First Posted: 6/1/2013
DURHAM, N.C. — A day after not opting out of his minor league contract with the Yankees, Chien-Ming Wang showed possible interested teams he still can dominate.
Several outlets reported on Friday that Wang stayed with the RailRiders because even though there were interested teams, he wants a spot on a Major League roster.
He looked worthy of a spot on Saturday holding a high-powered Durham offense in check allowing just six hits in seven shutout innings and leading Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to a 9-0 win over the Bulls, which entered the game leading the International League in runs scored.
The only real trouble he ran into was in the second and third innings when the Bulls had two runners on with one out both times. But Wang induced grounders to help get out of the jams. On the night, he got 14 outs in the infield via groundball or line drive.
Wang (4-4) also got a lot of help from his offense which belted out 14 hits, including five in eight at bats with runners in scoring position.
Melky Mesa led the way for the RailRiders offense going 3-for-5 with three RBI, while Ronnier Mustelier also had a 3-for-5 night.
Zoilo Almonte’s sixth home run of the season, a solo shot in the top of the first, gave Scranton/Wilkes-Barre the lead that it would never give up. Mesa crushed a two-run blast in the top of the third for a 3-0 lead. It was also his sixth of the year.
But the offense was just getting started. The RailRiders started to pour it on with single runs in the fifth and sixth on run-scoring singles by Dan Johnson and Mesa, respectively. They erupted for four runs in the top of the seventh. First, Addison Maruszak doubled home a pair with the bases loaded. The next batter, catcher Bobby Wilson followed with a lined single to plate two more and put the visitors ahead 9-0.
It got so bad for the Bulls that starting catcher Craig Albernaz moved to the mound to pitch the ninth inning. But he performed well retiring the side in order.
RailRiders reliever Dellin Betances tossed a scoreless eighth only allowing a walk, while Mark Montgomery worked the ninth and struggled a bit allowing a run on two hits and didn’t notch any strikeouts.