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The T.L. Express

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre saw its eight-game winning streak end on Monday night with a 5-0 loss to Indianapolis as the RailRiders’ record fell to 17-12 and 5-10 at PNC Field.

RailRiders at the plate: It was another light night at home for the RailRiders’ bats as they only collected just four hits, including two by David Adams. Zoilo Almonte extended his hitting streak to 11 with an eighth-inning single.

RailRiders on the mound: After three strong innings, Chien-Ming Wang struggled in the fourth and fifth allowing five runs on six hits in the two frames. Wang was hit with his second loss of the season, falling to 2-2, as he went five innings giving up five runs, eight hits and no walks, while fanning five. In his first Triple-A appearance of the season, Kelvin Perez struck out four in two scoreless innings allowing two hits. Clay Rapada also saw his first action for SWB this season throwing a scoreless eighth. Josh Spence pitched a scoreless ninth.

Play of the Game: Ivan DeJesus Jr. lined a two-run double down the right field line in the top of the fourth to break a scoreless tie with two outs in the frame to help the Indians nab the win.

Attendance: 4,089

Time of Game: 3:00

Riding the Rails: For the second time in three weeks, a RailRider was lauded by the International League. On Monday, outfielder Zoilo Almonte earned I.L. Player of the Week honors for the week of April 29 to May 5. Almonte entered Monday’s game on a team-high 10-game hitting streak. In the last week, he batted .355 with a pair of home runs and a league-high 11 hits and seven RBI. On April 22, lefty Vidal Nuno was named I.L. Pitcher of the Week. He was recalled by New York later in the week…RailRiders reliever Ryan Pope was placed on the seven-day D.L. on Monday in a move retroactive to May 4. In a corresponding move, LHP Clay Rapada was assigned to the team to take his place…Indianapolis reliever Erik Cordier hit 99 or 100 on the radar gun several times during the seventh inning.

Today’s Game: The second game of the four-game set against the Indians is 6:35 tonight at PNC Field.

Today’s Probables: SWB righty Brett Marshall (1-2, 5.33) vs. Indians’ RHP Brandon Cumpton (2-1, 3.63)

On Deck: The series continues through Thursday with a school-day special on Wednesday and a night game for the finale. The RailRiders then welcome Gwinnett for a four-game series.

Today at PNC Field: Tonight is two-for-Tuesday. Buy a lawn seat ticket and get another for free.

On The Radio: All games can be heard on WYCK 1340-AM, 1400-AM, 100.7-FM

How They Scored

INDIANS FOURTH: Josh Harrison struck out. Felix Pie grounded out. Matt Hague singled. Jared Goedert singled. Ivan DeJesus Jr. doubled scoring Hague and Goedert and moved to third on the throw home. Jerry Sands singled driving home DeJesus. Lucas Day reached on an error; Sands to second. Oscar Tejeda struck out. INDIANS 3-0

INDIANS FIFTH: Alex Presley singled and stole second. Josh Harrison lined out. Felix Pie homered. Matt Hague struck out. Jared Goedert fouled out. INDIANS 5-0

MOOSIC – There’s no doubt that Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has been playing its best baseball of the season recently. That’s evident by the team entering Monday’s game at PNC Field on an eight-game winning streak.

But the RailRiders’ hot streak occurred on the road, where they have excelled all season. So when they returned to Moosic for a long homestand on Monday night, the home troubles returned as well. They were held to just four hits as the winning streak was halted after a 5-0 loss to Indianapolis, the International League leader in wins with 22.

SWB entered the game with 12 of its 17 wins this season on the road. And while the team’s batting average on the road is .283, that stat hovered under .230 after Monday’s loss.

“We’re trying to feel our way through here a little bit at home,” SWB catcher Bobby Wilson said. “On the road we’re playing free and easy. We’ve also run into some pretty tough teams at home so far. We’ll be fine.”

Chien-Ming Wang, who had been throwing exceptional for the RailRiders in three previous starts, also seemed to be a recipient of a bad homecoming. After allowing just two infield singles in the first three innings, Wang started to struggle in the next two frames as he tried to work more pitches into his repertoire. He got the first two batters of the fourth out before Matt Hague’s single to center started a rally.

Jared Goedert followed with another single, and Ivan DeJesus Jr. ripped a double down the first base line scoring the baserunners for a 2-0 lead. Five batters reached base with two outs in the inning before Wang finally retired the side, allowing three runs.

Some of Wang’s pitches appeared to be missing high as Indians hitters started to get going. Indianapolis started off the next frame the same way. Alex Presley ripped a singled to right. Then after Josh Harrison lined out to first, Felix Pie walloped a two-run home run to left center for a 5-0 lead.

Wang (2-2) said that after his last outing pitching coach Scott Aldred told him to use the curveball and changeup more often.

“It wasn’t bad,” he said. “I was just getting (the sinker) a little bit high. (The home run) was a sinker that was flat and he hit it.”

“I thought he threw the ball good overall,” Wilson added. “We kind of got away from what he’s been doing previously and threw a lot more off-speed pitches today. His stuff was fine. His velocity was fine. They just put together a two-run homer and put together a couple singles there. It’s fine.”

Those five runs were more than enough for Indianapolis starter Andy Oliver. The 25-year-old lefty had a shaky start to the outing, having to throw 27 pitches in the first inning.

But he settled down considerably after that as his fastball reached as high as 94 miles per hour later in the game. After walking two in the first, he only allowed two the rest of the way and two of his five strikeouts came in the sixth, his last inning.

Oliver (2-1) only gave up two hits, a double to David Adams in the third and a single by Wilson in the fifth.

Indians 5, RailRiders 0



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Harrison ss`5`0`1`0`Adams 1b`4`0`2`0

Pie lf`5`1`1`2`Almonte lf`3`0`1`0

Hague 1b`5`1`2`0`DJhnsn dh`4`0`0`0

Goedert 3b`5`1`2`0`Mustelier 3b`3`0`0`0

DeJesus dh`4`1`1`2`Mesa cf`4`0`0`0

Sands rf`3`0`1`1`Maruszak rf`3`0`0`0

May c`3`0`0`0`Wilson c`4`0`1`0

Tejeda 2b`4`0`1`0`Velazquez ss`2`0`0`0





E – Mustelier (1), Oliver (1). LOB—SWB 10, IND 9. TEAM RISP – SWB 1-for-8, IND 3-for-9. 2B—DeJesus (4), Adams 2 (6). HR – Pie (1). GIDP – SWB 1, IND 1. SB – Presley (4)




Oliver (2-1) `6`2`0`0`4`5




Wang (L, 2-2)` 5`8`5`5`0`5

Perez `2`2`0`0`1`4



Umpires— Home, Will Little; First, Dave Soucy; Third, Max Guyl

T— 3:00. A— 4,089

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