PawSox Rally to Top the RailRiders, 6-5

Pawtucket, R.I. – The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) raced out to an early lead, but the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston) rallied from a 5-1 deficit to defeat the RailRiders on Sunday night, 6-5. The SWB offense left 15 runners on base, and went 2-14 with runners in scoring position.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre wasted no time as they opened the game with a run in the top of the first. With one out, Adonis Garcia doubled to right field. Dan Johnson immediately followed with a double of his own to right-center field, and it gave the RailRiders an early lead.

Pawtucket leveled the game in the bottom of the first. Jackie Bradley Jr. began the inning with a double to right-center, and would later score on a base hit by Mark Hamilton.

Bobby Wilson returned the lead to SWB in the top of the second. Addison Maruszak led off the inning with a hard-liner up the middle. Wilson followed with a terrific at-bat. After fouling off a number of good pitches from PawSox starter Anthony Ranaudo, Wilson slammed a two-run home run to left field.

Another run crossed for the RailRiders in the third. Johnson started the rally with a single, and following base hits by Ronnier Mustelier and Maruszak, the bases were loaded. Ranaudo then issued a four-pitch walk to Wilson to force home Johnson from third base. Ranaudo was able to get out of the inning without further damage, and the SWB lead was 4-1.

The lead was stretched to 5-1 in the fourth. David Adams led off with a walk, and moved to second on a single by Garcia. He advanced to third on a fly ball by Johnson, and then scored when Randy Ruiz reached on a fielder’s choice. A double by Mustelier and walk to Neil Medchill loaded the bases, but SWB was unable to cash in.

The Pawtucket comeback started in the bottom of the fourth. With Hamilton aboard at first base, Bryce Brentz homered to left-center field. It was Brentz’s 17th home run of the season on the day he returned from the disabled list, and it cut the lead to 5-3.

Pawtucket leveled the game with a two-out, two-run rally in the fifth. Ryan Lavarnway, Hamilton, and Brentz each drew walks to load the bases. Jonathan Diaz then hit a double off the end of his bat, and it landed just to the left of the right-field foul line, and two runs came across to tie the game at five.

A seventh-inning home run untied the game in the seventh. Brock Holt led off the frame for Pawtucket, and he sent his third home run of the season over the right field fence to give the PawSox their first advantage of the night at 6-5. The Red Sox bullpen was able to close out the contest, and preserve the win.

Ranaudo was chased after pitching to one batter in the fourth; he allowed five runs on eight hits. Chris Martin (3-3) received the win out of the Pawtucket bullpen after tossing two scoreless innings.

Matt Daley (1-2) allowed the homer to Holt to pick-up the loss. That was the only blemish on Daley’s line, as he struck out three and did not walk a batter in his two innings.

SWB and the PawSox will meet for game two of their series at McCoy Stadium on Monday night. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m., and right-hander Brett Marshall (7-10, 5.40) will take the mound for the RailRiders. Pre-game coverage will get underway at 6:35 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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