ROCHESTER, N.Y. —With the bases loaded and no out in the top of the first inning, RailRiders first baseman Dan Johnson grounded into a double play.
More importantly, that scored the game’s lone run as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre won its third straight game and fourth in its last six in a 1-0 win over Rochester on Tuesday night at Frontier Field.
Chris Bootcheck (1-0) got the start for SWB and pitched a gem for the second straight time. He went six scoreless innings to extend his scoreless streak to begin the season to 11 frames. His last outing was also against Rochester, but was a no-decision in SWB’s win. Bootcheck struck out five and walked three on Tuesday. He got in a jam in the third when the Red Wings loaded the bases with two outs, but the righty got out of it.
In the game that started 20 minutes late due to weather, Mark Montgomery relieved Bootcheck throwing two scoreless innings whiffing three and only giving up a leadoff single in the seventh. Cody Eppley pitched the ninth for his first save.
Melky Mesa and Thomas Neal were each 2-for-4 for the RailRiders. Mesa hit the first triple in RailRider history when he blasted a shot with two outs in the top of the third.
Notes: Neither team had a hit with runner in scoring position going a combined 0-for-16 as Rochester was 0-for-12…Each team’s manager and Rochester hitting coach Tim Doherty were ejected by home plate umpire Brad Myers… SWB outfielder Zoilo Almonte has his streak of reaching base safely stopped at 12 consecutive plate appearances when he grounded out in the third. He is still the International League leader in walks with 12.
Wang to start Friday
When the RailRiders return home on Friday to take on the Syracuse Chiefs after ending an eight-day road trip, right-hander Chien-Ming Wang will get the ball for his first start of the season for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Wang, 33, has gone 61-32 with a 4.26 ERA over 130 big league appearances — 120 of them starts — with the Yankees and Nationals . His best season came with New York in 2006 when he led the American League in wins with a 19-6 record and a 3.63 ERA. Wang finished as the runner-up to Johan Santana for the Cy Young Award that year. The Yankees will make a move before Friday to create room for Wang on the RailRiders’ 25-man roster.
The rest of SWB’s rotation will get bumped back a day on the weekend with Brett Marshall throwing on Saturday and Vidal Nuno going on Sunday.
Wang signed a minor league deal with New York on March 22. He previously pitched for the SWB franchise in 2009 when he went 1-0 in two starts and tossed 13 scoreless innings.
Friday’s game will not only feature Wang pitching and postgame fireworks, it will be the first television broadcast by MyNetwork (WQMY). The game begins at 7:05 p.m.