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The T.L. Express

Returning home after an eight-game road trip wasn’t what the RailRiders were hoping for as they lost for the fifth straight time and the 13th time in the last 18 games in a 8-5 loss to Durham on Thursday.

RailRiders at the plate: Josh Bell, Thomas Neal and Alberto Gonzalez each had run-scoring doubles, while Bell also contributed a sacrifice fly. Brennan Boesch added a pair of singles and an RBI double.

RailRiders on the mound: Starter Brett Marshall, who last appeared in a game on May 15 with New York, was knocked around by Durham lasting just four innings allowing eight runs on eight hits. He struck out two and walked two. Kelvin Perez relieved Marshall and was solid in his outing going three scoreless innings giving up just two hits and a walk. Josh Spence pitched the eighth and ninth only giving up two hits and whiffed three.

Attendance: 7,187

Riding the Rails: A few transactions were made prior to Thursday’s game with infielder Reegie Corona being assigned to Double-A Trenton and Alberto Gonzalez being outrighted to SWB from New York…New York’s former top prospect and former SWB Yankee Jesus Montero, who was traded to Seattle prior to the 2012 season, began the campaign as the Mariners starting catcher. But after struggling to a .208 batting average with three home runs and nine RBI in 29 games he was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday. There are reports that 23-year-old Montero will work as a first baseman in the minors.

Bullying the RailRiders: There are three local ties associated with Durham and all had newsy nights on Thursday. Manager Charlie Montoyo, a former player for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, picked up career win No. 499 with the Bulls. He can get 500 tonight. Former SWB Yankee slugger Shelley Duncan went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and a single. Montrose grad Rich Thompson was 1-for-5 with a single, two runs scored and a pair of stolen bases.

Today’s Game: The second game of a four-game set against the Durham Bulls at PNC Field is slated for 7:05 p.m.

Today’s Probables: Durham RHP Alex Colome (3-5, 2.86) vs. RailRiders’ RHP Graham Stoneburner (2-2, 3.00)

On Deck: The current series and the short homestand concludes on Sunday before the RailRiders head on the road again for eight more games starting Monday in Norfolk.

Today at PNC Field: It’s a Friday so that means fireworks. It’s also boy scout night and the boy scout sleepover.

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

On TV: Thursday’s game was telecast by WQMY. The next time the game can be seen on the channel will be for Saturday’s 7:05 p.m. contest.

How They Scored

DURHAM FIRST: Rich Thompson hit an infield single and stole second. Brandon Guyer was hit by a pitch. Vince Belnome tripled scoring Thompson and Guyer. Wil Myers grounded out. Leslie Anderson grounded out. Shelley Duncan hit a two-run home run. Tim Beckham struck out. BULLS 4-0

DURHAM FOURTH: Cole Figueroa singled. Juan Apodaca singled, Figueroa moved to third. Rich Thompson reached on a fielder’s choice, Apodaca out at second and Figueroa scored. Thompson stole second. Brandon Guyer grounded out. Vince Belnome walked. Wil Myers hit a three-run home run. Leslie Anderson grounded out. BULLS 8-0

RAILRIDERS FOURTH: Brennan Boesch singled. Zoilo Almonte lined out. Ronnier Mustelier grounded out, Boesch to second. Josh Bell doubled to score Boesch. Thomas Neal doubled driving in Bell then moved to third on a wild pitch. Melky Mesa flied out. BULLS 8-2

RAILRIDERS SIXTH: Ronnier Mustelier doubled and moved to third on a wild pitch. Josh Bell hit a sacrifice fly. Thomas Neal singled. Melky Mesa struck out. Alberto Gonzalez grounded out. BULLS 8-3

RAILRIDERS NINTH: Melky Mesa tripled. Alberto Gonzalez doubled scoring Mesa. Bobby Wilson flied out. Corban Joseph struck out. Brennan Boesch doubled scoring Gonzalez. Game was then called. BULLS 8-5

MOOSIC – Leave it up to Mother Nature to halt a RailRiders rally.

With Scranton/Wilkes-Barre finally getting something going offensively against Durham on Thursday night at PNC Field, heavy rains stopped the team’s momentum and the game as the RailRiders fell to the Bulls 8-5. With the loss, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has now lost five in a row and 13 times in its last 18 games.

