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The Rail Riders celebrate a win over the Bison Tuesday night. AIMEE DILGER /THE TIMES LEADER 6/11/2013
The Rail Riders celebrate a win over the Bison Tuesday night. AIMEE DILGER /THE TIMES LEADER 6/11/2013
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MOOSIC – There’s something about a doubleheader that brings out the best in the RailRiders.

For the sixth time this season, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre played a twinbill after losing a game due to weather-related issues. On Tuesday, the RailRiders won for the ninth and tenth times when playing two games in one day as they swept two from Buffalo, winning the first game 6-5 and the nightcap 6-2 as they won both ends of a doubleheader for the fourth time this season. Lucky for SWB it still has five doubleheaders left on the schedule, including the next home game on Monday, June 17.

“We feel good every time we play a doubleheader,” said Dan Johnson, who slugged a pair of homers on Tuesday and drove in a total of four. “It’s insane. As weird as it sounds we’re really good at doubleheaders. We shorten the game up and we get after it. That’s one of the hardest things to do in baseball is sweep a doubleheader and every time we have one it seems like we end up winning it.”

Outfielder Thomas Neal continued to rake at the plate going 5-for-7 combined and made a diving catch in right field for the final out of the second game. Stellar defense was also a staple once again. Melky Mesa, who left the first game early and didn’t play in the second, made a superb leaping catch against the wall in centerfield as part of a whole defensive effort by the team.

“They say you start with pitching then you go to defense and batting is after that,” Johnson added. “It shows a lot how much we work on defense.”

In the opener, the RailRiders won for just the seventh time in 27 games this season when allowing a run before scoring one. They were down 3-0 after one and a half innings as Ivan Nova allowed a two-run, bloop double to Ricardo Nanito in the top of the first. In the second, Ryan Goins had a run-scoring double to put the Bisons ahead by three.

Then the comeback began.

Melky Mesa hit a booming home run to left in the bottom of the second that cleared the billboards and cut Buffalo’s lead to 3-1 with his team-leading ninth home run of the season.

That was the start of the RailRiders getting going. They took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the third stringing together four straight hits to begin the stanza. Neal singled in a run and Ronnier Mustelier doubled in two to account for the runs against Bisons starter Chad Jenkins, who was making just his second Triple-A start this season.

Nova (2-0) had at least one strikeout in each inning and six of his seven were swinging as batters missed several times on his devastating breaking ball. Two more RailRider runs came home in the bottom of the fifth when Johnson clubbed a two-run shot for his seventh longball of the season to extend the lead to 6-3.

Those two runs were big because Buffalo put together a rally in the seventh. Moises Sierra hit a two-run homer to trim the lead to 6-5. A baserunning mistake by Eugenio Velez, who pinch-ran and was caught stealing, possibly cost Buffalo as the Bisons’ next two batters reached.

There was no come-from-behind win needed in the night cap as the RailRiders scored five runs in the third highlighted by a two-run blast from Johnson and didn’t look back. Neal and Zoilo Almonte had run-scoring singles in the frame. Buffalo’s Mauro Gomez hit a two-run homer of his own in the fourth, but that’s all the Bisons got on the evening off SWB starter David Huff and relievers Dellin Betances (4-3) and Sam Demel.

Game 1

RailRiders 6, Bisons 5



McCoy 2b`4`0`1`0`Neal rf`4`2`3`1

Gose cf`4`1`2`1`Almonte lf`4`1`2`0

Jimenez 1b`4`2`1`0`Mustelier 3b`3`0`1`2

Sierra rf`4`1`3`2`Johnson dh`3`1`1`2

Negrych 3b`3`0`1`0`Bell 1b`3`0`1`0

Nanita lf`4`0`2`2`Mesa cf`2`1`1`1

Velez pr`0`0`0`0`Grice ph-cf`0`0`0`0

Lngrhns dh`3`0`0`0`Maruszak 2b`3`0`1`0

Ochinko c`4`0`1`0`Wilson c`3`0`0`0

Goins ss`4`1`2`0`Gonzalez ss`3`1`1`0




E – Gonzalez (2). LOB—BUF 10, SWB 5. TEAM RISP – BUF 4-for-11, SWB 3-for-9. 2B— Nanita (3), Goins (11), Jimenez (9), McCoy (7), Maruszak (13), Gonzalez (2), Mustelier (8). HR – Sierra (6), Mesa (9), Johnson (7). CS – Gose (7), Velez (2). SF – Bell. GIDP – BUF 0, SWB 1. Outfield Assist: Mesa (Jimenez at home).




Jenkins (L, 0-2) `4.2`10`6`6`0`1

Hottovy `.1`1`0`0`1`0



Nova (W, 2-0) ` 5`8`3`3`2`7

Whitley (S,1) `2`5`2`2`2`1

Umpires— Home, Adam Hamari; First, Mike Estabrook; Second, Doug Vines; Third, Jon Byrne

T— 2:14.

Game 2

RailRiders 6, Bisons 2



McCoy cf`3`0`0`0`Neal rf`3`1`2`1

Gose lf`3`1`1`0`Almonte lf`3`1`1`1

Gomez 1b`3`1`1`2`Mustelier 3b`3`0`0`0

Jimenez dh`3`0`2`0`Johnson 1b`3`2`2`2

Sierra rf`3`0`0`0`Bell dh`3`0`0`0

Negrych 3b`3`0`0`0`Grice cf`2`0`0`1

Velez 2b`3`0`0`0`Maruszak 2b`3`1`1`0

Goins ss`3`0`0`0`Ibarra ss`2`0`0`0

Nickeas c`2`0`0`0`Farnham c`2`1`1`0




E – McCoy (2), Ibarra (1). LOB—BUF 3, SWB 1. TEAM RISP – BUF 0-for-4, SWB 3-for-7. 2B— Jimenez (10), Johnson (7). HR – Gomez (17), Johnson (8). SF – Grice. GIDP – BUF 0 , SWB 0.




Redmond (L, 1-1) `4`5`5`5`0`7




Huff ` 4`4`2`2`0`5

Betances (W,4-3) `2`0`0`0`0`2

Demel `1`0`0`0`0`0

WP – Weber 2, Huff

Umpires— Home, Mike Estabrook; First, Doug Vines; Second, Jon Byrne; Third, Adam Hamari

T— 1:46. A— 4,574 (10,000)

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