Five-Run Ninth Lifts RailRiders Past PawSox
Pawtucket, R.I. – A steamy day at Pawtucket’s McCoy Stadium meant some serious home runs for the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox), but forced the Red Sox (71-58) to sweat. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) rallied from a four-run deficit with a five-run ninth inning in a 6-5 win Sunday afternoon. SWB sent all nine men to plate in the final frame, highlighted by Wheeler’s two-run single to left. The win extended SWB’s current run of success against Pawtucket to five games, and also moved the club to 6-1 this season at McCoy Stadium.
The RailRiders (62-66) jumped ahead early when Francisco Arcia reached on a two-out single and scored when Taylor Dugas sliced a triple into the right-field corner in the second. Tracy fired three scoreless frames and scattered a hit before running into trouble in the fourth. A two-run home run by Bryce Brentz made it 2-1 Pawtucket and Garin Cecchini’s three run tater to right in the sixth gave Pawtucket a comfortable lead, 5-1.
A five-run rally also meant a 6-5 win for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Dugas reached on a walk and plated a run on Corban Joseph’s double down the right-field line. Carmen Angelini walked and Rob Refsnyder’s single put a man at every bag. A passed ball, combined with a bases loaded walk, plated two more SWB runs before Zelous Wheeler capped the inning with a two-run single to right to push the lead to 6-5.
Edgmer Escalona (4) polished off the win, allowing a double to Mookie Betts before retiring Alex Hassan on a ground ball to short for the save. Tyler Webb (1-0) notched the win after spinning a scoreless eighth inning. Recently acquired Heath Hembree (0-1) took the loss, allowing both inherited runners to score while allowing four in the ninth.
The RailRiders conclude the four-game road trip against the Pawtucket Red Sox Monday, August 18 at 7:05 p.m. The RailRiders will toss left-handed pitcher Manny Banuelos (1-0, 1.80) while Pawtucket spins the lefty Edwin Escobar (0-0, 1.89). John Sadak and Aaron Berlin will have the call on radio with the pregame show beginning 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. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS
The RailRiders improbable ninth-inning rally improved the club to 4-52 this season when trailing after eight innings.
The five-run come-from-behind win tied for the biggest of the season. The last time the RailRiders overcame a five run deficit was in a 6-5 win over the Louisville Bats on May 26. That night Zelous Wheeler capped a four-run ninth inning with his first grand slam of his professional career.
The RailRiders are now 6-1 this season at McCoy Stadium. The RailRiders have not lost at Pawtucket’s home facility since May 17 a 6-3 series opening loss.
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