The RailRiders made things interesting, filling the bases and sending the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning. But a sterling pitching performance by Buffalo starter Justin Germano and a five-run deficit proved too much for the RailRiders to overcome in a 6-2 loss.
RailRiders at the plate: Melky Mesa was on base three times, with two hits including a double and when he was plunked by a pitch, and scored the team’s first run. Adonis Garcia had a pair of hits, including a double in the ninth inning. J.R. Murphy had an RBI double, and those were the only two RailRiders hits in a gem pitched by Buffalo starter Justin Germano.
RailRiders on the mound: Jim Miller continued his impressive pitching run, this time as a spot starter instead of out of the bullpen. Miller worked two scoreless innings and recorded three strikeouts. Yoshinori Tateyama was pretty sharp, striking out four in 2 2/3 innings, but was touched for a run in the fifth.
Decisive defense: Derek Jeter didn’t get a chance to show off his patented jump-throw while he was rehabbing with the RailRiders, but Alberto Gonzalez did a pretty good job emulating him. Gonzalez went deep in the hole at short to snag Ricardo Nanita’s bouncer, then spun and tossed a strike from the air to record the out at first. One run scored on the play, but Gonzalez prevented another - at least temporarily.
Time of Game: 3:20.
Today’s Game: The RailRiders wrap up a two-game set with Buffalo with a 1:05 p.m. game at PNC Field.
Today’s Probables: Former New York Yankees righthander Chien-Ming Wang (6-7, 2.88 ERA) will go for the Bisons against RailRiders lefty David Huff (4-6, 3.52 ERA).
On Deck: The RailRiders enjoy an off-day Monday before Charlotte comes to town Tuesday.
On the Radio: All games can be heard on WYCK 1340-AM, 1400-AM and 100.7-FM.
HOW THEY SCORED
BUFFALO THIRD: Mike McCoy drew a walk, then stole second base. He moved to third on Kevin Pillar’s single to left field, then scored when Ricardo Nanita grounded out. Moises Sierra then drove a two-out homer off the top step of the Budweiser pavilion in right field. BUFFALO 3-0.
RAILRIDERS FOURTH: Melky Mesa ripped a double into the left field corner for the RailRiders first hit, then scored when J.R. Murphy doubled down the left-field line. BUFFALO 3-1.
BUFFALO FIFTH: Anthony Gose singled, moved to second on an error and came home on Ricardo Ninita’s double to right field. BUFFALO 4-1.
BUFFALO SEVENTH: McCoy walked, stole second and took third when Gose dunked a single into left field. Kevin Pillar then blooped a single into left, scoring McCoy. BUFFALO 5-1.
BUFFALO NINTH: McCoy reached base on a fielder’s choice and rode home on Pillar’s double.
RAILRIDERS NINTH: Adonis Garcia doubled, then Dan Johnson, Randy Ruiz and Ronnier Mustelier all drew walks to force home a run.