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DAVE ROSENGRANT drosengrant@timesleader.com



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MOOSIC – For most of the season, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has consisted of one of the top bullpens in the International League.


A day after the RailRiders lost a game by giving up four late runs, manager Dave Miley had to call on the bullpen to get all 27 outs. And the arms in the pen answered the call on Thursday and combined for the team’s 11th shutout this season as the RailRiders rebounded from one of their toughest losses all season 24 hours prior to knock off Charlotte 4-0 at PNC Field.


“Anytime you have a tough loss like that it’s nice to bounce back, and for us to get ahead early and stay ahead that was the biggest things,” said Chase Whitley, who got the start and pitched four shutout innings.


Whitley, who started for the second time in his last three appearances, went the first four innings, allowing just two hits and one walk while fanning three and setting the tone for the rest of the relievers. After showing good command with his pitches — throwing 36 of 58 for strikes — Jim Miller, Cesar Cabral and Yoshinori Tateyama finished up.


“I try to make everything similar to my relief role as possible,” said Whitley, who is expected to get more starts before the season ends on Sept. 2. “And then the biggest thing is to just go one batter at a time to just stay in that same mentality as a relief pitcher.”


The biggest jam the RailRiders got in was in the top of the seventh when Cabral struck out a pair but also gave up two infield singles. Tateyama put out that fire, getting Marcus Semien to fly out. In the eighth, Tatayema allowed a pair of runners to reach with two outs and extinguished his own fire.


Melky Mesa’s two-run homer in the bottom of the first gave the RailRiders good luck to start off as the team used some during the game when Almost Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated with numerous fans and scenery in the ballpark dressed in green. Mesa’s 13th blast of the season was the only hit of the inning in which SWB sent six batters to the plate to take a 2-0 lead.


“As soon as we took the lead I looked at it as it was the seventh, eighth, what I’m used to pitching,” Whitley added. “I was like ‘I’m going to keep it as close as I can and hand it over to whoever comes in next.’ And that’s how for the most part the bullpen’s been the best since I’ve been here.”


Another run scored on the longball in the third when Adonis Garcia led off with a solo shot, extending the lead to 3-0. Ronnier Mustelier doubled in a run in the bottom of the sixth to push the lead to 4-0. But the story of the game was the pitching as the four SWB pitchers combined to punch out 11 Knights and give up eight hits while only walking one.


Miller picked up the win, his third of the season by going two frames with four Ks, while Tateyama nabbed his first save of the campaign by going 2 1-3 innings whiffing two.


“(Chase Whitley) started it off, gave us four scoreless we couldn’t have asked for anything better obviously. He set the tone right away,” Miller said.


RailRiders 4, Knights 0


Charlotte““`RailRiders


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Semien ss`4`0`0`0`Garcia rf`4`1`1`1


Garcia 2b`4`0`1`0`Murphy c`3`1`0`0


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


Ishikawa rf`4`0`1`0`Johnson 1b`4`0`1`0


McDade 1b`4`0`2`0`Ruiz dh`3`1`2`0


Wilkins dh`4`0`0`0`Adams 2b`3`0`0`0


Tolleson lf`4`0`1`0`Mustelier lf`4`0`1`1


Gallagher cf`4`0`1`0`Gonzalez 3b`3`0`0`0


Anderson c`4`0`2`0`Harris ss`3`0`1`0


Totals`35`0`8`0`Totals`31`4`8`4


Charlotte`000`000`000`—`0


RailRiders`201`001`000`-`4


E – Gonzalez (6). LOB —CHA 9, SWB 6. TEAM RISP – CHA 0-for-6, SWB 1-for-8. 2B – Gallagher (10), Garcia (1), Harris (3), Ruiz (13), Mustelier (14). HR – Mesa (13), Garcia (3). SB – Mesa (9). GIDP – CHA 0 , SWB 0.


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Charlotte


Leesman (L, 3-2)`6`7`4`4`2`7


McCray `1`1`0`0`0`0


Webb `1`0`0`0`1`0


RailRiders


Whitley `4`2`0`0`1`3


Miller (W, 3-5)`2`2`0`0`0`4


Cabral `.2`2`0`0`0`2


Tatayama (S, 1)`2.1`2`0`0`0`2


WP - Leesman


Umpires— Home, Jon Saphire; First, Chad Whitson; Third, A.J. Johnson


T— 2:33 A— 5,132 (10,000)


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