Cotham’s Second-Half Surge Continues in SWB Win

Moosic, Pa.Derek Jeter rehabbed with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) for a second straight night, but it was Caleb Cotham who stole the show in a 4-1 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) Jeter went 0-3 with a run scored, but Cotham pitched into the seventh inning to earn his seventh win of the season.

Jeter and the RailRiders faced a knuckleballer for the second consecutive night. Charlie Haeger struck out Jeter in the first inning, and the Yankee captain grounded into a double play in the bottom of the third inning. He drew a walk in the fifth, but was stranded at second base. In his final at-bat, he reached on a fielder’s choice. Jeter later scored from third base on a wild pitch.

Cotham (6-5) tossed six and one-third shutout innings. He scattered seven hits, and issued just one walk. Cotham added four strikeouts, and induced three groundball outs to just three fly outs. Since the All-Star break, Cotham is 4-0 with a 1.83 earned run average.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre got all the offense it would need in the second inning. Randy Ruiz led off with a base hit, and moved to third when Ronnier Mustelier extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a double. J.R. Murphy plated both runs with a single to left-center field. SWB led 2-0 after two innings.

Another run came across in the sixth inning. Adonis Garcia led off with a double to left field, and moved to third on a passed ball. He scored when Corey Patterson singled through the right side. The final run came across in the bottom of the seventh. Jeter reached on a fielder’s choice, and would later score on a wild pitch. While the ball did not venture far from home plate, Jeter slid in ahead of the tag of Ryan Lavarnway.

The PawSox scored their lone run in the top of the ninth inning. Justin Henry singled home Jeremy Hazelbaker, but Jim Miller recorded the save and gave the game its final margin of 4-1. It was Miller’s sixth save of the season.

Haeger (4-4) allowed three runs on seven hits in six frames, but picked up the loss for the PawSox.

Jeter confirmed postgame that he will be in the RailRider lineup on Saturday night. First pitch at PNC Field is set for 7:05 p.m., and gates will open at 5:45 p.m. Chris Bootcheck (9-7, 3.84) will ascend the mound and go for his 10th win of the season. He’ll be opposed by Clayton Mortensen (3-0, 2.95). It will also be Back to School Night and Celebrate Reading Night at PNC Field, and the first 1,500 kids 12 and under will receive a RailRiders metal lunchbox courtesy of ShurSave and Pepsi.

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! -

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