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RailRiders lose once again


May 25. 2013 12:12AM
By DAVE ROSENGRANT




Scranton/Wilkes-Barre dropped its sixth straight and 11th in 12 games after the 9-4 loss to Durham Friday night.

RailRiders at the plate: The team had nine hits as Corban Joseph led the way with three singled. Thomas Neal and Melky Mesa each notched two hits apiece and Zoilo Almonte had a two-run triple.

RailRiders on the mound: Graham Stoneburner took the mound to start and struggled lasting just 3 1/3 innings allowing a season-high six runs on six hits. Chase Whitley entered in the top of the fourth going 1 2/3 perfect innings with three Ks. Mark Montgomery tossed 1 2/3 innings having some control issues striking out three and walking four and giving up two unearned runs. Clay Rapada went 1 1/3 innings allowing one run on three hits and Sam Demel tossed a scoreless ninth.

Attendance: 5,747

Time of Game: 3:23

Riding the Rails: Dellin Betances was optioned back to Triple-A from New York on Friday when Ivan Nova was activated. Betances was not at PNC Field on Friday so a move is expected today to make room for the big right-hander. At least one more move will be made today as well because New York outfielder Curtis Granderson left Friday night’s game with a broken pinky…RailRiders reliever Clay Rapada allowed his first inherited runner to score this season. For the season he has inherited seven runners and just two have scored.

Bulling the RailRiders: Charlie Montoyo, Durham’s manager and former Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Baron, picked up his 500th career win with the Bulls. Former SWB Yankee Shelley Duncan was 1-for-4 with a single, walk, run scored and three strikeouts. Montrose grad Rich Thompson had the day off.

Today’s Game: The third game of a four-game set against the Durham Bulls at PNC Field is slated for 7:05 p.m. today.

Today’s Probables: Durham RHP J.D. Martin (5-2, 3.48) vs. RailRiders’ RHP Caleb Cotham (0-2, 9.00)

On Deck: The current series and the short homestand wraps up tomorrow then the RailRiders head on the road again for eight more games starting Monday in Norfolk.

Today at PNC Field: Be sure to dress like Yoda or Darth Vader because tonight is Star Wars night. There’s also a giveaway with the first 1,500 fans 18-and-over receiving a barbecue grill set.

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

On TV: Tonight’s game can be seen live on WQMY. The next time the game can be seen on the channel will be Wednesday, June 5 from PNC Field.

How They Scored

DURHAM THIRD: Juan Apodaca singled. Jason Bourgeois grounded out, Apodaca to second. Brandon Guyer doubled driving home Apodaca. Vince Belnome flied out. Wil Myers doubled to score Guyer. Leslie Anderson grounded out. BULLS 2-0

DURHAM FOURTH: Shelley Duncan walked. Mike Fontenot singled, Duncan safe at third and Fontenot to second on the throw. Tim Beckham had an RBI-single scoring Duncan and Fontenot advanced to third. Juan Apodaca was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jason Bourgeois walked to force Fontenot home and the other runners moved up. Brandon Guyer hit into a fielder’s choice, Bourgeois out at second and Beckham scored. Chase Whitley relieved SWB pitcher Graham Stoneburner. Vince Belnome grounded out, but Apodaca scored from third. Wil Myers struck out. BULLS 6-0

RAILRIDERS FIFTH: Melky Mesa singled. Alberto Gonzalez struck out. Bobby Wilson reached on error by left fielder Brandon Guyer, Mesa to third. Corban Joseph singled driving in Mesa. Brennan Boesch reached safely on a fielder’s choice, Joseph out at second and Wilson scored. Zoilo Almonte walked, Boesch to second. Ronnier Mustelier grounded out. BULLS 6-2

DURHAM SEVENTH: Wil Myers reached on an error. Leslie Anderson struck out. Shelley Duncan struck out. Mike Fontenot walked. Tim Beckham walked to load the bases. Clay Rapada relieved Mark Montgomery. Juan Apodaca singled plating Myers and Fontenot. Jason Bourgeois flied out. BULLS 8-2

DURHAM EIGHTH: Brandon Guyer singled. Vince Belnome singled, Guyer to third. Wil Myers hit a sacrifice fly to score Guyer. Leslie Anderson grounded into a double play. BULLS 9-2

RAILRIDERS NINTH: Alberto Gonzalez walked. Bobby Wilson popped out. Corban Joseph singled. Brennan Boesch flied out. Zoilo Almonte tripled in Gonzalez and Joseph. Ronnier Mustelier popped out. BULLS 9-4



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MOOSIC – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre continued to look like the weather at PNC Field on Friday night.


As the temperatures hovered in the 40s and rain fell nearly throughout the whole contest, the RailRiders didn’t look much better in a 9-4 loss to Durham.


Durham, which is littered with top-rated prospects in the Tampa Bay organization, jumped out to a 6-0 lead after four innings and never looked back in handing the RailRiders their sixth consecutive loss and their 11th in 12 games.


The Bulls offense got to SWB starter Graham Stoneburner, who entered with an ERA of 3.00, by handing the 25-year-old his worst outing of the season. He lasted just 3 1/3 innings and gave up six runs, six hits and three walks.


Stoneburner couldn’t be faulted for not throwing strikes, though. It just seemed like the only time he missed the plate was during the walks or the one batter he hit. He got ahead of 16 of the 20 batters he faced with an 0-1 count. So he may have been the recipient of throwing too many strikes. Of the 69 pitches, he threw 42 went for strikes.


The game’s first two runs scored in the top of the third when Durham netted RBI doubles from Brandon Guyer and Wil Myers to put the Bulls in front 2-0.


A four-spot in the top of the fourth by the Bulls chased Stoneburner, who got a little wild in the inning as he walked two, including one with the bases loaded, and hit a batter.


Like the night before, the RailRiders started to make a comeback after giving up multiple runs and being shutout. On Friday, they started earlier, plating two runs in the bottom of the fifth. SWB was helped by a two-base error committed by Bulls left fielder Brandon Guyer. That put RailRiders’ catcher Bobby Wilson on second and Melky Mesa on third.


Corban Joseph followed with a run-scoring single to get the home team on the board. Wilson scored on a fielder’s choice to cut the lead to 6-2.


If the RailRiders had aspirations of inching closer, the Bulls put a damper on that by scoring two in the top of the seventh to push the lead back to six runs. The Bulls tacked on another run in the eighth to take a 9-2 lead.


For the second straight night, the RailRiders put together a two-out rally, but it wasn’t enough. This time, the rain didn’t halt the comeback, they just ran out of outs. Zoilo Almonte tripled in two runs with two outs, but that’s all they would get.




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