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The T.L. Express

The RailRiders dropped their second straight to Gwinnett, losing 3-2 on Monday but still won the season series against the Braves with a 6-2 mark. SWB leaves home with another losing homestand, going 3-5 this time around.

RailRiders at the plate: Melky Mesa had a pair of run-scoring hits, a solo shot in the fifth and a single in the sixth. The team had just five hits with David Adams, Curtis Granderson and Zoilo Almonte notching singles.

RailRiders on the mound: Nik Turley, making his Triple-A debut, pitched six innings allowing just one run on two hits. He walked three and fanned four. Graham Stoneburner, who was Monday’s scheduled starter, entered in the seventh. He threw two innings, but allowed the game-tying run in the seventh on two hits. Sam Demel was hit with the loss allowing a tie-breaking home run to Ernesto Mejia in the top of the ninth.

Attendance: 3,082

Time of Game: 2:24

Riding the Rails: A few awaited call-ups by New York officially occurred on Monday with right-hander Brett Marshall and infielder Corban Joseph making the trip to New York. Left-handed starter Nik Turley was transferred from Trenton to the RailRiders and made his Triple-A debut. To make room in New York, outfielder Brennan Boesch was optioned to SWB and will join the club in Toledo. When in Toledo, SWB will not see highly-touted prospect Avisail Garcia, Detroit’s third overall ranked prospect by MLB.com, who was called up by the Tigers on Monday to replace the injured Austin Jackson.

The Granderson Watch: New York’s rehabbing outfielder Curtis Granderson finished the game 1-for-3 with a walk. He left the game in the bottom of the seventh after walking for a pinch-runner.

Say-Hey Jason: Jason Heyward, who has been on a rehab assignment with Gwinnett during the series with SWB, went 1-for-2 with an RBI-double and a walk. He finished the series 3-for-14 with two singles, a double, a sacrifice fly and four RBI.

Today’s Game: The RailRiders begin an eight-game road trip to Ohio today starting with four in Toledo; game time is 6:35 p.m.

Today’s Probables: RailRiders’ RHP Caleb Cotham (0-1, 1.93) vs. Mud Hens’ LHP Jose Alvarez (2-2, 1.50)

On Deck: The series with Toledo continues through Friday. The team then head to Columbus for four days. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s next home game is Friday, May 23 with Durham.

On The Radio: All games can be heard on WYCK 1340-AM, 1400-AM, 100.7-FM

How They Scored

GWINNETT THIRD: Paul Janish fouled out. Jose Yepez walked and moved to second on a wild pitch. Tyler Pastornicky flied out. Jason Heyward doubled driving in Yepez. Joey Terdoslavich grounded out. BRAVES 1-0

RAILRIDERS FIFTH: Melky Mesa homered. Bobby Wilson popped out. Addison Maruszak struck out. David Adams walked. Curtis Granderson flied out. TIED 1-1

RAILRIDERS SIXTH: Zoilo Almonte singled. Ronnier Mustelier grounded out, but Almonte moved to second. Dan Johnson walked. Thomas Neal grounded into a fielder’s choice, Johnson out at second. Melky Mesa singled driving home Almonte. Bobby Wilson walked to load the bases. Addison Maruszak struck out. RAILRIDERS 2-1

GWINNETT SEVENTH: Brandon Boggs doubled. Todd Cunningham moved Boggs to third with a sacrifice. Joe Leonard singled scoring Boggs. Paul Janish flied out. Jose Yepez grounded into fielder’s choice, Leonard out at second. TIED 2-2

GWINNETT NINTH: Ernesto Mejia homered. Brandon Boggs flied out. Todd Cunningham grounded out. Joe Leonard struck out. BRAVES 3-2



MOOSIC – In the first three games of a four-game set between Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Gwinnett, the outcome was decided in the late innings.


The fourth game didn’t play out any differently. Unfortunately for the RailRiders that decision on Monday went to the Braves. Gwinnett slugger Ernesto Mejia clubbed his International League-leading 10th home run in the top of the ninth, leading Gwinnett to a 3-2 win at PNC Field.


