Doubleheaders were once again good to the RailRiders as they swept their fourth twinbill this season defeating Buffalo 6-5 in the first game and 6-2 in the second.
RailRiders at the plate: In Game 1, Thomas Neal went 3-for-4, scored two runs and drove in one, while Melky Mesa hit his team-leading ninth home run of the season and Dan Johnson hit his seventh. Neal and Johnson were at it again in the second game. Neal went 2-for-3 and Johnson boomed a two-run shot, doubled, scored two runs and drove in two.
RailRiders on the mound: Ivan Nova picked up his second win of the season in the opener going five innings giving up three runs on eight hits and struck out seven. Chase Whitley got his first save going the last two innings. David Huff started lasting four innings only allowing a two-run homer. Dellin Betances tossed two scoreless innings to get the win, and Sam Demel pitched a scoreless seventh.
Time of Game: Game One, 2:14; Game Two, 1:46
Riding the Rails: Another transaction was made prior to Tuesday’s doubleheader when right-handed reliever Mark Montgomery hit the disabled list…The RailRiders next opponent is the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the closest competitors in the entire International League. RailRiders president and general manager Rob Crain and IronPigs GM Kurt Landes have a bet on the series, but the wager has not yet been set.
Today’s Game: Today is a scheduled day off. The next RailRiders game is 7:05 p.m. Thursday in Allentown against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
Thursday’s Probables: SWB righty Brett Marshall (2-5, 7.45) vs. IronPigs’ RHP Carlos Zambrano (2-0, 0.55 in Class A and Double-A)
On Deck: The series between the RailRiders and IronPigs at Coca-Cola Park continues through Sunday. The next game at PNC Field is a doubleheader on Monday against Rochester.
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
BUFFALO FIRST: Mike McCoy grounded out. Anthony Gose singled. Luis Jimenez walked. Moises Sierra struck out. Jim Negrych walked to load the bases. Ricardo flared a double to score Gose and Jimenez. Ryan Langerhans struck out. BISONS 2-0
BUFFALO SECOND: Sean Ochinko flied out on a leaping catch against the wall by centerfielder Melky Mesa. Ryan Goins doubled. Mike McCoy struck out. Anthony Gose singled to score Goins. With Luis Jimenez batting, Gose was caught stealing. BISONS 3-0
RAILRIDERS SECOND: Josh Bell grounded out. Melky Mesa homered. Addison Maruszak doubled. Bobby Wilson grounded into a doubleplay from pitcher Chad Jenkins to first baseman Luis Jimenez to third baseman Jim Negrych to get Maruszak. BISONS 3-1
RAILRIDERS THIRD: Alberto Gonzalez doubled. Thomas Neal singled to score Gonzalez. Zoilo Almonte singled, Neal moved to third. Ronnier Mustelier doubled to knock in Neal and Almonte. Dan Johnson grounded out but Mustelier moved to third. Josh Bell grounded out. Melky Mesa flied out. RAILRIDERS 4-3
RAILRIDERS FIFTH: Thomas Neal singled. Zoilo Almonte grounded out. Ronnier Mustelier grounded out. Dan Johnson hit a two-run home run. Josh Bell singled. Tommy Hottovy relieved Buffalo starter Chad Jenkins. Cody Grice hit for Melky Mesa and drew a walk. Addison Maruszak flied out. RAILRIDERS 6-3
BUFFALO SEVENTH: Luis Jimenez walked. Moises Sierra homered. Jim Negrych grounded out. Ricardo Nanita singled. Eugenio Velez pinch ran for Nanita and was caught stealing. Ryan Langerhans walked. Sean Ochinko singled. On a Ryan Goins grounder, Ochinko out at second on a fielder’s choice. RAILRIDERS 6-5
RAILRIDERS THIRD: Addison Maruszak singled. Walter Ibarra struck out. Jeff Farnham singled and Maruszak advanced to third. Thomas Neal singled to score Maruszak and advance Farnham to second. Zoilo Almonte singled to right to score Farnham. When the centerfielder Mike McCoy made an error, Neal scored and Almonte moved to second. Ronnier Mustelier struck out. Dan Johnson hit a two-run home run. Josh Bell flied out. RAILRIDERS 5-0
BUFFALO FOURTH: Anthony Gose singled. Mauro Gomez hit a two-run home run. Luis Jimenez singled. Moises Sierra flied out. Jim Negrych reached on a fielder’s choice, Jimenez out at second. Negrych advanced to second on a wild pitch. Eugenio Velez struck out. RAILRIDERS 5-2
RAILRIDERS SIXTH: Dan Johnson doubled. Josh Bell grounded out. Johnson advanced to third on a wild pitch. Cody Grice hit a sacrifice fly. Buddy Carlyle relieved Thad Weber. Addison Maruszak flied out. RAILRIDERS 6-2