PawSox news release...
MOOSIC, Penn. — The Pawtucket Red Sox coughed up the lead in the ninth and dropped their first extra-innings game of the year, succumbing to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 8-4, in 12 frames on Monday night at PNC Field.
The PawSox (15-18) led from the third inning onward until the RailRiders (19-16) forced extras in the ninth and walked off in the 12th on a grand slam from catcher Eddy Rodriguez. Pawtucket, which had played in seven consecutive games decided by three runs or fewer, has lost a season-worst five in a row.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre pitchers retired 17 consecutive PawSox hitters from the sixth through 12th innings.
Pawtucket first baseman Steve Selsky (2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI) and designated hitter Sam Travis (2-for-5, R) powered the offense from the middle of the order.
PawSox starter Brian Johnson tossed 6.1 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks to go along with six strikeouts. The left-hander hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of his six Triple-A starts. Reliever Chandler Shepherd (L, 0-2) left with the bases loaded and one out in his third inning of work in the 12th, and Brandon Workman allowed the blast to Rodriguez.
Rehabbing Red Sox INF/OF Brock Holt (vertigo) played five innings at third base and went 0-for-3 in his three at-bats. He made an error to begin the fourth — Pawtucket’s first error in a span of 11 games — but then handled a challenging sacrifice bunt and snared a line drive to end the frame and help Johnson escape unharmed.
Scranton left-handed starter Caleb Smith allowed a trio of unearned runs (all in the third) on four hits and a walk in five innings. Ernesto Frieri (W, 2-0) fired three innings of one-hit ball.
Scranton leadoff man Tyler Wade kicked off the bottom of the first inning by launching a home run on the second pitch he saw to right-center field. Later in the frame, with runners at the corners and two outs, RailRiders right fielder and Pawtucket native Mason Williams rolled an RBI single up the middle to make it 2-0.
The PawSox stormed back in the third. After catcher Dan Butler reached on an error, center fielder Rusney Castillo supplied an opposite-field RBI double to cut the deficit in the half. Two batters later, Selsky laced an opposite-field home run to right to push Pawtucket in front, 3-2.
The RailRiders tied the game, 3-3, in the fifth when center fielder Dustin Fowler singled to right field to reel in Wade, who walked and stole second.
Pawtucket regained the lead, 4-3, in the sixth. Travis singled, moved to second on a double from left fielder Ryan Court and scored on an RBI groundout from second baseman Jantzen Witte.
The RailRiders chased Johnson in the seventh. With one out and a man at third, however, Scranton left fielder Clint Frazier flew out to left, and Court fired a one-hop strike to Butler at the plate to nab Fowler for an inning-ending double play.
Down to their final out in the ninth, the RailRiders rallied. With the speedy Wade in motion on the pitch from first, Fowler blooped an RBI single into left field against Pawtucket’s “no doubles” defense to tie the game, 4-4.
After loading the bases in the 11th to no avail, the RailRiders filled them up again in the 12th on a walk and a pair of singles off Shepherd, setting the stage for Rodriguez’ winner.
The PawSox continue their seven-game road trip against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. at PNC Field. PawSox left-hander Henry Owens (3-1, 2.27) is scheduled to oppose RailRiders righty Bryan Mitchell (0-1, 5.06).