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Indians’ pitching stifles RailRiders


May 10. 2013 12:00AM
By DAVE ROSENGRANT




Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Indianapolis 2-1 in 11 innings on Thursday night to drop three of the four games in the series at PNC Field.

RailRiders at the plate: They were held to just four hits. In the four-game set with the Indians, they managed just four runs and 16 hits. Ronnier Mustelier and David Adams each singled in the bottom of the fourth with Adams driving in Mustelier for an RBI. Curtis Granderson was 1-for-3 with a single on a rehab assignment, while Corban Joseph also singled.

RailRiders on the mound: Caleb Cotham made his first Triple-A start and looked good in the 4 2/3 innings he lasted. He gave up four hits and one run striking out five and walking two. Mark Montgomery relieved Cotham and went 1 1/3 allowing one hit and one walk, while fanning two. Cody Eppley went two scoreless innings only giving up one baserunner, a walk, and notching three strikeouts. Jim Miller tossed two scoreless innings, while Kelvin Perez allowed a run in the top of the 11th and took the loss.

Play of the Game: There were two gems made by RailRiders shortstop Gil Velazquez. In the top of the seventh, he went to his left making a diving then threw to first to get Ivan DeJesus Jr. He did the same thing in the top of the ninth to nail Tony Sanchez.

Attendance: 4,146

Time of Game: 3:16

Riding the Rails: A few transactions occurred on Thursday. Granderson was assigned to the RailRiders on a rehab assignment and starting pitcher Caleb Cotham was promoted from Trenton to get the start. In a corresponding move, left-hander Juan Cedeno was placed on the disabled list…Melky Mesa got into the game replacing Granderson in the batting order in the top of the eighth. He got one at bat and struck out but reached when the catcher threw the ball wide of first base. Mesa entered the game with 52 strikeouts, tied for most in all of Minor League Baseball in just 113 at bats; that’s a 46 percent clip.

All-Star Weekend: Granderson won’t be the only All-Star running around PNC Field this weekend. Atlanta all-star outfielder Jason Heyward is expected to be in the lineup for Gwinnett on a rehab assignment for the Braves recovering from an appendectomy.

Today’s Game: 7:05 p.m. versus the Gwinnett Braves, the Triple-A affiliate of Atlanta.

Today’s Probables: RailRiders’ RHP Chris Bootcheck (4-0, 0.60) vs. Braves RHP Michael Lee (3-1, 3.42)

On Deck: The four-game set with Gwinnett continues through Monday before SWB heads out on the road again.

Today at PNC Field: Last week at the field, a party was held for NBC’s hit show “The Office.” Tonight will be The Office Appreciation Night. It’s also a Friday and the traditional Friday fireworks show will begin promptly after the game.

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

TV: Tonight will be the first live telecast of the season by WQMY. Saturday’s game will also be televised by the network.

How They Scored

RAILRIDERS FOURTH: Zoilo Almonte grounded out. Ronnier Mustelier singled then stole second. Dan Johnson grounded out, but Mustelier moved to third. David Adams singled knocking in Mustelier. Cody Johnson struck out. RAILRIDERS 1-0

INDIANS FIFTH: Tony Sanchez popped out. Brett Carroll homered. Ivan DeJesus Jr. grounded out. Mark Montgomery relieved Caleb Cotham. Oscar Tejeda doubled. Alex Presley struck out. TIED 1-1

INDIANS ELEVENTH: Matt Hague grounded out. Jerry Sands doubled. Tony Sanchez doubled scoring Sands then moved to third on a wild pitch. Brett Carroll walked. Ivan Dejesus Jr. grounded into a double play. INDIANS 2-1



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MOOSIC – Not even a rehabbing Curtis Granderson could jumpstart a sluggish RailRiders’ offense at home.


The outfielder, who played for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Thursday night and is expected to stay in Moosic for the weekend, had one of the team’s four hits on the evening of its 2-1 loss to Indianapolis. The RailRiders dropped three of the four games against the Indians and only managed four runs and 16 hits in those four games.


