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Game photos: Lee vs. Bootcheck

MOOSIC, PA (May 10, 2013) - The Gwinnett Braves came to the new and improved PNC Field, home of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Empire State Yankees Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders for the first time on Friday night. I was there with my camera, and thought I'd share some photos.

Chris Bootcheck, the RailRiders starter. He had an ERA of 0.60 coming into this game - best in the IL.

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Tyler Pastornicky singles in the first.

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He then steals second. The throw to second baseman Corban Joseph is high.

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Alden Carrithers was batting. He would get on via a bunt single, that was really a mistake by...someone. Everyone ran to get the bunt, and no one was covering first base.

Joey Terdoslavich then hit a three-run homer onto the berm in right. Right fielder Zoilo Almonte gives it a courtesy chase. (The new PNC Field has a giant flatscreen TV for an outfield wall. It's really...bright.)

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Yeah, I missed the shot of Terdoslavich actually hitting it. Was photographing the pitcher instead, since lefty batters had their backs to me where I was sitting. I should have known.

Rounding third and heading for home.

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With one swing of the bat, Terdoslavich more than doubled Bootcheck's earned runs. He'd had only 2 in the season (in five games) until then.

Michael Lee, the Gwinnett starter.

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CFer Melky Mesa slides in hard to break up the double play in the second. He was successful; shortstop Paul Janish didn't even try to make a throw.

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Ernesto Mejia doubles in the fourth inning...

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...then gets picked off and caught stealing. Corban Joseph runs him down.

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Yeah, it was that kind of a game.

Paul Janish makes a diving stop on a Melky Mesa grounder...

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Throws to first from the ground...

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Close play, but he doesn't get the call.

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Luis Ayala, on a rehab assignment, pitched the sixth and seventh innings.

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Pitched two innings, gave up two hits, struck out two. No walks or runs.

Andrew Russell pitched the eighth. An Australian sidewinder.

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The game was tied when he came in, but not when he left. Curtis Granderson, on rehab assignment, broke the tie with a two-run homer.

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Brandon Boggs can't reach it.

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Ernesto Mejia at bat in the rain in the ninth.

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He would single, moving Joey Terdoslavich, on via a walk, to second. But the rally fell short, and the RailRiders won it, 5-3.

The opera ain't over till the fat lady sings. At PNC Field, she comes out, sings a song, then takes baseballs out of her bra and throws them to the fans. Joey Terdoslavich looks like he doesn't know quite what to make of it.

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