The T.L. Express
Four RailRider relievers combined for an eight-hit shutout as SWB knocked off Charlotte 4-0 on Thursday night at PNC Field.
RailRiders at the plate: Melky Mesa hit a two-run homer in the first inning, while Adonis Garcia hit a solo shot. The fourth run of the game scored when Ronnier Mustelier doubled in Randy Ruiz. Mesa and Ruiz were the two players with multiple hits on the night.
RailRiders on the mound: It was a bullpen day as only relievers saw action with Chase Whitley leading off by pitching the first four innings of two-hit, no-run ball. Jim Miller, who picked up the win to improve to 3-5, relieved Whitley and pitched two scoreless frames with four punch-outs. Cesar Cabral took over in the seventh and allowed a pair of hits while getting two outs. Yoshinori Tateyama inherited Cabral’s baserunners and got the last out. He continued to finish off the shutout and picked up his first save of the season.
Riding the Rails: The RailRiders lost a pair of left-handers on Thursday when David Huff was called up to New York and Mike Zagurski – who blew the save and took the loss on Wednesday – was granted his release, exercising an opt-out clause in his minor league deal. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre did receive Dellin Betances from New York to take one of the roster spots. …With the win, the RailRiders now have 19 games remaining on the 2013 schedule with a 60-66 record. In order to not finish .500 or worse for the first time since becoming a Yankee affiliate in 2007, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will have to win 14 of its last 19. The last time the franchise was at the even mark or worse for the season was the 2005 Red Barons, who ended 69-75.
Time of Game: 2:33
Today’s Game: The final game of the series against the Knights is tonight at 7:05 at PNC Field.
Today’s Probables: Charlotte RHP Zach Stewart (5-13, 4.78) vs. SWB RHP Brett Marshall (6-9, 5.18)
On Deck: Lehigh Valley arrives in Moosic on Saturday for a brief two-game set at PNC Field to close out the six-game homestand. But don’t worry. After just two games in Lehigh Valley, the RailRiders are back home on Aug. 21.
Today at PNC Field: Friday night means there are fireworks tonight after the game.
On The Radio: All games can be heard on WYCK 1340-AM, 1400-AM, 100.7-FM
On TV: The next televised game by WQMY (My Network TV) will be at 7 p.m. Saturday.
HOW THEY SCORED
RAILRIDERS FIRST: Adonis Garcia flied out. J.R. Murphy walked. Melky Mesa homered. Dan Johnson struck out. Randy Ruiz walked. David Adams struck out. RAILRIDERS 2-0
RAILRIDERS THIRD: Adonis Garcia hit a solo home run. J.R. Murphy grounded out. Melky Mesa struck out. Dan Johnson singled. Randy Ruiz singled. David Adams grounded into a fielder’s choice, Ruiz out at second. RAILRIDERS 3-0
RAILRIDERS SIXTH: Randy Ruiz doubled. David Adams grounded out. Ronnier Mustelier doubled to score Ruiz. Alberto Gonzalez struck out. Brendan Harris struck out. RAILRIDERS 4-0