Of course, that the team facing Pittsburgh’s top pitching prospect Gerrit Cole on Thursday didn’t make things any easier.


Taking the mound for the RailRiders was Caleb Cotham, making his first Triple-A start. He looked good early, striking out five of the first six batters he faced with four of them swinging.


He got in trouble in the top of the third when the first two batters reached on a double and walk. The fifth-round pick in the 2009 draft by New York then got a fly out and a double-play grounder to get out of the jam. In his debut Cotham lasted 4 2/3 allowing just four hits and two walks. Not normally a strikeout pitcher having fanned just 20 in 25 innings for Trenton, he whiffed five.


“It was good. The main goal was to feel as comfortable as possible the first time out, fill up the zone and throw a lot of strikes and see what happened,” Cotham said about his outing.


Little things helped the RailRiders pick up a run in the bottom of the fourth to take a 1-0 lead. Ronnier Mustelier singled with one out then stole second. After Dan Johnson moved him to third with a grounder to the right side, David Adams singled to get the run home.


The lead was short-lived though because in the top of the fifth Brett Carroll blasted a solo home run off the 25-year-old Cotham to tie even the score at 1-1.


“It was just a bad slider,” Cotham said about the home run pitch. “I was trying to throw it for a strike. It just spun and he was looking for it and he didn’t miss it.”


After the RailRiders recorded the run and two hits in the fourth, Cole only gave up one hit the rest of the time he was in there and that was a single to Granderson in the sixth.


He was very efficient with his pitches with good command. His changeup was clocked at 88, while his fastball, which painted the corners perfectly and had a deceptive down motion, topped out at 98. He also had a devastating slider being clocked at 90 MPH. Cole lasted seven innings giving up four hits and two walks and whiffed five.


Cole even made a good play off the mound in the bottom of the fifth. Gil Velazquez hit a slow roller to the first base side of the mound. Cole came off the mound, stumbled then made a throw to first from his knees to get Velazquez out in plenty of time.


“His fastball looked down but it never really went down so he has that ability to kinda get that little rise and he continued to throw harder as the game went on,” Granderson said about the Cole. “Everything that everyone has said about the things he can do in this outing, he showed all that today.”


Indians 2, RailRiders 1


Indianapolis““`RailRiders


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Presley cf`5`0`1`0`Joseph 2b`4`0`1`0


Goedert 3b`5`0`1`0`Grndrsn rf`3`0`1`0


Pie lf`2`0`1`0`Mesa cf`2`0`0`0


Hague 1b`5`0`1`0`Almonte cf/lf`5`0`0`0


Sands rf`5`1`1`0`Mustelier lf/rf`5`1`1`0


Sanchez c`5`0`1`1`DJhnsn 1b`3`0`0`0


Carroll dh`4`1`2`1`Adams 3b`3`0`1`1


DeJesus 2b`5`0`1`0`CJhnsn dh`4`0`0`0


Tejeda ss`3`0`1`0`Wilson c`2`0`0`0


““`Velazquez ss`4`0`0`0


Totals`39`2`10`2`Totals`35`1`4`1


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RailRiders`000`100`000` 00—`0


E – Sanchez (4). LOB—SWB 6, IND 9. TEAM RISP – SWB 1-for-6, IND 1-for-9. 2B—DeJesus (5), Tejeda (2), Sands (3), Sanchez (8). HR – Carroll (4). SB – Pie (11), Presley (5), Mustelier (2). CS – Pie (3). GIDP – SWB 3, IND 3.


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Indianapolis


Cole `7`4`1`1`2`5


Zagurski `2`0`0`0`0`5


Cordier (W,1-0)`1`0`0`0`3`2


Black (S,9)`1`0`0`0`0`1


RailRiders


Cotham ` 4.2`4`1`1`2`5


Montgomery `1.1`1`0`0`1`2


Eppley`2`1`0`0`1`3


Miller`2`2`0`0`0`3


Perez (L, 0-1)`1`2`1`1`1`0


WP – Miller, Perez


IBB – Pie (by eppley)


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


T— 3:16. A— 4,146 (10,000)




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