Stoneburner Stifles PawSox in SWB Win

Pawtucket, R.I. – A night after Brett Marshall turned in a fine starting performance, right-hander Graham Stoneburner followed suit to help lead the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) to a 2-1 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston) on Tuesday night. Stoneburner tossed six innings and allowed one run on just two hits.

Stoneburner (4-5) has been up and down between SWB and Double-A Trenton, and he’s also been in and out of the rotation. Tuesday marked his first win since he beat Pawtucket on June 29. After allowing a home run to Jeremy Hazelbaker in the third, Stoneburner retired the final 11 batters he faced.

Hazelbaker’s home run came with one out in the third inning. It was his 11th of the season, but Hazelbaker’s fourth against the RailRiders. In 13 games, Hazelbaker drove in 10 runs against the RailRiders.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre got on the board and leveled the game in the top of the sixth. Corey Patterson led off with a walk, and proceeded to move to second when J.R. Murphy recorded a base hit through the left side. Patterson moved to third and Murphy to second thanks to a passed ball by Dan Butler. Ronnier Mustelier then grounded out to short to drive home Murphy for the tying run.

The RailRiders went in front in the seventh. David Adams started the rally with a single to center field. He moved up to third base when Adonis Garcia reached on an error by second baseman Brock Holt. That setup Neil Medchill, who delivered a single up the middle that drove home Adams and gave SWB the 2-1 lead.

Dellin Betances replaced Stoneburner to start the seventh, and he followed up Stoneburner’s performance with an electric save. He struck out three, and only allowed a base runner to reach second on one occasion as he picked up his fifth save of the season.

Brock Huntzinger (2-2) relieved PawSox starter Steven Wright, and picked up the loss. He allowed an unearned run on two hits in his one inning of work.

The RailRiders now return to PNC Field to play the final two games of their 2013 home schedule. They’ll welcome in the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) to renew the IronRail series, with SWB trailing, 7-5. Kids eat free on Wednesdays at PNC Field thanks to Minooka Subaru and all kids 12 and under will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, chips, and soda. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. with Caleb Cotham (6-5, 4.82) taking the mound for the RailRiders.

- SWB RailRiders – All Aboard! -

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