, who went 3-for-5 and hitting .261 this season, brought Florial home with his winning blast.

The RailRiders’ comeback wouldn’t have been possible if the bullpen had held the Saints scoreless for the last seven innings, including a streak in which their relievers retired 16 straight from the second through seventh innings. .

Jose Mujica, Richard Rodriguez and Luke Bard (1-0) each worked two shutout innings before Greg Weissert threw a perfect ninth for his 17th save of the year. Moran (1-1) was defeated by the Saints.

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