RailRiders Blank the Knights, 4-0

Moosic, Pa. – For the 11th time this season, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) shutout their opponent. On Thursday night, it was the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox) who fell victim to a 4-0 defeat. The 11 shutouts ties SWB with Lehigh Valley for the most in the International League.

It was a scheduled bullpen day for the RailRiders, as Chase Whitley received the spot-start. He went four innings, and allowed just two hits and one walk. He struck out three, but did not go long enough to factor into the decision. Jim Miller (3-5) worked the fifth and sixth frames to get the win, as he added four more strikeouts. Yoshinori Tateyama picked up his first save as a RailRider by tossing the final two and one-third innings.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre built what proved to be an insurmountable lead with two runs in the first. With one out, J.R. Murphy drew a walk. Melky Mesa, the International League’s reigning Player of the Week, and then deposited a home run to left field. It was Mesa’s 13th round tripper of the season, and it gave SWB the 2-0 lead.

Another home run in the third stretched the lead further. Adonis Garcia led off the inning with a solo home run to the left-field bullpen. It was Garcia’s third homer of the season.

The RailRider offense would add one more run, and it came across in the sixth. Randy Ruiz led off with a double to the right-center field gap. One out later, Ronnier Mustelier hit a ball to almost straightaway center field, it sailed over Jim Gallagher’s head and allowed Ruiz to score to extend the SWB advantage to 4-0.

Charlotte starter Charlie Leesman (3-2) made his first start since his big league debut, and he was handed the loss. He allowed four runs on seven hits, but did strike out seven while only issuing two walks.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has already clinched a season-series victory over Charlotte, but they’ll go for the series victory as well on Friday night. Prospect right-hander Brett Marshall (6-9, 5.18) is coming off of a strong performance against the Buffalo Bisons, and he’ll take the mound for SWB. Zach Stewart (5-13, 4.78) will get the ball for the Knights. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. on a Fireworks Friday presented by Jack Williams Tire & Auto. It’s also Scranton night at PNC Field, and tickets are available by calling (570) 969-BALL, by logging onto swbrailriders.com, or by visiting the PNC Field box office.

– SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

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