Saturday, August 17, 2013

RailRiders lose heartbreaker to rival Iron Pigs

MOOSIC — It's the story of the RailRiders' season.

The hitting was good, but untimely. The starting pitching was strong, but the relief pitching not so much. And finally, be one hit away from a win ... but end up losing.

All of those things were true Saturday, as the RailRiders lost to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, 4-3, in 11 innings.

With barely two weeks left in the season, the RailRiders now sit 7.5 games back in the wild card race. But forget about that, as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is six games below .500. How about we just focus on hitting .500?

Despite the loss, the RailRiders did have their highs in the game. Melky Mesa was the undisputed player of the game for the RailRiders, reaching base twice and driving in two runs, in addition to making a run-saving, diving catch in centerfield.

Batting .357 with three home runs in the past 10 games, it appears Mesa has hit his stride.

David Herndon turned some heads in relief, throwing 15 strikes and just one ball in his inning pitched.

And it was pretty cool to see former Baltimore Orioles outfielder Corey Patterson throwing 55 MPH knuckleballs for the RailRiders. Patterson, however, did give up the game-winning home run. 

Check out the full box score and game summary here.

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