RailRiders Drop Opener to PawSox
Moosic, Pa. – It was announced before Wednesday night’s game that Derek Jeter would join the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) on a rehab assignment on Thursday. Without Jeter, the RailRiders dropped a 6-3 decision to the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston) on Wednesday. SWB was able to rally and cut the lead to 5-3, but they would get no closer.
Pawtucket opened the game’s scoring with clutch two-out hitting in the second. Mark Hamilton led off the inning with a double, and Drew Sutton later walked. A wild pitch moved them up to second and third, and two outs later, Jeremy Hazelbaker doubled down the left-field line to give the PawSox a 2-0 advantage.
The RailRiders would get on the board with a run in the bottom of the second. Dan Johnson started the frame with a walk, and he would later move to third on a double by Ronnier Mustelier. The extra-base hit extended Mustelier’s hitting streak to 10 games. J.R. Murphy then grounded out to drive home Johnson, and cut the lead in half.
That run was reclaimed in the top of the third. With one out, Brock Holt doubled, moved to second on a base hit by Ryan Lavarnway, and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Hamilton.
The PawSox would stretch their lead to 5-1 with two more runs in the fifth. Jackie Bradley Jr. led off with a single to right-center field, and moved up to second on a base hit by Holt. Lavarnway loaded the bases with a single of his own, and Hamilton then grounded into a fielder’s choice to drive home Bradley Jr. The inning was capped when Dan Butler hit a sacrifice fly to score Holt.
The SWB rally started with a run in the bottom of the fifth. Mustelier led off with a hard single to right field. Murphy moved him to second with a base hit, and Mustelier advanced to third on a fly-out by Adonis Garcia. He would score when Alberto Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly to right field.
The lead was cut to just two in the sixth. With one out, Melky Mesa drew a walk. He proceeded to steal second and third base, before Johnson drew another walk. One out later, Mustelier hit a groundball to short, and Mesa scored as Mustelier reached on the infield single.
The PawSox would add an insurance run in the ninth. With Hazelbaker at second base following his infield single and stolen base, Bradley Jr. hit a bouncer up the middle. David Adams was able to get to the ball, but he threw wide of the bag at first, which allowed Hazelbaker to score. The run gave the game its final margin of 6-3.
Allen Webster (8-4) started the game for Pawtucket and received the win. He allowed three runs on three hits in five and two-thirds innings, and he also struck out seven batters. Anthony Carter converted his 21st save of the season in the ninth.
SWB starter Brett Marshall (7-10) picked up the loss after he allowed five runs over five innings of work. Yoshinori Tateyama pitched two perfect innings out of the bullpen, striking out five of the six batters he faced.
Jeter will join the RailRider lineup on Thursday night, which will be his second stint with the club of the season. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. on a Thirsty Thursday presented by Budweiser. Gates will open up at 5:45 p.m., and from 6-8 p.m., Bud Light and Pepsi products will be just one dollar. The NEPA Miners football team will be in the ballpark on Football Night, and the RailRiders will also recognize Back Mountain Community Night. The band Dashboard Mary will entertain fans as they enter the plaza. Ticket information for Thursday, or any other remaining game at PNC Field can be found by calling (570) 969-BALL, by logging into swbrailriders.com, or by visiting the PNC Field box office.
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