Red Sox Rally to Spoil Marshall’s Gem

Pawtucket, R.I. Brett Marshall gave the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) seven shutout innings, but the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston) scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to walk-off with the 2-1 win on Monday night.

Marshall was phenomenal, as he allowed just two hits and did not walk a batter. He tied a career-high with nine strikeouts, and retired 17 consecutive batters after allowing a single to Jackie Bradley Jr. in the bottom of the first. Marshall hurled 93 pitches, 63 of them for strikes. It was exactly one year ago on Monday night that Marshall had last struck out nine batters, when he did so against the Akron Aeros (Double-A/Cleveland Indians) as a member of the Trenton Thunder.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre received it’s only run of the game in the top of the first. With one out, Corey Patterson homered to right-center field. It was Patterson’s fifth home run as a RailRider, and it gave Marshall an early lead.

Marshall settled into a grove as he allowed just two base runners following the first inning. The lead remained slim for the RailRiders, and the PawSox rallied for the walk-off win in the ninth. Jeremy Hazelbaker started the rally by drawing a walk off Cesar Cabral. Jackie Bradley Jr. followed with a double that moved Hazelbaker to third, and then Brock Holt was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Ryan Lavarnway hit a sacrifice fly to right field to tie the game, and it was won when Mark Hamilton singled through the right side to drive home Bradley Jr.

Allen Webster was matched up well with Marshall, but like his SWB counterpart, he earned the no-decision. Webster went eight innings, and allowed just the Patterson home run and one other hit. He walked three, and struck out five batters. Jose De La Torre (4-1) worked a scoreless top of the ninth to pick-up the win.

Cabral (0-1) tossed a scoreless eighth, but he failed to record an out in the ninth. He allowed two runs on one hit in the loss.

With the loss, the RailRiders were eliminated from playoff contention. They have dropped the first two games at McCoy Stadium, and they’ll look to salvage a game in their three-game series with the PawSox on Tuesday night. Graham Stoneburner (3-5, 4.98) will look for win number four when he ascends the mound on Tuesday night against Steven Wright (7-7, 3.76).

Following Tuesday night’s game, the RailRiders will return home to PNC Field for their final two games of the regular season at home. First pitch on Tuesday night in Pawtucket, R.I. is slated for 7:05 p.m. Pre-game coverage 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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