Indianapolis flexes muscle in shutout victory

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Graham Stoneburner pitches for the Railriders against the Indians during the day game on Wednesday. AIMEE DILGER /THE TIMES LEADER 5/8/2013
Graham Stoneburner pitches for the Railriders against the Indians during the day game on Wednesday. AIMEE DILGER /THE TIMES LEADER 5/8/2013
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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost for the fifth time in its last six games at PNC Field, dropping a 2-0 decision to Indianapolis.

RailRiders at the plate: The team was held to three hits. Dan Johnson, Jeff Farnham and David Adams all had singles. Outfielder Zoilo Almonte, who didn’t start the game, entered the game to play right field after Johnson was ejected after the bottom of the seventh. Almonte went 0-for-1 and saw his 12-game hitting streak end.

RailRiders on the mound: Graham Stoneburner (2-2) went the first five innings and his day ended when the rain started. He gave up two runs and two hits, but one of those hits was a two-run shot by Felix Pie. Sam Demel threw two scoreless innings, while Clay Rapada and Josh Spence threw one scoreless apiece.

Play of the Game: Felix Pie sent the first pitch he saw from Graham Stoneburner in the top of the third for a two-run home run, the difference in the game.

Attendance: The biggest crowd of the season of 8,875 invaded PNC Field for the school-day special. Only a few dozen faithful remained when the final pitch was thrown after a lengthy rain delay.

Time of Game: 2:29 (2:28 delay)

Riding the Rails: The game was delayed for 2 hours, 28 minutes. During the delay, a sprinkler in the press box restroom at PNC Field busted flooding at least half of the area reserved for media members. The RailRiders’ staff was all over the mishap cleaning it up quickly and there was no damage…Atlanta all-star outfielder Jason Heyward is expected to be at PNC Field this weekend on a rehab assignment for Gwinnett.

Today’s Game: The final game of the four-game series against Indianapolis is slated for 6:35 tonight at PNC Field with Pittsburgh’s top prospect Gerrit Cole set to take the mound for Indianapolis. Cole is ranked highly overall on numerous prospects lists since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2011.

Today’s Probables: RailRiders TBA vs. Indians’ RHP Gerrit Cole (2-1, 2.45)

On Deck: The Indians leave town after tonight’s contest and then SWB welcomes Gwinnett for a four-game set beginning Friday.

Today at PNC Field: If you’ve ever spent time looking for that other sock, today is for you as it’s lost sock memorial night. In honor of the celebration, the first 1,000 fans will receive RailRiders’ team logo socks. It’s also thirsty Thursday with beer and Pepsi products just $1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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. Saturday’s game will also be televised.

How They Scored

INDIANS THIRD: Alex Presley grounded out. Jared Goedert walked. Felix Pie hit a two-run home run. Matt Hague grounded out. Jerry Sands flied out. INDIANS 2-0

MOOSIC – Indianapolis entered the current series with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as the best team in the International League record-wise.

So far in the first three games, the Indians have shown how they got to the point of having 23 wins, with strong pitching and timely hitting. The same occurred on Wednesday afternoon during a 2-0 win, claiming their second victory in three games during the series at PNC Field. The final game of the set is tonight.

Indianapolis pitchers held the RailRiders to just three hits and Felix Pie hit a two-run home run for the game’s lone scores. In all three games of the series so far, the Indians haven’t allow more than five hits in lowering their already league-leading ERA to 2.75. The RailRiders are second in the I.L. in the stat at 3.07.

Things won’t get much easier for the RailRiders tonight as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ prized prospect Gerrit Cole takes the mound for the Indians.

“I give their pitching staff a lot of credit. They got a lot of good arms,” Scranton/Wilkes-Barre catcher Jeff Farnham said. “That’s a good staff right there.”

SWB starter Graham Stoneburner walked just one, but it hurt. After Jared Goedert walked with one out in the top of the third, Pie walloped the first pitch he saw for a two-run home run. It was his second two-run blast of the series and second of the season. When Pie hit it, the ball didn’t look like it was a sure home run but cleared the left field fence.

“It was a fastball I was trying to get down and away, hoping he would roll over it and we’d get a double play,” Stoneburner said. “But I pushed it really bad so it was up and away and he got the barrel on it and it went out.”

After that, the right-hander retired the last eight batters he faced to get through the fifth inning. But then the rain started and the game was delayed for 2 hours, 28 minutes. In the outing, Stoneburner struck out one and allowed just two hits.

“I didn’t feel quite right the first three innings. I think was overthrowing a little and didn’t have good command of my pitches,” the 25-year-old Stoneburner added. “In the last few I stayed with myself a lot better and worked the ball down. Then I just threw to the fat part of the plate instead of trying to pick. It was more efficient that way.”

When the game resumed, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre still couldn’t get anything going. The team managed just three baserunners from the sixth inning on with two hit batsmen and a single by David Adams in the bottom of the ninth.

“I’d be lying if I said it (the delay) didn’t take anything out of us,” Farnham added. “But we have to stay mentally tuned in and ready to go at all times.”

None of those reaching base after the delay advanced past first. In fact, the only time in the RailRiders moved a runner past second was in the fourth inning after Adams walked and advanced to third on a single by Dan Johnson two batters later. The other hit SWB worked in the game was a one-out single to right by Farnham in the third.

Indians 2, RailRiders 0



Presley dh`4`0`2`0`Joseph 2b`3`0`0`0

Goedert 3b`3`1`1`0`Adams 3b`3`0`1`0

Pie cf`4`1`1`2`Mustelier rf`4`0`0`0

Hague 1b`4`0`1`0`DJhnsn 1b`3`0`1`0

Sands rf`3`0`0`0`Almonte rf`1`0`0`0

Jerolmn c`3`0`0`0`Mesa cf`3`0`0`0

Carroll lf`4`0`1`0`Murton dh`3`0`0`0

DeJesus 2b`3`0`1`0`Maruszak rf/1b`3`0`0`0

Tejeda ss`4`0`0`0`Farnham c`2`0`1`0

““`Velazquez ss`3`0`0`0





LOB—SWB 4, IND 7. TEAM RISP – SWB 0-for-1, IND 0-for-7. 2B—Hague (10). GIDP – SWB 2, IND 1. SAC – Jeroloman




Johnson (W, 3-2) `5`2`0`0`1`5

Reid (H,3)`2`0`0`0`0`1

Hughes (H,1)`1`0`0`0`0`1

Black (S,8)`1`1`0`0`0`0


Stoneburner (L, 2-2)` 5`5`2`2`1`1

Demel `2`1`0`0`0`3



HBP – Joseph (by Reid), Farnham (by Hughes)

IBB – DeJesus (by Spence)

Ejections – Dan Johnson by home plate umpire Max Guyl

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

T— 2:29 (2:28 delay). A— 8,875 (10,000)

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