Expected starting pitcher Brett Marshall was scratched before the game, and things didn’t go real well for RailRiders reliever Kelvin Perez in his emergency start. Perez surrendered Tyler Pastornicky’s bases-loaded, two-run double and an ensuing two-run single to rehabbing big leaguer Jason Heyward in a five-run second inning. That ultimately proved too much for the RailRiders to overcome as the G-Braves snapped their 14-game losing streak.
RailRiders on the mound: Kelvin Perez and Josh Spence were hit hard, but in between, Mark Montgomery gave the battered RailRiders bullpen a break with three shutout innings. Montgomery allowed two hits and struck out four, giving the RailRiders a chance to get back in the game.
RailRiders at the plate: Thomas Neal continued his torrid return from the disabled list, ripping a pair of singles. Along with launching a three-run homer, David Adams scored a pair of runs. Dan Johnson’s wind-aided two run homer got the RailRiders back in the game in the sixth inning, and his bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning was his third RBI of the day.
The Granderson Watch: Curtis Granderson, playing his fourth rehab game with the RailRiders, made two catches playing a full game in right field. He had three singles at the plate, lacing the first into right field in the first inning and drilling another the opposite way into left field in the fifth inning. In his final at-bat, Granderson picked up his first three-hit game with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre by looping a single into left field with a man aboard in the ninth inning and eventually reached third base as the potential game-tying run. Granderson also struck out swinging to start the third inning and grounded sharply to first base to open the seventh.
Golden Glove: Gwinnett third baseman Nunez turned a laser off the bat of Zoilo Almonte into a doubleplay to end the fifth inning, as Nunez backhanded the the scorcher down the third-base line and made a whirling throw to second base to start the twin killing.
Riding the Rails: Both scheduled starter Brett Marshall (2-2) and infielder Corban Joseph, the lineup’s leadoff man, were scratched from the starting lineup just before Sunday’s game, and accomanied the parent New York Yankees to Cleveland for today’s doubleheader. After Ivan Nova was ruled out of pitching one of today’s games after he was re-injured doing rehab work Saturday, Marshall would likely be activated by New York only if long relievers Adam Warren or Vidal Nuno saw action Sunday or in Monday’s first game. Joseph will likely be added as New York’s 26th man - a roster addition afforded teams playing unscheduled doubleheaders. Those departures came with word swirling that third baseman David Adams will reportedly be called up to the parent Yankees on Wednesday.
Time of Game: 3:06.
Today’s Game: The four-game series with Gwinnett, the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, concludes with a 6:35 p.m. game at PNC Field.
Today’s Probables: RailRiders RHP Graham Stoneburner (2-2, 2.86 ERA) is scheduled to face Gwinnett’s LHP Yohan Flande (1-3, 5.34 ERA).
On Deck: The RailRiders travel to Toledo to begin a three-game series starting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, when they will send Caleb Cotham to the hill.
On The Radio: All games can be heard on WYCK 1340-AM, 1400-AM and 100.7-FM.
How They Scored
RAILRIDERS FIRST: Reegie Corona and Curtis Granderson began the game for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with singles. One out later, David Adams powered a three-run home run over the left field wall. RAILRIDERS 3-0.
GWINNETT SECOND: With one out, Alden Carrithers singled, Sean Kazmar walked and Matt Pagnozzi singled to fill the bases. Luis Nunez lined a single into left field to score Carrithers. Tyler Pastornicky launched a long, two-run double to right-center field, bringing home Kazmar and Pagnozzi. Rehabbing Atlanta Braves regular Jason Heyward then laced a two-run single to right field, scoring Nunez and Pastornicky. GWINNETT 5-3.
GWINNETT SIXTH: Pagnozzi walked, Nunez singled and Pastornicky was hit by a pitch to fill the bases. Heyward sent Pagnozzi home with a deep sacrifice fly to left field as Nunez moved to third base. Joey Terdoslavich’s sacrifice fly to right field scored Nunez. GWINNETT 7-3.
RAILRIDERS SIXTH: Adams worked a walk and Dan Johnson followed with a homer that bounced off the top of and over the right field wall. GWINNETT 7-5.
RAILRIDERS NINTH: Addison Maruszak reached base on an error, and one out later, Granderson dropped a single into left field. Almonte drew a walk to fill the bases, and Dan Johnson worked a two-out walk to force home Maruszak. GWINNETT 7-6.