RailRiders Drop Series Finale to Pawtucket, 6-2

Moosic, Pa. – The Pawtucket Red Sox secured a series sweep against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. The PawSox scored six runs in the early stages of the ballgame, and then held off the RailRiders late for the win.

Pawtucket pushed across their first run in the second. Ryan Lavarnway led off with a walk, and two outs later, came around to score when Mark Hamilton doubled to right-center field.

The Red Sox added three runs in the third. Jonathan Diaz led off with a single that deflected off of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter Brett Marshall’s ankle. Jeremy Hazelbaker and Justin Henry followed with walks to load the bases. After Drew Sutton hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Diaz, Lavarnway doubled to center, plating both Hazelbaker and Henry. Pawtucket led 4-0 after three innings.

The PawSox added another run in the fourth. J.C. Linares led off with a walk, advanced to second on Hazelbaker’s single one out later. He then scored on Henry’s single to right field.

Pawtucket added to their lead with a run in the seventh. With two outs, Brandon Snyder doubled, and was driven home when Hamilton singled to center field.

The RailRiders put up their first run of the ballgame in the eighth. Thomas Neal led off with a walk, and then moved to second on Addison Maruszak’s single. One out later, Corban Joseph reached on a fielder’s choice to move Neal to third. Zoilo Almonte then singled to right, driving home Neal.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre added the game’s final run in the ninth. David Adams led off with a walk and two outs later, scored when Neal singled to right field. The RailRiders could not mount any more offense, as they fell to Pawtucket, 6-2.

Terry Doyle (1-0) was superb for Pawtucket, tossing six and one-third shutout innings. He only allowed one hit, and struck out five. Marshall (0-1) allowed five runs over three and two-thirds innings and picked up the loss for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The RailRiders will now host the Rochester Red Wings at PNC Field as they open up a three game series with the Minnesota Twins’ Triple-A affiliate on Monday evening. Hot dogs will be priced at just one dollar all night long, and first pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

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