The game was called in the bottom of the ninth with two outs after the RailRiders had scored two runs to cut into an 8-3 deficit and had the potential tying run on deck. According to official Major League rules, the RailRiders didn’t have to finish their at-bats in the inning because Durham didn’t take the lead in the top of the inning.

The runs in the ninth for SWB came a little too late. Melky Mesa tripled to lead off the frame. Alberto Gonzalez followed with an RBI-double. After Bobby Wilson and Corban Joseph were retired, Brennan Boesch (3-for-5) drove in Gonzalez with a double to trim the lead to 8-5. After that, the umpires called for the tarp as the conditions became unplayable.

“It’s tough, but it started to come down pretty hard. I think we could’ve got through a couple more hitters but Mother Nature didn’t allow it and the umpires felt like it wasn’t good conditions,” RailRiders outfielder Thomas Neal said. “You really can’t fault them for having the player’s best interest even though we might have won if we kept playing…It’s part of the game and it happens and you move forward.”

Stepping on the mound for the first time since allowing five runs in a relief outing for New York on May 15, RailRiders pitcher Brett Marshall was hoping to show Yankees’ brass that he’s a better producer than that.

Unfortunately for the 23-year-old, he ran into a hot-hitting Durham squad and allowed a season-high eight runs in just four innings being hit with his third loss of the season.

The barrage of runs for Durham off Marshall started in the top of the first. Montrose grad Rich Thompson started the frame with an infield single. Two batters later, Vince Belnome crushed a flyball to the gap in left-center that centerfielder Melky Mesa had to play off a bounce. Two runs scored on the triple for a 2-0 lead. After Marshall got the next two outs, former SWB Yankee slugging fan favorite Shelley Duncan crushed a two-run home run over the billboards in left field for a 4-0 Durham lead. It was just the first longball of the season for Duncan, who started the campaign playing in 20 games for Tampa Bay.

After Marshall settled down a bit keeping the Bulls scoreless in the second and third, they were back at it again in the top of the fourth putting up four more runs highlighted by a monster three-run home run from Wil Myers.

Marshall was taken out of his routine, which would be pitching every five days by having eight days of rest before Thursday.

“It’s always different because you’d like to be on the same schedule but it’s baseball it’s going to happen so I really can’t make too many excuses about it,” said Marshall, who made his first appearance for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre since May 7. Although he only walked two, of the 22 batters he faced, he fell behind 16 of them, including 14 of them with a first-pitch ball. He gave up eight hits, but two of them were huge in the two homers.

“I felt good. I thought I pitched good, just left some pitches up and they got hit pretty hard.”

Those eight runs are all the Bulls scored on the night as relievers Kelvin Perez (three innings) and Josh Spence (two) pitched the rest of the game without allowing a run. That helped the RailRiders start to chip away, but it the deficit proved to be too large to overcome.

Bulls 8, RailRiders 5



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

Guyer lf`4`1`2`0`Boesch rf`5`1`3`0

Belnome 3b`3`2`1`2`Almonte lf`4`0`0`0

Myers rf`5`1`1`3`Muselier 3b`3`1`1`0

Anderson dh`5`0`1`0`Bell 1b`3`1`1`2

Duncan 1b`5`1`2`2`Neal dh`3`0`2`1

Beckham ss`4`0`0`0`Mesa cf`4`1`1`0

Figueroa 2b`3`1`2`0`Gonzalez ss`4`1`1`1

Apodaca c`4`0`2`0`Wilson c`4`0`1`0




LOB—DUR 7, SWB 7. TEAM RISP – DUR 3-for-12, SWB 4-for-9. 2B— Apodaca (3), Bell (6), Neal (8), Mustelier (4), Gonzalez (1), Boesch (1). 3B – Mesa (3), Belnome (1). HR – Duncan (1), Myers (1). SF – Bell. SB – Thompson 2 (12). GIDP – DUR 1, SWB 1.



Montgomery (W, 1-0) `5`5`2`2`2`2

Geltz `2.2`2`1`1`1`2



Marshall (L, 2-3) ` 4`8`8`8`2`2

Perez `3`2`0`0`1`2


WP – Montgomery, Geltz

HBP – Guyer (by Marshall)

Umpires— Home, Kelvin Butron; First, Travis Carlson; Third, Ryan Blakney

T— 2:35 (:38 delay). A— 7,187 (10,000)

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