Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders blank Syracuse Chiefs behind strong outing from Ivan Nova

Nova goes six scoreless, Walter Ibarra homers in first Triple-A at-bat
06/05/2013 11:38 PM ET
By Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Media Relations

Ivan Nova pitched six scoreless innings in his first start with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.(AP)
Moosic, Pa. – Two additions helped lead the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) to victory over the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) on Wednesday night, as they blanked the Chiefs, 8-0. Ivan Nova worked six scoreless frames in his first start for SWB this season, and struck out six. Walter Ibarra hit a home run in his first Triple-A at-bat to help fuel the offense.

Nova (1-0) retired the first nine batters he faced, and didn’t allow a Syracuse player to reach second base until the sixth inning. He struck out six batters, issued just two walks, and conceded only two hits. David Huff made his first appearance for SWB after being acquired by the Yankees off waivers from Cleveland. He tossed the final three frames to earn the save.

A big second inning put the game seemingly out of reach with Nova on the mound. Brennan Boesch led off with a double to right-center field, and then scored when Addison Maruszak doubled. The hit extended Maruszak’s hitting streak to 10 games. Bobby Wilson then caught the defense napping and laid down a bunt, the throw from Chiefs starter Paul Demny went up the line in right field, and allowed Maruszak to score and Wilson to reach second. Ibarra followed with his home run, it went to right field and was just the second home run for Ibarra overall this season.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre added three more runs in the fourth. Ibarra reached on an infield single with one out, and later moved to second on a base hit by Zoilo Almonte. Ronnier Mustelier then singled to move Ibarra to third, and he scored on a wild pitch. Dan Johnson followed the errant pitch with a base hit through the right side, driving home both Almonte and Mustelier. That gave SWB a 7-0 advantage.

The RailRiders added an insurance run in the eighth. Melky Mesa reached second base on a throwing error by shortstop Carlos Rivero, and then scored when Josh Bell doubled to left-center field.

Demny (0-1) made his Triple-A debut after being called up from Double-A Harrisburg prior to the game. He was handed the loss after he allowed seven runs over five innings of work.

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