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Marshall, ‘D’ carry Riders


May 08. 2013 12:11AM
By DAVE ROSENGRANT


Scranton/Wilkes-Barre snapped a four-game home losing streak defeating Indianapolis 3-1 on Tuesday night.

RailRiders at the plate: Zoilo Almonte extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a first-inning single. Cody Johnson had an RBI-double in the bottom of the sixth and later scored on an error. The first run scored on a run-scoring fielder’s choice in the bottom of the first.

RailRiders on the mound: Brett Marshall pitched into the sixth inning for the third straight start and didn’t allow a run until an inherited runner scored in the top of the seventh with Mark Montgomery pitching. Marshall (2-2) fanned a season-high eight and walked four. Montgomery struck out two in an inning of work allowing one hit. Jim Miller earned his third save of the season.

Play of the Game: With one out in the top of the seventh and the bases loaded, Indianapolis’ Felix Pie laced a single to right to drive in a run. When the second runner attempted to score, right fielder Addison Maruszak, who had just moved to right from shortstop before the inning started, gunned down Alex Presley at the plate trying to score from second.

Then in the top of the eighth, Ivan DeJesus Jr. was batting with the bases loaded and two outs. He lined a shot down the first base line. But RailRiders’ first baseman Dan Johnson made a diving stab to save at least two runs, then ran to the bag for the final out of the inning.

Attendance: 3,938

Time of Game: 2:37

Riding the Rails: Former SWB Yankee Jordan Parraz, who was expected to make a return to PNC Field later this week, was released by Gwinnett on Tuesday. The G-Braves visit Moosic for a four-game set starting Friday…Another former SWB Yankee Shelley Duncan was activated by Durham on Monday. The Bulls are the next team after Gwinnett to play at PNC Field for a four-game set May 23-26. Duncan started the season for the Tampa Rays, but was designated for assignment last week, cleared waivers and was assigned to Durham.

Today’s Game: The third game of the four-game series against Indianapolis is slated for 10:35 this morning at PNC Field.

Today’s Probables: SWB right-hander Graham Stoneburner (2-1, 2.65) vs. Indians’ LHP Kris Johnson (2-2, 3.86)

On Deck: The series continues through Thursday with a night game. The RailRiders welcome Gwinnett for a four-game series starting Friday.

Today at PNC Field: It’s a school-day special.

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

TV: Friday will be the first live telecast of the season by WQMY.

How They Scored

RAILRIDERS FIRST: Corban Joseph doubled. Melky Mesa struck out. Zoilo Almonte singled, Joseph to third. Dan Johnson walked to load the bases. Ronnier Mustelier grounded into a fielder’s choice, Johnson out at second and Joseph scored. Cody Johnson grounded out. RAILRIDERS 1-0

RAILRIDERS SIXTH: Zoilo Almonte grounded out. Dan Johnson doubled. Ronnier Mustelier grounded out, Johnson to third. Cody Johnson doubled scoring Dan Johnson. Luke Murton reached safely on an error as Cody Johnson scored. Bobby Wilson flied out. RAILRIDERS 3-0

INDIANS SEVENTH: Jerry Sands walked. Mark Montgomery relieved Brett Marshall. Oscar Tejeda flied out. Alex Presley walked. Ivan DeJesus Jr. reached on an error to load the bases. Felix Pie singled to score Sands; Presley out at home trying to score. Matt Hague walked to load the bases. Jared Goedert flied out. RAILRIDERS 3-1



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MOOSIC – To break a sloppy streak at PNC Field, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre got back to basics on Tuesday night — pitching and defense.


Starting pitcher Brett Marshall continued to have success after a rough start to the season, lasting 6-plus innings, and utility fielder Addison Maruszak and first baseman Dan Johnson made potential game-saving plays as the RailRiders defeated Indianapolis 3-1.


The win was the ninth in 10 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but it snapped a four-game home losing streak. It was the team’s first win at home since April 23.


