Porcupine Points – August 7
WIN SOME, YOU LOSE SOME: The RailRiders split a unique “doubleheader” last night with the Syracuse Chiefs, but the win is actually attributed to July. The first game was the completion of a suspended game from July 12, and the contest was resumed in the top of the 12th with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as the home team. The game did not last much longer, as the RailRiders walked off with the win on visiting soil thanks to a bloop single by Alberto Gonzalez that plated Melky Mesa.
THE NIGHT CAP: That winning feeling did not last long for SWB, as they dropped the regularly scheduled game, 3-2. After trailing 1-0, the RailRiders went in front thanks to a two-run home run from Mesa in the top of the third inning. The Chiefs then plated two runs in the bottom of the fourth, and the pitching staffs tossed zeros on the board the rest of the way. Following his loss, David Huff dropped to 0-2 against Syracuse with a 5.68 ERA. Huff picked up the loss after throwing five frames and allowing three earned runs.
DOMINANT DEMEL: A disabled list stint disrupted the stellar season that was being put together by Sam Demel, but he seems to have not missed a beat since returning on July 23. Demel has allowed just one run in six and two-thirds innings since his return from the DL. His strikeout and opponent hit numbers are impressive, but one can only imagine what they’d be like had he not missed over a month. Entering tonight, Demel has struck out 46 batters in 38.2 innings, and he’s held opposing batters to a .184 average.
YOSHI SAYS NO: Despite his reputation as being a right-handed specialist, Yoshinori Tateyama has been most effective against left-handers. He’s held lefties to a .125 average, while righties have hit .327 against him. He was equally dominant last night however, as Tateyama allowed just one hit over two scoreless innings. Yoshi is averaging one strikeout per inning, and has walked just three batters.
LONG TIME, NO GONE: Mesa has had a few disruptions to his tenure with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season. He hit the disabled list after hitting a wall on
June 11, but he returned to the lineup on July 12. He was then called up by the New York Yankees, where he went 5-13 with two doubles and an RBI. His home run last night was his first since the game he was injured in on June 11 at PNC Field. Despite the time away, Mesa still ranks third on the club in round trippers.
GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN: The July 12 game was also the last time super utility man Addison Maruszak played in a game. Maruszak left after just one at-bat in the contest and was placed on the disabled list after the ballgame. Maruszak was activated off the DL prior to last night’s regularly scheduled game, but did not play. He takes the place of David Adams, who was recalled by the Yankees after Derek Jeter was placed on the 15-day DL with a right calf strain. Adams started at first base last night in Chicago, and went 0-3 against the White Sox.
SMALL POWER OUTAGE: The start to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre career of Randy Ruiz was powerful, as the big right-handed bat hit nine home runs in the month of August, averaging one per three games. His power numbers have slowed down, as Ruiz has not homered since July 28 in Louisville, but is still second on the team with 14. Ruiz hasn’t let the recent power outage hurt him, as he’s batting .375 (12-32) since his last home run.
SO LONG FRIEND: Tonight marks the last time the Chiefs and RailRiders will play in the 2013 regular season. The RailRiders clinched the season series with the win in the suspended game last night, and will try to beat the Chiefs for a tenth time tonight.