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By DAVE ROSENGRANT



FRED ADAMS/FOR THE TIMES LEADERRailriders shortstop Addison Maruszak fields a ball hit by the Gwinnett Braves' Ernesto Mejia in the first inning at PNC Field Saturday night. Meijia was safe at first on the play.
FRED ADAMS/FOR THE TIMES LEADERRailriders shortstop Addison Maruszak fields a ball hit by the Gwinnett Braves' Ernesto Mejia in the first inning at PNC Field Saturday night. Meijia was safe at first on the play.
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Melky Mesa hit a tie-breaking, RBI-double in the bottom of the eighth as the RailRiders won their second straight against Gwinnett, 4-3 handing the Braves their 14th straight loss.

RailRiders at the plate: The team put up double digits in hits for the second straight night led by multi-hit performances from Corban Joseph (2-for-4), Curtis Granderson (2-for-4), Bobby Wilson (2-for-3) and Melky Mesa (two doubles)

RailRiders on the mound: Chien-Ming Wang became the first SWB starter this season to go into the eighth inning lasting 7 2/3 allowing three runs on six hits, but took a no-decision leaving the game with the score tied 3-3. Cody Eppley earned his second win of the season going 2/3 scoreless innings and Clay Rapada got the last two outs for his first save.

Attendance: 5,913

Time of Game: 2:31

Riding the Rails: A slew of moves were made before Saturday’s game as Alberto Gonzalez, acquired in a trade from the Chicago Cubs on Friday, was added to the roster and Thomas Neal was activated from the disabled list. Outfielder/designated hitter Cody Johnson, shortstop Gil Velazquez and right-hander Ryan Pope were all released.

The Granderson Watch: Curtis Granderson, playing in his third rehab game for the RailRiders, was the team’s designated hitter on Saturday. He was also the only Scranton/Wilkes-Barre batter to strikeout against Braves starter Omar Poveda going down twice on strikes against the righty.

All-Star Weekend: Atlanta’s Jason Heyward is expected to finish his rehab with Gwinnett today and reports that he will then be activated from the disabled list in time for the team’s series at Arizona on Monday. On Saturday, he was Gwinnett’s DH and went 0-for-3 also being hit by a pitch.

Today’s Game: 1:05 p.m. versus the Gwinnett Braves, the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves.

Today’s Probables: RailRiders’ RHP Brett Marshall (2-2, 4.60) vs. Gwinnett LHP Daniel Rodriguez (1-3, 6.51)

On Deck: The series with Gwinnett concludes Monday night at 6:35 then the RailRiders head to Toledo on Tuesday to begin a four-game set.

Today at PNC Field: Every Sunday is family fun day with autograph sessions available prior to the game and kids running the bases after the final pitch. It’s also Mother’s Day and the first 1,000 mothers to walk through the gates will receive a flower.

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

How They Scored

RAILRIDERS FIRST: Corban Joseph doubled. Curtis Granderson singled. Zoilo Almonte grounded into a double play, but Joseph scored; Granderson out at second. Ronnier Mustelier flied out. RAILRIDERS 1-0

RAILRIDERS SECOND: Dan Johnson singled to left. Thomas Neal singled to right, Johnson to second. Melky Mesa grounded into a fielder’s choice, Neal out at second and Johnson to third. Bobby Wilson beat out an infield single to score Johnson. Addison Maruszak fouled out. Corban Joseph was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Curtis Granderson singled driving in Mesa and moving the other runners up a base. Zoilo Almonte flied out. RAILRIDERS 3-0

GWINNETT FOURTH: Ernesto Mejia doubled. Brandon Boggs singled, Mejia to third. Todd Cunningham singled to score Mejia. Joe Leonard flied out but Boggs advanced to third. Cunningham stole second. Paul Janish grounded out and Boggs scored. Jose Yepez grounded out. RAILRIDERS 3-2

GWINNETT SIXTH: Ernesto Mejia homered. Brandon Boggs grounded out. Todd Cunningham struck out. Joe Leonard singled. Paul Janish grounded out. TIED 3-3

RAILRIDERS EIGHTH: Dan Johnson struck out. Thomas Neal walked. Melky Mesa doubled knocking in Neal. Mesa stole third. Bobby Wilson walked. Addison Maruszak struck out. Corban Joseph struck out. RAILRIDERS 4-3



MOOSIC – Saturday night was bark in the park night at PNC Field.


The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders stuck with that theme biting Gwinnett late for a 4-3 win to win their second straight and hand the Braves their 14th straight loss.


For the second straight night, the RailRiders got a tie-breaking hit in the bottom of the eighth. On Saturday, Melky Mesa doubled home Thomas Neal – who played in his first game since April 24 being on the disabled list with a hamstring injury – to break the 3-3 tie.


On Friday, New York’s rehabbing outfielder Curtis Granderson homered to help the win.


“I definitely wasn’t going to try to do anything stupid there I was just going to use my baserunning instincts there to try to make sure I get good turns and make the distance shorter from first to home,” Neal said. “And Melky did a good job of hitting that ball in the corner so I could get around.”


For the second straight night the RailRiders put up double-digits in hits tallying 11 on Saturday.


They got things started early as 12 batters came to bat in the first two innings. Corban Joseph, who led off the game with a double, scored on a double play grounder for a 1-0 lead.


In the bottom of the second SWB sent eight batters to the plate and scored two more on run-scoring singles by Bobby Wilson and Granderson to push the lead to 3-0.


Granderson had two hits in four trips to the plate, but was also the only batter to strikeout against Braves starter Omar Poveda fanning twice.


“Legs wise I felt good and that’s the big thing right now just getting the legs back,” said Granderson, who was the designated hitter but is expected to play the outfield the last two games of the series before possibly being activated by New York on Tuesday. “The main thing is I’m not really worried about the results I’m just looking to execute the plan and the approach and execute that whatever it may be and we’re getting there.


“The last two at bats he made some adjustments and we struggled with that, but that’s a part of baseball.”


Chien-Ming Wang, who started for SWB was cruising along only allowing two baserunners until running into trouble in the fourth. He gave up three straight hits to Ernesto Mejia (double), Brandon Boggs (single) and Todd Cunningham (single) to start the frame. Cunningham’s single scored Mejia. Wang did get the next three batters out to minimize the damage, but Boggs came home on a groundout to trim the SWB lead to 3-2.


Two innings later, Mejia got to Wang again hitting the first pitch he saw from Wang in the top of the sixth over the video wall in right field for his International League-leading ninth home run this season to tie the game at 3-3.


Again Wang rebounded from that rough patch to retire eight of the last 10 batters he faced.


He also managed to keep his pitch-count low only throwing 82 pitches through seven innings getting Braves batters to roll over into 18 groundouts on the night as his sinker was working perfectly. By doing that, he achieved the high-water mark for a RailRider pitcher this season going 7 2/3 innings. He threw 101 pitches with 62 of them strikes and walked just one.


Granderson wasn’t the only Major League all-star at PNC Field. Jason Heyward, Atlanta’s all-star outfielder on a rehab assignment with Gwinnett, went 1-for-3 and was hit by a pitch.


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