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Game photos: Poveda vs. Wang

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Ernesto Mejia

MOOSIC, PA (May 11, 2013) - Photos from the second game of the SWB RailRiders/Gwinnett Braves series.

On the mound was former Yankee ace Chien-Ming Wang. He had shoulder surgery, then spent a couple of years with the Nationals. Now he's back with the team that developed him.

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Leadoff man Tyler Pastornicky on deck.

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Jason Heyward grounds out in the first. He DH'd and went 0 for 3.

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On the mound for the G-Braves: Omar Poveda.

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Curtis Granderson is out on a 6-3 double play in the first. Janish with the throw, Pastornicky backing up.

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Grandy didn't exactly try to break up the double play. His "slide" was more "sit down on the dirt 10 feet from the bag." Don't blame him a bit...but it was funny.

Center fielder Todd Cunningham chases down a Ronnier Mustelier fly ball to end the first.

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Yes, those are dogs on the berm. It was PNC Field's first ever "Bark in the Park" day. They didn't have a berm before the ballpark renovations, and didn't really have any place for dogs.

Shortstop Paul Janish makes a nice play in the third.

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Up the middle...

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360° spin...

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Throw to first with Pastornicky backing up...

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In time, and Poveda expresses his appreciation.

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Ernesto Mejia doubles in the fourth.

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He would move to second on a Brandon Boggs single.

Todd Cunningham brought him home with a single.

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Cunningham then stole 2B.

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Looked like they had him dead to rights...

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..but he slid around Corban Joseph's tag.

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Safe!

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(Janish, who was at bat, hit a RBI groundout that might have been a GIDP if Cunningham hadn't stolen second.)

Joey Terdoslavich heads to the dugout after grounding out in the fifth.

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Ernesto Mejia homers in the sixth.

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Game tied!

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Cory Rasmus pitched the 8th inning.

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There would be no need to pitch a ninth. Rasmus gave up a walk and a double, letting a run score. Game un-tied.

Melky Mesa steals 3B.

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The throw is in time...

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But third baseman Joe Leonard bobbles the ball.

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He recovers, but not in time.

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Rasmus walked another batter, then struck out two, ending the inning with no further damage done.

The Braves went down fighting in the ninth. Janish bunts the runner to third.

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After a chess match of pitcher and hitter substitutions, Matt Pagnozzi hit into a fielder's choice. Pinch runner Sean Kazmar is out at home.

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Pastornicky singled to left.

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Runners on first and second, two outs, Jason Heyward due up. But he didn't bat. Luis Nunez pinch-hit for him, probably because they'd decided beforehand that Heyward would get only three at-bats. Nunez flew out, ending the game.

The Fat Lady made another appearance.

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(I think Pastornicky wants to ask her out. ;-)

Final score: RailRiders 4, Braves 3.

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