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MOOSIC – A new-look Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lineup facing a pitcher just two years removed from being a National League All-Star looked like it was going to mean trouble for the RailRiders.

While facing Norfolk starter Jair Jurrjens didn’t phase the RailRiders, a ninth-inning rally highlighted by a throwing error help Norfolk snap a nine-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over SWB on Friday at PNC Field in front of a season-high crowd of 9,147.

The RailRiders’ Friday roster consisted of just seven players who were on the roster on April 4, the first game of the season. And the new faces played a factor.

Newbie Mike Zagurski, who just joined the team on Friday after being designated for assignment by Pittsburgh last week, took over in the ninth and ran into some bad luck thanks to a wacky play that allowed two runs to score. L.J. Hoes slammed a flyball to center that Cody Grice couldn’t catch. When Xavier Avery was rounding third he tripped and Hoes nearly caught up to him. But the throw to third was errant and both runners scored to put Norfolk ahead 5-4.

The new guys helped the RailRiders get to Jurrjens, a 2011 National League All-Star while playing for Atlanta, in the bottom of the first. Dan Johnson, the only batter in Friday’s lineup who was in the Opening Day starting nine, laced a two-out, run-scoring double after newcomer Fernando Martinez – who was acquired in a trade with Houston earlier in the week – punched an RBI-single as SWB opened a 2-0 lead.

They were back at it again in the third against the former Atlanta Brave loading the bases with no outs. Martinez (2-for-4) notched another run-scoring hit knocking in Corey Patterson (2-for-5), who was just signed on Friday and joined the RailRiders after being released from Seattle’s minor league system on June 7. Johnson followed with a sacrifice fly to score Grice (2-for-5) – who was playing in Single-A Tampa two weeks ago – to put the RailRiders ahead 4-0.

“It takes a weight off your shoulder knowing that the team is out there battling for you and adds fuel to your fire to go out there and show them that you got their back as well,” said SWB starting pitcher Zach Nuding, who made his Triple-A debut after getting promoted from Trenton earlier in the day. “It definitely helps to know you’re scoring runs early in games and that you can use that momentum yourself on the mound. Hopefully go out there shut down the inning and let them go out and score again.”

The 23-year-old right-handed Nuding cruised through Norfolk’s lineup the first time around only allowing a pair of singles. But Norfolk got to the 23-year-old right-hander in the top of the fourth when Brandon Waring crushed a two-run home run to left to trim the lead in half to 4-2. The Tides got another run back in the fifth to get within one at 4-3 on three soft singles.

“It’s not frustrating. But whether your throwing in the fifth or the ninth you have to learn to come back from it and make it not bother you,” Nuding said. “Because something like that is a very vulnerable time for you and you get taken advantage of because they’re foaming at the mouth waiting to bust things wide open.”

Making his Triple-A debut, Nuding lasted 5 2-3 innings, fanned five allowing seven hits and three walks. Despite the bases on balls he showed he’s a strike thrower as 61 of the 98 pitches he threw went for strikes and as he faced 26 batters, 18 of them saw a first-pitch strike. Left-handed reliever Fred Lewis also made his Triple-A debut for the RailRiders relieving his former Thunder teammate Nuding.

“My goal was to just throw strikes and let them put the ball in play and see how it plays. I felt like for the most part I did that,” Nuding said. And it kinda showed that throwing strikes and getting ahead in the counts that things are going to go your way more often than getting behind in counts.”

The RailRiders threatened against Jurrjens in the seventh and missed a golden opportunity. They loaded the bases with no outs. But a good opportunity was lost as Grice popped out prior to Martinez grounding into a doubleplay to end the frame.

Tides 5, RailRiders 4



Hoes rf`5`1`2`1`Patterson lf`5`1`2`0

Pridie cf`3`0`0`0`Grice cf`5`2`2`0

Britton 2b`5`0`1`1`Martinez rf`4`1`2`2

Canzler dh`4`0`0`0`Ruiz dh`3`0`0`0

Wheeler 3b`4`1`2`0`Johnson 1b`3`0`1`2

Waring 1b`3`1`1`2`Maruszak 3b`4`0`1`0

Wood ss`4`0`0`0`Ibarra 2b`4`0`1`0

Snyder c`4`1`2`0`Wilson c`3`0`1`0

Exposito pr/c`0`0`0`0`Murphy pr/c`0`0`0`0

Alery lf`3`1`1`0`Fiorito ss`3`0`2`0




E – Hoes (5), Wilson (2), Ibarra (2). LOB—NOR 7, SWB 7. TEAM RISP – NOR 2-for-6, SWB 4-for-12. 2B— Hoes (17), Johnson (11). HR – Waring (1). SB – Avery (8), Grice (2), Fiorito (2). SAC – Fiorito. SF – Johnson. GIDP – NOR 1 , SWB 2.




Jurrjens (W, 5-4) `8`12`4`4`0`2

Asencio (S,15)`1`0`0`0`1`1


Nuding `5.2`7`3`3`3`5

Lewis (H,1)`1.1`0`0`0`1`2

Daley (H,2)`1`0`0`0`0`2

Zagurski (BS, 1 L, 0-1)`1`2`2`1`1`0

HBP– Ruiz (by Jurrjens)

Umpires— Home, Dave Soucy; First, Max Guyll; Third, Will Little

T— 2:48. A— 9,147 (10,000)

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