Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost for the 12th in its last 18 games at PNC Field on Saturday night as Buffalo overcame an early three-run deficit to cruise to a 10-4 win.
RailRiders at the plate: Ronnier Mustelier saw his nine-game hitting streak end with an 0-for-4 performance. Addison Maruszak, who has an 11-game hitting streak, did not play Saturday. Josh Bell had two hits, including a solo home run. Alberto Gonzalez had two of the team’s eight hits, including a run-scoring single. Bobby Wilson ripped an RBI-double and Dan Johnson plated one with a single.
RailRiders on the mound: Brett Mashall got the start and looked early on. But got in trouble in the fourth and fifth. He ended the game lasting five innings giving up five runs on six hits, striking out four and walking three. Josh Spence went the next 1 2-3 allowing four runs on seven hits. Jim Miller worked the final 2 1-3 innings giving up one run on two hits, while fanning three and not walking any.
Attendance: 7,268 (the third technical sellout of the season as the fixed seating in the stadium is 7,121)
Time of Game: 3:00
Riding the Rails: The RailRiders had their second Home Run for Rehab this season on Saturday night honoring youngster Aubrey Jumper as she ran around the bases with both teams lined up on the foul lines. After the run, she received a certificate from SWB manager Dave Miley. The action honors youngsters who are rehabbing physically or mentally from accidents…With two strikeouts on Saturday, RailRiders outfielder Melky Mesa has now whiffed 92 times this season and is one of just three players in all of Minor League Baseball to have struck out more than 90 times this season. He’s on pace for 220 strikeouts in 2013, which would obliterate the franchise record for Ks in a season of 166 set by Jorge Vazquez in in 2011.
Today’s Game: The RailRiders and Bisons play the second of their four-game set this afternoon at 1 at PNC Field.
Today’s Probables: Bisons’ RHP Thad Weber (0-1, 3.52) vs. RailRiders’ RHP Chris Bootcheck (5-1, 3.09)
On Deck: The series with Buffalo at PNC Field continues through Tuesday.
Today at PNC Field: It’s a Sunday so that means it’s Family Fun Day where kids can run the bases after the final out of the game and select autographs will be available prior to the game.
On The Radio: All games can be heard on WYCK 1340-AM, 1400-AM, 100.7-FM
On TV: The next telecast by WQMY (My Network TV) will be for the second game of a day/night doubleheader on Saturday, June 22 from PNC Field.
How They Scored
RAILRIDERS SECOND: Dan Johnson struck out. Ronnier Mustelier struck out. Thomas Neal doubled then scored on a double by Bobby Wilson. Alberto Gonzalez singled scoring Wilson. Walter Ibarra fouled out. RAILRIDERS 2-0
RAILRIDERS THIRD: Zoilo Almonte singled. Melky Mesa flied out to deep right. Josh Bell grounded out to first, Almonte advanced to second. Dan Johnson singled to driving in Almonte. Ronnier Mustelier flied out to center on a diving catch by Buffalo’s Anthony Gose. RAILRIDERS 3-0
BUFFALO FOURTH: Ryan Goins grounded out. Mauro Gomez walked. Luis Jimenez singled. The runners advanced on a wild pitch. Moises Sierra fouled out. Jim Negrych doubled scoring two runs. Ricardo Nanita doubled scoring Sierra. Mike McCoy doubled to score Nanita. Mike Nickeas fouled out. BISONS 4-3
BUFFALO FIFTH: Anthony Gose grounded out. Ryan Goins walked and moved to second on a passed ball. Mauro Gomez walked. Luis Jimenez singled to drive in Goins. Moises Sierra flied out. Jim Negrych grounded out. BISONS 5-3
BUFFALO SIXTH: Ricardo Nanita grounded out. Mike McCoy doubled. Mike Nickeas doubled off the wall in left to score McCoy. Anthony Gose singled and Nickeas moved to third. Ryan Goins struck out and Gose stole second on the same pitch. Mauro Gomez was intentionally walked to load the bases. Luis Jimenez popped out. BISONS 6-3
RAILRIDERS SIXTH: Josh Bell homered. Dan Johnson grounded out. Ronnier Mustelier grounded out. Thomas Neal flied out. BISONS 6-4
BUFFALO SEVENTH: Moises Sierra hit an infield single. Jim Negrych singled advancing Sierra to third. Ricardo Nanita flied out. Mike McCoy walked to load the bases. Mike Nickeas singled scoring Sierra and advancing the other two baserunners. Anthony Gose struck out. Ryan Goins singled scoring Negrych and McCoy. Jim Miller relieved RailRiders pitcher Josh Spence. Mauro Gomez struck out. BISONS 9-4
BUFFALO NINTH: Mike McCoy doubled , advanced to third on a fly out to right by Mike Nickeas and scored on a sac fly by Anthony Gose. Ryan Goins struck out. BISONS 10-4