PawSox Fall to Railriders, Division Lead Cut to 2 1/2 Games
PawSox News release...
PAWTUCKET, R.I. — In front of 4,430 fans, the Pawtucket Red Sox fell short to the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 2-1 at McCoy Stadium on Tuesday night. The loss was just Pawtucket's third in the last 17 games and snapped their four-game winning streak.
They finished their season series against Scranton 11-5.
In a pitchers' duel, a pair of unearned runs by the RailRiders proved to be the difference in the ballgame.
With the score knotted 1-1 in the seventh, a single and an error put runners in scoring position for Scranton. Neil Medchill's base hit to center plated the go-ahead run against Pawtucket reliever Brock Huntzinger (2-2) to give the RailRiders a 2-1 advantage.
Scranton (65-73) had brought home the tying run the previous inning. With runners on first and second a passed ball allowed Ronnier Mustelier to collect an RBI on a groundout to short to even the contest, 1-1.
Pawtucket (75-62) was outhit 7 to 3 and their only run came in the bottom half of the third. Left fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker broke the offensive silence, when he clubbed his 11th homer of the year into the right-center bleachers off RailRiders' righty Graham Stoneburner to put Pawtucket ahead at the time, 1-0.
The home run was the only mistake Stoneburner made in his six innings of work, as he allowed just two hits, while striking out three for the victory (4-5). He had a 6.62 ERA. in three starts against the PawSox prior to tonight.
Yankees' pitching prospect Dellin Betances fired three scoreless innings and fanned four in relief for Scranton to pick up his fifth save.
Making his 23rd start, Pawtucket Knuckleballer Steven Wright was able to continue his dominance vs. Scranton despite the no-decision. The right-hander threw six strong innings allowing an unearned run on four hits, while walking two and striking out six. In four starts against the RailRiders this season, Wright finished 2-0 with an excellent 1.08 ERA.
While Pawtucket's bats' struggled, they played some spectacular defense in the field.
PawSox shortstop Heiker Meneses flashed a web gem in the fifth. With Scranton threatening with two runners on and one out, Addison Maruszak hit a hard grounder up the middle but Meneses made a diving stop and from his stomach threw to second baseman Brock Holt to start an impressive 6-4-3 double play to bail Wright out of the inning.
In the ninth, Hazelbaker showed off his arm in left by doubling up Adonis Garcia at first after making the catch to end the inning.
The PawSox host Syracuse on Wednesday night at 7:05. Right-hander Charlie Haeger (4-4, 4.86) gets the nod for Pawtucket and will be opposed by Chiefs' lefty Danny Rosenbaum (7-10, 3.68).