RailRiders Rally to Tie in the Ninth but Fall in Extras

Moosic, Pa. – The Pawtucket Red Sox (Triple-A/Boston) gave up a three-run lead, but they rallied with a run in the 10th inning to defeat the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees) on Saturday night, 5-4. Derek Jeter rehabbed for a third straight night for the RailRiders, and he went 1-3 in seven innings.

Jeter grounded out to second base in his first at-bat in the first inning, as he batted second and played shortstop for SWB. He bounced to shortstop Brock Holt in the fourth, but slammed a single through the right side in the sixth. He went first to third on a base hit by Dan Johnson, and was lifted after seven innings of play.

Pawtucket took the lead early on with a run in the third. Tony Thomas led off with a double to right field, and then scored on an error by Brent Lillibridge. Justin Henry hit a grounder to the RailRider second baseman, but Lillibridge’s throw went wide of the bag and Thomas scored on the play.

A run scoring single by Jackie Bradley Jr. in the seventh advanced the lead to 2-0, and the PawSox stretched the advantage to 3-0 with another in the eighth. The bases were loaded after a double by Mark Hamilton, a single by Jeremy Hazelbaker, and a walk to Tony Thomas. Justin Henry then walked to force home Hamilton.

Addison Maruszak, who entered for Jeter after the seventh, got the RailRiders on the board in the eighth. With Neil Medchill and Lillibridge aboard at second and third, Maruszak roped a single to right field to plate both runners and cut the lead to one run.

After the PawSox added a run on a Ryan Lavarnway single in the top of the ninth, the RailRiders tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the ninth. Randy Ruiz led off the frame with a base hit, and Ronnier Mustelier followed with a single that extended his hitting streak to 12 games. A groundball moved to Mustelier to second and that setup a two-run single up the middle by Medchill that tied the game at four.

The game went to extras, but the PawSox untied it with a run in the 10th. Henry hit a one-out single, and was trying to advance to third on a base hit by Heiker Meneses when the throw from Mustelier hit him. The ball rolled to the fence in foul ground at third, and Henry was able to score to put the PawSox in front for good.

Anthony Carter (2-0) blew just his third save of the season, but he picked up the win. Starter Clayton Mortensen tossed seven shutout innings in the no-decision.

Yoshinori Tateyama (2-2) allowed two runs, one of them earned, over two innings of work in the loss. Starter Chris Bootcheck produced a strong outing; he went six and two-thirds, and allowed just two runs (one earned) on three hits.

The RailRiders and Red Sox will continue their series, but it will shift to McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, R.I. First pitch on Sunday evening is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. Chase Whitley (3-2, 3.12) will get the start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and he’ll be opposed by prospect Anthony Ranaudo (2-1, 1.93). Pre-game coverage will get underway at 5:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM.

– SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! –

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