“Was it the prettiest win? No, but we’ll take it against a good club,” RailRiders manager Dave Miley said.


Marshall, who struck out a season-high eight on the night and finished one shy of his career high, showed a quick delivery early on in the contest to set the tempo.


Although he walked four, Marshall (2-2) for the most part was throwing strikes as 58 of his 96 pitches went for strikes. He started 18 of the 26 batters he faced with a first-pitch strike.


His go-to pitch when he got in trouble with runners on appeared to be a high fastball. He kept climbing the ladder, getting batters to swing at high strikes as seven of his whiffs were swinging. After three rough starts to begin the season, the righty has now pitched into the sixth in his last three while only giving up two earned runs in 18 1/3 innings.


“Whenever I got to 1-2 or 0-2 (catcher) Bobby (Wilson) wanted to go high. Two or three of them we elevated and got swings and misses so we just executed good pitches,” Marshall said. “I told pitching coach Scotty (Aldred) ‘I’m starting to feel better rhythm-wise and my confidence is back.’ I feel like I can go out and use all my pitches. I feel really good now.”


The RailRiders got the first run on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first when a runner crossed the plate on a fielder’s choice for a 1-0 lead. The run was made possible because of Ronnier Mustelier hustling down to first base on a possible double play and beating out the throw.


“That’s another part of the game in a close game like that you’re right on top of a lot of positive things that happen,” Miley added. “It wasn’t the prettiest of games, but fortunately we were able to make some plays and win the game.”


The score stayed that way until the bottom of the sixth. After Dan Johnson doubled with one out, Cody Johnson followed with a screaming double off the base of the right field wall to score Dan Johnson. Cody Johnson then scored when Luke Murton reached on an error for a 3-0 lead.


Then the defense took over.


With one out and the bases loaded in the top of the seventh, Felix Pie lined a single to right scoring one. When the second runner, Alex Presley, tried to score he was nailed at home by Maruszak to hold the score to 3-1.


In the top of the eighth, the Indians loaded the bases again. This time, Johnson bailed out the bullpen with a diving stop on a shot down the line. He ran to the bag for the final out, possibly saving the game.


“It was a great effort by our defense,” Marshall added. “That’s how you lose ball games if you don’t execute plays.”


RailRiders 3, Indians 1


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Presley cf`3`0`0`0`Joseph 2b`4`1`1`0


DeJesus 2b`5`0`0`0`Mesa cf`4`0`0`0


Pie lf`5`0`3`1`Almonte rf`4`0`1`0


Hague 1b`3`0`1`0`DJhnsn 1b`3`1`1`0


Goedert 3b`5`0`0`0`Mustelier 3b`4`0`0`0


Larish dh`3`0`0`0`CJhnsn lf`2`1`1`1


Sanchez c`4`0`1`0`Velazquez ss`0`0`0`0


Sands rf`1`1`0`0`Murton dh`3`0`0`0


Tejeda ss`3`0`0`0`Wilson c`3`0`0`0


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E – Hague (3), Mustelier (2). LOB—SWB 5, IND 13. TEAM RISP – SWB 2-for-7, IND 1-for-10. 2B—Sanchez(7), Joseph (7), D. Johnson (3), C. Johnson (2). GIDP – SWB 0, IND 0. SB – Pie 3 (10). Outfield assists – Maruszak (Presley at home)


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Cumpton (L, 2-2) `7`5`3`3`2`8


Zagurski`1`0`0`0`0`3


RailRiders


Marshall (W, 2-2)` 6+`4`1`1`4`8


Montgomery (H,2) `1`1`0`0`2`0


Eppley (H,3)`.2`0`0`0`2`0


Cedeno (H,5)`.1`1`0`0`0`2


Miller (S,3) `1`0`0`0`2`0


Marshall pitched to 1 batter in the seventh


HBP – Presley (by Cedeno)


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


T— 2:37. A— 3,938 (10,000)




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