How Sweep it is!
Pawtucket, R.I. – With brooms already in hand, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) polished off a four-game sweep of the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) and in the process claimed their 10th shutout of the campaign, a 2-0 win Monday night. The win concluded the season series between the two rivals, with the RailRiders (63-66) finishing the season 7-1 at McCoy while securing 11 of the 16 meetings between the two clubs.
The only run the RailRiders needed came in the third inning when Taylor Dugas clubbed a ball down the left-field line to plate a hustling Francisco Arcia from second. SWB received an insurance run insurance when Rob Refsnyder skied a ball to center in the fifth with the bases loaded to make it 2-0.
Pawtucket’s lone threat occurred in the fourth when starter Manny Banuelos walked the bases loaded. Chris Leroux relieved him and worked around a no-out bases loaded jam, inducing a ground ball force out and strikeout before concluding the inning by coercing Jackie Bradley Jr. into a flyball.
A trio of RailRiders pitchers combined on the shutout, with Leroux (5-3) receiving the win. Leroux spun five innings of relief and scattered two hits and struck out out five before handing the baton off to Nick Rumbelow (1) in the ninth. Rumbelow faced the minimum and struck out a batter in the scoreless ninth. Left-hander Edwin Escobar (0-1) took the loss, twirling six innings and allowing two runs.
The RailRiders begin a short two-game run at PNC Field when the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) visit NEPA Tuesday, August 19 at 7:05 p.m. The RailRiders will toss right-handed pitcher Zach Nuding (3-5, 5.89) while the Chiefs have yet to announce a starter. 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
Manny Banuelos’ six walks tied for a career high. The last time the left-hander allowed six men to reach by walk in a single contest occurred in a start against the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) on April 12, 2012.
The RailRiders finished the campaign 7-1 at Pawtucket’s McCoy Stadium. The win marked just the second time NEPA’s club has won seven games at Pawtucket’s home field, with the 2007 unit setting the gold standard. The RailRiders also closed out the season series against the PawSox with an 11-5 record.
Pawtucket finished the series 2-fo-31 with runners in scoring position, including an 0-for-9 effort in Monday night’s 2-0 win.
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