The longball by Mejia, which crushed off the bottom of the scoreboard in left field, ruined a night for the RailRiders that saw 23-year-old Nik Turley make his Triple-A debut and pitch well. And it also dampened the last game in Moosic for New York’s Curtis Granderson, who was rehabbing and is expected to join the Yankees later this week. Granderson ended his stay in NEPA hitting .400 (8-for-21) with a home run and three RBI.


“We got to see good pitching both with the Braves staff and the Pirates staff. That was what I needed to do,” Granderson said.” Got some at-bats down in Tampa, but to get some at-bats in game settings was good for me.


“It looks I’ll probably be headed over there (New York) possibly as soon as tomorrow.”


Turley, a left-hander who was the Opening Day starter for Double-A Trenton, started off well. In his first inning, he struck out Atlanta all-star Jason Heyward looking and Joey Terdoslavich swinging on three pitches.


After not giving up a hit in the first 2 2/3 innings, Turley ran into trouble for the only time in the top of the third. He allowed a one-out walk to Jose Yepez. He rebounded to get Tyler Pastornicky out, but facing Heyward for the second time, the outfielder drove the first pitch he saw from Turley over the head of center fielder Melky Mesa for a double, scoring Yepez for a 1-0 lead.


“It was cool. I got him looking,” Turley said about facing Heyward in his first game above Double-A. “I try not to think about it who’s in the box. I know he’s a great player. It was just fun to pitch against him.”


It wasn’t the walk or the hit by Heyward that hurt Turley, but the wild pitch that moved Yepez to second. Yepez, a catcher, likely wouldn’t have scored if he wasn’t on second base.


Turley, who was drafted in the 50th round of the 2008 draft out of Harvard-Westlake H.S. in California, lasted six innings, giving up just one run on two hits and three walks with four punch-outs. Of the 90 pitches he tossed, 53 were for strikes.


Two of the three walks he gave up were in the first three frames as he was having trouble with the curveball. The pitch was spinning and he wasn’t able to get it over for strikes so he pretty much stopped throwing it the last few innings.


“I had to focus on a couple other pitches to use,” Turley added. “It’s a learning experience if something’s not working and I was able to do that and I battled.”


The RailRiders’ offense finally broke through against lefty Yohan Flande, who entered the game with a 5.34 ERA and a 1-3 record. Melky Mesa homered on a first-pitch fastball from the 27-year-old and drilled it over the bullpen in left field to tie the score at 1-1. It was Mesa’s fourth homer of the season.


Mesa was at it again in the sixth. This time with runners on first and third, he singled to drive in Zoilo Almonte to give SWB a 2-1 lead.


Graham Stoneburner, who was Monday’s scheduled starter but was moved to the bullpen so Turley could start, relieved Turley in the seventh and allowed a run to tie the game at 2-2.


Braves 3, RailRiders 2


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Crrthrs pr/lf`1`0`0`0`Corona 2b`0`0`0`0


Trdslvch dh`4`0`0`0`Almonte dh`4`1`1`0


Mejia 1b`3`1`2`1`Mustelier 3b`4`0`0`0


Boggs lf/rf`4`1`1`0`Johnson 1b`1`0`0`0


Cnninghm cf`3`0`0`0`Neal rf`4`0`0`0


Leonard 3b`4`0`1`1`Mesa cf`4`1`2`2


Janish ss`3`0`0`0`Wilson c`3`0`0`0


Yepez c`2`1`0`0`Maruszak ss`4`0`0`0


Totals`30`3`5`3`Totals`31`2`5`2


Gwinnett`001`000`101—`3


RailRiders`000`011`000—`2


LOB—SWB 8, GWN 4. TEAM RISP – SWB 1-for-6, GWN 2-for-4. 2B— Heyward (1), Boggs (4). HR – Mesa (4), Mejia (10). SAC – Cunningham. GIDP – SWB 1, GWN 1.


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Gwinnett


Flande `6`5`2`2`4`4


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Loe (W, 1-0)`1.1`0`0`0`0`0


Rasmus (S,5)`1`0`0`0`0`1


RailRiders


Turley` 6`2`1`1`3`4


Stoneburner (BS, 1) `2`2`1`1`0`0


Demel (L,1-1)`1`1`1`1`0`1


WP – Turley


HBP – Johnson (by Flande)


Umpires— Home, Brad Myers; First, Seth Buckminster; Third, Ian Fazio


T— 2:24. A— 3,082 (10,000)

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